Eight Nights of Flirting

Eight Nights of Flirting
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Release Date
October 25, 2022
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A sixteen-year-old girl is on a mission to find the perfect boyfriend this Hanukkah, but love might not go according to plan, in this charming winter romcom from the author of The Summer of Lost Letters.

Shira Barbanel has a plan: this Hanukkah, she’s going to get a boyfriend. And she has the perfect candidate in mind—her great-uncle’s assistant, Isaac. He’s reliable, brilliant, and of course, super hot. The only problem? Shira’s an absolute disaster when it comes to flirting.

Enter Tyler Nelson, Shira’s nemesis-slash-former-crush. As much as she hates to admit it, Tyler is the most charming and popular guy she knows. Which means he’s the perfect person to teach her how to win Isaac over.

When Shira and Tyler get snowed in together at Golden Doors, they strike a deal—flirting lessons for Shira in exchange for career connections for Tyler. But as Shira starts to see the sweet, funny boy beneath Tyler’s playboy exterior, she realizes she actually likes hanging out with him. And that wasn’t part of the plan.

Amidst a whirl of snowy adventures, hot chocolate, and candlelight, Shira must learn to trust her heart to discover if the romance she planned is really the one that will make her happiest.

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Light and Fun Hanukkah Romance
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This book has great Jewish representation, and made me feel seen as a Jewish reader who hasn’t always felt seen when reading holiday books. It’s a sweet, fun, and funny holiday romance that incorporates not only Hanukkah, but also Christmas and New Years, making this the perfect winter holiday read. Shira is an overachiever and perfectionist, but one area that she can’t seem to master is social interaction, especially with boys. But as she gets closer to someone she never expected to become friends with, her flirting lessons start to feel real, yet still appropriate for the recommended age group (12-17. Shira’s growth over the course of the story felt relatable and realistic, and it was wonderful to watch her come out of her shell and start really deciding what she wanted for herself instead of just letting things happen. There’s diversity, and easy to understand explanations about the holiday of Hanukkah for people who aren’t familiar with the holiday, and there’s plenty of humor included in the story.

The story was fairly predictable, and didn’t offer any surprises beyond what was included in the blurb. This wasn’t necessarily a negative, if you’re looking for a light and low-stakes holiday read, but if you’re looking for more of a twist, this probably wouldn’t be a good fit for you.

It touches on the isolation that we can feel when we don’t connect with people around us, and on the pressures that we put on ourselves to succeed rather than to enjoy ourselves in the moment. The story also talks about the magic of the holiday season, no matter what you celebrate, and how people often have hidden depths that we don’t always notice if we don’t take the time to really get to know them.
Good Points
-Funny dialogue
-Realistic and relatable characters
-Diverse characters
-Believable romance
-Great Jewish representation
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