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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 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?


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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 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?

30 review for 10 Blind Dates

  1. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    “I don’t expect to meet the love of my life but maybe, just maybe this will help heal the pieces Griffin broke.” I promise you, so many people are going to be checking this one out from their library this holiday season, and with good reason, because I read this book with a constant smile on my face. This was such a heartwarming story about family, and love, and finding out about yourself and your happiness when you are in that weird transition period when you are getting ready for college. “I don’t expect to meet the love of my life but maybe, just maybe this will help heal the pieces Griffin broke.” I promise you, so many people are going to be checking this one out from their library this holiday season, and with good reason, because I read this book with a constant smile on my face. This was such a heartwarming story about family, and love, and finding out about yourself and your happiness when you are in that weird transition period when you are getting ready for college. This book really was a delight to read, and I am actually excited to see how well received it’s probably going to be in the book community soon! 10 Blind Dates stars a girl named Sophie who is planning to spend the holidays with her grandparents (and her huge extended family), while her parents celebrate with her sister who is a few hours away and on bedrest with her pregnancy. Sophie thinks that she might also be able to sneak away and finally get a little alone time with her longtime boyfriend, but things don’t work out the way she envisions when she finds out that he is having second thoughts about them staying together since they will both be going away to college soon. She goes to her grandparents’ house feeling rather heartbroken, but her entire family who are all celebrating Christmas under the same roof, decide to try to cheer her up by setting her up on *looks at book title* ten blind dates! Sophie is for sure having her doubts, but when the first date goes alright, she thinks that maybe she can do this, and maybe she can get closer to some of the family members she has drifted a little apart from in the process. Overall, this just really is a perfect, heartwarming, hopeful holiday read. It really puts an emphasis on the importance of (healthy) family, and how the love of family can be so unconditional. This book also puts a very big emphasis on sibling relationships, which you all know is something I love reading about in books, and I truly think siblings who are best friends have a power unlike any other. I just really think this book is perfect for December, and I recommend it with my whole heart if you’re looking for a cozy, Christmas story that will make you smile throughout. Also, this has already been picked up by Netflix, and I feel so much joy thinking about what a wonderful adaptation it will make! Youtube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Twitch The quotes above were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication. Content and Trigger Warnings: grey area cheating/emotional cheating and high-risk pregnancy threats. Buddy read with Madalyn! ❤ ❤ I read this for The Reading Rush, 2019!

  2. 4 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    Alas, I have a new favorite YA Contemporary!! This is the most adorable, sweetest book about family and self-discovery that I have EVER read. It's so true, guys! I loved this with my whole heart and soul. This book is a blessing, Ashley Elston is a blessing. I am even having a hard time forming legitimate sentences right now. This precious story follows Sophie, who on the eve of Christmas break, is looking forward to nothing more than spending some quality time with her boyfriend, Griffin. Her Alas, I have a new favorite YA Contemporary!! This is the most adorable, sweetest book about family and self-discovery that I have EVER read. It's so true, guys! I loved this with my whole heart and soul. This book is a blessing, Ashley Elston is a blessing. I am even having a hard time forming legitimate sentences right now. This precious story follows Sophie, who on the eve of Christmas break, is looking forward to nothing more than spending some quality time with her boyfriend, Griffin. Her parents are traveling to stay with her older sister, Margot, who is pregnant with her first child and having a slightly complicated pregnancy. The stated plan is that Sophie will be traveling to her Grandparent's house to stay with them for the entirety of her holiday. Secretly, she hopes to sneak back home as much as she can to be with Griffin. Unfortunately, when she overhears Griffin tell one of his friends that he wants a break from Sophie, the only thing broken is her heart. Later that same night, when her Grandmother, Nonna, finds Sophie crying, she hatches a scheme to get Sophie's mind of stupid-ole' Griffin. Nonna's plan: have family members set poor Sophie up on 10 blind dates to keep her busy each night of her Christmas break. I know this book sounds like the perfect plot for a romantic comedy and it definitely is. At the same time however, my biggest take away from this was the power of a supportive family. At the heart of this, it is about ties that bind that go way deeper than any high school relationship ever could. Sophie has a LARGE dramatic Sicilian family and I ABSOLUTELY loved the positive family dynamic. There were Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Mom, Dad and her Sister involved. All rooting for Sophie's happiness and she was such a good sport about everything that was thrown at her. The dates were all unique and a little wacky. I looked forward to reading each on as they unfolded. It was such a fun and creative format. Elston's storytelling is just top-notch, there is no denying that. Thank you so much to the publisher, Disney Book Group, for providing me with a copy to read and review. I loved this so, so much! Ashley Elston is an auto-buy author for me and obviously that's not changing any time soon. I cannot wait to see what she comes up with next!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lola

