It’s no secret that I love this book!
Secret Santa by Sabrina James follows several students from North Ridge High as they participate in their school’s yearly Secret Santa activity. Noelle hopes to impress the popular boy-next-door while her best friend, Lilly, can’t wait for the holidays to end after her boyfriend broke up with her for another girl. Meanwhile, dorky Froggy hopes to leave the best presents ever for his crush, the beautiful beach girl Celia, who is too busy perfecting her own gifts for the school’s bad boy. Throw in some catty mean girls and some unexpected love interests and Secret Santa becomes a lot more than North Ridge expected.
Secret Santa is one of those books that bring backs nostalgia for me. My sister and I read this book so much in high school, the book’s spine is extremely cracked. I remember hoping that someone would make a movie of this book because I loved it so much. Reading it again, I had just as much fun reading this book as I did in high school. It definitely should appear on more YA Christmas reads lists!
I think one of the reasons this book is so successful is that it is extremely thought out. Readers get to see the points of views of so many different characters in the book, just like the movies Valentine’s Day or New Year’s Eve. As a result, we see all the little hiccups and misunderstandings along the way. When everything comes to a head at the Christmas dance at the end of the story, it is resolved in a comedic way that pulls from multiple story lines throughout the book. Just like a Christmas present, this book wraps up all of the story lines in a sweet and satisfying way.
Even though I really enjoy this book, some people may be put off on how stereotypical the characters are or how they book is written (it is very 2007 and includes many media and fashion references that date the book). However, the writing style flows nicely which makes the book a quick read. This book always manages to bring a smile on my face and put me in the Christmas spirit. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a book that is not only wintry, but completely about Christmas.
Overall, Secret Santa is a fun and fluffy book that will remind you of your favorite high school movie. I give this book four out of five stars.