My New Crush Gave to Me
Charlotte Charlie Donovan knows exactly what she wants for Christmas: Teo Ortiz. He s the school s star athlete, in the National Honor Society, invited to every party, contributes to the school paper (where Charlie is co-editor), and is about to be featured as One to Watch in a teen magazine basically, he's exactly the type of guy Charlie s meant to be with. The only problem he barely knows she exists.But Charlie is determined to be Teo's date to the Christmas ball. And she has a plan: To rig the paper s Secret Santa so that she can win his heart with five perfect gifts. But to do that she needs help. Enter J.D. Ortiz Teo s cousin, and possibly the most annoying person on the planet. He s easy going, laid back, unorganized, spontaneous, and makes a joke out of everything the exact opposite of Charlie (and Teo). But he s willing to provide insight into what Teo wants, so she s stuck with him.Yet, the more time Charlie spends with J.D., the more she starts to wonder: Does she really know what, or rather who, she wants for Christmas?"

My New Crush Gave to Me Details

TitleMy New Crush Gave to Me
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 31st, 2017
PublisherSwoon Reads
ISBN-139781250130327
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Holiday, Christmas

My New Crush Gave to Me Review

  • Candace Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    What I think that readers and writers tend to forget is that high school kids can be pretty immature. A LOT of these YA books I read, the characters act way past their actual age. I feel like Petroff pulls off the teens in this book extremely well, and the same with her other book I read. So, I get annoyed when I see reviewers say stuff about characters acting way immature in YA books where they match the age. I'm sorry did you act like you were 40 years old when you were in high school? Anyway, What I think that readers and writers tend to forget is that high school kids can be pretty immature. A LOT of these YA books I read, the characters act way past their actual age. I feel like Petroff pulls off the teens in this book extremely well, and the same with her other book I read. So, I get annoyed when I see reviewers say stuff about characters acting way immature in YA books where they match the age. I'm sorry did you act like you were 40 years old when you were in high school? Anyway, enough of my rant and more about this book! I loved that the characters felt real, and especially the friendship between Charlie and her best friend. J.D. was the perfect guy, and there were some very funny moments! This book also makes me wish it was Christmas already!! Full review on my blog https://literarydust.wordpress.com/20...
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  • Alyssa
    January 1, 1970
    This book is so cute. Charlie is literally me (especially when I was in high school and crushing on a guy. Go her.). I loved J.D.! I need me one of him! (Though like, five or six years older...)***Review to come***
  • alice (arctic books)
    January 1, 1970
    Super cute & perfect for the winter season!It was kind of creepy how Charlie went to all those lengths rig the Secret Santa gift and to make the perfect gifts for Teo as her Secret Santa gift receiver, especially since they didn't really know each other???? But I did like the winter-y atmosphere and I liked how this ended. If you're looking for a fluffy, romantic, wintery contemporary, this one is for you.
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  • Allison
    January 1, 1970
    Cuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuute
  • Miranda (MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It)
    January 1, 1970
    My New Crush Gave to Me was such a feel good and adorable novel. This book seriously made me feel all the warm and fuzzies! I love reading books that put me in the holiday spirit, and that book did just that! BRING ON THE HOLIDAYS!The author did such a great job at creating a cozy and adorable winter atmosphere for this book. I would almost compare it to a Christmas Hallmark movie! There were so many fun Christmas activities that the characters participated in that made me crave the holiday seas My New Crush Gave to Me was such a feel good and adorable novel. This book seriously made me feel all the warm and fuzzies! I love reading books that put me in the holiday spirit, and that book did just that! BRING ON THE HOLIDAYS!The author did such a great job at creating a cozy and adorable winter atmosphere for this book. I would almost compare it to a Christmas Hallmark movie! There were so many fun Christmas activities that the characters participated in that made me crave the holiday season! I NOW WANT TO PUT UP CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS AND START LISTENING TO CHRISTMAS MUSIC!!!! ^ Literally me right now. All of the characters in this book were interesting and relatable in their own way. Charlie, the main character, was a passionate and extremely dedicated girl. I really admired how she would always strive to be the best at everything she did. Sometimes she was too controlling and I was so happy that other characters pointed that out to try and make Charlie loosen up a bit! Morgan, Charlie's best friend, was such a sweet character! She was seriously SUCH a good friend to Charlie and I loved that their relationship was important to the story. I don't want to talk about the male characters as to spoil anything, but they were great too!The romance in this book was freaking ADORABLE. The main romance of this book was predictable, but I still enjoyed watching Charlie discover her feelings. I knew right away how the romance was going to play out, but it didn't hinder my enjoyment of the romance! I still found Charlie's romance swoon-worthy and SOOOO cute!!! Seriously, it put a smile on my face and made me squeal out loud! DON'T EVEN GET ME STARTED ON HOW CUTE THE ENDING WAS! MY SHIPPER HEART COULDN'T HANDLE IT! I also really liked the side romances as well. I was so glad that the author included those as well.Overall, this was such a feel-good novel! This is a book that is guaranteed to put you in the Christmas spirit and put a smile on your face! If you love YA novels that make you feel the warm and fuzzies, then I would definitely recommend checking this book out!4 / 5 Fangs *This ebook was given to me in exchange for an honest review. * MrsLeif's Two Fangs About ItFacebookTwitter
