Book Review: The Twelve Dates of Christmas

Title: The Twelve Dates of Christmas – The Complete Novel

Author: Lisa Dickenson

Publisher: Sphere

Release Date: October 22, 2015

Pages: 384

Synopsis from Goodreads:

At thirty, Claudia’s life is stale and the romance with long-term boyfriend, Seth, has disappeared. Determined to inject some festive spark back into their love life, Claudia and Seth go on their first date in a very long time. But when the night ends in disaster, Claudia suddenly finds herself facing life – and Christmas – alone.

Life alone is exciting, scary and full of soon-forgotten exercise regimes and ill-advised attempts at crafting sexy underwear. It’s also filling up with dates, surprisingly. With best friends Penny and Nick at her side, a surplus of festive markets, mulled wine and Christmas tunes, Claudia attempts to face all this change with gusto. One thing’s for certain: this year, Christmas is going to be very different . . .

This is the story of Claudia and her twelve dates of Christmas. Hilarious, uplifting and romantic, it’s a story about losing love, finding love, and discovering what’s been there all along. Expect Christmas sparkle, butterflies-in-your-stomach romance and a lot of very funny moments in The Twelve Dates of Christmas.

4 stars

*SPOILER ALERT!*
This is my Christmas read! It’s my second holiday book. I only read a holiday book during Christmas and for the last couple of years I’ve been reading Let it Snow by John Green and two other authors.

This was a really fun and festive read for the season. This will be a unique style of review. Since the title is obviously from the classic song, I’ll be listing down Claudia’s dates! But they can’t be sung in tune — I tried.

On the first date of Christmas my boyfriend gave to me, a broken heart and humiliation.

Damn Seth needs to be punched in the face really hard.
On the second date of Christmas my bestfriend gave to me, a free drink in Starbucks and flirty body language.
Yeah I’m all for Nick, I can’t really imagine how handsome he is. He’s probably head-turning handsome and ladies just swoon over him.
On the third date of Christmas my bestfriend gave to me, disappointment and embarrassment for leading me on.
Now I hate you Nick, thank you so much for giving me false hope. I can really relate to Claudia, she thinks too much into things and when someone tells her there’s a surprise for her she goes all the way only for her hopes to be shattered.
On the fourth date of Christmas my other bestfriend gave to me, the worst blind date ever.
Yeah that guy was just terrible! He has a point though, bringing his parents along for the date to save them countless dates only to find out his parents and his girl don’t mix well together so he saves them the time and cut to the chase. If his parents don’t like her then what’s the point in going on more dates? But dude, there’s always the second date! Plus you’re not the most attractive guy anyway, Claudia is so much better without you.
On the fifth date of Christmas my bestfriend gave to me, a casual walk, a casual movie, and a casual dinner. Oh also the explanation to why he didn’t kiss me the other night.
Oh sweet, innocent, and funny Nick. Claudia finally realizes she likes Nick only for Penny — her other bestfriend — to tell her SHE has a thing for Nick and wants his babies. And now I’m just laughing out loud because they’re both in to their bestfriend. How did things become so complicated?
On the sixth date of Christmas my bestfriend gave to me, an awkward date at the BBQ house because Penny surprisingly came along and Nick doesn’t know she has a thing for him almost right after Nick told me he’s “always had a thing for me”. Also Penny — my other bestfriend — set me up on another date with a handsome guy who’s first words to me was “you’re not a ballerina, she said you were a ballerina, but your body is not of a ballerina”. Whoop!
I love how funny they are. Claudia is just trying to divert Nick’s attention to Penny because Claudia’s being an awesome best friend by supporting Penny. Nick was also just so clueless and a but heartbroken when he found out Claud was going on another date when he just told her that he doesn’t want her going on any more dates Penny gives her.
I also love Penny for understanding and taking a step back when she found out Claudia and Nick were more than just friends with mutual feelings for each other.
On the seventh date of Christmas my bestfriend gave to me, a sprain and a trip to the police station.
Nick’s reaction when he saw Claud in crutches. It. Was. Hilarious.
On the eight date of Christmas my bestfriend gave to me, a limo with all things that screams he knows me so well, a kiss inside the church and unholy thoughts.
This marks their first kiss and a sweet one at that.
On the ninth date of Christmas my bestfriend gave to me, more like what I gave to him.
She bought sexy undies and the malfunction was really funny but they finally did the deed! After a tour around the city which peaked Nick’s interest so much because of his obsession with Charles Dicken’s The Christmas Carol.
On the tenth date of Christmas my other bestfriend gave to me, a snowball fight but with baked goods inside a bakery.
Their fight was terrible, I didn’t like it one bit because Penny had a great point but they were both just being childish too.
On the eleventh date of Christmas my ex-boyfriend gave to me, a terrible time at the wedding party. Also Penny wore the same dress as me.
This is probably my favorite chapter since everyone mended things and I also felt for Penny when she took what Claus said seriously about her clothes being too slutty which is entirely untrue. Nick and Claud finally made up when Nick almost bailed my heart sank but luckily he came to his senses!
On the twelfth date of Christmas myself gave to me, a new boyfriend, my ex out of my house and life, plans to visit my mom next year, plans to spend Christmas with the people I love next Christmas.
What I hated was that I never knew what Nick got Claudia for Christmas. I would have given it five stars if that were revealed.

The bonus lists were wonderful too! Namely, ‘Twelve Tips to Dating in London‘ and ‘Twelve Mini Breaks of Christmas‘.

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