Approximately Yours

Approximately Yours

by Julie Hammerle

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ISBN-13: 9781640633865
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 10/02/2017
Series: North Pole, Minnesota , #3
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 241
Sales rank: 380,949
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Julie Hammerle is a Chicago-based author, whose debut YA novel, A Place for Us, will be published by Entangled Teen in the fall of 2016. She currently writes about TV for the ChicagoNow blog, Hammervision. In her past life, before writing and before children, she studied opera and taught Latin.

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CHAPTER 1

Thursday, December 7

The reporter from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune had been following Danny Garland around since the moment he pulled into the North Pole High School parking lot for basketball practice. The guy trailed Danny into the school, then into the locker room and out to the bench. Now he hovered next to Danny on the sidelines while he double knotted his shoes. "What's it like living in North Pole?" the reporter asked, his stale tobacco breath filling Danny's nose. "Do you eat fruitcake all day? Do you know the perfect recipe for eggnog?"

Danny knotted his laces, ignoring the phone the reporter used as a recording device. "No North Pole questions," he'd said back in the parking lot. Danny's hometown was all this dude wanted to talk about.

"What did you ask Santa for this year? Have you been a good boy?"

Danny tapped the top of his shoe and stood from his crouch. He had a game to prepare for. All this interest in North Pole was a distraction he didn't need. The reporter, a dumpy middle-aged man with a scraggly neck beard, scrambled to keep up with Danny's long legs as he made his way onto the court for warm-ups. Danny rolled his eyes at his brother Brian, who was hanging out on the sidelines. This reporter nonsense was his fault. Brian fancied himself Danny's "manager" and was the one who'd set up this interview without Danny's okay.

"No disrespect." The reporter slid a few feet on the freshly waxed gym floor. Several of Danny's teammates, who were already out on the court, chuckled. They were laughing at Danny as much as at the reporter. They thought Danny had picked this day on purpose for his interview — an afternoon when the poms were practicing as well as the basketball team. It totally looked like Danny was begging for attention.

"I'm just curious. North Pole High has never been in contention for the state tournament before, and, frankly, until Stan Stashiuk joined the NHL, the sports world had no idea this place existed."

"Well, it does." Brian stepped onto the court and tossed his little brother a fresh water bottle. "Stash put us on the map, and Danny is going to keep us there."

After taking a sip, Danny handed the water back to his brother. Then he grabbed a ball from the rack, dribbled twice, and banked a shot from just beyond the three-point arc. He'd leave Brian to handle this reporter from the cities, who cared more about playing up the small town angle than focusing on Danny's, and his team's, actual talent. They were fresh off a big win against the reigning state champions that had shocked the entire Minnesota sports world. Now the North Pole Reindeer was a team to be reckoned with, due in no small part to Danny's contribution at power forward.

"I do want to play up the North Pole angle, just a bit." The reporter followed Brian, the chattier Garland, back to the bench, and Danny pretended not to notice. He glanced toward the corner of the gym and caught sight of his long-time girlfriend, Star, leading the red and green-clad poms squad in warm ups. He gave her a quick wave, which she didn't return. Danny normally wouldn't have noticed the slight. The two of them had been dating since junior high — six years. Their relationship had evolved past worrying about perceived snubs. They were solid. At least they used to be.

Lately he couldn't tell.

However, now was not the time for girlfriend-related paranoia. Staying focused on tonight's game was the important thing. Maintaining his image as the captain of the basketball team, boyfriend to the head cheerleader, and North Pole's current golden boy was the only way he'd ever escape this town. He was not some Podunk hick who bought into all of North Pole's Christmas garbage. The Minneapolis Star Tribune would not make that his narrative, not when he was heading into the most important season of his life, and not when, thanks to the team's early success, colleges were actually traveling to North Pole to check him out. All of this stuff bonded him and Star. They were the golden couple. They were going to get out. He was not going to be stuck here for his entire life like his big brother.

"Danny used to win the gingerbread contest every single year." Brian spoke right into the reporter's phone.

The hell? Glaring at his mouthy brother, Danny hurled the ball at him.

Smiling sheepishly, Brian tossed the ball back. "Sorry, Dan. I forgot. We're not supposed to talk about that."

No, they weren't supposed to talk about that. That was another lifetime. That was a part of Danny that no longer existed. He was not going to be seen as the cutesy little basketball player from a Christmas village who held the record for most consecutive gingerbread competition wins. He was here to play basketball and kick ass. Full stop.

