Welcome to Christmas, CA by Kiersten White
This was another really sweet story. Maria lives in a town called Christmas where it is basically Christmas all year round. Maria hates living in Christmas and wants to leave as soon as she can. She works in a diner where her mum is the manager. She is saving money to leave until she meets Ben the new chef. Ben is able to make everyone happy by cooking.
I found this story really original, Ben was able to make everyone happy by cooking them exactly what they wanted. Maria didn’t like him at first, but they got on really well by the end. I felt that this story was really good at getting me into the Christmas spirit. I thought it was interesting how Ben’s name was Ebeneezer and the author had managed to weave a bit of the Christmas Carol story in, as Ben had been in juvie and was now making up for his past.
Overall I really enjoyed this story and it I think it is a great story for getting people into the Christmas spirit.