    This was FUN. Everything about it promises fun—the cover, title, synopsis—but it’s one thing to expect something and another thing to be delivered that thing. Also, I read the author’s This Is Our Story, a YA mystery, so I couldn’t wait to see her deliver a feel-good Christmassy romance. I read it in two sittings and, actually, I dare you to read it any slower. It will be hard because this is a fast-paced page-turner that is just the right amount of fun and sweet. Sophie and her boyfriend for a This was FUN. Everything about it promises fun—the cover, title, synopsis—but it’s one thing to expect something and another thing to be delivered that thing. Also, I read the author’s This Is Our Story, a YA mystery, so I couldn’t wait to see her deliver a feel-good Christmassy romance. I read it in two sittings and, actually, I dare you to read it any slower. It will be hard because this is a fast-paced page-turner that is just the right amount of fun and sweet. Sophie and her boyfriend for a year are newly broken up and Sophie’s family has the great idea of filling up her Christmas agenda with ten blind dates. Some are wonderful… some not so much. But this Christmas isn’t just about innocent fun with random dudes; it’s also about Sophie reconnecting with her family—her grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins and even childhood friends. She experiences a strange kind of break being away from her parents, her sister who is expecting a baby and her boyfriend to whom she thought she would lose her virginity this year. But maybe this is what she needs to reconnect with people who are dear to her… and with herself. This was a delight from start to finish. Predictable for sure but I had a really good time following Sophie on her many dates. Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    Ashley Elston is the type of author that is difficult to NOT adore; her books are varied in genre but consistently well written, and 10 Blind Dates is no different. Occasionally I get a craving to read books that are comfortably predictable, and this happens most often in the last quarter of the year. Perhaps you can call it the holiday spirit (Fall, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc), but there's something about picking up a book that features a big, close knit family that you can grow to love, Ashley Elston is the type of author that is difficult to NOT adore; her books are varied in genre but consistently well written, and 10 Blind Dates is no different. Occasionally I get a craving to read books that are comfortably predictable, and this happens most often in the last quarter of the year. Perhaps you can call it the holiday spirit (Fall, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc), but there's something about picking up a book that features a big, close knit family that you can grow to love, flaws and all. While I can't think of one aspect that took me by surprise, that's precisely why I became fond of this feel good YA contemporary. My only issue is some gray area cheating that felt unnecessary, but overall, super pleased with how this one read and concluded. *Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy via NetGalley! ********************** When everyone else is talking about Halloween, but you're too excited for the Christmas books:

  5. 5 out of 5

    C.G. Drews

    This is just such a delightful Christmassy romcom! Look sometimes you get a cupcake and you just want to devour the whipped cream sugary goodness by itself and that's what this is it's sweet and has a lot of wild and fun blind dates happening (hey with a few deeper things happening in the background) and it features BIG ITALIAN FAMILIES and oblivious crushes and so much food you will, quite literally, need a snack break. Can someone pls bake for me now??? I am hungry. Reading is hard work, I This is just such a delightful Christmassy romcom! Look sometimes you get a cupcake and you just want to devour the whipped cream sugary goodness by itself and that's what this is 😌it's sweet and has a lot of wild and fun blind dates happening (hey with a few deeper things happening in the background) and it features BIG ITALIAN FAMILIES and oblivious crushes and so much food you will, quite literally, need a snack break. Can someone pls bake for me now??? I am hungry. Reading is hard work, I need cinnamon scrolls. blind date tiiiiime Sophie overhears her boyfriend say being with her is "boring" which is just a delightful way to start her christmas break. She takes off to her Big Family Christmas and her nona strikes on the genius idea to have family members set her up with 10 blind dates. Look this is an excellent trope and I 10000% think Netflix needs to pick this up. It's full of quirky funny wildness, with dates at a live Nativity play and a puppy iceskating rink and Game of Thrones themed bowling. Sophie kind of dreads the whole thing buuuut sometimes has fun. I decided after about 2 pages that her (ex)boyfriend Griffin needed to fall into a hole and wE WILL DIE FOR WES, aka a childhood best friend she "totally" does "not" "like" in "that way". sweet summer child big families ftw Look there are precious few big-family centric books and this is fills a hole in my life. Sophie's grandma has like 8 kids and they all congregate for a family Christmas...so there are a billion cousins and uncles and weird aunts and eviller cousins and it's !!!! so chaotic and cheerful and fun!!! Sophie also has this super tight relationship with her older sister (who isn't there and is pregnant) and they text and it's just so fun and natural?! Look, I have a ton of siblings. A pile of niblings. This book just GOT it and I loved the banter and the flow. I wish I'd had more context for the Foursome: Sophie and her two cousins Olivia and Charlie, and their best friend from next door Wes. They've kind of all drifted apart but I didn't really understand why and I loooooved them. They were just FUN and I love epic family-centric squads. Charlie was such a dork and Olivia was super hyper and Wes was Soft. This lot though. christmas all round dude, I read precious little christmas books so this was just FUN. It wasn't a super cold christmas either, which was good because I am an Aussie. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ And I loved the mix of big-family christmas traditions + going on these weird blind dates + in the background Sophie's worried about her sister. if you're looking for holiday wholesomeness -- here it is for you I just had so much fun reading this! It could've gone a bit deeper with some of the relationships, but it was an engaging and epic read, and I totally love love big family stories so SOLID WIN for me there. It leaves you with a sticky chocolatey minty Christmas hug, reminding you that relationships are important and don't let them slip away. 😘