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  • katwiththehat
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you so much to NetGalley and Macmillan for the chance to read and review this cute holiday romance by Shani Petroff. I really loved the realistic look at the trials and tribulations of high school crushes, and how sometimes you end up feeling a bit foolish on the path to finding that guy or girl who's truly a good fit for you.Charlie is a fun MC to read about since she's a bit on the crazy-organized side and isn't afraid to let everyone around her know she expects no less from them. She's Thank you so much to NetGalley and Macmillan for the chance to read and review this cute holiday romance by Shani Petroff. I really loved the realistic look at the trials and tribulations of high school crushes, and how sometimes you end up feeling a bit foolish on the path to finding that guy or girl who's truly a good fit for you.Charlie is a fun MC to read about since she's a bit on the crazy-organized side and isn't afraid to let everyone around her know she expects no less from them. She's got a really cool best friend, and when sh e decides she needs a date for an upcoming social event, and sets her sights on a certain guy who doesn't really have her on his radar, the only way she can get his attention is to enlist the help of his not as suave cousin, J.D.Watching the slow development on things between Charlie and J.D. was my favorite part of the book. He was just a super sweetheart, and so devoted to everyone around him. And best friend Morgan has this wise beyond her years mentality which is great relief when Charlie's issues with organization start to make her and everyone around her a bit bonkers. A nice light read. 3.5/5 stars. Please excuse typos. Entered on screen reader.
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  • Danielle
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 Stars “Forget an electric jolt, this was shooting stars, Christmas morning, first-place trophies, early Harvard acceptance, and fireworks all rolled into one. I never wanted the feeling to stop. My wish had come true.” My New Crush Gave to Me is the perfect holiday read for all your contemporary needs. We follow Charlie Donovan as she searches for her dream date to Noelle Hawkins’ annual birthday party. Charlie is convinced she’s found her guy in Teo, star athlete, stellar GPA, and absolut 3.5 Stars “Forget an electric jolt, this was shooting stars, Christmas morning, first-place trophies, early Harvard acceptance, and fireworks all rolled into one. I never wanted the feeling to stop. My wish had come true.” My New Crush Gave to Me is the perfect holiday read for all your contemporary needs. We follow Charlie Donovan as she searches for her dream date to Noelle Hawkins’ annual birthday party. Charlie is convinced she’s found her guy in Teo, star athlete, stellar GPA, and absolutely no clue she exists. Charlie enlists JD, the school paper’s resident photographer and Teo’s cousin, to help get the perfect secret santa gifts so she can land her dream guy. But not everything goes as planned along the way, and Charlie has to figure out who and what she really wants. Things I Liked This book gave me all the warm and fuzzy feelings! This was honestly the perfect book to read after a super weird paranormal and get me back in a happy reading mood. This is such a great holiday read to cozy up with. I loved seeing the caroling, tree decorating, secret santas and all the fun holiday traditions - it made me want colder weather asap.All of the relationships in this books are swoony and adorable. Even though there is a bit of an insta-infatuation on Charlie’s side with her and Teo they have some really cute interactions. Morgan and Ira are toothachingly sweet, and Charlie and JD’s banter is matched by none.Morgan was such a great best friend to Charlie. She’s super spunky and supportive. And an amazing baker too! I also love reading about bakers in YA because I LOVE baking and it’s fun to see characters who share your hobbies. And I loved that she and her boyfriend were Jewish and talked about Hanukkah and their traditions as well.JD was the arrogant-yet-thoughtful guy who works with Charlie on the paper, and helps her with her crush on Teo, his cousin. I really liked him! He was such a genuinely good person with such a happy nature, despite his slacker persona . I loved his relationship with his parents and how he and Charlie grow to be friends. Things I Didn’t Like Charlie was probably my least favorite character. I liked that she was focused, but she was a little too rigid for me. She was a very my-way or no-way type of person and I just didn’t connect to her like I did others. But I did like all of the dynamics with the other characters, so she didn’t ruin the story for me or anything. I just didn’t click with her.I almost finished this book in one sitting, that’s how easy it was to read. The only reason I didn’t was because it got late, and I was tired. My New Crush Gave to Me was the perfect fluffy contemporary book. Holiday books are always fun and instantly make me happy, and this one is no different. We get great banter, cute flirting, fun holiday activities, and all the wonderful drama of high school politics. This is a book that has such a pure entertainment factor, you can’t put it down.I received a copy of the book from Swoon Reads via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
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  • Senator
    January 1, 1970
    a delightfully fluffy read with a hint of tension that's perfect for the warm fuzzies in all of us.
