10 Blind Dates
Sophie wants one thing for Christmas-a little freedom from her overprotective parents. So when they decide to spend Christmas in South Louisiana with her very pregnant older sister, Sophie is looking forward to some much needed private (read: make-out) time with her long-term boyfriend, Griffin. Except it turns out that Griffin wants a little freedom from their relationship. Cue devastation.Heartbroken, Sophie flees to her grandparents' house, where the rest of her boisterous extended family is gathered for the holiday. That's when her nonna devises a (not so) brilliant plan: Over the next ten days, Sophie will be set up on ten different blind dates by different family members. Like her sweet cousin Sara, who sets her up with a hot guy at an exclusive underground party. Or her crazy aunt Patrice, who signs Sophie up for a lead role in a living nativity. With a boy who barely reaches her shoulder. And a screaming baby.When Griffin turns up unexpectedly and begs for a second chance, Sophie feels more confused than ever. Because maybe, just maybe, she's started to have feelings for someone else . . . Someone who is definitely not available.This is going to be the worst Christmas break ever... or is it?

10 Blind Dates Details

Title10 Blind Dates
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 1st, 2019
PublisherDisney-Hyperion
ISBN-139781368027496
Rating
GenreContemporary, Romance, Young Adult, Holiday, Christmas

10 Blind Dates Review

  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    “I don’t expect to meet the love of my life but maybe, just maybe this will help heal the pieces Griffin broke.” I promise you, so many people are going to be checking this one out from their library this holiday season, and with good reason, because I read this book with a constant smile on my face. This was such a heartwarming story about family, and love, and finding out about yourself and your happiness when you are in that weird transition period when you are getting ready for college. This boo “I don’t expect to meet the love of my life but maybe, just maybe this will help heal the pieces Griffin broke.” I promise you, so many people are going to be checking this one out from their library this holiday season, and with good reason, because I read this book with a constant smile on my face. This was such a heartwarming story about family, and love, and finding out about yourself and your happiness when you are in that weird transition period when you are getting ready for college. This book really was a delight to read, and I am actually excited to see how well received it’s probably going to be in the book community soon! 10 Blind Dates stars a girl named Sophie who is planning to spend the holidays with her grandparents (and her huge extended family), while her parents celebrate with her sister who is a few hours away and on bedrest with her pregnancy. Sophie thinks that she might also be able to sneak away and finally get a little alone time with her longtime boyfriend, but things don’t work out the way she envisions when she finds out that he is having second thoughts about them staying together since they will both be going away to college soon. She goes to her grandparents’ house feeling rather heartbroken, but her entire family who are all celebrating Christmas under the same roof, decide to try to cheer her up by setting her up on *looks at book title* ten blind dates! Sophie is for sure having her doubts, but when the first date goes alright, she thinks that maybe she can do this, and maybe she can get closer to some of the family members she has drifted a little apart from in the process. Overall, this just really is a perfect, heartwarming, hopeful holiday read. It really puts an emphasis on the importance of (healthy) family, and how the love of family can be so unconditional. This book also puts a very big emphasis on sibling relationships, which you all know is something I love reading about in books, and I truly think siblings who are best friends have a power unlike any other. I just really think this book is perfect for December, and I recommend it with my whole heart if you’re looking for a cozy, Christmas story that will make you smile throughout. Also, this has already been picked up by Netflix, and I feel so much joy thinking about what a wonderful adaptation it will make! Youtube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Twitch The quotes above were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication.Content and Trigger Warnings: grey area cheating/emotional cheating and high-risk pregnancy threats.Buddy read with Madalyn! ❤❤ I read this for The Reading Rush, 2019!
