REVIEW: Christmas Clash

Chloe and Peter are teenagers whose parents have rival restaurants in the local mall. They’ve grown up with their parents always being contentious but when the landlord decides to sell and demolish the mall they are forced to work together to try to save their family livelihoods.

I enjoyed this story even though I’m not sure it knows what its target audience is. The main characters are teens but their dilemma is a very adult one. Saving the mall requires a lot of understanding legal contracts, business decisions and navigating financial politics. I thought this made the book very robust and more than just a romcom, but I’m not sure whether that is fit for the audience. I think I’d like teens reading books that wrap education and lighter topics. The romance is clean and light. The characters are both of Asian descent and we get to understand the racism and challenges that are passed throughout the generations. All in all this was a solid read but I don’t think it’s the light Christmas romp the cover seems to indicate.

Thanks to Sourcebooks Fire for access to this one via Netgalley. All opinions above are my own.

Are you ready for Christmas yet?

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I am the Vice President of Clinical Affairs for a medical device company where my job is to promote the utility of the device to doctors. I have science and business degrees and have editorial experience in medical communications. In college, I served as an Editorial Assistant for a healthcare communications company and have served on two editorial boards for peer-reviewed journals. In my free time, I always have a book in my hand... or two or three! On average, I read 20 books a month. I have looked to combine two of my skill sets to review on Goodreads and promote books on Instagram that I love to other readers. I'm open to partnering with publishers as an influencer for book tours, giveaways etc.

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