  • Stacee
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 starsI loved the synopsis of this and was quite eager to settle into a sweet Christmas story. I couldn’t get behind Charlie. I wanted to root for her, yet most of the time I was irritated with her and she just felt flat to me. I loved Morgan and JD was fun, so they were the reasons I kept reading. Plot wise, things moved along and it felt like nothing actually happened at the same time. I would have liked a little bit more at the ending, but it was sweet. Overall, it was cute, but still a li 2.5 starsI loved the synopsis of this and was quite eager to settle into a sweet Christmas story. I couldn’t get behind Charlie. I wanted to root for her, yet most of the time I was irritated with her and she just felt flat to me. I loved Morgan and JD was fun, so they were the reasons I kept reading. Plot wise, things moved along and it felt like nothing actually happened at the same time. I would have liked a little bit more at the ending, but it was sweet. Overall, it was cute, but still a little boring. I can see how people will love it, especially for a bit of holiday cheer. **Huge thanks to Swoon Reads for providing the arc free of charge**
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  • Sam Kozbial
    January 1, 1970
    For the second time this year, I experienced this feeling:So, I had just set aside two books that weren't working for me, and I was worried that I was falling into the dreaded reading slump 😲, and then along comes this wonderful book. Seriously, when I was done with this book, I felt so buoyant, my heart so light, that I wanted to dance atop a mountain while making a joyful noise.Reasons why I wanted to hug this book•Charlie was my type of girl. She was all about schedules and planning and she a For the second time this year, I experienced this feeling:So, I had just set aside two books that weren't working for me, and I was worried that I was falling into the dreaded reading slump 😲, and then along comes this wonderful book. Seriously, when I was done with this book, I felt so buoyant, my heart so light, that I wanted to dance atop a mountain while making a joyful noise.Reasons why I wanted to hug this book•Charlie was my type of girl. She was all about schedules and planning and she abhorred lateness (my personal pet peeve). I could totally related to her and her little control freak ways, but I was also pleased to see her grow and change a little over the course of the book. • J.D. was probably one of my favorite things about this book. I wish I had had a boy like J.D. in my life in high school, because he was something special. He was smart, funny, a little goofy, and artistic. He was also so thoughtful and sweet. I adored his interactions with his little cousin, his parents, and his grandfather, and this boy totally won a place in my heart. •Charlie and Morgan had such an awesome friendship, and I was totally jealous of them. I liked how they shared so much and had each other's backs. Everyone should have a friend like that. •This book really put me in the holiday spirit. Christmas, Christmas everywhere! We got to share in so many holiday traditions, as well as see some old ones evolve with changing circumstances. It was also fun unwrapping all the secret santa gifts. One of my favorite things about the holidays is finding the perfect gift for someone. That was one of the things Charlie and J.D. were trying to accomplish in this book, and I was elated to get to tag along on their search.•I always enjoy a good enemies-to-friends-to-more story, and this one did not disappoint. The initial verbal sparring between J.D. and Charlie was quite amusing, but I really liked when their relationship grew into a true friendship, where they could confide in and rely on each other. •Baking! Charlie and Morgan have a little baking business, and there is a ton of wonderful baking going on in book. I really need to find me a Jim Dandy recipe, because they sound ah-mazing. Overall: This book was everything I was looking for and needed at the time. It oozed holiday charm, but also delivered a story filled with love, friendship, and family, which is something I associate with the holidays. I found myself with a severe case of the warm-fuzzies and a perma-smile on my face. **I would like to thank the publishers for the review copy. BLOG | INSTAGRAM | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review. What I Liked:-There are a lot of YA books out there that I think are far too adult for the age group they’re marketed in, but I didn’t have that problem with this book. It seems geared more towards the younger end of the YA spectrum and is pretty clean. It’s the perfect amount of light and fluffy for a fun Christmas read.-I liked the characters. Charlie is very Type A and likes to be in control, but she means well. Her I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review. What I Liked:-There are a lot of YA books out there that I think are far too adult for the age group they’re marketed in, but I didn’t have that problem with this book. It seems geared more towards the younger end of the YA spectrum and is pretty clean. It’s the perfect amount of light and fluffy for a fun Christmas read.