ARC Review: The Holiday Switch by Tif Marcelo

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ARC Review: The Holiday Switch by Tif Marcelo
The Holiday Switch
Book Info

Released: October 5 2021
Genre: Young Adult

“It gave me young THE HATING GAME vibes…”

~ Under the Covers

Look at the pretty cover! I was excited to see a holiday young adult novel by Tif Marcelo. I’ve enjoyed her writing before and I haven’t read a young adult holiday story before that I can remember. So it was a go.

THE HOLIDAY SWITCH is a young adult holiday story with a dash of romance. Heroine works at a bookstore and wants to get extra hours during the holidays but instead the owner’s nephew gets hired and she has to train him. It gave me young THE HATING GAME vibes even though I wish it had more holiday cheer.⁠

That being said, I liked our main character and the bit of romance that’s more of a friendship for most of the book. Let’s call it enemies to lovers, slow burn and co-workers. I also enjoy stories set at bookstores so that was a huge plus for me. Especially since the heroine is a book blogger, secretly. Maybe that explains why my favorite parts of the book were the book reviews she would post 😉

For a short story I think it showed great character growth, family and culture. Both our main characters have secrets they are keeping from their family and that internal struggle to overcome between what’s expected of them and what they want. I quite reading that! Even though this wasn’t my favorite by this author, it was certainly a fun addition to my holiday reads.


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About Tif Marcelo

Tif Marcelo is a veteran US Army nurse who holds a BS in nursing and a master’s in public administration. She believes in and writes about the strength of families, the endurance of friendship, and the beauty of heartfelt romance—and she’s inspired daily by her own military hero husband and four children. She hosts the Stories to Love podcast, and she is also the USA Today bestselling author of In a Book Club Far Away, Once Upon a Sunset, The Key to Happily Ever After, and the Journey to the Heart series. Sign up for her newsletter at

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