  6. 5 out of 5

    Stacee

    This book was super fun. Great characters and a large, well meaning family made for a quick read that had me laughing out loud at several places and screaming in others. I can’t wait to read it again. **Huge thanks to Ashley for asking me to beta read**

  7. 4 out of 5

    Madalyn (Novel Ink)

    This was truly everything I wanted it to be! Ah!! Just the right amount rom-com tropiness, but with the best big Southern family vibes that warmed my lil Georgia heart.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Riley

    this was unbelievably cute! it was the perfect christmas rom-com book

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tatiana

    2.5 stars There is a good chance that Netflix will make a movie out of this story that I’ll like better than this novel itself, kind of like they did with To All the Boys I've Loved Before. If they find the right (hot) love interest, if they invest time into developing various family members’ personalities, and if they drop the pregnant sister/baby subplot altogether. (I mean, was this written for teens or for moms? Do teens like reading about pregnancy complications and cooing over babies? I am 2.5 stars There is a good chance that Netflix will make a movie out of this story that I’ll like better than this novel itself, kind of like they did with To All the Boys I've Loved Before. If they find the right (hot) love interest, if they invest time into developing various family members’ personalities, and if they drop the pregnant sister/baby subplot altogether. (I mean, was this written for teens or for moms? Do teens like reading about pregnancy complications and cooing over babies? I am a mom and I wanted none of that baby business in my light romance. And who would go on dates and attend parties when her closest relatives’ lives are in peril? All of this didn’t jive well together at all for me.) The story does have good bones though. It has a bland (read: self-insert), but very desirable protagonist, a group of fun friends, a big, loud family a la My Big Fat Greek Wedding (just with many more unpleasant people), and a sweet love interest. Half of the dates were meh, but #2 was a real riot.

  10. 4 out of 5

    destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    I just want ALL the cute Christmas rom-coms in my life, please and thank you

  11. 4 out of 5

    Emer (A Little Haze)