-I liked the characters. Charlie is very Type A and likes to be in control, but she means well. Her best friend Morgan did a good job of balancing her out. JD is the polar opposite of Charlie, of course, and they often butt heads. As they come to spend more time with each other they begin to understand each other better and become friends. They had some sweet moments together and I shipped them.-I love that cover! There’s an ugly Christmas sweater party in the book so it even ties in to the story well.-Though I generally don’t like anything Holiday related until after Thanksgiving, this book did get me into the Holiday mood. I enjoyed all the holiday baking and liked the Secret Santa idea.What Didn’t Quite Work for Me:-I couldn’t really get on board with Charlie’s sudden crush on Teo. She basically just knew some stats on him when she decided he was The One. The way she read way too much into every interaction she had with Teo did remind me of being in high school, but it also kind of frustrated me. I also got frustrated by how clueless she was when it came to JD. A lot of the moments between them I thought were so sweet were kind of lost on her.-I thought the end was  a little too abrupt. Things worked out very easily, very quickly for Charlie once she realized who she really wanted and I would’ve liked her to have to work a little bit harder for the happy ending.Overall:Overall, I enjoyed My New Crush Gave to Me. It was light and cute with likeable characters, even if Charlie was frustrating sometimes. I definitely recommend it to fans of YA Contemporary holiday reads.Overall Rating (out of 5): 3 Stars
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  • Alyson Stone
    January 1, 1970
    Book: My New Crush Gave to MeAuthor: Shani Petroff Rating: 5 Out of 5 StarsI would like to thank NetGalley and Macmillian for this ARC. There are very few books out there that make me pause and sigh. This is by far one of the cutest books that I have read in a long time. I normally don’t go for just pure fluff books, but there was just something about this one that I really liked. It’s a Christmas book that just seems to really get you into the Christmas spirit, even if it only September as I wr Book: My New Crush Gave to MeAuthor: Shani Petroff Rating: 5 Out of 5 StarsI would like to thank NetGalley and Macmillian for this ARC. There are very few books out there that make me pause and sigh. This is by far one of the cutest books that I have read in a long time. I normally don’t go for just pure fluff books, but there was just something about this one that I really liked. It’s a Christmas book that just seems to really get you into the Christmas spirit, even if it only September as I write this. Charlie is just a fun main character. She is super organized and has a schedule for everything. She lets people know what she expects of them and will let them know if they don’t met her expectations. Her best friend, Morgan, is amazing and always has her back, no matter what scheme Charlie thinks of. So, the newspaper decides to hold a Secret Santa and, of course, Charlie starts planning right away on how to make sure she gets her crush’s name. Now, of course, she thinks that this guy is her soul mate, but as she comes to realize, maybe she doesn’t know as much about him as she thought. So, she reaches out to J.D, the crush’s cousin. Charlie and J.D made this book for me. I loved all of their adventures and just how they interacted together. If it wasn’t for these two, I really don’t think I would have liked this book as much. Now, it is a slow developing a relationship between these two. Both are actually super sweet and completely devoted to everything that they do. You will find yourself cheering for them!Shani’s writing and character development is just genius. Like I’ve already said, this book is pure fluff and there’s really nothing complex about it. This is just one of those books that is bound to put you in a good mood. I love how Shari gets into the head and souls of teenagers. Reading this made me feel like I was back in high school. Again, a surprising good read! You need to put this book on your holiday to read shelf. It will lift your spirits and get you in the Christmas mood-trust me on this one! This book comes out October 31, 2017.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    3.5Super cute (I am a SUCKER for holiday YA), but also super predictable. You know exactly how the whole book is going to pan out after the first page, but luckily you don't read a book titled "My New Crush Gave to Me" trying to be surprised
  • Caroline
    January 1, 1970
    Full Review Coming Soon to the Blogwww.carolineandrus.com/blogI was in the mood for a light and fluffy YA romance and this one from NetGalley really did the trick. It was a quick, fun, and sweet read. To top it off, it's the end of August and I'm suddenly ready to set up my tree and string garlands and lights around my house!
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  • Eileen (BookCatPin)
    January 1, 1970
    Cute, drama-free and fun.Review to come.