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  • Lola
    January 1, 1970
    This was FUN. Everything about it promises fun—the cover, title, synopsis—but it’s one thing to expect something and another thing to be delivered that thing. Also, I read the author’s This Is Our Story, a YA mystery, so I couldn’t wait to see her deliver a feel-good Christmassy romance.I read it in two sittings and, actually, I dare you to read it any slower. It will be hard because this is a fast-paced page-turner that is just the right amount of fun and sweet. Sophie and her boyfr This was FUN. Everything about it promises fun—the cover, title, synopsis—but it’s one thing to expect something and another thing to be delivered that thing. Also, I read the author’s This Is Our Story, a YA mystery, so I couldn’t wait to see her deliver a feel-good Christmassy romance.I read it in two sittings and, actually, I dare you to read it any slower. It will be hard because this is a fast-paced page-turner that is just the right amount of fun and sweet. Sophie and her boyfriend for a year are newly broken up and Sophie’s family has the great idea of filling up her Christmas agenda with ten blind dates. Some are wonderful… some not so much. But this Christmas isn’t just about innocent fun with random dudes; it’s also about Sophie reconnecting with her family—her grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins and even childhood friends. She experiences a strange kind of break being away from her parents, her sister who is expecting a baby and her boyfriend to whom she thought she would lose her virginity this year. But maybe this is what she needs to reconnect with people who are dear to her… and with herself.This was a delight from start to finish. Predictable for sure but I had a really good time following Sophie on her many dates.Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’
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  • megs_bookrack
    January 1, 1970
    I have an new favorite YA Contemporary!! This is the most adorable, sweetest book about family and self-discovery that I have EVER read.It's so true, guys! I loved this with my whole heart and soul. This book is a blessing, Ashley Elston is a blessing.I am even having a hard time forming legitimate sentences right now.This precious story follows Sophie, who on the eve of Christmas b I have an new favorite YA Contemporary!! This is the most adorable, sweetest book about family and self-discovery that I have EVER read.It's so true, guys! I loved this with my whole heart and soul. This book is a blessing, Ashley Elston is a blessing.I am even having a hard time forming legitimate sentences right now.This precious story follows Sophie, who on the eve of Christmas break, is looking forward to nothing more than spending some quality time with her boyfriend, Griffin. Her parents are traveling to stay with her older sister, Margot, who is pregnant with her first child and having a slightly complicated pregnancy.The stated plan is that Sophie will be traveling to her Grandparent's house to stay with them for the entirety of her holiday. Secretly, she hopes to sneak back home as much as she can to be with Griffin. Unfortunately, when she overhears Griffin tell one of his friends that he wants a break from Sophie, the only thing broken is her heart.Later that same night, when her Grandmother, Nonna, finds Sophie crying outside her house, she hatches a scheme to get Sophie's mind of stupid-ole' Griffin. Nonna's plan: have family members set poor Sophie up on 10 blind dates to keep her busy each night of her Christmas break.I know this book sounds like the perfect plot for a romantic comedy and it definitely is. At the same time however, my biggest take away from this was the power of a supportive family. At the heart of this, it is about ties that bind that go way deeper than any high school relationship ever could.Sophie has a LARGE dramatic Sicilian family and I ABSOLUTELY loved the positive family dynamic. There were Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Mom, Dad and her Sister involved. All rooting for Sophie's happiness and she was such a good sport about everything that was thrown at her.The dates were all unique and a little wacky. I looked forward to reading each on as they unfolded. It was such a fun and creative format. Elston's storytelling is just top-notch, there is no denying that.Thank you so much to the publisher, Disney Book Group, for providing me with a copy to read and review. I loved this so, so much! Ashley Elston is an auto-buy author for me and obviously that's not changing any time soon. I cannot wait to see what she comes up with next!
