Summary: 10 Blind Dates
Sophie is looking forward to getting time away from her parents for the holidays. They’re visiting her heavily pregnant sister over the holidays. But she’s especially happy because she’s looking forward to spend time with her boyfriend, Griffin. So she’s thrown for a loop when she overhears Griffin discussing his desire to break up with her — and then of course, she breaks up with him.
Sophie’s large family is very happy to have her with them for the holidays, particularly her cousins Olivia and Charlie whom she’s closest to. The family wants Sophie to enjoy the holidays and decide they will set her up on a date every day for the last 10 days of the year. 10 family members get to choose a different date — location, person, and all — for each day. She has the ability to decline one date.
In the midst of all the chaos, Sophie begins to rediscover her connection with Charlie’s friend, Wes.
This was a fun read. Sophie’s family is a riot and make for very entertaining reading. I also liked seeing Sophie’s relationship with her sister, Margot over their text messages. Margot’s storyline added some much needed depth to the plot. I have to applaud the author for creating so many characters in the family and doing her best to endow them with fairly unique traits.
Sophie really bonds with her cousins Olivia and Charlie as they rediscover the friendship they shared in the past. Her dates were also either hilarious, sweet, or entertaining at the very least. Because Sophie is in the process of choosing/applying to colleges, so that’s another interesting angle as she decides how far from home to go.
I didn’t connect with Wes’s character as much as I’d hoped. He paled in comparison to many of the great YA love interests I’ve enjoyed. It was challenging to keep track of all of Sophie’s family members. Finally, I definitely laughed a lot more in the first half of this book; things seemed to plateau after the 50% mark.
Overall: 10 Blind Dates
10 Blind Dates is an entertaining young adult novel, perfect for lovers of Hallmark movies or anyone looking for a festive, fluffy read. It won’t satisfy you if you’re on the hunt for a richer plot or more complex characters. But if you love a good rom-com featuring crazy large families and a good ol’ friends to lovers trope, this is for you.
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