It’s Christmas Eve at JFK in NYC.
Charlotte is a British student, waiting for a flight home after the worst semester of her life. Anthony is a native New Yorker, surprising his girlfriend at the airport after three months apart. Charlotte has just been dumped, and Anthony is about to be dumped, right in the middle of the holiday crowd.
Charlotte’s flight is canceled when a blizzard blows in, and Anthony can’t bear to go home. So, they set out into the city together, clutching a book Charlotte picks up in the airport gift shop: Ten Easy Steps for Getting Over Your Ex. For this one night, they’ll focus on healing their broken hearts … together.
Step-by-step, the two struggle to put the past behind them. But the snow is so enchanting, and the holiday lights are so beguiling, that soon their shared misery gives way to something else. Soon, they’re not only over their exes — they’re falling for each other.
Then a subway ride splits them up by mistake. Will they reunite before Charlotte’s flight leaves New York forever?
I love Christmas themed stuff. Which is probably why I spent a good chunk of my weekend watching bad holiday movies on Hallmark and Lifetime. Whenever there’s a YA book that looks like its cute and holiday themed, I’m always willing to grab it. However….well, a lot of them suck And Kiss Me in New York is one of these books.
Honestly though, I sort of wonder if some of my disdain for this book was that I’ve hit burn out. I have about a shelf worth of books that I haven’t read and nothing sounds good to me right now. And I have sort of been on a DNF streak lately. Don’t ask me why, I just have been. I don’t even think if I was in a funk I would enjoy this book.
This book just feels very packaged. In part, that is expected. After all, the book isn’t going to be that original. There’s only so many ways you can do a Christmas centered romance or any contemporary really. What makes a book special though, is its characters. And God knows, this book is filled with insipid twits if there ever were some.
Charlotte is dumped by her boyfriend and she acts like it’s pretty much the end of the world until he meets this random new guy at an airport bookstore. It’s not a cute meet. It feel contrived and just blah.
I get having a teenage girl upset about a breakup is realistic, but the way Charlotte was acting it was like it was the end of the world. It was annoying, and then as soon as she finds a somewhat cute guy that through luck becomes single pretty much after they have a twenty second talk at said book store that she falls instantly in love with him.
I mean, come on. I get that instant love is going to be standard fair in YA. And to some degree, it’s standard fair in adult romance as well, but this goes beyond the pale in what you usually see.
For example, in the most notorious example of insta love I can think of (The Twilight Saga) while there is pretty much instant attraction between Bella and Edward, it takes a good 200 or so pages of them to profess their love in a disgusting way. Here, while vows weren’t exchange the two randomly decide to spend a day together after a fifteen second conversation in the airport.
Can you imagine that? Getting in a taxi with a random person you see in the airport. Doesn’t that creep you out a little bit? I know it creeps me out. But I guess in the authors (yes, authors Rider is a pen name) didn’t think of all the weirdos you meet in the relationship and if Charlotte randomly met a cute boy it would be okay…
Side note, I actually have been stuck in JFK’s international terminal for a six hour layover. It was not romantic. I remember getting very annoyed about having to wait six hours and wanting to go to the Jet Blue terminal which was loads better, but couldn’t because then you’d have to go through security again and who’d want to get patted down again.
Digression, I know. But it was hard not to digress with this book. Or not get bored. I stopped reading honestly, after they went to Macy’s to get makeovers.
Side note: You don’t go to Macy’s to get a makeover. Or anything really, now that I think about it. I had a horrible experience the last time I went there, so I’m not very fond of it right now. And honestly, if you’re in New York Barney’s and Bloomingdales’s are better options than Macy’s unless you’re wanting to visit 34th street because of that movie. But as far as actual makeovers though….yeah just stick with Nordstrom’s.
Also, I found it sort of funny that this random stranger would agree to get a makeover. But you know what, you meet a lot of strange people at the airport.
And that’s pretty much when I decided to DNF the book.
At this point, I feel pretty disillusioned when it comes to my reading choices. I want to read a few new things before the year is over, but I’m starting to get to the point where I feel like the only way to remedy this funk will be to read some good old reliables. Because reading has not been fun lately.
This book was not fun. It had all the potential to be fun, but at the end it seemed like canned garbage. I hate books like this. I hate the fact they sold this book as a hardcover and it was not even 200 pages. That my friends is a ripoff.
Don’t read this book, you’d be better off getting a makeover at Macy’s.
Overall Rating: DNF