    Omg I was desperately in need of a cute, fluffy book... AND THIS ONE EXACTLY HIT THE SPOT!!!! Oh it was just so cute I can't. The premise is utterly adorable. Slightly chaotic. But in the best way possible. Sophie's parents decide that they need to spend Christmas with their eldest daughter Margot as she is heavily pregnant but has developed superimposed preeclampsia and is confined to bed rest. So Sophie, who is in her last year of high school, goes to spend the Christmas holidays with her Omg I was desperately in need of a cute, fluffy book... AND THIS ONE EXACTLY HIT THE SPOT!!!! Oh it was just so cute I can't. The premise is utterly adorable. Slightly chaotic. But in the best way possible. Sophie's parents decide that they need to spend Christmas with their eldest daughter Margot as she is heavily pregnant but has developed superimposed preeclampsia and is confined to bed rest. So Sophie, who is in her last year of high school, goes to spend the Christmas holidays with her grandparents. She goes to meet with her boyfriend Griffin before heading to her grandparents' house and overhears him saying that he wishes they were on a break... Well after that he gets his wish lol!! Of course this all upsets Sophie greatly so to cheer her up and keep her mind off her sister's health concerns and to distract her from her breakup sadness her whole madcap extended family come up with a plan... Each of them will arrange a blind date for Sophie that she must go on, no questions asked!! Although she does get one veto card! And much cuteness and hilarity ensues! This book is just laden with adorable moments. It's certainly not going to win any awards for surprise endings ....I mean the minute a certain boy's names was even mentioned I was like aw you're the endgame aren't you BUT THE BUILDUP TO SAID ENDGAME WAS SO FUN!!!! The different dates were just so wonderfully silly... Comfortably predictable and filled with a tonne of cliches but wonderfully silly and perfectly enjoyable to read about. And OMG I have such Christmas party envy!!!!! One of the dates Sophie goes on is a party where everyone has to attend wearing their ugliest Christmas jumper so her family help her customise a jumper by basically hot-glueing the tackiest Christmas decorations to it ever. And then when they get to the party they play all sorts of daft Christmas games that are just delightfully cheesy and really feel festive.... THAT IS MY KIND OF PARTY!!!! I really liked the mini character arc that Sophie went on too. She started her Christmas holiday not feeling like the best version of herself, almost as if she had lost sight of who she was... And slowly with the help of her family she began to find her joy again; even though at moments she had little wobbles and setbacks but by the end had a lot more confidence in who she was as a person. What I loved the most about this book really was the family aspect. Sophie had this wonderfully loud and over the top extended family. And it was just so nice to read a book that shows how supportive...and yes at times crazily embarrassing... But how fabulous it really is to have this group of people be so invested in your happiness and just love you for who you are. I loved the deep friendship she shared with cousins Olivia and Charlie. I loved the quiet wisdom of her grandmother and how she really took her position as family matriarch with great solemnity and joyful vigour. I loved the playful bickering of her uncles, the presence of the evil cousins that she just couldn't see eye to eye with, the madcap aunts... But mostly I loved the relationship she had with her sister Margot. Their sisterly bond was really sweet to read about. I loved their text exchanges that could go from serious conversation to playful frivolousness in the blink of an eye... I think the author got their relationship perfectly spot on. This book was just so pleasantly diverting and was definitely the cute, Christmassy read I was in the mood for. For more reviews and book related chat check out my blog

  12. 5 out of 5

    may ❀

    BIG FAMILIES!!!! FLUFF & CUTENESS!!! STRONG SISTER RELATIONSHIPS!!!!! this book turned me into a marshmallow bc im soft and rtc BIG FAMILIES!!!! FLUFF & CUTENESS!!! STRONG SISTER RELATIONSHIPS!!!!! this book turned me into a marshmallow bc im soft and 🥺 rtc

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    This is so much fun and realy cute , this book puts you in an instant holiday mood , 4 This is so much fun and realy cute , this book puts you in an instant holiday mood , 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

  14. 5 out of 5

    Hollis

    This is the kind of read that is pretty much exactly what it looks like. It's contemporary, it's set around the holidays, there is a large boisterous family who conspires together to set up the newly heartbroken lead character on dates, of which there are ten of them. If this sounds like everything, or anything, you want from a romance, I don't think you’ll have any complaints. I definitely loved the concept of these dates, the strange charm of the whole situation. I loved the idea of this big This is the kind of read that is pretty much exactly what it looks like. It's contemporary, it's set around the holidays, there is a large boisterous family who conspires together to set up the newly heartbroken lead character on dates, of which there are ten of them. If this sounds like everything, or anything, you want from a romance, I don't think you’ll have any complaints. I definitely loved the concept of these dates, the strange charm of the whole situation. I loved the idea of this big family but I'll admit.. in the beginning, it was too many names, too much at once, but it does get across that sense of chaos that comes from having many relatives — I assume. That isn't my family at all — and, near the end, it does narrow down a bit to a few key players, which makes things easier. What surprised me, and ended up being my favourite part, was the connection between Sophie and her older sister, Margot, who is on bed rest, and then hospitalized, due to preeclampsia. There were a few moments between them, conversations via text, heck, even a few conversations between Sophie and her mother about Margot, that really got me. It hit a little close to home for me but also it was just really well done and hella emotional and lovely. There was also a reunion between a friend group, most of them cousins, that I thought was great. Both the ups and the downs. All of it just felt super realistic and, despite some of the "remember this, that, and when.." retellings of stories to tell us how close they used to be, instead of showing, I really enjoyed all their interactions. The dates themselves, much like the family members who chose them, were mostly over the top and ridiculous but a few were also fun and sweet. I definitely had a favourite but for the sheer surprise hilarity of it I don't want to ruin it. Ultimately, though, it's obvious pretty much from the get-go who Sophie is going to end up with. And though I did like it, I did feel things got kind of serious kind of fast and, personally, I would've preferred things to have been a little.. slower, I guess? I don't know. I wanted more engine revving than full throttle, I guess. Though I totally appreciate the maturity of how they are handling things big picture-wise as they prepare for university and the next stage of their lives. Overall this was a fun read, with an emotional backbone, and a few laughs. Definitely one I would recommend for anyone looking for titles to add to their holiday tbr. ** I received an ARC from the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. ** --- This review can also be found at A Take From Two Cities.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay (pawsomereads)