The reporter shuffled over to Danny, careful not to slide around in his loafers. "Okay, so you don't want to talk about your gingerbread skills. Can we discuss your basketball bonafides instead?"

"Gladly." Danny sank another three-pointer from near the baseline while the rest of the team warmed up around him.

"You shoot like Steph Curry, you rebound like Rodman in his prime, and you look like freaking Christian Laettner." The reporter caught his breath. "Is there anything you can't do?"

I can't get my girlfriend to wave to me. "Of course," Danny said.

"Care to elaborate?" The reporter held his phone toward Danny's lips.

"He can't dunk," Brian shouted from the sidelines.

Danny stopped dribbling, tucked the ball under his arm, and glared at his brother. "I can dunk."

Brian shook his head. "Since when?"

"Since forever." Danny rolled his eyes again. Brian was more of a liability than an asset at this point. They were going to have to talk about some things before the next game.

"Please. I've never seen you." Brian was totally playing him right now. He'd seen Danny dunk millions of times. Heck, Danny had dunked over Brian when they were shooting hoops in the driveway just last week.

Danny's shoulders dropped. "Dude. Yes, you have."

Brian stared into the middle distance as if his mind were running through every time he'd ever watched Danny on a basketball court. Danny could have strangled him. Brian was trying to get him to showboat in front of this reporter, his teammates, and Star. "I've literally never seen you dunk."

"You know how you could clear this up." The reporter cocked his head toward the basket.

Sighing, Danny made his way to the free throw line. He wasn't a show- off, but he wasn't one to back down from a challenge, either. At least this dunking drama had distracted the reporter from the North Pole questions. Danny dribbled the ball a few times, psyching himself up while glancing over at two of his teammates, Kevin and Marcus, who were playing a little one-on-one just off to his right.

He tuned out the noises in the gym — the shouts, the cheers, the band warming up in the corner — and focused with tunnel vision on the basket. Giving up on any pretense of playing by the rules, Danny cradled the ball, ran toward the basket, and leaped into the air. Upon takeoff, his foot slipped on the freshly waxed floor, but he kept going — up, up, up. He grasped the rim with one hand, chucked the ball through the net with the other, and lost his grip. His hands fought for purchase, but for nothing. Danny was falling, and Kevin, who'd managed to get around Marcus, barreled right at him. Danny bent his knees to land gracefully, but the slippery floor sent his legs flying, and Kevin landed squarely on his right shin.

The last thing Danny remembered was the sickening crack as his tibia broke in two.

*
Friday, December 15

"I mean, how can you not love this place?" Holly and her cousin Elda had just walked past a gun store called "And to All a Good Night." A nativity scene decorated the front window with the wise men holding assault rifles instead of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. This town was kitschy perfection.

"I know, right?" Elda bit into the warm chocolate croissant she'd initially called a "calorie bomb" when they'd picked up a few at Sugarplum Sweets a few minutes ago. Holly hadn't hesitated for a second. Chocolate croissants were tradition, and tradition equaled negative calories. The next two weeks of her life would be full of tradition.

When she was a kid, Holly used to believe this small town in Minnesota was the actual North Pole. All the shops were Christmas themed. The clothing boutique was called Mrs. Claus's Closet. The gas station went by Reindeer Fueling Station. People from all across the country made the pilgrimage here year after year like it was a religious experience, like Christmas didn't exist unless it came with snowman cookies from the bakery, eggnog from the local pub, and a photo with Santa in the town square.

This place had felt like magic back then, and, if Holly was being honest, it still did. Maybe it was because she hadn't been back here since she was ten. All her memories were good ones, preserved in her mind under a red and green glow.

Speaking of ... She scanned the people they passed on the sidewalk, hunting for one person in particular, one boy she hoped to run into. Danny Garland. He'd be wearing a cast right now. Yeah, she'd done the stalkery thing and googled him. And, yeah, she felt completely pathetic about it.

"It kind of feels like Grandma's still here, doesn't it?" Elda asked. "This place smells like her." Elda breathed in deeply.

"Or she smelled like it." Cinnamon and cloves. The scent transported Holly to the couch in her grandmother's den, where the two of them used to cuddle together and plot out their gingerbread contest plans. The scent of North Pole was pure, unadulterated nostalgia.

