Review & Giveaway: Right Gift, Wrong Day by Natalie Decker

Right Gift. Wrong Day
Natalie Decker
(Offsides, #1.5)
Published by: Swoon Romance
Publication date: November 24th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

Tyler Richardson is freaking out! Not only did he invite his new girlfriend to meet his entire family, this is also the day they will exchange gifts. But what do you get a girl after dating for only two weeks? Should he listen to his friends and just give her a card, or should he ask for a second opinion?

Layla can’t believe she agreed to have dinner with Tyler and his family. What if they don’t like her? To make matter’s worse, they agreed to exchange Christmas gifts. The boy already has everything. And what if she gets him something that’s nicer than what he gets her? That would be really awkward. Asking him what he would like is completely out of the question. Maybe she should ask his friends for help.

After a rocky start, Tyler and Layla’s relationship is everybody’s relationship goals. But can Tyler and Layla survive the holidays without losing their cool?

RIGHT GIFT WRONG DAY is a hilarious companion novella to RIGHT TEXT WRONG NUMBER from Natalie Decker.

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My Thoughts:

This short companion novella focuses on the teen drama of what, if any, Christmas gift to get the new boy/girlfriend after having dated for a week or two. Thrown into the plot are the most horrible parents and siblings a teen could imagine.

Right Gift, Wrong Day is a spin off from the author’s Right Text, Wrong Number. I presume that all the character development was done in the first book in the author’s Offsides Series. I felt that I missed something from not having read the first book, so I would recommend not reading Right Gift, Wrong Day as a standalone story.

The plot is straightforward. The author’s use of periodic text message conversations added an interesting flair to the story layout. The drama and angst seemed contrived and overplayed. However, the story depth and complexity is age appropriate presuming this YA novella was written for the young teens–instead of a mature YA written for an adult audience. Tyler’s parents are absolute caricatures of the judgmental, unkind, socialites who rejects anyone not in their socio-economic tier. The author’s portrayal of their rejection is rather banal and unsubtle. Layla and Juliet’s mother is depressed and angry about her husband’s death. Her focus on re-entering the dating scene isn’t met with sympathy from her daughters, but that may be due to her obvious lack of parental care after the girls’ father died.

Overall, I was disappointed in Right Gift, Wrong Day. The parents are bad role models, the children are crass and rude to their parents and siblings, and the big dilemma underwhelmed me. A holiday story filled with angry, rude characters who didn’t redeem themselves by the end of the story was a bah-humbug read instead of the undoubtedly intended swoony holiday romance.

About the author:  Natalie Decker is the author of RIVAL LOVE series and the Scandalous Boys series. She loves oceans, sunsets, sand between her toes, and carefree days. Her imagination is always going, which some find odd. Seventh grade wasn’t her favorite time and books were her source of comfort. She took all college prep classes in High school, and attended the University of Akron. Although she studied Mathematics she never lost her passion for writing or her comfort in books. She’s a mean cook in the kitchen, loves her family and friends and her awesome dog infinity times infinity. If she’s not writing, reading, traveling, hanging out with her family and friends, then she’s off having an adventure. Because Natalie believes in a saying: Your life is your own journey, so make it amazing!

Find out more visit: http://www.authornataliedecker.com

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