    This was such a cute book! It was an easy and quick read but contained a lot of funny, relatable and entertaining content. I loved that, while the plot is obviously about romance and dating, there was also a lot of focus on family and friendship. Sophie's family is so loving and supporting, if not a tad bit over-bearing, but in the best way. The plot was predictable but I didn't feel like this took away from the book too much overall. This was a fun read that left me super happy after I finished This was such a cute book! It was an easy and quick read but contained a lot of funny, relatable and entertaining content. I loved that, while the plot is obviously about romance and dating, there was also a lot of focus on family and friendship. Sophie's family is so loving and supporting, if not a tad bit over-bearing, but in the best way. The plot was predictable but I didn't feel like this took away from the book too much overall. This was a fun read that left me super happy after I finished it. What made it even better is that it took place around Christmas, my favorite time of year!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Brooke — brooklynnnnereads

    Prepare yourselves....this is going to be a 'must read' this December. Actually, this novel needs to be adapted into a movie because it would be the perfect watch for the holidays! Before I get too ahead of myself, this book was everything that you could hope for in a teenage contemporary set during the week of Christmas/New Years. I keep on telling people this comparison but I would say this novel is the perfect mixture of "Cheaper by the Dozen" and "To All the Boys I've Loved Before". It's a Prepare yourselves....this is going to be a 'must read' this December. Actually, this novel needs to be adapted into a movie because it would be the perfect watch for the holidays! Before I get too ahead of myself, this book was everything that you could hope for in a teenage contemporary set during the week of Christmas/New Years. I keep on telling people this comparison but I would say this novel is the perfect mixture of "Cheaper by the Dozen" and "To All the Boys I've Loved Before". It's a cute story of teenage romance but also has family, adventure, and humour. It has 'cheesy' moments but also has serious, heartfelt moments making it the perfect balance. I definitely recommend reading this novel come December because it has everything you could want in a read centred around the holidays. The only thing left that I can say is, okay Netflix...I'm ready for this to be adapted ASAP. ***Thank you to the publisher for supplying me with a copy of this book via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review***

  17. 4 out of 5

    sam {Multi Dreamer}⚔

    this was such a fun and adorable read. Highly recommend this one if you’re looking for something with family, fun and overall cuteness. 4.5 this was such a fun and adorable read. Highly recommend this one if you’re looking for something with family, fun and overall cuteness. 4.5⭐️

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tucker

    Many thanks to Ian at Disney Hyperion for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review thank you Disney, for the early christmas blessings!! this along with Royal Holiday will make for a splendid christmas break!! | Goodreads | Blog | Twitch | Pinterest | Reddit | LinkedIn |

  19. 4 out of 5

    Siham

    I think I found my all time favorite rom-com to read - oh my gosh :))) full review is finally on my blog: https://readingatlastblog.wordpress.c...

  20. 5 out of 5

    Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)

    This was so freaking cute and I absolutely flew through it. I’m serious, I couldn’t put it down and I was laughing the whole way through. 10 Blind Dates follow Sophie as she unexpectedly finds herself single over holiday break. With her Nonna determined to cheer her up, Sophie is set up on 10 blind dates by different family members, and hilarity ensues. There was so much to be happy about with this story: the huge, close-knit family (the fab four was indeed fabulous), the awkward (and always This was so freaking cute and I absolutely flew through it. I’m serious, I couldn’t put it down and I was laughing the whole way through. 10 Blind Dates follow Sophie as she unexpectedly finds herself single over holiday break. With her Nonna determined to cheer her up, Sophie is set up on 10 blind dates by different family members, and hilarity ensues. There was so much to be happy about with this story: the huge, close-knit family (the fab four was indeed fabulous), the awkward (and always surprising) blind dates, the adorable romances. If you’re in the need for a pick-me-up, this book will give you that boost.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Maia

    That book was so much fun! I kept on laughing, it was so great :)