Holly hadn't been back in eight years, but being here now, it was like she'd never left. Her family had stopped coming to North Pole for Christmas once the kids got older and everyone got too busy. With sports and school functions and the cost of it all, it became harder and harder for Holly's family to make the trip from Illinois to Minnesota, and for her aunt's and uncle's crews to make their trips from Vermont and California. Holly's dad and his siblings started paying to fly Grandma around the country for the holidays. She'd spend Thanksgiving in Los Angeles, Christmas in Chicago, and New Year's in Vermont. It had made life easier for the adults, but it had kept Holly and her cousins away from each other.

She and Elda had seen each other for the first time since they were in middle school a month ago at their Grandma's funeral in California, where she'd passed away. Back when they were kids, Holly had known Elda as "Esme," but she'd changed her nickname because "everyone goes by Esme now. It's so bougie. Thanks, Twilight."

To which Holly had responded, "Twilight ruins everything." Holly was mostly neutral on the existence of Twilight, but she jumped at the chance to bond with her cousin. The two girls hit it off marvelously, spending the next few weeks chatting and texting, reminiscing about their childhood memories, and making big plans for what to do in North Pole over the holidays when their families would make one last pilgrimage here to clean out Grandma's home and prepare to sell it.

Elda had actually brought up Danny Garland in a text conversation a few weeks ago. She'd sent Holly a picture from one of their trips to North Pole with the message, "Remember this dorky kid?"

Holly played it off like she hadn't. "Yeah, total dork," she'd said.

Thinking about Danny Garland had been the only thing keeping her from utter despair over losing her grandma. She'd spent the past few weeks leading up to her family's trip to North Pole imagining all the ways she might run into Danny — she'd know him right away, of course, but he'd know her, too, the girl who used to enter the gingerbread contest with her grandmother, the girl who came in second place to him three years running, the girl he'd smiled at sheepishly from across the room after their last competition. That smile was etched on her brain.

"I'm sad there's no snow, though." Elda held up a hand as if to catch a non-existent snowflake.

It was the middle of December in Minnesota, and Holly wasn't even wearing a coat. She'd pulled a chunky sweater over the powder blue A-line dress she'd paired with green low-top Chuck Taylors, but that was it. Chicago had been the same before she left — too warm. Holly wanted snow. She wanted Christmas. This wasn't Christmas. "Global warming is almost as bad as Twilight," she said, calling back to their earlier conversation.

"Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God!" Elda stopped in her tracks.

"What?" Holly craned her neck over her cousin's shoulder to see what Elda was so excited about. Elda crouched down, and the grizzly scene revealed itself — a dead, mangled squirrel. Holly backed up on instinct. "Ew."

"Not 'ew.'" Elda examined it. "The intestines look like blooming roses."

Well, that was one way to look at it. Holly grabbed Elda's arm and dragged her up. "Whatever you say, my friend. Let's grab some coffee." Holly crossed the threshold into Santabucks, where she immediately halted in her tracks.

"You okay?" Elda skirted around Holly, leaving her standing in the doorway alone.

Holly managed to choke out a "fine" as she stared at the ghost from her past. She'd let her guard down for a minute to think about global warming and a dead squirrel, and now here he was.

Danny Garland was wiping down the counter. The Danny Garland. Holly had seen his recent photos online, so she was prepared for the hotness. Modern day Danny was perfection. The dorkiness was a faint memory. He no longer wore glasses. His sandy brown hair was perfectly tousled, and his arrow-like, angular nose pointed straight down to plump, pouty lips.

Danny hadn't noticed Holly at all, at least not really. He'd glanced at her for a second, then fixed his eyes on Elda.

Holly's world crumbled around her. The ideal scenario she'd imagined, where Danny caught sight of her, remembered their connection as kids, and fell madly and deeply in love with her, was utter fiction. Holly was the dumbass who'd failed to see the obvious. She and Elda had looked like twins when they were younger (tall, skinny girls with brown hair and brown eyes), but puberty had been much kinder to Elda. Holly's cousin had blemish-free olive skin and medium brown hair that was so shiny it defied scientific explanation. She was the girl next door of every boy's dreams. Holly was the girl next door who actually lived next door. Of course he was checking out Elda. Anyone with eyes would have done the same.