  • Vicky Who Reads
    January 1, 1970
    4 starsCharlie needs a date. Her friend's aptly named birthday party, "Lover's Ball," requires all the attendees to bring a date. Now that her boyfriend has moved away and she's broken up, Charlie's now dateless & feeling pressured to bring a +1.She doesn't think anyone is of boyfriend material--at least, until she meets overachieving Teo Oritz, football (and baseball!) star, NHS member, and popular golden boy. Charlie has her eye on him, and she'll do whatever it takes to get him to take he 4 starsCharlie needs a date. Her friend's aptly named birthday party, "Lover's Ball," requires all the attendees to bring a date. Now that her boyfriend has moved away and she's broken up, Charlie's now dateless & feeling pressured to bring a +1.She doesn't think anyone is of boyfriend material--at least, until she meets overachieving Teo Oritz, football (and baseball!) star, NHS member, and popular golden boy. Charlie has her eye on him, and she'll do whatever it takes to get him to take her to the ball.Even if it means rigging the Secret Santa drawings or dealing with his annoying cousin, J.D. Oritz, who grates on her every nerve with his lack of time-keeping skills and argumentative behavior.But when things don't turn out the way she expects, Charlie may float or flounder.This was a really cute story. I would compare it to a Hallmark Christmas movie, but for teens. Really, any Hallmark movie would suffice.My New Crush Gave to Me is a super sweet, albeit trope filled, holiday romance. It's everything you could want.I came into reading this novel with an entire plot planned out in my head & a specific set of expectations, and this novel met them all. I spotted the plot from a mile away. It's one of those warm, feel-good stories that makes everything bubbly like champagne.Girl likes boy. Girl enlists boy's cousin to help pick gifts. Girl ends up falling for cousin. Girl realizes her mistake, talks to cousin, and boom shaka laka! We wrap it all together with a neat little bow.It's the tropiest, most cliché thing you've ever read. It's a Hallmark movie, but in words. It was absolutely adorable.I'm quite the sucker for Hallmark movies, and this fulfilled my expectations as a fluffy read. If cute, cliché stories aren't your cup of tea, this probably won't be the book for you because it's the epitome of cute & cliché.But, if you do like reading predictable, cute romances, then My New Crush Gave to Me might just be your next favorite read.The holiday spirit penetrated this novel and you could find it lurking in every corner--perfect for the fall and winter months ahead.The characters are all well-developed and had their own flaws.Charlie is someone who loves a lot of structure and sticking to a plan, so when things stray from her plan (Operation Secret Santa), things in Charlie's bubble will get shaken up. She doesn't deal well with these circumstances, and there are moments when you might not agree with the decision Charlie makes.Teo is the main love interest, and everything Charlie would want. There's not much more to him, because this is a novel about Charlie and J.D., not Charlie and Teo (as much as she may want it to be Charlie and Teo).J.D. is the sidekick/new love interest, and is much more complex than Teo. He's perpetually late and keeps secrets and is sweet as he does kind things for people, even when they're rude to him (ahem, Charlie).Then we have a set of minor characters, ranging from the best friend & her boyfriend to family members and other girls at school.This novel is fairly short, just shy of 300 pages (basically a breeze compared to those 500 page books), which makes it fast paced and structured, except with a 5 part body instead of a 3 part (because there are 5 gifts = 5 hurdle points = 5 part body).The change of heart and really dynamic points for Charlie happen in the last 10-15%, and it's like the fast ending of a Hallmark movie where you're left wanting more of Charlie & her love interest at the end.And although Petroff does the entire Hallmark structure down to a T, I was left wanting more that wasn't the actual Charlie romance.As much of a hopeless romantic I am, I still like a little deeper meaning that was lacking in this novel. The only message I could interpret was "Don't judge a book by its cover" and messages about love and significant others.I was hoping Petroff would break the cliché. Maybe change the ending to Charlie and the love interest being friends for the time or her throwing aside society's beliefs and proving to those mean girls that she doesn't need to take a man to the party.This would have made a much more meaningful message, but the novel was still executed nicely.There also seemed to be a lack of diversity. I was hoping for some more LGBTQ+ representation, and I would have even taken it if it was a side character. There were subtle mentions on skin tone, but they weren't the focus. (Luckily this isn't an actual Hallmark movie and not all of the cast has to be white).Although My New Crush Gave to Me had some pitfalls in originality and meaning, I still found it an enjoyable read that really got me into the holiday season. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who likes Hallmark movies or cute romances with happy endings.You can preorder My New Crush Gave to Me from any major booksellers or buy it in stores when it comes out on October 31st!(Also, isn't the cover the absolute cutest? One of the editors at Swoon Reads hand knitted the cover, which is so cool!)Thank you to Netgalley, Macmillan, and Swoon Reads for providing me with a digital review copy in exchange for an honest review!Blog | Instagram | Twitter
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  • Carolyn
    January 1, 1970