  22. 5 out of 5

    Alexa

    So adorable! Just the sort of delightful romantic comedy goodness I need in my life So adorable! Just the sort of delightful romantic comedy goodness I need in my life ❤️

  23. 4 out of 5

    Olivia & Lori (The Candid Cover)

    Full Review on The Candid Cover As a big fan of YA Christmas books, I was excited when I first heard of 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston. I was expecting festive fluff, and this book delivers on that with its dynamic family and perfectly cheesy dates. This is a light and fluffy read that is sure to get the reader in the Christmas spirit. This book follows Sophie, who is dealing with a recent heartbreak, as she is set up on 10 blind dates by her family. It is easy to sympathize with Sophie, but it Full Review on The Candid Cover As a big fan of YA Christmas books, I was excited when I first heard of 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston. I was expecting festive fluff, and this book delivers on that with its dynamic family and perfectly cheesy dates. This is a light and fluffy read that is sure to get the reader in the Christmas spirit. This book follows Sophie, who is dealing with a recent heartbreak, as she is set up on 10 blind dates by her family. It is easy to sympathize with Sophie, but it is also inspiring to see her transform and bounce back from her broken heart. The book is filled with winter vibes as it takes place over Christmas, and I loved reading about each of the festive dates, some more outrageous than others. There is also a balance between fun and heartfelt moments as there is a subplot with Sophie’s pregnant sister and complications she faces. As well, family is one of my favourite elements in YA, and I was happy to see such a big, lively family that (mostly) wants the best for Sophie. 10 Blind Dates is a cosy read that is perfect for curling up with as the weather gets colder. This one is both wholesome and heartfelt, and the main character truly transforms throughout the book. I would definitely recommend this one to fans of Hallmark movies.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jessica | Booked J

    Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Review can be found here at Booked J. As always, a copy of this book was provided by the publisher or author in exchange for my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way. Okay, okay, I'm going to be real with you guys for a minute. We're all friends here, right? Okay. Good. So, I DEFINITELY requested 10 Blind Dates because of that adorable cover. Swoon. Sometimes, the shallow just jumps out. Apparently I now have a thing for those gold foil Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Review can be found here at Booked J. As always, a copy of this book was provided by the publisher or author in exchange for my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way. Okay, okay, I'm going to be real with you guys for a minute. We're all friends here, right? Okay. Good. So, I DEFINITELY requested 10 Blind Dates because of that adorable cover. Swoon. Sometimes, the shallow just jumps out. Apparently I now have a thing for those gold foil balloons? Now that we've gotten that out of the way, first things first: this was SUCH an enjoyable read. And definitely a great way for me to close out summer. 10 Blind Dates was every (!) thing I hoped it'd be and then a little more. It's definitely one of the best YA contemporaries of the year and I'm all kinds of warm and fuzzy over it. Ashley Elston is quick to deliver on one of the best fluffy contemporaries and I'm SO grateful for it, because it was a definite mood booster and exactly what I needed when I needed it. Truly, I feel like I spent a majority of the time smiling over this book. That feeling of reluctance to put down a book? This book captures that. This book gave me that warm and fuzzy, electrifying, stupidly grinning, happy and buzzed feeling that Jenny Han and Stephanie Perkins' books do. We are talking, I'm probably four seconds away from humming happily to myself over 10 Blind Dates. (Come on. You know the book was good if you can't stop smiling like your crush just said hello.) I loved the way that Ashley Elston writes. It's never overly cheesy and cringy. It feels warm and welcoming and takes you out of your life and into something in screaming colours. She combines the romantic aspects of 10 Blind Dates delicately and the family featured throughout this book come to life. It is in its most unrealistic and silly moments that it shines: this is the YA rom-com you've been looking for. (And, oh my gosh, it's just BEGGING for me to create a playlist for it. And a mood board. AND, OKAY, FINE, CAN SOMEONE JUST ADAPT IT IMMEDIATELY? Thanks.) It would be impossible for me not to fall in love with the way that Elston tells Sophie's story. I loved every single minute of it. 10 Blind Dates is a can't miss, feel good time, that will leave you grinning and feeling all the more cheerful because of it.

