Featured Review: The Christmas Clash (Suzanne Park)


About This Book:

Who’s naughty and nice at Riverwood Mall? In this hilarious YA holiday rom-com, two rivals get together to save their families’ livelihoods, and Christmas, too!

Chloe Kwon can’t stand Peter Li. It’s always been that way. Their families don’t get along either: their parents operate rival restaurants in the Riverwood Mall food court―Korean food for the Kwons and Chinese food for the Lis. Now it’s the holiday season and Chloe’s the photographer at the mall’s Santa’s Village, and Peter works at the virtual reality North Pole experience right across the atrium. It’s all Chloe can do to avoid Peter’s smug, incredibly photogenic face.

But it turns out the mall is about to be sold to a developer and demolished for condos. Eviction notices are being handed out right before Christmas. Their parents don’t know what to do, and soon Chloe and Peter realize that the two of them need to join efforts to try to save the mall. Just when it seems like they can put aside their differences and work closely (very closely) together, they discover that the Kwon and Li feud goes far deeper than either of them realize…



*Review Contributed by Jan Farnworth, Staff Reviewer*

What I liked:
Christmas Clash is a POC romantic comedy with the two main characters fighting for the lively hood of their families. The two families work at the same mall but have a long-standing family feud that they are holding on to, to the extreme measure of Romeo and Juliet. The kids make the best of what they have always known, but when the mall that they grew up in has been slated to be demolished, will they be able to rally to save it?
Final Verdict:
The plot is simple, relatable, and of course, slightly predictable, but that is why we love these kinds of stories. There is truth to be found in these pages, the depth of the characters causes them to feel real, and the problems are very relatable. A romantic comedy set in a mall reminds me of my childhood memories. Growing up in a small town trip to the mall though rare, was always a delight. The romance between our two main characters is so sweet, and their heart for loyalty to the mall is enduring. A delightful story and a quick read.



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