Review: New Year’s Kiss

Title: New Year’s Kiss
Author: Lee Matthews
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publisher: Underlined
Source: Purchased
Format: Paperback
Release Date: December 1, 2020
Rating: ★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

A fun and upbeat paperback original romance about a girl who has a New Year’s resolution to make the coming year epic in every way—and is willing to put herself out there for love.

Tess and her opinionated older sister Lauren are spending the week after Christmas at the snowy Evergreen Lodge in Vermont and they aren’t happy about it. Their stern grandmother, who owns the holiday resort, is not known for her warmth and good humor. But when shy, straight-laced Tess meets Christopher in the lobby, things are suddenly looking up. And when she decides to get out of her comfort zone and create a bucket list of things to accomplish before the New Year-like singing in public and skiing a black-diamond slope-Christopher is happy to help, even as he keeps a secret that could turn everything upside down. When the ball drops, will Tess and Christopher share a magical kiss-or will Tess start the new year off alone?


Sixteen-year-old Tess and her older sister Lauren are sent to stay with their grandmother at her ski resort after Christmas. Their parents are getting divorced, so they want the girls to spend some time with their grandmother over the holidays. Lauren wants to take chances and deviate from the schedule that their grandmother plans, while Tess always follows the rules. When Tess meets Christopher, a guest at the resort, they create a bucket list of things she wants to do to get outside of her comfort zone before the new year. However, Christopher has a secret that could ruin their new friendship.

This was a cute New Year’s Eve story. It was set during the days after Christmas and until New Year’s Eve. I haven’t read a story that had a theme around the New Year like this before. Rather than make resolutions for the new year, Tess wanted to do some new things before the year ended. Some of these things were sing in public, wear high heels, and talk to a stranger.

The only thing I didn’t really like about this book was the ending, when Tess was close to completing her list. This may be a bit of a spoiler but there was a reason that she couldn’t do a couple of items on the list. She learned something about herself, which made it so she couldn’t do one of the tasks and I think she should have known about it before. It felt like the story was written into a corner and something had to be made up to add some tension at the end.

This was a short, cute holiday story.

What to read next:

All I Want for Christmas by Wendy Loggia

10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston

Have you read New Year’s Kiss? What did you think of it?


Author: jilljemmett

Jill lives in Toronto, Canada. She has studied English, Creative Writing, and Publishing. Jill is the creator and content producer of Jill’s Book Blog, where she has published a blog post every day for the last four years, including 5-7 book reviews a week. She can usually be found with her nose in a book.

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