  25. 4 out of 5

    ☼ rachel ☼

    You can see this review and many others on my Blog "This is going to be the worst Christmas break ever... or is it?" High School senior, Sophie, is excited to have alone time with her long-term boyfriend Griffin, when her parents decide to spend the holidays with her sister Margot, who is on bed rest. She overhears her boyfriend's conversation saying he wants to break-up with her; heartbroken she flees to her grandparent's house for Christmas break. Her grandmother wants to see her happy again, You can see this review and many others on my Blog "This is going to be the worst Christmas break ever... or is it?" High School senior, Sophie, is excited to have alone time with her long-term boyfriend Griffin, when her parents decide to spend the holidays with her sister Margot, who is on bed rest. She overhears her boyfriend's conversation saying he wants to break-up with her; heartbroken she flees to her grandparent's house for Christmas break. Her grandmother wants to see her happy again, so her grandmother devises a plan for her very large family to set Sophie up with "10 Blind Dates" by different family members. I thought this book was so stinkin' cute! It was everything I hoped it would be, and more. I think this is the perfect YA contemporary for the holiday season. This book is a fun, quick read that will put a smile on your face! I absolutely loved the positive family dynamic that we don't get to see much in YA, and I really enjoyed that this story wasn't only about the blind dates (which was so much fun to read about), but it was about Sophie finding joy and happiness in her life again. The only downfall of this book is that it is pretty predictable, but a lot of YA contemporary romance are. So, I don't have that big of an issue with it. I would keep that in mind if you're planning on picking this one up. I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Dayla

    Review first appeared on my blog: Book Addict 24-7 I will preface this review by stating that I absolutely loved 10 Blind Dates. You know when you look at a book and you’re worried that you’re secretly going to hate it, but then you read it and mentally slap yourself for your harsh judgments? Yeah, that was me after I finished reading this book. It. Was. So. Good. Sophie has just broken up with her boyfriend of a year–the same boyfriend she had hoped to be with during the holidays. When she Review first appeared on my blog: Book Addict 24-7 I will preface this review by stating that I absolutely loved 10 Blind Dates. You know when you look at a book and you’re worried that you’re secretly going to hate it, but then you read it and mentally slap yourself for your harsh judgments? Yeah, that was me after I finished reading this book. It. Was. So. Good. Sophie has just broken up with her boyfriend of a year–the same boyfriend she had hoped to be with during the holidays. When she appears, heartbroken and a slight mess, at her grandmother’s house, her big family resolves to make her feel better by proposing the perfect distraction: 10 blind dates spanning from days leading up to Christmas, then to New Years Day. While Sophie comes to terms with this wild plan, she also realizes that her cousins, who were once her best friends, have grown distant from her and those who were once small cousins have grown into near-strangers. Also, someone who is off limits looks entirely new to her in a completely different and unexpected way. When her ex comes back asking for a second chance and the blind dates begin, how will Sophie cope with so much change is such a short amount of time? I love books that don’t make it too hard to guess who the love interest will be. I knew immediately and it made the whole experience for me so much more fun. The slow progression of the love interest and Sophie was adorable, yet it showed that the two had some more growing up to do before they could finally admit they had feelings for each other–I mean, Sophie has just broken up with her boyfriend and it’s something she is actively trying to get over during the book. I like that the breakup isn’t just a plot device, but an actual difficult situation that Sophie has to digest and grow from. I found that Elston’s exploration of her myriad of emotions after the breakup added more layers to the story, so instead of it just being a cute contemporary Holiday read, it was something that actually offered the reader so much more. Sophie is also experiencing one other big event during the timeline of this book: Her sister’s complicated pregnancy. Her relationship with her sister was a nice surprise for me (I didn’t really read the synopsis before picking this book up, I mainly heard what it was about via Booktube videos). I loved the banter and the text messages between them. I also love Sophie’s dedication to being a good sister and a good aunt, despite her own personal troubles. It made her more relatable and less of a cliche of the tropes that sometimes live in Contemporary YALit. The dates themselves were so much fun. The dates and activity choices actually said a lot about the members of Sophie’s family. In a way, the idea of 10 blind dates chosen by family members was a really clever way of giving these side characters more depth, even if it was indirectly. Some where fun and others were as awful as the varied personalities in the family. My favourite side character, hands down, was Sophie’s grandmother (or Nonna). She was just always such a great leader figure of the family and her personality was definitely incredibly hard to ignore. I also loved her support of Sophie and her determination to make her granddaughter happy. The premise of this was just so creative and so well done. Elston’s novel could have easily gone down a cringe route, or it could have ignored many of the important topics it brings up. Some of these topics being family, growing up, being honest with oneself, and taking chances and risks that take you out of your comfort zone. It also shows what can happen if miscommunication and not being honest about how you feel can affect relationships (both familial and romantic.) But besides all the serious stuff, this book was so funny. I couldn’t stop laughing. It got to the ridiculous point where my stomach started to hurt because ohmygod, these situations. Who even thinks of this? It was genius and a definite Holiday read. If you’re a fan of YALit contemporary romcoms, this is definitely for you. I’m so happy I bit the bullet and read this one. Happy reading!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Catie