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  • Chelsea Humphrey
    January 1, 1970
    Ashley Elston is the type of author that is difficult to NOT adore; her books are varied in genre but consistently well written, and 10 Blind Dates is no different. Occasionally I get a craving to read books that are comfortably predictable, and this happens most often in the last quarter of the year. Perhaps you can call it the holiday spirit (Fall, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc), but there's something about picking up a book that features a big, close knit family that you can grow to love, flaws and Ashley Elston is the type of author that is difficult to NOT adore; her books are varied in genre but consistently well written, and 10 Blind Dates is no different. Occasionally I get a craving to read books that are comfortably predictable, and this happens most often in the last quarter of the year. Perhaps you can call it the holiday spirit (Fall, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc), but there's something about picking up a book that features a big, close knit family that you can grow to love, flaws and all. While I can't think of one aspect that took me by surprise, that's precisely why I became fond of this feel good YA contemporary. My only issue is some gray area cheating that felt unnecessary, but overall, super pleased with how this one read and concluded. *Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy via NetGalley!**********************When everyone else is talking about Halloween, but you're too excited for the Christmas books:
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  • C.G. Drews
    January 1, 1970
    This is just such a delightful Christmassy romcom! Look sometimes you get a cupcake and you just want to devour the whipped cream sugary goodness by itself and that's what this is 😌it's sweet and has a lot of wild and fun blind dates happening (hey with a few deeper things happening in the background) and it features BIG ITALIAN FAMILIES and oblivious crushes and so much food you will, quite literally, need a snack break. Can someone pls bake for me now??? I am hungry. Reading is hard work, I need cinn This is just such a delightful Christmassy romcom! Look sometimes you get a cupcake and you just want to devour the whipped cream sugary goodness by itself and that's what this is 😌it's sweet and has a lot of wild and fun blind dates happening (hey with a few deeper things happening in the background) and it features BIG ITALIAN FAMILIES and oblivious crushes and so much food you will, quite literally, need a snack break. Can someone pls bake for me now??? I am hungry. Reading is hard work, I need cinnamon scrolls.blind date tiiiiimeSophie overhears her boyfriend say being with her is "boring" which is just a delightful way to start her christmas break. She takes off to her Big Family Christmas and her nona strikes on the genius idea to have family members set her up with 10 blind dates. Look this is an excellent trope and I 10000% think Netflix needs to pick this up. It's full of quirky funny wildness, with dates at a live Nativity play and a puppy iceskating rink and Game of Thrones themed bowling. Sophie kind of dreads the whole thing buuuut sometimes has fun. I decided after about 2 pages that her (ex)boyfriend Griffin needed to fall into a hole and wE WILL DIE FOR WES, aka a childhood best friend she "totally" does "not" "like" in "that way".sweet summer childbig families ftwLook there are precious few big-family centric books and this is fills a hole in my life. Sophie's grandma has like 8 kids and they all congregate for a family Christmas...so there are a billion cousins and uncles and weird aunts and eviller cousins and it's !!!! so chaotic and cheerful and fun!!! Sophie also has this super tight relationship with her older sister (who isn't there and is pregnant) and they text and it's just so fun and natural?! Look, I have a ton of siblings. A pile of niblings. This book just GOT it and I loved the banter and the flow.I wish I'd had more context for the Foursome: Sophie and her two cousins Olivia and Charlie, and their best friend from next door Wes. They've kind of all drifted apart but I didn't really understand why and I loooooved them. They were just FUN and I love epic family-centric squads. Charlie was such a dork and Olivia was super hyper and Wes was Soft. This lot though.christmas all rounddude, I read precious little christmas books so this was just FUN. It wasn't a super cold christmas either, which was good because I am an Aussie. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ And I loved the mix of big-family christmas traditions + going on these weird blind dates + in the background Sophie's worried about her sister. if you're looking for holiday wholesomeness -- here it is for youI just had so much fun reading this! It could've gone a bit deeper with some of the relationships, but it was an engaging and epic read, and I totally love love big family stories so SOLID WIN for me there. It leaves you with a sticky chocolatey minty Christmas hug, reminding you that relationships are important and don't let them slip away. 😘
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  • Stacee
    January 1, 1970
    This book was super fun.Great characters and a large, well meaning family made for a quick read that had me laughing out loud at several places and screaming in others. I can’t wait to read it again. **Huge thanks to Ashley for asking me to beta read**
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  • Riley
    January 1, 1970
    this was unbelievably cute! it was the perfect christmas rom-com book
  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)
    January 1, 1970
    This was truly everything I wanted it to be! Ah!! Just the right amount rom-com tropiness, but with the best big Southern family vibes that warmed my lil Georgia heart.
  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
    January 1, 1970
    I just want ALL the cute Christmas rom-coms in my life, please and thank you
  • Tatiana
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 starsThere is a good chance that Netflix will make a movie out of this story that I’ll like better than this novel itself, kind of like they did with To All the Boys I've Loved Before. If they find the right (hot) love interest, if they invest time into developing various family members’ personalities, and if they drop the pregnant sister/baby subplot altogether. (I mean, was this written for teens or for moms? Do teens like reading about pregnancy complications and cooing over babies? 2.5 starsThere is a good chance that Netflix will make a movie out of this story that I’ll like better than this novel itself, kind of like they did with To All the Boys I've Loved Before. If they find the right (hot) love interest, if they invest time into developing various family members’ personalities, and if they drop the pregnant sister/baby subplot altogether. (I mean, was this written for teens or for moms? Do teens like reading about pregnancy complications and cooing over babies? I am a mom and I wanted none of that baby business in my light romance. And who would go on dates and attend parties when her closest relatives’ lives are in peril? All of this didn’t jive well together at all for me.)The story does have good bones though. It has a bland (read: self-insert), but very desirable protagonist, a group of fun friends, a big, loud family a la My Big Fat Greek Wedding (just with many more unpleasant people), and a sweet love interest. Half of the dates were meh, but #2 was a real riot.
