{Hot Cocoa Hearts: Suzanne Nelson}Hot Cocoa Hearts by Suzanne Nelson
Series: A Wish Novel
Published by Scholastic Press on October 25, 2016
Genres: Childrens, Junior High, Middle School, Realistic Fiction, Recipes
Pages: 261
Format: eBook
Source: Store Bought
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{Synopsis} – Emery Mason hates the holidays. She’s so over tinsel, secret santas, and excessive cheer. To make matter worse, her parents are forcing her to work—as an elf!—in their Santa photo booth at the mall. Then she meets Alejandro Perez, who works at the hot cocoa shop next door. He’s so annoyingly full of the holiday spirit he should be the one wearing elf get-up!
But the more time Emery spends with Alex, the more she realizes she might not be the Grinch she thinks she is. When a Secret Santa surprise turns her world upside down, will Emery finally embrace the magic of the season? Or will she miss her chance to kiss the perfect boy under the mistletoe?

{My thoughts} – Emery is a sweet girl that is having problems seeing what the big deal about Christmas is. She lost her Grandma and once she lost her she stopped believing in the Christmas Magic, so as to say. Her parents kept trying to help bring her back into the spirit by carrying on with family traditions and such, but she appeared to be stuck on staying, for lack of better wording a Grinch.

Her parents force her to help them with their Holiday photo set up at the mall. While she is helping them, she gets to know a boy named Alex that is working at the local Cocoa shop across the way. They start to become really good friends. He seems to be interested in her as more then friends, but she has her sights set on another boy named Sawyer that she is convinced is perfect for her.

As the story starts to unwind she has to figure out which boy she really does like in that way. She also has to figure out if she is going to be anti-Christmas indefinitely or if she is going to have a change of heart.

I really enjoyed this book. It was everything that you’d expect in a soft crush novel such as it is. I think that any child struggling to be happy with the Holiday’s could benefit from reading this book. As for myself, I’m going to start the next book in the series.

Final Conclusion: 5 Star Rating.