It’s Christmas Eve at JFK in NYC.
Charlotte is a British student, waiting for a flight home after the worst semester of her life. Anthony is a native New Yorker, surprising his girlfriend at the airport after three months apart. Charlotte has just been dumped, and Anthony is about to be dumped, right in the middle of the holiday crowd.
Charlotte’s flight is canceled when a blizzard blows in, and Anthony can’t bear to go home. So, they set out into the city together, clutching a book Charlotte picks up in the airport gift shop: Ten Easy Steps for Getting Over Your Ex. For this one night, they’ll focus on healing their broken hearts … together.
Step-by-step, the two struggle to put the past behind them. But the snow is so enchanting, and the holiday lights are so beguiling, that soon their shared misery gives way to something else. Soon, they’re not only over their exes — they’re falling for each other.
Then a subway ride splits them up by mistake. Will they reunite before Charlotte’s flight leaves New York forever? (Goodreads synopsis)
Kiss Me in New York by Catherine Rider is an adorable, dual perspective YA contemporary set on Christmas Eve. The story follows Charlotte and Anthony who after a chance meeting at an airport, begin an adventure that stretches across a single day in New York City. I loved this story so much for exactly what it was, a feel-good contemporary. I feel it did exactly what it wanted to do, provide an entertaining story that will make you laugh and feel all the feels. Again, I must liken it to a Hallmark Movie, in the same vein as Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe (full review here).
Charlotte and Anthony are great, interesting characters. I feel we got to know more about Anthony as opposed to Charlotte but nonetheless, they were great characters to follow. Also, I liked how their story wasn’t super insta-lovey but it progressed over the course of the day. Also, the element of the self-help book, although not original, was a good time to follow.
The book was a little too predictable, but it did not hinder my enjoyment. Also, I felt the ending was abrupt but there was an epilogue, so I guess that was okay.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the reading experience of this book and I would recommend it for people who enjoy Christmas contemporaries. It’s a short book that can be read in one sitting while curled up in a chair with a hot beverage. The book is out now!
****This book was given to me for honest review via Netgalley and the publisher. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher.****