Buddy Review | 10 Blind Dates – Ashley Elston

As soon as December started we were ‘allowed’ to read the group book for the Tistheseasonathon and oh my were we excited! 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston sounds like a super cute and fun Christmas read. Was is what we were expecting? Keep on reading to find out!

Buddy Review | 10 Blind Dates – Ashley Elston

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 by Ashley Elston
Published by Disney-Hyperion on 01/10/2019
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 336
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Cover

Candyce¬†I’ve complained a few times about people being on a book cover. I still am not a big fan, but this cover definitely fits the story. I love the balloons and how festive the cover is.I bought this one when Amazon had a sale and I’m not disappointed when I see this one on my shelf.

Isabelle¬†How cute is this cover? I usually don’t like people on covers but I don’t mind it as much on this one. It fits the story really well and I love the use of the balloons. I really like the colors on both of the editions of this cover and I’m happy I have this one in my collection.

Review

Candyce Around Christmas, I love reading holiday themed books. Most of these end up being a contemporary and I all ask is that the book leaves a smile on my face when I’m done. 10 Blind Dates met all my expectations and then some! This book was one I really needed this holiday season.

Our main character Sophie will be spending Christmas at her grandparents’ house while her parents visit her sister. This excites her, because that means some extra alone time with her boyfriend. Things don’t go exactly as planned and the relationship is over before Christmas is near. Sophie’s grandmother has the perfect solution to heal her broken heart. Her family will set up ten blind dates for her during the holiday break.

This was such a fun book. As most readers probably expect when picking up this book, most of the dates aren’t the best ones you can go on. I won’t talk about the dates too much, because that’s just something you need to experience while reading. Sophie may not be expecting love, but these dates definitely take her mind off the heartache her ex has caused.

I have to say that the dates and (predictable) love story weren’t even my favorite part of this story. Sophie’s family is an amazing bunch and I would’ve been happy to have just had a story about them spending Christmas together. They’re a crazy bunch, but it’s clear they love each other. I definitely wouldn’t mind spending time with them. Even the cousins they don’t completely trust, haha.

10 Blind Dates also gets more emotional than I expected. Sophie’s sister is pregnant and is having some complications. I loved the text messages we get to see between the two sisters. It’s clear they’re really close. The author definitely caught my attention with this aspect of the story and I definitely had tears in my eyes a couple of times. I was really hit in all the feels.

Friendship was also another aspect in this story that I really enjoyed. Sophie was always close to two of her cousins, but they’ve started growing apart. During the craziness of the holidays and all of the blind dates they start getting closer again and realize how much they miss each other. I think this finally gave them the time to really talk about this and think about it. They definitely earned a special place in my heart.

10 Blind Dates may be a bit predictable, but for me it was the perfect holiday read. It had the perfect balance of family, friendship and love. The drama wasn’t over the top and I loved the characters. I was so happy to hear we’re getting a sequel, because I definitely haven’t had enough of this quirky and loving family!

Isabelle¬†I’m not a big contemporary reader, but I was super excited to pick this one up. When I do read non-mystery contemporaries I usually go for fluffy and cute ones. And with this one being set during Christmas, you can just imagine the fluff level haha. I recently loved Ashley Elston’s This Is Our Story so I was excited to see what she would do in this setting.

We follow Sophie who is going to spend Christmas at her grandparents while her parents are visiting her very pregnant sister. Sophie plans on spending most of her Christmas break with her boyfriend Griffin, but at they break up before they can spend any quality time. Since Sophie’s grandma is a big fan of romance she decides the family will set up Sophie with 10 blind dates! As you might have guessed from the title haha.

There is a ton of focus on family in this story and I loved it a lot. Sophie used to be best friends with two of her cousins and their neighbor but they grew apart the last couple of years. They try to find their way back to each other and I think this was my favorite part of the story. I loved seeing them interact and finally talk about their friendship.

Another highlight were the blind dates! I laughed out loud so much. The family goes bananas with these dates and everyone is extremely involved. I honestly wouldn’t be mad if my family did this to me haha. Some dates were fun and nice, others were awful but hilarious to read about. It made for a great story I highly enjoyed. I can’t wait to see how these dates will be translated to the screen for the Netflix adaptation. Hopefully they won’t cut too much since it will be a movie. The producers that did To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before have the option on the adaption so I have high hopes!

Most of the book was fun and light-hearted but I also shed some tears! Sophie’s sister has some pregnancy scares and this made for a couple of intense and emotional moments. I was not expecting this when I picked up the book but in my opinion this was all very well done. The bond between Sophie and her sister was wonderful.

There was one minor part of the story dat annoyed me a bit. I can’t say that much about it without spoiling part of the story. But I guess it involves gray-area or emotional cheating. I think that could’ve possibly been written a bit different although I understand why the author wrote it this way. All in all this was a very minor annoyance for me personally because other than that I loved every single second of this book!

We both can’t wait to see what the next book brings! This family is so much fun to read about it and we need more. If you’ve read 10 Blind Dates, what did you think? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!

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