Title: North Pole Reform School
Author: Jaimie Admans
Genre: Young Adult, Romance
Release Date: November 6th, 2013
Source: Gifted by the lovely Sylvia for my birthday
Mistletoe Bell hates Christmas. So would you if you had a name like hers. Her Christmas-mad parents make the festive season last all year, and with another Christmas looming, Mis doesn’t think she can take any more. After her carelessness causes an accident at school, it seems like things can’t get any worse.
Then she wakes up to find The Ghost of Christmases Ruined in her bedroom.
She is taken to the North Pole, to a reform school run by elves determined to make her love Christmas. Stuck in a misfit group of fellow Christmas-haters with a motley crew of the weird and even weirder, watched over by elves day and night, she doesn’t expect to meet cute and funny Luke, who is hiding a vulnerable side beneath his sarcastic exterior. She doesn’t expect to fall in love with him.
But all is not as it should be at the North Pole. A certain Mr Claus is making the elves’ lives a misery, and pretty soon Mistletoe and Luke are doing more than just learning to like Christmas.
This was such a fun, fluffy read! It’s very British (might be the first British YA romantic comedy I’ve ever read) with the language, and balanced snark with warmheartedness. There’s a lot of cheeky humor in it, but the romance is also very sweet in the YA fashion. It’s a quick read, at less than 300 pages, with a steady pace. I don’t want to give too much away, but I’d say the humor kept it from being too saccharine, and the concept was very fun.
I recommend it to fans of romantic comedies, especially if you’re not nuts over the marketing side of Christmas. Also, if you’re fine with bizarre fantasy (like Libba Bray’s Going Bovine) with heart to it. Enjoy, my cucumbers!