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  • Lindsay (pawsomereads)
    January 1, 1970
    This was such a cute book! It was an easy and quick read but contained a lot of funny, relatable and entertaining content. I loved that, while the plot is obviously about romance and dating, there was also a lot of focus on family and friendship. Sophie's family is so loving and supporting, if not a tad bit over-bearing, but in the best way.The plot was predictable but I didn't feel like this took away from the book too much overall. This was a fun read that left me super happy after I fin This was such a cute book! It was an easy and quick read but contained a lot of funny, relatable and entertaining content. I loved that, while the plot is obviously about romance and dating, there was also a lot of focus on family and friendship. Sophie's family is so loving and supporting, if not a tad bit over-bearing, but in the best way.The plot was predictable but I didn't feel like this took away from the book too much overall. This was a fun read that left me super happy after I finished it. What made it even better is that it took place around Christmas, my favorite time of year!
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  • sam {Multi Dreamer}⚔
    January 1, 1970
    this was such a fun and adorable read. Highly recommend this one if you’re looking for something with family, fun and overall cuteness. 4.5⭐ this was such a fun and adorable read. Highly recommend this one if you’re looking for something with family, fun and overall cuteness. 4.5⭐️
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  • Tucker
    January 1, 1970
    Many thanks to Ian at Disney Hyperion for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest reviewthank you Disney, for the early christmas blessings!! this along with Royal Holiday will make for a splendid christmas break!!| Goodreads | Blog | Twitch | Pinterest | Reddit | LinkedIn |
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  • Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
    January 1, 1970
    Prepare yourselves....this is going to be a 'must read' this December. Actually, this novel needs to be adapted into a movie because it would be the perfect watch for the holidays! Before I get too ahead of myself, this book was everything that you could hope for in a teenage contemporary set during the week of Christmas/New Years. I keep on telling people this comparison but I would say this novel is the perfect mixture of "Cheaper by the Dozen" and "To All the Boys I've Loved Before". It's a c Prepare yourselves....this is going to be a 'must read' this December. Actually, this novel needs to be adapted into a movie because it would be the perfect watch for the holidays! Before I get too ahead of myself, this book was everything that you could hope for in a teenage contemporary set during the week of Christmas/New Years. I keep on telling people this comparison but I would say this novel is the perfect mixture of "Cheaper by the Dozen" and "To All the Boys I've Loved Before". It's a cute story of teenage romance but also has family, adventure, and humour. It has 'cheesy' moments but also has serious, heartfelt moments making it the perfect balance. I definitely recommend reading this novel come December because it has everything you could want in a read centred around the holidays. The only thing left that I can say is, okay Netflix...I'm ready for this to be adapted ASAP.***Thank you to the publisher for supplying me with a copy of this book via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review***
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  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    January 1, 1970
    This was so freaking cute and I absolutely flew through it. I’m serious, I couldn’t put it down and I was laughing the whole way through. 10 Blind Dates follow Sophie as she unexpectedly finds herself single over holiday break. With her Nonna determined to cheer her up, Sophie is set up on 10 blind dates by different family members, and hilarity ensues. There was so much to be happy about with this story: the huge, close-knit family (the fab four was indeed fabulous), the awkward (and always sur This was so freaking cute and I absolutely flew through it. I’m serious, I couldn’t put it down and I was laughing the whole way through. 10 Blind Dates follow Sophie as she unexpectedly finds herself single over holiday break. With her Nonna determined to cheer her up, Sophie is set up on 10 blind dates by different family members, and hilarity ensues. There was so much to be happy about with this story: the huge, close-knit family (the fab four was indeed fabulous), the awkward (and always surprising) blind dates, the adorable romances. If you’re in the need for a pick-me-up, this book will give you that boost.
