Book Review: Bah Humbug Bad Boy by Pixie Perkins

I can’t believe it’s almost December, and Christmas is just around the corner! I’ve been scouring the shelves for holiday-themed books and settled on this little gem. I devoured it in two days, and it was worth every second of sleep loss both nights. The Bah Humbug Bad Boy by Pixie Perkins is as cute as the author’s name.

‘tis the season to be grouchy. Marco Amorelli doesn’t hate Christmas, he just really doesn’t want to spend his free time helping his grandma with her Christmas decorations and lame Christmas party. Too bad his mom thinks it’ll “be good” for him. And if that wasn’t frustrating enough, now he has to deal with a certain attractive—loves to wear tacky Christmas clothes—overbearing girl who’s determined to show him the ins and outs of being holly and jolly. Is she for real? Last Christmas, Fallon Bauer was dumped by her now-ex. This Christmas? She just wants to enjoy her favorite time of year without thinking about you-know-who. So, when her neighbor asks for some holiday help, Fallon is more than glad to lend a hand. She wasn’t, however, expecting to work with Patton High’s bad boy: Marco Amorelli. The guy is a total grinch! But helping him find some serious holiday cheer could be a sure way to keep herself distracted from feeling heartbroken…right? What happens, though, when sparks fly between them and more than snow starts falling?

Where do I begin? With Marco’s not-so-bad-boy anti-Christmas grouchiness that is so oddly endearing, I couldn’t help but smile when I swiped the screen, and his POV began? Or the adorably cringy Fallon whose intense love for all things Christmas made this book the perfect grouchy/sunny trope plot ever?

Usually, I’m hesitant with YA Romcoms with alternate POVs because the author tends to mistrust the reader. What do I mean by that? Just that dual POVs don’t leave much to the imagination, almost as if the reader doesn’t think we can figure things out as we go without the other POV. I usually find myself dragging through the less exciting character’s chapters just to get back to the fun ones… but not here. Marco and Fallon were both interesting views, and their misunderstandings were so genuine and honest.

I don’t want to spoil the book with too much detail, but I love when a simple misunderstanding can be the crisis point in a book—not too much drama, no long and drawn-out forgiveness scenes—just really wholesome look I know I screwed up, but I didn’t mean to, please forgive me situation. And they were (despite Fallon’s obsession with festive footwear) mature and realistic.

I highly recommend this sweet, quick holiday read! Oh, and watch out for that baking scene… and the candle shop scene… and the bonfire scene… really any time these two find themselves within five feet of each other.

You can find the book here. Happy reading!

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