Review: All Wrapped Up by Holly Smale


All I want for Christmas is… a new GEEK GIRL story!

Harriet Manners knows a lot about Christmas.

She knows that every year Santa climbs down 91.8 million chimneys.

She knows that Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer was almost definitely a girl.

She knows that the first artificial Christmas trees were made out of goose feathers.

But this Christmas is extra special for Harriet, because four days ago she had her First Ever Kiss.

Now she just needs to work out what’s supposed to happen next…

A romantic festive treat from the internationally bestselling award-winning author of the GEEK GIRL series. Also includes a BONUS previously unpublished GEEK GIRL short story TEAM GEEK!


I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher to review on the run up to the festive season.  I’ve honestly never read a “Christmas read”, not that I remember anyway.  When I received an email about this book I thought it could be my stepping-stone into the world of Christmassy joy.

Sidenote: I work in retail and basically start working on Christmas stock from about May.  Right now, Christmas seems like the monster from under your bed has come out and is vomiting tinsel on you.  I love Christmas but the run up is a hard slog.

All Wrapped Up takes place just after the ending of Book One as the decorations are beginning to appear and Harriet is still on a high after having her first proper kiss.  We see her going on a date with her dreamboat fella and trying not to fall over or word-vomit Christmas facts at him.

I think that the Geek Girl series works well for a Christmas-themed spin-off because it has that warm fuzzy jumper feeling about it.  Harriet is feeling all those first romance twinkling fairy light feelings in her stomach and the romance of the season can’t help but compliment her mood.  For fans of the series this is a lovely edition to discover in your stocking on Christmas Day and I’m sure many teens out there will be making a few massive hints that they want a copy.

A book to indulge in with a hot chocolate and festive shaped gingerbread.  Maybe a few mince pies too.

Published by Harper Collins Children’s Books and is available online and in bookshops now

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