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Review: The Holiday Switch by Tif Marcelo

I’m already getting in the holiday spirit. Look, I could sing holiday songs all year round. Controversial I know. So I was so excited by The Holiday Switch which is a holiday contemporary YA romance featuring a book blogger. I had to read it. Keep reading this book review for my full thoughts.


Lila Castro is ready to take on her last winter break of high school. The snow is plentiful, the mood is full of holiday cheer, and she’s earning extra cash working at the cozy local inn. But her perfect holiday plans crash to a halt when her boss’s frustratingly cute nephew, Teddy Veracruz, becomes her coworker. When they accidentally switch phones one afternoon, they both realize they’ve been hiding things from each other. Will their secrets–and a dash of holiday spirit–bring them closer to love?

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(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

Okay, let’s get it out of the way. I loved the book reviewing angle so much. Not only did it intrigue me, but you can tell a lot about a person by the way they write. By what we reveal in a review. You can see the things that resonate with us, the vulnerabilities we have. This element totally stole my heart. But what’s more, The Holiday Switch is full of character work and charm. On paper Lila and Teddy seem so different.

Lila is efficient and dedicated to her work, while Teddy is passionate and curious. But what they find is that they’re not so different after all. I instantly identified with Lila’s annoyance at Teddy’s lateness and so it was easy to fall into her character. I loved how invested Marcelo is in telling Lila’s story. It’s not necessarily about this romance between them – I mean that’s an element – but it’s firmly rooted in Lila’s perspective. In her family, in the ways she isn’t sure what future she should pursue.

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If you are interested in a contemporary romance, but also one that delves into questions about our future, pick up a copy of The Holiday Switch. It delivers holiday vibes – for those wanting to start their celebrations early – while also exposing the things we hide ourselves from – our fears and our dreams. This one was incredibly cute and was such a fun read before bed. Find The Holiday Switch on Goodreads, Amazon, Indiebound, & The Book Depository.


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