Miss Riki’s Review:
When seventeen-year-old Lila Beckwith’s little brother Cooper ruins her big chance to throw an epic party while her parents are out of town, she only wants to get back at him. Leaving out an article claiming that global warming is melting the North Pole seems to be the perfect way to make him pay, but she never would have guessed that he’d take off with his best friend Tyler in hopes of saving Santa from certain danger. To stay out of trouble, Lila absolutely has to get Cooper home before her parents find out, but the only person who can help her is Tyler’s older brother Beau. The only problem is that Beau is Lila’s anti-everything, slacker musician ex-boyfriend. Can Lila and Beau survive an epic road trip and get their little brothers home before time runs out?
I struggled a little bit getting into the flow of this story because I found the main character, Lila, to be so highly unlikable. She’s obsessed with her image and popularity at school, at the expense of her familial relationships, and I was horrified at how she treated her little brother and walked all over the other kids at school. That being said, having her so unlikeable in the beginning did allow for great character growth, and she did come out of the ordeal with some redeeming qualities in the end.
Once the story got going and the road trip began with Beau and Lila, I became more invested in the story and ended up having a great time following their misadventures and near misses as they race against the clock to find their runaway siblings. Beau is an adorable love interest and I loved that he had interests outside of pop culture and image that drew Lila out of her narrow mindset. Beau simply made Lila a better person, and watching them grow to like each other again is a fun ride.
This book has a little bit of everything, all wrapped up in a fun holiday package. There’s Christmas intrigue, a race against the clock to find the runaway siblings, sweet family moments, and a cute holiday romance sure to melt your heart.