Who's naughty and nice at Riverwood Mall? In this hilarious YA holiday rom-com, two rivals get together to save their families' livelihoods, and Christmas, too!
Chloe Kwon can't stand Peter Li. It's always been that way. Their families don't get along either: their parents operate rival restaurants in the Riverwood Mall food court—Korean food for the Kwons and Chinese food for the Lis. Now it's the holiday season and Chloe's the photographer at the mall's Santa's Village, and Peter works at the virtual reality North Pole experience right across the atrium. It's all Chloe can do to avoid Peter's smug, incredibly photogenic face.
But it turns out the mall is about to be sold to a developer and demolished for condos. Eviction notices are being handed out right before Christmas. Their parents don't know what to do, and soon Chloe and Peter realize that the two of them need to join efforts to try to save the mall. Just when it seems like they can put aside their differences and work closely (very closely) together, they discover that the Kwon and Li feud goes far deeper than either of them realize...
Perfect for readers who...
• Love holiday rom-coms
• Enjoy rivals-to-lovers stories
• Fans of Kasie West, Rachel Lynn Solomon, and Sandhya Menon
Praise for The Christmas Clash:
"Think of the perfect, coziest Hallmark movie but with way more edge, wit, and authentic representation. The ideal stocking-stuffer for anyone who loves the holidays, ridiculously adorable romance, delicious Asian food, and malls!" —Stephan Lee, author of K-Pop Confidential
"A delicious romp of a rom-com. It left me craving spicy pork and sesame balls and nostalgic for the feeling of the mall at Christmastime." —Tiffany Schmidt, author of I'm Dreaming of a Wyatt Christmas
"It's the perfect book to read for the holidays, chock full of humor, banter, food, mall shenanigans, and a side mission that brings these two opposites together." —Tif Marcelo, USA Today bestselling author of The Holiday Switch
"Keep the holiday spirit alive in this Romeo and Juliet flavored rom-com" —Publishers Weekly
"A fun rivalry-to-romance romp" —Kirkus Reviews
Park (So We Meet Again) utilizes on-point dialogue and an amicable cast to keep the holiday spirit alive in this Romeo and Juliet flavored rom-com. The parents of Korean American Chloe Kwon and Chinese American Peter Li, who run food court restaurants at their local Tennessee mall, have been fiercely competitive for as long as the teens can remember. Following their parents' lead, Chloe and Peter have always had an intense rivalry, which heats up further when they both get mall jobs working at competing seasonal businesses: budding photographer Chloe photographs children with Santa, while Peter operates thrilling virtual reality sleigh rides. When news gets out that the mall will be closing after the holidays, the two high schoolers must set aside their differences to help prevent the closure and save their parents' livelihoods. As they work toward a common goal, the duo navigate varying interpersonal issues, such as Chloe's participation in a national youth photography competition and their growing attraction to each other. Chloe's and Peter's alternating perspectives capably drive this witty novel, an upbeat homage to nostalgic "suburban mall culture." Supporting characters are racially diverse. Ages 14–up.