Holly hunched her shoulders. She'd been a fool to expect him to recognize her. She was no one. And she was not the girl she'd been at ten. Back then, she'd been a bean pole with long, brown pigtails. Now she was curvy — okay, "plus-size" — with red statement glasses and dyed jet-black hair, which she'd had chopped into a bowl cut after getting ill-advised bangs that parted in the middle and swooped out to the side like little wings no matter what she did. Her tongue touched the tiny scar that bisected her upper lip. It was a nervous reaction, something she did all the time without thinking.

"What can I get you?" Danny stared right into Elda's eyes, clearly under her spell. "And you." He nodded slightly toward Holly, but he didn't take his eyes off Elda. That was about right. Holly's daydreams had led predictably to disappointment. Again.

"Half skim, half two percent, half caf, no foam latte with one Splenda and one Sugar in the Raw. Extra hot." Elda blushed a bit on the word "hot."

"Got it." Danny typed the order into the computer. Then he turned to Holly and waited expectantly for her order.

Holly searched for a hint of recognition, but nope. It was official. Danny Garland, the guy she'd been dreaming about — off and on, she wasn't that pathetic — for the past eight years, had no idea who she was. "Iced cinnamon latte," Holly said. "Two percent. With whipped." She'd drown her disappointment in sugar and milk fat. Maybe that, too, counted as negative calories. Eating one's feelings was a tradition of sorts.

Elda leaned against the counter in a way that Holly assumed was supposed to be casual. "So, North Pole, am I right?" She said it like a bad actress in a bad movie trying to read her lines, moving her body deliberately, as if she'd forgotten how to control the muscles in her arms and face.

Danny didn't watch her display, which was probably a lucky thing for Elda. He seemed too busy focusing on his task at hand — navigating the tiny space behind the espresso machine while on crutches. "North Pole," he said in agreement.

(Continues…)



