Almost 13-year-old Nick thinks that the only way he can get his dream girl is by becoming famous.
His first plan fails, but the white lad gets his wish when he boards a suspicious-looking Christmas-themed bus that will take him to his dream. He also gets a golden ticket that will return him to real life, but it will expire in five days. He soon learns that in this alternate life, he is a world-famous teen heartthrob, with a mansion and dozens of servants. At first his new life seems like heaven. He has a great time in his stretch limo with his best friend, going bowling with superhot (but possibly much older) girls. He also sees an opportunity to attract his crush’s attention: throw a massively expensive party. Things seem to be going just the way Nick had wished until he begins to realize that the people who truly loved him in his old life now see him only as a money machine or a way to get their own careers in show business. But can he go back to his old life? In a major departure from her customary paranormal romance, Noël writes this Christmas comedy with lots of zing and bubbling humor. Readers familiar with Christmas movies will notice undertones of It’s a Wonderful Life, even with a reference to an angel getting its wings.
An amusing Christmas story for preteens. (Fantasy. 10-14)