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Pick Your Favorite Holiday Movie Trope and Get a Book Rec

December 15, 2021
Destiny Reyes

It’s the holidays again! The time when we must admit to ourselves that we will absolutely sit and watch hours of very cheesy holiday movies. Anyone else record all Hallmark Channel movies leading up to Christmas … just me? Well then, who better to give you a list to pick your favorite holiday movie trope and get a book rec than me!  

Pick Your Favorite Holiday Movie Trope and Get a Book Rec

1. Fake Dating – Rent a Boyfriend by Gloria Chao

The new Netflix Original Movie love hard and Rent a Boyfriend both take a modern spin on the fake dating trope in the 21st century. Chloe Wang needs to introduce her traditional Asian family to her new boyfriend, Drew Wang, who she hopes they would approve of, but she should probably introduce herself to him first. When Chloe starts to fall for Drew, Drew and Chloe need to worry about whether this façade will disrupt both of their lives. What can go wrong when you depend on technology to find you a soul mate… or what can go right?

2. City Girl in a Small Town – A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey

Ellen Langford in Christmas Inheritance hopes to one day take over her father’s successful business, just like Lila Reyes plans to take over her abuelita’s role as head baker at the family bakery. However, the universe has other plans for these ladies and takes them on quite the trip…literally. When Lila’s life hits the fan, her parents send her away from the sunny city of Miami to a small town in Winchester, England. The lack of sun and absence of her hometown friends and (now-ex) boyfriend, Lila thinks this trip will do more damage than good. But just like a classic Christmas movie trope, Lila begins to get charmed by this small town and the people in it.

3. Snowed In – The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody

The group of kids in Unaccompanied Minors and Ryn and Xander from The Chaos of Standing Still all have two things in common: they are all snowed in at an airport during the eve of a big holiday, and they all get into trouble trying to make it out of their complicated situations. Ryn has been struggling to overcome the sadness of her best friend’s death, but meeting Xander hasn’t only gotten her into some unforgettable adventures on this snowy night, he also teaches her how to move on.

4. Road Trip – Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Are We There Yet is a Christmas road trip classic! Ice cube wasn’t too thrilled about going on a road trip with two annoying little kids, and Amy in Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour isn’t too thrilled about her road trip either. Amy is tasked with driving her mother’s car from California to Connecticut, but Amy hasn’t been able to get behind the wheel since her father’s fatal car accident. On top of that, Amy has to drive with Roger, a boy that she barely knows. In the end of Are We There Yet Ice Cube learns to open his heart to the two kids that tormented him…will Amy learn to open her heart and face the fears that are tormenting her? Read to find out!

5. Reunion with the Ex – Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett

Christmas With a Prince, the successful pediatric doctor doesn’t expect to have to treat her former crush whom she went to boarding school with 15 years ago (oh yeah, and he’s a prince)! Dr. Tasha and protagonist of Chasing Lucky, Josie, are both frustrated by their unplanned reunion with their pasts and are determined to not think about it another second! But their attempts fall flat once circumstances reveal the past may not be as it seemed.

6. Crazy Family – The Jasmine Project by Meredith Ireland

In the Netflix Original, Single All The Way,  Peter is just like Jasmine: they are both over the moon about bringing their new beau’s home, but right before they do, they discover their partners cheating on them! Jasmine’s family comes up with a secret “Jasmine Project” to set her up with a new and improved bachelor. But, will their plan work? If you loved this quirky Christmas movie trope, then you’ll be sure to love this book!

7. Enemies-to-Lovers – Recommended For You by Laura Silverman

In a Castle for Christmas a successful author is determined to buy a castle from a grumpy Irish Duke. This not-so-playful competition between the Duke and Sophie mirrors that of Shoshanna and Jake’s race to the holiday bonus prize. Jake is infuriating, but attractive, and just when she believes that she’ll be able to take him down with no remorse, she realizes they may have more in common than she originally thought. If you love a good enemies-to-friends-to-maybe-something-more storyline, this is the book for you.

8. Secret Prince – Of Princes and Promises by Sandhya Menon

Netflix’s A Princess For Christmas gives us all the star-crossed lovers feels when an ordinary girl falls in love with a prince, but faces uncertainty when she finds that the Prince can only socialize with royalty. Caterina LaValle is royalty of St. Rosetta’s Academy and she must be matched with the most eligible, sophisticated suitor for the upcoming gala. Rahul has dreamed of being the eligible and sophisticated man for Caterina, but he just… isn’t. When Rahul gets the chance to become everything that he believes Caterina would fall for, he takes it, but will she fall in love with the new Rahul or will they both get lost in this fake charade?


Still looking for some last-minute gift ideas? Check out the ultimate gift guide for YA readers! 

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