    star rating: 3.5/5MY NEW CRUSH GAVE TO ME is super cute and wintery. This book has such adorable, cozy, and festive vibes. It doesn't dig deep, and the writing and plot aren't exactly revolutionary, but this novel is an entertaining quick read for the holiday season.This book was FILLED with adorable holiday scenes, so if you want a book that will get you hyped for the holidays, MY NEW CRUSH GAVE TO ME is the one. There's decorating, baking, singing, sweaters, shopping, gift giving, and more (I' star rating: 3.5/5MY NEW CRUSH GAVE TO ME is super cute and wintery. This book has such adorable, cozy, and festive vibes. It doesn't dig deep, and the writing and plot aren't exactly revolutionary, but this novel is an entertaining quick read for the holiday season.This book was FILLED with adorable holiday scenes, so if you want a book that will get you hyped for the holidays, MY NEW CRUSH GAVE TO ME is the one. There's decorating, baking, singing, sweaters, shopping, gift giving, and more (I'm trying to be vague here so I don't spoil all of the holiday cheer inside but trust me, this book is full of Christmas spirit). There's also some Hanukkah celebrating too, so it's not ALL Christmas!The protagonist of this book, Charlie, was interesting to me. I think we have a lot in common- both good and bad traits. I was actually very happy to see a (realistically) flawed character in YA. For example, Charlie has a frenemy, and she thinks about that frenemy more than she'd like to admit. She's also obsessed with planning to the point where she is impatient with her friends for not sticking to plans as closely as she does. I would have liked more character development with that second flaw... Charlie definitely needed to learn that this isn't right. At least Charlie recognizes the pettiness between her and Zakiyah as a flaw- but she doesn't come to the realization at all that there is a problem with her impatience. She does realize that she should be less judgmental, which is a step, but she doesn't realize how rude she is to even her own friends when it comes to punctuality. The romance in this was pretty cute!! Personally, I was conflicted with Charlie, which was good. In my opinion, the best love triangles (though this wasn't a true love triangle I guess-- Charlie pines after 1 guy for the majority of the book, but from the synopsis alone, it's pretty clear what happens toward the end) are written so that both the protagonist and the reader feel torn between both love interests. Both Teo and J.D. are frigging adorable and I'd happily date either one of them tbh (even though like Charlie, I would get SO annoyed with J.D. being late to everything). All of the characters in this book (except for Zakiyah. and Heather. ugh bye) are super lovable :)The writing in this book wasn't anything special, but it did keep me interested!! As soon as I had time to read this book (I started it in the middle of a busy school week) I *flew* through it. I was addicted!! I wanted more Christmassy cuteness so I never wanted to put this down. This book did have lots of fun scenes that kept me wanting to read, but it was pretty predictable. That didn't really bother me though because I was here for the holiday cheer!!* I received an ARC of this novel from Macmillan. Thank you Macmillan! All opinions are my own. *
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  • Morgan
    January 1, 1970
    *Thank you to Netgalley and Macmillan for the free ARC in exchange for an honest review.*My New Crush Gave to Me is a fast paced, realistic, warm and fluffy spectacular. Secret Santa and secret crushes go hand in hand as main character Charlie navigates high school woes and foes during the holidays.I really enjoyed the premise of this story and its ability to realistically portray the awkwardness and sometimes foolishness of high school kids with crushes and the lengths they’re willing to go to *Thank you to Netgalley and Macmillan for the free ARC in exchange for an honest review.*My New Crush Gave to Me is a fast paced, realistic, warm and fluffy spectacular. Secret Santa and secret crushes go hand in hand as main character Charlie navigates high school woes and foes during the holidays.I really enjoyed the premise of this story and its ability to realistically portray the awkwardness and sometimes foolishness of high school kids with crushes and the lengths they’re willing to go to get noticed by said crushes.Charlie really needs a date. With the social event of the season fast approaching and no boyfriend in the picture, Charlie sets her sights on class hero Teo, a star athlete and all around good guy, if not a bit self absorbed. He’s kind of out of her league but Charlie doesn’t really care about any of that. All she can picture is showing up to the biggest party of the year on Teo’s arm, but unfortunately Charlie isn’t even a speck on Teo’s radar. But then she gets the brilliant idea to meddle with the newspaper staff’s secret Santa. With a little help from her arch nemesis J.D., who just so happens to be Teo’s cousin, she just might end up with the date of her dreams.Hijinks ensue and realizations are made in this humorous holiday tale. I loved the different relationships at play throughout the story, especially the one between Charlie and J.D. They’re always arguing and sniping at each other, but once they start working together and finding commonalities, their relationship begins to change and it was just so nice to read about.Charlie is strong and assertive and not afraid to go for what she wants. She doesn’t take anyone’s crap and while sometimes she needs to lighten up a little, overall she’s a pretty well developed and likeable main character.J.D. is an adorable goofball who loves photography and Christmas, and is probably one of the greatest gift givers ever. The thought he puts into choosing gifts for people is so personal and special, it made me love him even more. Charlie also has a best friend named Morgan, who is quite sensible and most often the voice of reason when Charlie starts to go off the deep end. She’s always supportive, and just a really great addition to the cast of characters. Her friendship with Charlie was also wonderful to read about because it was purely good, and healthy. They never tried to tear each other down.Overall, this was a really fun read. It’s the perfect book to curl up with on a cold winter day with a cozy blanket and a mug of hot chocolate.