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Approximately Yours 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
CarolineA More than 1 year ago
This was a cute holiday book I found on NetGalley that caught my eye because A) it takes place in my home state of Minnesota, and B) it revolves around the plot of a one girl texting a boy to make him like another girl, and C) I’ve basically fallen in love with YA contemporary romances lately. So yeah, this was a cute book, but it wasn’t unforgettable. I think Holly is pretty relatable, because what girl hasn’t compared herself to a friend/sister/cousin she thought was prettier than her? She clearly suffers from a big case of low self-esteem and has built up some very big walls to prevent herself from getting hurt. Unfortunately, those walls have also done her the disservice of keeping others away. I also really liked Danny because he was the guy who had it all – he was the hot star of the basketball team with the hot, “perfect”, cheerleader girlfriend. Until he injured himself and his girlfriend dumped him. Then who was he? He really was just a sweetie and it was obvious why Holly liked him. I really loved that the author showed that someone who had it all, like Danny, could also suffer from low self-esteem and self doubt. Feelings of unworthiness run rampant in the teen years. The way Holly and Danny bonded over the gingerbread competition was pretty adorable, but I was mostly frustrated that Holly would even want to encourage her cousin to date the guy she’s been crushing on her entire life. That just never really made sense to me from the get go. I mean, maybe in the beginning, but when it became pretty clear Elda wasn’t really all that interested in Danny Holly still pushed her cousin into continuing the charade. In the end, it was a cute story, but like I said above, it just wasn’t entirely memorable. I would read the other books in this series, just to see what happens with the other minor characters, but I wouldn’t buy the books.
Samantha05 More than 1 year ago
It’s been years since Holly was in North Pole, Minnesota, the place she loved with her grandmother. But now with her grandmother gone, her and her family are staying in North Pole to sell the house and celebrate Christmas. When Holly runs into her childhood crush, Danny Garland, she knows her chance with him is nonexistent, especially once he asks her cousin, Elda, out. Elda keeps asking Holly for advice on how to talk to him, which leads to Holly texting as Elda again…and again. Before too long, she finds herself falling for him harder than ever, but she’s in too deep to come clean. APPROXIMATELY YOURS became one of my new favorite books within a few chapters. Julie Hammerle creates a wonderful, holiday-filled story in a town overflowing with cuteness. While I was initially a little hesitant about the love triangle situation, Hammerle handles it absolutely perfectly. There is no girl on girl hate between Holly and Elda. In fact, their friendship is one of the centerpieces of the story, and you’ll find yourself giggling alongside them during their adventures. Danny is also well-developed and far from naïve. He continuously questions his interactions with Holly and Elda while trying to sort everything out. He and Holly have a swoony relationship with so much adorableness you won’t be able to contain the squees. While I love the romance so much, there are other exceptional themes within the novel that can’t be left undiscussed. Holly is plus-size, something we learn in the beginning. While she has a nice amount of confidence and self-esteem, she has certain assumptions as to how she is perceived, which I was so glad to see in this story. As a fat woman myself, I identified with her. Holly has no desire to change her body, but she believes, as many do, that most people do not find her attractive like they do someone like Elda, who is classically thin and pretty. Part of her journey isn’t about accepting her body, because she’s already quite happy with it, but rather, learning not to assume that others, like Danny, will only find traditional standards of beauty attractive. I could shout the praises of APPROXIMATELY YOURS for several lengthy pages, but in efforts to be concise, Julie Hammerle has woven an unforgettable story of romance, friendship, family, grief, and a surprisingly number of gingerbread houses in her latest North Pole, Minnesota novel. Whether you’re looking for a cute holiday read or looking to cozy up with a good romance, this is not a book to miss.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Adorable! Holly and Danny are such likable characters that even when they're being totally blind and frustratingly dense, it's hard to get too mad at them, because if you've ever been an awkward teen you totally get where their insecurities come from, at least a little. Through it all you can see just how absolutely right they'll be together, which will keep you turning the pages like no one's business (except for the brief breaks you may need to take in order to Google one--or fifty--of the gifs they end up texting to one another. Thanks, Julie Hammerle, for making this book take me twice as long to read... ;)) All in all this was a fun read that kind of makes me want to take up competitive gingerbread housing. (Who knew this was a thing?) Though Holly's cousin Elda's ending here gave me a bit of a pause (maybe I'd feel better if she had her own book? I'm not questioning her choice, just how quickly things happened there) overall this was a cute read and a fun way to spend a few weekend hours while I wait for sweater weather to (finally) arrive. P.S.--read the author's "Airing of Grievances" at the end. Even if you've never seen a single episode of Seinfeld (do such people really exist?) they're good for a laugh. Rating: 4 stars / B+ I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
AnnaBastos More than 1 year ago
