Series: 2016 Advent Calendar~ Bah Humbug
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: December 1, 2016
Length: 76 pages
Reviewed by Meredith
Born December 25, Noel Beebe is tired of having his birthday overshadowed by all things Christmas. While looking for love on social media, he comes across a prospective new beau just in time to celebrate the Big 3-0, someone who encourages him to take back his day and say thumbs down to Christmas! On a trip to the Big Apple, Noel does just that, flipping off the Rockefeller Center tree and demanding his coffee in a nondecorative paper cup as a fun birthday prank. His act of defiance is caught on video and soon goes viral, leading to a backlash all over the Twitterverse, Internet, and TV. Suddenly what Noel thought would be his best birthday—and even Christmas—yet is shaping up to be his worst. Can his family and his potential boyfriend prove to the world that Noel isn’t the Scrooge he’s been labeled?
So, I read this story I think a lot differently than other people did. I found it to be very magical in the sense of love at Christmas. Noel was born on Christmas day and always (for coming on 30 years) has shared his day with the world. He is tired of it.
This story is very social media based. Noel meets people from Twitter and Facebook. One being Ethan; who ends up being the ringleader to all the madness that ensues. But then there’s Hung and this guy is tricky to review. I’m not going to but you’ll see what I mean when I say; not everything is what it seems.
A very sensitive topic is talked about in this short: Catfishing. And if you’ve been a victim of it I can see how this absolutely would rub you the wrong way. This is a book that could go really good or really bad. Where some may find it offensive I found it to be very “Christmas Miracle”
We get the entire story in Noel’s POV and you really see that he’s truly an amazing guy and what happens to him he doesn’t deserve… until the great things begin to happen.
I found this to be adorable, sweet, and very Christmassy ever after.
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