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  • Meghan
    January 1, 1970
    2/2.5 Moose. I probably should have held off on reading another Christmas-y YA book, but what can you do. I fought with myself the entire book on whether or not I would DNF it, but honestly, it's a quick read. It's rather predictable - I wasn't expecting it not to be, and part of my issues could be my own single, black cold scrooge like heart.I just couldn't get on board with the main character. I get the neurotic, needing to plan everything and the anxiety that comes when it's not. However, Cha 2/2.5 Moose. I probably should have held off on reading another Christmas-y YA book, but what can you do. I fought with myself the entire book on whether or not I would DNF it, but honestly, it's a quick read. It's rather predictable - I wasn't expecting it not to be, and part of my issues could be my own single, black cold scrooge like heart.I just couldn't get on board with the main character. I get the neurotic, needing to plan everything and the anxiety that comes when it's not. However, Charlie never grows or learns that maybe it's okay to not be as structured and neurotic, or that she might need to get help for it. The character isn't immature....she's simply flat. And what's funny is she is quiet possibly the most well rounded character.For example, at some point she realizes that she's read a bakery order wrong. Her best friend doesn't really get mad at her, no one sits her down to try to get her to figure out that maybe her obsessing over this guy is causing her to overload herself. It's just......flat and boring.I get the need for the perfect for you boyfriend, I get the desire to win and being one track minded. I can almost forgive the fact that she doesn't really make any of the Secret Santa gifts or even try, but pawns it off on JD(??) But there's really.....no action in this book. There is a gossip queen who hates the main character, and that doesn't play into the story at all.I know that if this had been a Hallmark holiday movie, I would have watched it multiple times, and I shouldn't hold a holiday book to a higher standard. But maybe I would have had an actual attachment to the main character.
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  • Makenna Fournier
    January 1, 1970
    First I want to say that I did really like this book, it was super cute, it had one of my favorite tropes (the love to hate relationship) and it really put me in the holiday mood, but while I really enjoyed it I don't think everyone will, and I think people should know what they are getting from the book before they go into it. This is not some deep, thoughtful book that will make you emotional, it is very much so like those cheesy Christmas movies you would see either on ABC Family or Hallmark. First I want to say that I did really like this book, it was super cute, it had one of my favorite tropes (the love to hate relationship) and it really put me in the holiday mood, but while I really enjoyed it I don't think everyone will, and I think people should know what they are getting from the book before they go into it. This is not some deep, thoughtful book that will make you emotional, it is very much so like those cheesy Christmas movies you would see either on ABC Family or Hallmark. The plot is very predictable and the characters are not the most lovable, so if that is not the kind of book you would like, I would advise to skip this one. For me personally, I love binging those kind of movies during the holiday time, which made this book perfect for me. The problems I had with this book were mostly with the writing, one thing specifically was the use of exclamation marks. I don't know if this bothers anyone else, but the use of exclamation marks is one of my biggest pet peeves for books, and there were definitely more than a few used in this book (they were usually used with more than one at a time like "really?!!!!" which just made it worse. Other than that and a few things with the writing, I thoroughly enjoyed the book.*Also I did win this Arc in a Goodreads giveaway, but all my feelings in this review are my own and not affected from it being a giveaway
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    Received an Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for an honest review from MacMillian Children’s Publishing Group via NetGalley.What a cute holiday book. At the start, Charlie is a little difficult to like. She is a major type A personality (which isn’t a bad thing), but she often times tends to come off a little mean. Right off the bat, her relationship with JD is intense. They argue all the time and view the world very differently. As they start interacting more with one another, Charlie becomes m Received an Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for an honest review from MacMillian Children’s Publishing Group via NetGalley.What a cute holiday book. At the start, Charlie is a little difficult to like. She is a major type A personality (which isn’t a bad thing), but she often times tends to come off a little mean. Right off the bat, her relationship with JD is intense. They argue all the time and view the world very differently. As they start interacting more with one another, Charlie becomes more relaxed and relatable. The supporting characters really made this book. JD was a great character! He was spontaneous, fun, thoughtful, and super sweet. There were also lots of dealings with his family in which they did all the typical holiday activities. Morgan, Charlie’s best friend, was so awesome! Morgan tries to be the voice of reason with Charlie, which doesn’t always work. I found their interactions to be extremely entertaining. Overall, this book has a sweet romance, great supporting characters, and of course holiday fun that makes it easy to get into the holiday spirit!
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  • JM Cabral
    January 1, 1970
    Full review to come as on-sale date approaches. For now, I'll leave my short blurb:"My New Crush Gave to Me is a novel about a persistent and organized young woman who defies social laws to try and get a date with the campus crush in time for the holidays. Albeit I did enjoy reading it, and I was fairly entertained by the story, I personally feel like the story as well as the characters are a bit flat and didn't undergo much development. The concept of the story really hooked me up, but I feel l Full review to come as on-sale date approaches. For now, I'll leave my short blurb:"My New Crush Gave to Me is a novel about a persistent and organized young woman who defies social laws to try and get a date with the campus crush in time for the holidays. Albeit I did enjoy reading it, and I was fairly entertained by the story, I personally feel like the story as well as the characters are a bit flat and didn't undergo much development. The concept of the story really hooked me up, but I feel like the story could've been improved by more significantly developed characters. Still, for those who call themselves fans of the hate to love trope, you might have different thoughts about this title."Huge thanks to my friends from Macmillan International for sending a review copy of this title my way. This did not, in any way, affect my overall opinion of the book and/or the story.