And this lovely series is back with another couple getting together the unique town of North Pole, Minnesota. Of course, you can also read it as a standalone. I'd say this is a 3+ stars. After her grandmother's death, Holly goes back to the small town where her family needs to put the house in order and sell it. Not only the bittersweet memories of her grandma come back, but also of the boy who had won the gingerbread contests and her heart. However, as they hadn't seen each other for so many years, Danny doesn't even remember her and is unable to take his eyes off her attracting cousin Elda. Thus, Holly decides to give up on her childhood crush and help Elda texting Danny on her behalf. This was cute, I loved both characters. I did think Danny was a bit stupid for choosing Elda over and again when he knew he wasn't into her. But we knew why he wouldn't go for Holly (we or rather, I just never got why the heck wouldn't he want to just be alone after a six-year-long relationship!). Hammerle's writing is very easy to read and the way she brings North Pole to life always makes me think of shows like Gilmore Girls. On top of that, it's like she knows all my favorite tropes! The way she handled the whole love triangle was also smooth. Of course, a lot could have gone wrong. As I mentioned, I did find Danny's insistence on Elda a little forced but not enough to annoy me. Perhaps, this was the only book in which the family wasn't a problem—unless you consider the cousins in a triangle—, and I even wish we had had more scenes featuring the crazy scheme of so many people living under the same ceiling. This time, it deals with grief and appreciating people while they are around. Holly's grandma seems to have been a great woman and even I wish I had known her. She made for a heartwarming part of the book. Also, you can rest assured the conclusion is good. I was a little disappointed with the second book of the series Artificial Sweethearts, since not only the plot but everything was too more of the same. While Approximately Yours still doesn't hold a candle to the first book, it's much better. I'd say the magic is finally back. One thing I noticed was that the second book barely had any reference to the first. Had it not been in the same town, people would hardly connect one to the other—although Sam was a character in both and all. Approximately Yours has a more take one the idea of a series and we get to see a lot of Sam and Tinka mentioned here and there—they're not important enough, don't worry if you haven't read their story. Elena and Oliver are very present though, their story is just mentioned as a curiosity among many in the town. I can see Hammerle's progress now we've got to the third and want to keep following her. Honest review based on an ARC provided by Netgalley. Many thanks to the publisher for this opportunity.
AlexandraOtt More than 1 year ago
Julie Hammerle's books are always adorable, and this one doesn't disappoint! Full of cute romance, lovable characters, and holiday-themed charm. Highly recommend!
BananaTricky More than 1 year ago
Danny lives in a town called North Pole. Unsurprisingly the town is an homage to all things Christmas, everything is Christmas themed and the town takes the annual gingerbread competition very seriously. Danny had high hopes of playing professional basketball until showing off in front of a reporter he fell and broke his ankle. Now his big chance may have gone forever, his girlfriend has dumped him for the waterboy and he realises that he has no clue what he wants from life. Holly's grandmother lived next door to Danny's family. Growing up Holly and her cousins used to visit North Pole every year at Christmas and Holly would enter the gingerbread competition, mainly because even back then she was in love with Danny. In those days Danny was less athletic and more nerdy. After Holly's grandmother died the family have returned to North Pole one last time to pack up her house before putting it on the market. When Holly and her cousin Esmerelda (Elda for short) go into Santabucks for coffee they see Danny serving behind the counter. Holly is sad that her childhood crush doesn't even recognise and, just like every other guy she's ever met, he only seems to have eyes for her beautiful cousin. Whilst Elda might be every guy's wet dream, she is also a bit weird, fascinated by plumbing, and has difficulty talking to guys she likes. So a plot is born, Holly will help Elda when she goes on a date with Danny by telling her what to say (and what not to say). In Danny's defence, he is trying to avoid going out with another girl just like his ex, he is attracted to Holly but she seems to turn her nose up at him so he tries to do something different by dating Elda. Just like in Cyrano de Bergerac, Elda and Danny are totally incompatible but Holly and Danny text each other constantly. Danny can't understand why the woman he chats to for hours at night about architecture and films and the gingerbread competition suddenly starts talking about plumbing and roadkill when they meet in person. This was a sweet YA romance, the trouble is when you add the sweetness of Christmas in a Christmas-themed town it becomes almost too sweet. For those who know the plot of Cyrano there were few surprises and very little tension. Danny and Holly were so 'nice' that they didn't really have much character. I was more interested in Elda's obsession with plumbing. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
CindyRayHaleAuthor More than 1 year ago
This was my second trip to North Pole, Minnesota, and I have to say, this one was even more fun than the last! I really liked Holly. She felt real to me. She's strong and outspoken and knows what to say to guys, but she keeps a protective wall around her at all times and assumes that people are going to hurt her. But, hidden behind Elda's cell phone, she's able to finally connect with a guy...Danny, the guy she's been crushing on since they were little. Only, it ends up getting her into big trouble. I had a lot of fun reading all their texts and gifs back and forth. The GOT references were SO great in this book. I was laughing my head off and kept thinking, "These are my kind of people." So clearly, Julie is also my kind of people. Julie? Why aren't we friends? After reading your non-acknowledgments/Airing of Grievances page I really felt like our friendship should be a thing, especially the parts about George R. R. Martian and avocados being so delicious and so expensive. I feel your pain. I digress... Back to my review. Elda was hilarious with her gorgeous body and awkward conversation. Her obsession with gross stuff felt so random and was fun. I feel like I missed out on her relationship with Dinesh though. I kind of wanted them to have their own book because they both seem like such cool characters. And Craig. I LOVED that guy. Making his gingerbread people the entire Stark family made me giddy. I want to see more of him. He needs his own quirky Throner chick. I'm just sayin'. There were so many good parts to this book. I just want to read it over again because it went too fast, and I savored every moment of it. Thanks, Julie and Entangled for another yummy, fun read.
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
