13188003Decked with Holly by Marni Bates
Release Date: September 25, 2012
Publisher: K-Teen
Source: Library
Rating: starstarstarblank_starblank_star
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Smartly blending of-the-moment pop culture references and timeless themes, Bates follows her YA debut, “Awkward”, with a hilarious, over-the-top adventure about a teen girl who becomes the fake girlfriend of a cute rock star.

Taking a Christmas cruise with her two cousins from hell isn’t Holly’s idea of a good time. And when seasickness forces her into an open suite, she’s pepper-sprayed by a gorgeous guy called Nick. But when Holly makes her exit, she’s greeted by a horde of screaming teenage fans. Because Nick happens to be Dominic Wyatt, drummer for one of the hottest bands in America. Suddenly rumours are swirling and Holly’s face is plastered all over the Internet. The band can’t risk a scandal destroying their family-friendly image, so Dominic convinces Holly to be his fake girlfriend – just for two weeks. How bad could it be to be “fauxmantically” involved with a cute rock star? She’s about to find out…– Goodreads


I adored this book. I went into it with no expectations and finished it with heart eyes. And who doesn’t enjoy heart eyes? That being said, it is not perfect. Decked with Holly is not even close to a perfect book, but I still enjoyed it.

Decked with Holly is the story of Holly, and yes, that is really her name. Holly, who is full of YA tropes, but still adorable, snarky and clumsy. She has an awesome BFF, a fairly awesome grandfather, and a fairly low self-esteem due to the rest of her annoying family. Her aunt and cousins deserved a good slap in the face, that while sadly never happened, this reader was hoping for.

The counterpart to Holly is Nick, a rockstar who wants a break from his real life. Nick is a musician who needs a break. He’s overworked and just wants a pause button on his life. What Nick doesn’t expect is to take a cruise and meet Holly. Holly and Nick seem to have a mutual use for each other and since Holly can act on a dime they slowly become friends.

What I wouldn’t have minded more of what the Christmas aspect. I understand why Bates didn’t go that route since Holly hates her name, but I wouldn’t have minded more Christmas, personality. This is the perfect three star book. It’s not going to be an award winner. But it was light, fluffy and an escape from the world, which I desperately needed at the time and you know what? There is nothing wrong with that!