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Ex-Mas by Kate BrianEx-Mas by Kate Brian ( @ Twitter )Sparklejollytwinklejingley Holiday Winter Book Reviews
Note: Kate Brian is the pseudonym of author Kieran Scott. Familar? 🙂
Publication Date: October 6, 2009
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 224
Target audience: Young adult
Keywords: Christmas, popularity, exes, siblings, road trip
Format read: Bought used online.

Summary: Lila has been prepping to through the biggest winter break party forever, in hopes of securing her position as the most popular in the high school hierarchy. But when her parents catch on about about the party from her noisy little brother, her plans go down the drain. As if her brother didn’t ruin her life enough already, he disappears with his best friend and the only person who can help her is the ex-boyfriend she’s pretty much written off completely.

At first sight, I really disliked Lila. All she cared about was showing everyone just how popular she was, so proud of how she ditched her uber-curly hair, her love of singing, and ratty wardrobe for all the beautiful things. I was pretty much muttering to myself how this book was doomed if Lila didn’t buck up a little bit. A whole 200 pages of her queen bee personality was going to send me over the edge, even if it was a holiday-themed book.

But in an almost Scrooge-like twist, we got to see the true Lila, even if it took a few detours to get there. Thanks to the crazy antics of her brother and his best friend, who also happened to be the brother of her ex-boyfriend, Beau. Beau la la. (Get it?) A Loner musician type with muscles! Way back when, Lila and Beau were best friends who fell in love. Unfortunately, their relationship took a nosedive when Lila’s reputation to be the coolest, awesomest gal in town started to take precedence over everything. She started dating an upperclassman turned college boy, landed a best friend in the popular crowd, and said goodbye to everything Beau meant to her.

In a Pacey and Joey-like scenario, two people who want nothing to do with each other are forced in a car together, looking for their brothers, two kids who would do anything to save Santa Claus — even run away from home. Though Lila and Beau make a pretty terrible team in the beginning, there’s still a hint of something between them… and it’s a whole lot of fun and havoc watching it all pan out.

Just like the Let it Snow short story collection did for me last year, Ex-Mas was adorable and funny and got me rightfully pumped for the magic and romance of the holidays. And despite its fluffy nature, it still does a great job of tying up loose ends and working through all the minor plotlines. A bonus!

And if Santa made all dreams come true… this book would be on its way to being a feature flick on ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas! Someone get on it! (And I guess if that doesn’t happen… I’ll just have to re-read it again next year.)

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Sparklejollytwinklejingley Holiday Winter Book Reviews Song Pick

I have two for this Ex-Mas… I always liked Bette Midler’s version of Winter Wonderland because she bases it in L.A. + also for a fun romantic Christmas song, I’m obsessed with Huckapoo’s Wild Christmas and have been for about 10 years now. (Ignore the Miley Cyrus montage.)

December 12, 2012 - 5:38 pm

elena - AWW this sounds totally QT! I do like it when characters are forced to work in teams and then chemistry happens! also, I misread the last one and was excited for the film but I HOPE IT WILL HAPPEN TOO.

December 12, 2012 - 5:08 pm

Alexa Y. - Ooh, a Christmas book! I think I should read this one, just to get even more into the spirit of the holidays. It sounds cute!

December 12, 2012 - 12:50 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - A teen patron at the library where I work has raved about this one. I should pick it up. It’s the right time for it. 🙂

December 12, 2012 - 9:53 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I’ve been looking for a few Christmas books to read next & I’ve decided to add this one to the list! It sounds like the perfect story to get me in the mood for Christmas (even though I already am! hehe).

December 12, 2012 - 9:41 am

Cassie - This sounds so good! “Pacey and Joey like scenario” got me, they’re my fave! But I dont think its available for the Nook 🙁

December 12, 2012 - 9:36 am

Christina (A Reader of Fictions) - So I don’t really read Christmas stories, and I’ll probably stick to that, but you totally sell this. I am such a sap for stories about two people who mostly loathe one another having a change of heart. I blame Jane Austen for that!

December 12, 2012 - 9:29 am

Cynthia - This sounds like a fun one! I’ve been looking for some Christmas related books to read this month, I’ll be adding this one to my list. =)

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