This book is #3 in the North Pole, Minnesota series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. To avoid spoilers, and to have a greater understanding of the series, I recommend reading this series in order. Danny has just been devastated by his now ex-girlfriend. Also - by an unplanned injury. So when he meets the newest visitors to his fine town, he is not at his best. Can he overcome his fear of rejection to make a better impression on the right girl? Holly and Elda are cousins who are visiting their grandmother's hometown to say goodbye to her for the last time. They meet Danny again, only to both admit attraction for the guy. Holly makes the sacrifice, to allow Elda to get closer to Danny. This is another love triangle story, with a twist. It is in the spirit of love that the main character allows her loved one to go after the boy she has always wanted. I think the entire town is quirky and this series is a lot of fun to read. Moments that are just laughable, can also turn into swoony moments. Just a great book to have on the shelf! ***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review only by Netgalley and its publishers.
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
This book is #3 in the North Pole, Minnesota series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. To avoid spoilers, and to have a greater understanding of the series, I recommend reading this series in order. Danny has just been devastated by his now ex-girlfriend. Also - by an unplanned injury. So when he meets the newest visitors to his fine town, he is not at his best. Can he overcome his fear of rejection to make a better impression on the right girl? Holly and Elda are cousins who are visiting their grandmother's hometown to say goodbye to her for the last time. They meet Danny again, only to both admit attraction for the guy. Holly makes the sacrifice, to allow Elda to get closer to Danny. This is another love triangle story, with a twist. It is in the spirit of love that the main character allows her loved one to go after the boy she has always wanted. I think the entire town is quirky and this series is a lot of fun to read. Moments that are just laughable, can also turn into swoony moments. Just a great book to have on the shelf! ***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review only by Netgalley and its publishers.
Laura_F More than 1 year ago
Danny is a basketball star who just lost his season and found out his girlfriend is cheating on him. Holly is back in North Pole after her grandmother passed away. Disappointed that her longtime crush didn't remember her and only has eyes for attractive cousin, Holly decides to help her cousin land the guy she's been into forever. I enjoy every visit to North Pole and this YA take on Cyrano de Bergerac was a cute, quick read. This standalone was adorable and completely got me in the mood for Christmas. I hope there's more visits to North Pole!!! *This is my voluntary review of an advanced reader copy*
Danii_045 More than 1 year ago
I didn't want this book to end! :( I would love to visit North Pole the Christmas town! Approximately Yours is the second book I've read in this series, and I'm totally hooked (This is book 3, but all can be read as standalone stories). My favourite thing about this author is that she doesn't make her characters perfect. They are dynamic and interesting. Elda and Holly's grandmother has recently passed away. They are cousins, and the family have gone to sort out their grandmother's possessions. A visit to North Pole is a blast from the past. Holly used to enter the gingerbread contest every year and crush on the boy she knew growing up. Will she see Danny while she's in town and will he remember her? The problem is Elda thinks he's cute. Holly thinks Danny is out of her league and when she sees him looking at her cousin she decides to help them get together. Approximately Yours is a sweet romance. It had me laughing and hooked on every page. It's about believing in your self and accepting who you are. 5 stars out of 5. I'm hooked on this series and I can't wait for more! ARC received in exchange for a fair review
AmyBosica More than 1 year ago
It’s that time of year. The weather is getting cooler and I can’t stop myself from diving into the holiday reads. This time, I took a bit of a departure and switched things up with a YA read. When I came across Approximately Yours, I couldn’t help but fall in love with the synopsis of the story and just knew I’d have to dive in. Approximately Yours was an absolutely cute read and while I do think this book could be enjoyed by any age group, I do think that leans more to the younger side of YA. With festive names and holiday details around each corner, there is no denying that this is one festive book. Danny is one of the sweetest guys ever and is getting over a broken heart. When he asks Elda out, he has no idea that Holly is the one really texting him. Holly and Danny’s banter is entertaining and you can feel the chemistry between the two of them. I loved watching the two of them get to know one another and couldn’t wait to see what would happen when Danny realizes he hasn’t been talking to Elda this whole time….It is the perfect YA set-up. If you’re looking for a book that is sweet, light, festive and totally YA, look no further.
BookPrincessReviews More than 1 year ago
*Thank you so much to Entangled Teen for sending me over a copy for an honest review! I really appreciate it!* DNF @ 35% I really enjoyed Julie Hammerle's first book in this standalone series, Any Boy But You. While it was a bit predictable, I thought it still had some adorable elements with a super cute, adorable setting that was whimsical and fun. I'm not usually a fan of the enemies to lovers trope, but she did it very well in that book. When I saw this book, I was eager to request it. However, unlike the spark and fun in the first book, this missed something for me. I think the issue was that I felt no connection. Literally no connection to anything. I was connected to the town like I was in the first book. I felt no connection to one of our main characters, Danny. I felt not much of connection to Holly. I felt no connection to the writing or the storyline. It all felt so...ehhhhhhhh or overdone or nothing. I just felt so bored reading it, and some of the things that happened (especially the conversations with the boys talking about the girls just made me roll my eyes). It just felt like it was missing the magic for me, and I really tried to push myself further with it. However, in the end, I had to just call it a day when I couldn't sum up any excitement at almost 50% of the book. It's not bad at all - it just didn't entertain or excite me. No crowns because it is a DNF, and a Snow White rating!