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  • Olivia & Lori (The Candid Cover)
    January 1, 1970
    Full Review on The Candid CoverAs a big fan of YA Christmas books, I was excited when I first heard of 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston. I was expecting festive fluff, and this book delivers on that with its dynamic family and perfectly cheesy dates. This is a light and fluffy read that is sure to get the reader in the Christmas spirit.This book follows Sophie, who is dealing with a recent heartbreak, as she is set up on 10 blind dates by her family. It is easy to sympathize with Full Review on The Candid CoverAs a big fan of YA Christmas books, I was excited when I first heard of 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston. I was expecting festive fluff, and this book delivers on that with its dynamic family and perfectly cheesy dates. This is a light and fluffy read that is sure to get the reader in the Christmas spirit.This book follows Sophie, who is dealing with a recent heartbreak, as she is set up on 10 blind dates by her family. It is easy to sympathize with Sophie, but it is also inspiring to see her transform and bounce back from her broken heart. The book is filled with winter vibes as it takes place over Christmas, and I loved reading about each of the festive dates, some more outrageous than others. There is also a balance between fun and heartfelt moments as there is a subplot with Sophie’s pregnant sister and complications she faces. As well, family is one of my favourite elements in YA, and I was happy to see such a big, lively family that (mostly) wants the best for Sophie.10 Blind Dates is a cosy read that is perfect for curling up with as the weather gets colder. This one is both wholesome and heartfelt, and the main character truly transforms throughout the book. I would definitely recommend this one to fans of Hallmark movies.
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  • Alexa
    January 1, 1970
    So adorable! Just the sort of delightful romantic comedy goodness I need in my life ❤ So adorable! Just the sort of delightful romantic comedy goodness I need in my life ❤️
  • ☼ rachel ☼
    January 1, 1970
    You can see this review and many others on my Blog"This is going to be the worst Christmas break ever... or is it?"High School senior, Sophie, is excited to have alone time with her long-term boyfriend Griffin, when her parents decide to spend the holidays with her sister Margot, who is on bed rest. She overhears her boyfriend's conversation saying he wants to break-up with her; heartbroken she flees to her grandparent's house for Christmas break. Her grandmother wants to see her happy again, so her gra/>High/>"This You can see this review and many others on my Blog"This is going to be the worst Christmas break ever... or is it?"High School senior, Sophie, is excited to have alone time with her long-term boyfriend Griffin, when her parents decide to spend the holidays with her sister Margot, who is on bed rest. She overhears her boyfriend's conversation saying he wants to break-up with her; heartbroken she flees to her grandparent's house for Christmas break. Her grandmother wants to see her happy again, so her grandmother devises a plan for her very large family to set Sophie up with "10 Blind Dates" by different family members. I thought this book was so stinkin' cute! It was everything I hoped it would be, and more. I think this is the perfect YA contemporary for the holiday season. This book is a fun, quick read that will put a smile on your face!I absolutely loved the positive family dynamic that we don't get to see much in YA, and I really enjoyed that this story wasn't only about the blind dates (which was so much fun to read about), but it was about Sophie finding joy and happiness in her life again.The only downfall of this book is that it is pretty predictable, but a lot of YA contemporary romance are. So, I don't have that big of an issue with it. I would keep that in mind if you're planning on picking this one up. I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
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  • Jessica | Booked J
    January 1, 1970
    Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Review can be found here at Booked J. As always, a copy of this book was provided by the publisher or author in exchange for my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way. Okay, okay, I'm going to be real with you guys for a minute. We're all friends here, right? Okay. Good. So, I DEFINITELY requested 10 Blind Dates because of that adorable cover. Swoon. Sometimes, the shallow just jumps out. Apparently I now have a thing for those gold foil balloons? Now that we've gotten that Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Review can be found here at Booked J. As always, a copy of this book was provided by the publisher or author in exchange for my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way. Okay, okay, I'm going to be real with you guys for a minute. We're all friends here, right? Okay. Good. So, I DEFINITELY requested 10 Blind Dates because of that adorable cover. Swoon. Sometimes, the shallow just jumps out. Apparently I now have a thing for those gold foil balloons? Now that we've gotten that out of the way, first things first: this was SUCH an enjoyable read. And definitely a great way for me to close out summer. 