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Publisher's Summary

After a long, lonely year, two people stumble toward each other in this holiday short story by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Eleanor & Park and Fangirl.

Social distancing came easily to Reagan. Maybe a little too easily. She’s always liked people better from afar. But Reagan doesn’t want her grandpa to be alone for Christmas this year - he’s already spent too much time on his own in 2020. So she heads back to her hometown with a dish of holiday Jell-O salad, hoping they can have a little normalcy. Hoping it will be safe...

She isn’t expecting to run into the boy next door. Mason is all grown up now. He’s considerate. He’s funny. He doesn’t mind how prickly Reagan is - he maybe even likes it. And it makes Reagan feel like her defenses are falling. She needs her defenses, doesn’t she? In a time when six feet is close enough, how long can they keep their distance?

©2021 Rainbow Rowell. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Heather Taylor
  • 19-11-21

oh my god

rainbow rowell can make me fall in love with anyone and she did it again. another story of hers to add to my christmas reread pile along with Landline and Fangirl <3

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  • Gwendolyn Kensinger
  • 30-11-21

I needed more!

Unfortunately, this short story did nothing for me. The main character Regan you might remember from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. She was Cath’s roommate in college. She’s sarcastic, cynical and often mean. She hasn’t changed much. In If The Fates Allow it’s Christmas 2020 and Regan is going to visit her grandpa after quarantining for 2 weeks. Yes, this is a COVID romance short story.
Lots of COVID talk and lots of cussing. Very little actual romance. I feel like if anything this is a good jumping off point for a full-length novel.

Basically, Regan talks to Mason, the neighbor next door to her grandpa who apparently remembers Regan from high school, but she doesn’t remember him at all. They talk about COVID and how crazy it is and then things happen, then they don’t see each other until the next Christmas (2021). There’s a kiss, there’s Jell-O and then it’s over. I needed more!

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  • K-dog
  • 30-11-21

Perfect pandemic short love story

Wear your mask, stay 6 ft apart, get your vaccine, visit your grandparents, feel nostalgic, feel lonely, feel crass, fall in love. Funny and poignant, exactly as expected from Rainbow Rowell!

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  • lindseydomokur
  • 29-11-21

It was fine

It was a quick listen, heavy on Covid talk. I think I prefer to live in my fantasy world with no Covid in books than live in reality.

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  • Mountain Life
  • 29-11-21

Very well done short story

I loved this short story. The characters are fresh and highly nuanced, and the story is anything but typical. The author cleverly brings the story full circle in a short space of time, yet it never feels rushed. The originality of this piece definitely made me want to look into more of this author’s books.

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  • Lirinai
  • 28-11-21

amazing picture of life during covid times

I love rainbow novels didn't expected to be an short story with covid times as setting. I related with Reagan in so many levels.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 28-11-21

Just what this Midwestern progressive expat needed

This story is perfect for anyone who has understood that leaving a Midwestern home immediately after high school was necessary to their stability and authenticity -- yet cannot stop "going back for more" at holidays. The global pandemic exposed the vast differences in world view for families like the protagonists' -- and my own. This story expresses the needs, longings and losses in a touching manner.

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  • Trosado
  • 25-11-21

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I found the heroine too abrasive and the narration didn’t do her any favors. The tiny bit of romance wasn’t very compelling, especially with the description of the hero. My favorite part of the story were the scenes with her grandpa.

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  • Melissa D. Sparks
  • 25-11-21

Terrible!

I don’t write reviews, I’ve listened to over 4,000 Audible books and this is my first. I will admit I couldn’t even finish listening, another first. Simply put this book is awful!

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  • cynthia
  • 24-11-21

Thank you, Rainbow!

It was such a delightful read. I really enjoyed it. It was perfect company for my IV infusion.

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  • Clara Q
  • 30-11-21

meh

The narrator was great but this story is awful. I can't say I wanted to read a book preaching about covid and vaccinations.