Title: The Christmas Clash
Author: Suzanne Parks
Genre: YA Contemporary / Romance / Holiday
Publication Date: October 4th, 2022
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for a complimentary earc to review! All opinions are my own.
“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 Land, 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…” (Goodreads)
I’ve read a few books by this author now and sometimes they are just a hit or miss for me. This one wasn’t bad persay, but I just wish there had been more when it came to Christmas.
The book is told from two point-of-views and they come from Chloe and Peter. Their families have been rivals ever since they could remember and so they take it upon themselves to be rivals as well. I liked that there was banter between them and it keeps the story alive. I do think that they acted more mature than their parents but I guess with the history of everything it makes sense. Chloe does a lot with photography and it is present throughout the book. It plays a part in her schooling as well as her job. Peter has less going for him it seems but I still liked learning about his feelings towards Chloe and her family.
There is romance and I would say that it is fine but nothing that made me swoon. It was just your typical enemies-to-lovers with nothing that really spiced it up to make it fresh. There are still some cute moments though!
I think my biggest complaint is that it is sold as a Christmas read but it was really lacking in that department. It seemed like only their jobs had to do with the holiday and everything else was built around their parents’ restaurants and the mall. It wasn’t a bad plot because I did like the aspects included, but it just doesn’t match the title or the cover.