10 Blind Dates was every (!) thing I hoped it'd be and then a little more. It's definitely one of the best YA contemporaries of the year and I'm all kinds of warm and fuzzy over it. Ashley Elston is quick to deliver on one of the best fluffy contemporaries and I'm SO grateful for it, because it was a definite mood booster and exactly what I needed when I needed it. Truly, I feel like I spent a majority of the time smiling over this book. That feeling of reluctance to put down a book? This book captures that. This book gave me that warm and fuzzy, electrifying, stupidly grinning, happy and buzzed feeling that Jenny Han and Stephanie Perkins' books do. We are talking, I'm probably four seconds away from humming happily to myself over 10 Blind Dates. (Come on. You know the book was good if you can't stop smiling like your crush just said hello.) I loved the way that Ashley Elston writes. It's never overly cheesy and cringy. It feels warm and welcoming and takes you out of your life and into something in screaming colours. She combines the romantic aspects of 10 Blind Dates delicately and the family featured throughout this book come to life. It is in its most unrealistic and silly moments that it shines: this is the YA rom-com you've been looking for. (And, oh my gosh, it's just BEGGING for me to create a playlist for it. And a mood board. AND, OKAY, FINE, CAN SOMEONE JUST ADAPT IT IMMEDIATELY? Thanks.) It would be impossible for me not to fall in love with the way that Elston tells Sophie's story. I loved every single minute of it. 10 Blind Dates is a can't miss, feel good time, that will leave you grinning and feeling all the more cheerful because of it.
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  • Georgia Meagher
    January 1, 1970
    This was super fun!! It was really refreshing to see a positive family dynamic instead of a toxic one like there is in about 80% of ya books. I really related to the craziness of Sophie’s family since it’s how mine gets around the holidays AND we often have Christmas in Louisiana where the book is set. Love this one!! Plus it’s a great funk breaker.
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  • Jaela
    January 1, 1970
    Cute and cheesy. A light Christmas YA book, perfect for the holidays season. Some parts were really good. I recently like books with an amount of depth but once in a while, books like these, is just what you need.
  • Catie
    January 1, 1970
    If you find Hallmark movies to be far too thrilling, then this book might be for you.
  • Lindsi (Do You Dog-ear?)
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product.10 Blind Dates was my first holiday read of the year! I'm happy to report it was heartwarming and absolutely adorable. I loved the family dynamics! Most of the characters in this book were related, and I really enjoyed seeing how they interacted with each other. There were so many aunts, uncles, and cousins/>10 I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product.10 Blind Dates was my first holiday read of the year! I'm happy to report it was heartwarming and absolutely adorable. I loved the family dynamics! Most of the characters in this book were related, and I really enjoyed seeing how they interacted with each other. There were so many aunts, uncles, and cousins! It would've been easy to get lost in the chaos, but there was something comforting about it too.I do have a couple of issues... the first one being the number of blind dates Sophie goes on. It was pretty obvious from the beginning who she would end up with, so after a certain point the dates started to feel like a waste of time. I would've liked to see their relationship develop a little more, but it's just a brief blip at the end. Additionally, her relationship with Griffin was weird. He was a stalker, and I really wish that had been addressed. He messaged her nonstop after the breakup, commented on what she was doing with other guys, and showed up unexpectedly on multiple occasions (even going so far as to reach out to one of her cousins for information about where she'd be). It was icky. He was icky.The dates themselves were super fun, and I'm actually a little jealous of her adventures! I'm happy I was able to live vicariously through her, if only for a few hours. The family hijinks and shenanigans, the betting pool, and the dating activities had me laughing out loud and grinning like a fool! It was also nice that some of her previous dates popped up sporadically throughout the rest of the book. 10 Blind Dates was never boring, and even managed to surprise me a time or two. A few of her dates were really lovely, while others were a train wreck you couldn't look away from.Sophie's family was probably my favorite thing about this book! They all live near each other, so her grandmother's house is always full of people and food (really, really good food). This book made me crave a cannoli! Everyone wanted to participate in Sophie's blind dates, because they wanted to see her smile and have fun. They were invested in her happiness, which was sweet and made my heart feel full. It's not a perfect family, but the love is there and that's what matters. I really liked the relationship between the Fab Four, and wish they'd been able to do more together as a group. They're included on a few of the dates, but I think more isolated moments with them would have been fun! Charlie is hilarious, Olivia is a fierce friend, and Wes is very much The Boy Next Door.I thought all of the dates were creative and believable, and I'm happy Sophie was willing to take the time she needed to sort through her feelings. She didn't waver whenever Griffin claimed he wanted her back, but she was internally conflicted over what to do. Her emotions and responses felt honest and relatable, but she was also willing to admit when something wasn't working. She gave herself some much needed room to breathe, and she remembered what it was like to be surrounded by people who loved her.The side story with her sister was stressful! It added another emotional layer to the story, and some long-distance driving. I don't want to give too much away, because it was fun trying to guess what Sophie's dates would be before she went on them, but Sara's choice was my favorite! Also, I wish the characters had been fleshed out just a smidge more, but it wasn't a huge issue. There was so much good to focus us! Simply put, 10 Blind Dates was a fun and entertaining read that I enjoyed immensely!Originally posted at Do You Dog-ear? on October 17, 2019.