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  • Jamie Zishka
    January 1, 1970
    This book was a cute little high school romance. I would give this story a 3-3.5 stars. This is the first book I have read by this author, her writing was good but the story itself didn't grip me from the beginning and have me begging for more, I am not a huge fan of YA so that may be part of my block with this book but it was a quick quirky read and I would recommend to others that are looking for a lighthearted book. When Charlie wants something she is determined to get it ... with the help of This book was a cute little high school romance. I would give this story a 3-3.5 stars. This is the first book I have read by this author, her writing was good but the story itself didn't grip me from the beginning and have me begging for more, I am not a huge fan of YA so that may be part of my block with this book but it was a quick quirky read and I would recommend to others that are looking for a lighthearted book. When Charlie wants something she is determined to get it ... with the help of J.D. someone she despises she creates a plan to get J.D.'s cousin Teo to be her date to the Christmas Ball... when all seems to be going according to her plan she will realize some truths of her own and maybe it isn't Teo (the perfect man on paper) that is she is crushing on..Get to one clicking to see what happens! If this author writes more than YA I would certainly read her again for sure.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    What a super fun holiday read! Charlie is looking for a date to a big deal event and her sights are set on Teo, who unfortunately doesn't really know her. Luckily for Charlie, with secret Santa happening at the paper and the help of his cousin JD, Charlie is able to make a move on Teo. The cute way that JD and Charlie come together through the different aspects of the holidays is adorable. Christmas shopping, celebrating Hanukah, carol singing, tree decorating all make this a fun holiday read. T What a super fun holiday read! Charlie is looking for a date to a big deal event and her sights are set on Teo, who unfortunately doesn't really know her. Luckily for Charlie, with secret Santa happening at the paper and the help of his cousin JD, Charlie is able to make a move on Teo. The cute way that JD and Charlie come together through the different aspects of the holidays is adorable. Christmas shopping, celebrating Hanukah, carol singing, tree decorating all make this a fun holiday read. The characters are well written and everyone needs a bestie that bakes! I enjoyed reading this story and felt like I was watching a hallmark holiday movie. I look forward to reading more by Petroff and it definitely put me in the holiday spirit! Thanks netgalley for an ARC for my honest opinion.
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  • Tammy
    January 1, 1970
    Charlie is a stickler for being on time and organized. She loves attention to detail. J.D. is the opposite or is he? He loves attention to detail in his photos. Charlie was a bit irritating at first with her rigidness but when J.D. tries to help her win over his cousin, Teo, she seems to loosen up a bit all in the name of capturing Teo for a date to the Lovers Ball. J.D. draws her out bit by bit in hilarious ways. She discovers more about herself and how others may not be what they seem. I recei Charlie is a stickler for being on time and organized. She loves attention to detail. J.D. is the opposite or is he? He loves attention to detail in his photos. Charlie was a bit irritating at first with her rigidness but when J.D. tries to help her win over his cousin, Teo, she seems to loosen up a bit all in the name of capturing Teo for a date to the Lovers Ball. J.D. draws her out bit by bit in hilarious ways. She discovers more about herself and how others may not be what they seem. I received a free ebook in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Monica
    January 1, 1970
    This is a cute little Christmas romance. And I am sucker for holiday romance stories. The characters were sweet. The main character was a bit uptight in the beginning but she had some good growth by the end. Loved her love interest. Adorable. The plot was predictable, but I still enjoyed it. Challenges:2017 Goodreads Challenge * I received a free copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review via Net Galley. My review is my own opinion.
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  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    First, I should say that I enjoy a good YA book. This one had the basic story I'm a sucker for. It is sweet and high school romance filled. You want the characters to make the choices to lead them to where you know they belong. I'm happy to have read this. However, I couldn't get into the main character, Charlie. I wanted to like her,but found my like falling short. I'm not sure why. All in all, worth a click if you are into YA books.
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  • Stephanie Ann
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this book! It was cute, and I found it a very fast read. I didn't want to put it down. I found the main character extremely easy to relate to. I like that Charlie is an intelligent, goal oriented and driven young woman. She never completely casts aside her goals , schoolwork and responsibilities to get caught up in her search for romance. I think it was fairly realistic as well.
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  • Anna Knutson
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Netgalley for an ARC A great holiday read! When perfect, always on time Charlie realizes Teo may be her perfect match she goes all out to make sure he notices her. Rigged Secret Santa’s and perfect gifts (with the help of his cousin) Charlie works so hard to impress Teo she forgets who is there every step of the way and helping her win him over.
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  • Teresa
    January 1, 1970
    *****4.5 Stars*****This book was sooo adorable....it was your typical opposites attract story but so much more than just that! Charlie was super fun to get to know and I fell in love with J.D. *sigh* oh J.D.Perfect read for something light and fun. Thanks to Swoon for the ARC!
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