    If you find Hallmark movies to be far too thrilling, then this book might be for you.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Fitzgerald

    This was an absolutely delightful read! Oh, how I longed at times to be part of Sophie’s huge, loving Italian family, or at least a neighbor like Wes was! (Ok, except for the two Evil Joes; wouldn’t want to be anywhere near them). What a sweet premise; the whole family works together to help mend Sophie’s heart when her boyfriend dumps her right before Christmas by arranging blind dates with boys they are certain are perfect for her! Each date venue is radically different, as are the guys for This was an absolutely delightful read! Oh, how I longed at times to be part of Sophie’s huge, loving Italian family, or at least a neighbor like Wes was! (Ok, except for the two Evil Joes; wouldn’t want to be anywhere near them). What a sweet premise; the whole family works together to help mend Sophie’s heart when her boyfriend dumps her right before Christmas by arranging blind dates with boys they are certain are perfect for her! Each date venue is radically different, as are the guys for the dates, making each one a total adventure! This Y.A. book was a breath of fresh air compared to many written today. No vulgar language, no graphic teen sex-scenes, and best of all, the portrayal of a loving, happy, very close knit-family. I would highly recommend this book to all Y.A. and adult readers. Memorable Quotes: (Pg.103)-“Olivia’s wearing what can only be the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen; it’s as if she took a small, fully decorated artificial tree (including lights), sliced it straight down the middle, then glued it to the front of her sweater.”

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tani

    Just turn blind to Wes mess and you'll love this book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    Okay, this was FUN. I definitely can’t wait until Christmas now that I’m back in school and this book was delivered to me on a silver platter. I think someone out there is looking out for me. It's a light and sweet Chrismassy story, but it's really fast-paced. The idea of 10 blind dates was just brilliant, and nona deserves a reward for the spectacular way she practically forced Soph out of the door and into the world to have some fun. The dates are all arranged by Soph's aunts, uncles and Okay, this was FUN. I definitely can’t wait until Christmas now that I’m back in school and this book was delivered to me on a silver platter. I think someone out there is looking out for me. It's a light and sweet Chrismassy story, but it's really fast-paced. The idea of 10 blind dates was just brilliant, and nona deserves a reward for the spectacular way she practically forced Soph out of the door and into the world to have some fun. The dates are all arranged by Soph's aunts, uncles and cousins, and she dreads them. After being spoken behind her back the way her (ex)boyfriend Griffing did, who wouldn't rather peel off those wax strips than go on another date? But she's (mostly) pleasantly surprised and she's overwhelmed by how much she's missed her family and laughing so much with people that get her. I even laughed out loud a few times because these dates are just so original and unforgettable you just can't close the book without knowing how it finishes (and who won the bet). My favourite was the Underground Christmas, but nothing can beat the Hundred Hands Harold!! What I mostly liked about this story, though, was Sophia’s big family. My family is quite small compared to this one and reading about a nona who has 8 children and almost each of them has at least one child that practically makes an arsenal waiting for you in the kitchen, ready to fight you for that last piece of lasagna, is something inconceivable for me. And bless Ashley Elston for making them Italian! My family leaves near the Italian border and I call my grandparents nona (grandma) and nono (grandpa), and now I'm filled with this much warmth and appreciation for my origins that I want to hug everyone I love. Regardless, I had a few issues with the story that got me scrunching up my nose a few times. As much as I loved Charlie and Olivia, they did get on my nerves occasionally. Especially Olivia. She, Soph, Charlie, and Wes were the famous Fab Four. Instead of being part of this great and legendary group we witness Olivia attacking Soph about her disappearing out of their lives, which didn't really sit well with me. (Luckily, she redeems herself, but still). The story is magnificently predictable when it comes to romance and crushes, and I wouldn't have it any other way in such romantic comedies. And Wes and Soph, we knew they were bound to get together. But this quote “Whatever it is I’m doing with Wes doesn’t have a label. He’s not my boyfriend and I’m not his girlfriend. We’re best friends who kiss. A lot.”? I was already down the lane in my car, packed with boxes full of swooning, when I stepped on the breakers at the sudden red light. Not to mention that my passenger door was not rightly shut and all of my precious boxes tumbled out on the cold and sodden ground. I understand what the author (probably) meant by it, but it really ruffled my feathers.

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