Four short stories center on love during the holidays, ranging from a Jewish girl who finds the guy of her dreams while working as a department store elf, to a supernatural story about a hot celebrity who learns what is really important one New Year's, after meeting a mysterious girl. Of this quartet with familiar themes (holiday loneliness, redemption in the new year), de la Cruz's twist on Gift of the Magi is perhaps the best of the lot. Her smart updates involve Jimmy Choo shoes and Kelsey's determination "to look just as good" as the rich snobs attending her friend Gigi's Christmas Eve/Sweet 16 party. Readers will sympathize with Kelsey, who overhears the rich girls making fun of her clothes, and will be touched when it's Kelsey who learns the lesson. Readers may well predict how each tale will end, but enjoy them just the same. Ages 13-up. (Oct.)[Page 72]. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Gr 9 Up This confection serves up a quartet of satisfying selections chock-full of relationship drama and perfect party dresses. With settings from New York to Hollywood, and from high-end department store to the neighborhood mall, these fast-paced stories contemplate the meaning of that special someone at Christmas and Hanukkah, be it a boyfriend, a best friend's boyfriend, a sibling, or a ghost. Laced with a liberal sprinkling of love, lust, and longing, this collection will leave readers seeking out the mistletoe themselves. Sparkling good fun for the holidays.Teri Markson, Los Angeles Public Library[Page 94]. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.