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  • Jaime Arkin
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this!
  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    Cute and fun! I was expecting a heavier Christmas flair, but the focus is definitely more on the dates and connecting with family. I wished for some stronger characterization for two main love interests, but overall it’s a light romantic contemporary.
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  • Taasia ✨
    January 1, 1970
    God. This was SUCH a hit for me, and I lowkey wanna reread it again? However, it's not a 5 star because of the grey area cheating, but this was SO cute and so fun and so funny! I don't think I have laughed this hard and this much in a book or anything in a long, long time. The family was great, and the second date? A [email protected], make this a movie STAT
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  • Fizah(Books tales by me)
    January 1, 1970
    Sophie broke up with her long term boyfriend, her family is with her elder sister who is pregnant and going through a hard time. So, her extended family took in the matter in their hands to not let her go in that sad phase. Everyone in the family decided to set up a blind date for her.This is a cute, funny and entertaining book, which focuses on the joint big family system, close relationships of cousins, relatives and siblings. Almost all of the characters are likeable and fun. Sophie broke up with her long term boyfriend, her family is with her elder sister who is pregnant and going through a hard time. So, her extended family took in the matter in their hands to not let her go in that sad phase. Everyone in the family decided to set up a blind date for her.This is a cute, funny and entertaining book, which focuses on the joint big family system, close relationships of cousins, relatives and siblings. Almost all of the characters are likeable and fun.I loved the concept of the book, though this book is predictable but the writing and funny elements never let you bore.
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  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    I'm definitely not the target audience for this book, and it's not the kind of book I normally enjoy, so YMMV on this review. (I had to read it for work).It was... fine. It was a teen Hallmark or Lifetime Christmas movie. That's not my scene at all. It was very fluffy and non-offensive and the characters was perfectly fine in their Hallmark tropes. It's funny that the book even comments in a few scenes about music tastes of Charlie, one of Sophie's MANY MANY relatives, and how the so I'm definitely not the target audience for this book, and it's not the kind of book I normally enjoy, so YMMV on this review. (I had to read it for work).It was... fine. It was a teen Hallmark or Lifetime Christmas movie. That's not my scene at all. It was very fluffy and non-offensive and the characters was perfectly fine in their Hallmark tropes. It's funny that the book even comments in a few scenes about music tastes of Charlie, one of Sophie's MANY MANY relatives, and how the songs would fit in various Hallmark Christmas movies. It was a very 'the call is coming from inside the house' kind of moment. Sophie felt bland to me, and her character was defined by people other than her (her family, her dates/boyfriends).I come from a very small family, so I kind of felt claustrophobic reading the big, meddling family stuff.
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  • Sara
    January 1, 1970
    Okay, this was FUN. I definitely can’t wait until Christmas now that I’m back in school and this book was delivered to me on a silver platter. I think someone out there is looking out for me. It's a light and sweet Chrismassy story, but it's really fast-paced. The idea of 10 blind dates was just brilliant, and nona deserves a reward for the spectacular way she practically forced Soph out of the door and into the world to have some fun. The dates are all arranged by Soph's aunts, uncles and cousins, Okay, this was FUN. I definitely can’t wait until Christmas now that I’m back in school and this book was delivered to me on a silver platter. I think someone out there is looking out for me. It's a light and sweet Chrismassy story, but it's really fast-paced. The idea of 10 blind dates was just brilliant, and nona deserves a reward for the spectacular way she practically forced Soph out of the door and into the world to have some fun. The dates are all arranged by Soph's aunts, uncles and cousins, and she dreads them. After being spoken behind her back the way her (ex)boyfriend Griffing did, who wouldn't rather peel off those wax strips than go on another date? But she's (mostly) pleasantly surprised and she's overwhelmed by how much she's missed her family and laughing so much with people that get her. I even laughed out loud a few times because these dates are just so original and unforgettable you just can't close the book without knowing how it finishes (and who won the bet). My favourite was the Underground Christmas, but nothing can beat the Hundred Hands Harold!!What I mostly liked about this story, though, was Sophia’s big family. My family is quite small compared to this one and reading about a nona who has 8 children and almost each of them has at least one child that practically makes an arsenal waiting for you in the kitchen, ready to fight you for that last piece of lasagna, is something inconceivable for me. And bless Ashley Elston for making them Italian! My family leaves near the Italian border and I call my grandparents nona (grandma) and nono (grandpa), and now I'm filled with this much warmth and appreciation for my origins that I want to hug everyone I love.Regardless, I had a few issues with the story that got me scrunching up my nose a few times. As much as I loved Charlie and Olivia, they did get on my nerves occasionally. Especially Olivia. She, Soph, Charlie, and Wes were the famous Fab Four. Instead of being part of this great and legendary group we witness Olivia attacking Soph about her disappearing out of their lives, which didn't really sit well with me. (Luckily, she redeems herself, but still).The story is magnificently predictable when it comes to romance and crushes, and I wouldn't have it any other way in such romantic comedies. And Wes and Soph, we knew they were bound to get together. But this quote “Whatever it is I’m doing with Wes doesn’t have a label. He’s not my boyfriend and I’m not his girlfriend. We’re best friends who kiss. A lot.”? I was already down the lane in my car, packed with boxes full of swooning, when I stepped on the breakers at the sudden red light. Not to mention that my passenger door was not rightly shut and all of my precious boxes tumbled out on the cold and sodden ground.I understand what the author (probably) meant by it, but it really ruffled my feathers.
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  • Eileen (BookCatPin)
    January 1, 1970
    I knew Ashley Elston wrote thrillers but wow can she also write romance! 10 Blind Dates was super cute, super uber swoony and super uber duper funny. It's the full package!Sophie's an awesome gal. She has her fair share of teenage drama but she doesn't let them get the better of her. Her bond with her older sister was the best. And don't even get me started on the Fab Four! Misunderstanding aside, I love how they were always there for each other. How I wish I was a part of them! I knew Ashley Elston wrote thrillers but wow can she also write romance! 10 Blind Dates was super cute, super uber swoony and super uber duper funny. It's the full package!Sophie's an awesome gal. She has her fair share of teenage drama but she doesn't let them get the better of her. Her bond with her older sister was the best. And don't even get me started on the Fab Four! Misunderstanding aside, I love how they were always there for each other. How I wish I was a part of them!10 Blind Dates is set during Christmastime so there were lots of holiday shenanigans revolving around Sophie's dates. Each one she went on was highly entertaining. Her family gets all the creative points because even the "bad" dates were laugh out loud hilarious. Like Sophie's family, I couldn't wait for her dates to show up at the door.Sophie's family was adorable. What a rowdy bunch they were! Now don't ask me to list them out or in order- there were just too many of them but you do get familiar with all the names and each family member was amazing and quirky in their own way. Some acted as mentors to Sophie while others lent her their shoulders when she needed and cheered her up during difficult times.Hearing of Nonna's holiday traditions was my favourite part of 10 Blind Dates. The food made my mouth water and the family gatherings sounded chaotic but full of warmth. My favourite tradition has to be how they wore matching Christmas pajamas on Christmas Day. Just imagine the family photo hah~I can't even begin to tell you how much I adored 10 Blind Dates! It's everything I love in a contemporary romance <3 Ashley Elston is an author I'll be keeping an eye on!!
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