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Heart and Salsa (Students Across the Seven Seas)

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  548 Ratings  ·  46 Reviews
Cat Wilcox has left chilly Boston for sunny Mexico and a summer of girl bonding with her best friend, Sabrina. But Sabrina has a surprise. She is accompanied by her boyfriend—a boyfriend Cat didn’t even know existed. So rather than Sabrina and Cat spending their study-abroad semester working together at the orphan school building site, Cat expects she’ll be hammering nails ...more
Paperback, 214 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by Speak
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Jennifer Wardrip
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This installment in the S.A.S.S. series features Caitlin Wilcox, a student who is spending her summer in Mexico with the Students Across the Seven Seas program. Cat can't wait to spend time in Mexico, with its sunshine and clear blue ocean, to reunite with her best friend Sabrina, after spending the past few months with her mom and new stepdad in Boston rather than her sunny former home of New Mexico, and to practice her Spanish, a language she love
Jan 04, 2015 Liralen rated it liked it
This is the twelfth S.A.S.S. book -- out of fourteen -- that I've read, but, oddly enough, it's the first one I've read in which the protagonist has a decent grasp of the language of the country where she's headed. (Excepting, of course, the books taking place in English-speaking countries...) Points to Cat, the Mexican-bound heroine, for actually caring about things like other languages.

By and large enjoyable, with a heroine who's willing to admit her mistakes and who is genuinely enthusiastic
Abby Johnson
Jun 09, 2008 Abby Johnson rated it liked it
Cat just moved to Boston and she hates it. Due to her mom's recent remarriage to the geekiest history professor in the world, Cat's had to pick up and leave all her friends in Arizona. She is not happy about it and, in fact, she's determined not to give Boston a chance. She'll get through her junior and senior years and then head right back to Arizona for college. And luckily, Cat's come up with a plan to escape Boston for the summer, too! Her best friend Sabrina told her about the Students ...more
Irina Augusta
3.5 stars

Well, this is a one novel of Students Across the Seven Seas (S.A.S.S) yang bercerita tentang Caitlin yang pergi mengikuti program SASS ini dan memilih Meksiko sebagai kota tujuannya, karena 1) ia mencintai bahasa Spanyol, 2) kabur dari keluarga barunya, 3) bertemu dengan sahabat lamanya dari Arizona setelah ia dipaksa pindah ke Boston, 4) nope, tiga poin itu saja yang penting. Namun setelah ia mengikuti program itu terjadi 1) pacar beneran sahabat lamanya yang membuat sahabat itu beruba
May 21, 2009 Allison rated it liked it
The S.A.S.S. (Students of the Seven Seas) series takes a girl, puts her in a foreign country, and pretty much lets her be a teenager there. In *Heart and Salsa,* Cat Wilcox goes to Oaxaca for the summer to volunteer for a group building a school for orphaned children. She has recently moved with her Mom and brand new stepdad from Arizona to Massachusetts. Cat misses her friends, her diving team, hasn't taken well to the new Dad and finds Boston to be horrible. (she's crazy, huh!) Anyway, she ...more
Jun 25, 2010 Leeankh rated it it was amazing
I think this might be my new favorite book in the series. I really liked Cat's journey and the maturity she developed by the end. So much of it rang true! When you move away, friendships can change in ways you don't expect. When a friend has a creep for a boyfriend, she won't always believe you. And most importantly, no matter how much you plan on life going in a certain direction, it can always surprise you in ways you never planned. All of these themes help to create a fascinating character on ...more
Mel Raschke
Caitlin Wilcox, a student who is spending her summer in Mexico with the Students Across the Seven Seas program. Cat can't wait to spend time in Mexico, with its sunshine and clear blue ocean, to reunite with her best friend Sabrina, after spending the past few months with her mom and new stepdad in Boston rather than her sunny former home of New Mexico, and to practice her Spanish, a language she loves. Nothing, however, turns out as planned. Cat is a character to whom readers will be able to ...more
Oct 18, 2011 Jenny rated it really liked it
Cat Wilcox is ready to hit Oaxaca, Mexico and leave cold dreary Boston, her mother, and her new stepdad behind. Ahead is a reunuion with her best friend, Sabrina, from Arizona, whom she hasn't seen since her mom forced her to move away from her life. Girl bonding and helping build a school for orphans are her plans for the summer, until Sabrina's surprise boyfriend, Brian, shows up in the program. Cat feels like she'll be all alone, until cute Aidan, another exchange student, starts being very ...more
Apr 25, 2015 Istiningdyah rated it liked it
This is a reread for me.
Not the best book from sass series, but it stands in the middle.
This book mostly talks about friendship and family which I think are great. Especially the friendship between the main, Cat, and Sabrina. Though the long distance seems to be the reason of their conflict, it's such a shame that the big fight happens because of guy problem.
The sass program in this book sounds exciting. This time the main is participating in a community service program. The participants are ha
Dec 29, 2014 Chrissy rated it liked it
This entry into the series was a little bit more edgy with its language and references than the previous ones I've read.
Kat was nice and relatable, and Mexico was vivid and lively.
I found myself often at odds with Kat's 'Growth', because she was more often than not right in the first place. Where the hell does a woman with a child get off marrying a man that she has been with for three months? And then uprooting said child part way through the semester? Sabrina's behavior can mostly be written o
Jan 04, 2014 Natalie rated it liked it
A summer with a community service program and her best friend Sabrina in Mexico sounds like the perfect antidote to Cat's new life in Boston. But she arrives in Mexico to find that Sabrina has a new boyfriend and reconsiders her own attitude about dating when she meets the cute Aidan. This was a cute and fluffy quick read. Cat is a spirited, relatable main character who grows realistically over the course of the book and Aidan is a picture-perfect love interest. The book's main themes are ...more
Dec 02, 2009 Natalie rated it really liked it
Recommended to Natalie by: Isobel Mcphee
I really liked this book. I really connected to the main character cat. I could feel her emotions. This book takes place in Oaxaca, Mexico. When I read the book I could see the clear skies and the bright blue waters. I have read this book multiple times and it never gets old. This book always makes me smile. The characters are fun and are always on the go. The main character in the book moved to Boston and she describes it in a funny way. I found it interesting to compare what I think of Boston, ...more
Kirsty (alkalinekiwi)
This is the first book from this series that I have read though I do have some others floating around in my collection.

Like a number of the YA books I have read I probably would of gotten more out of it had I read it when I was a teen though as an adult I still enjoyed it. I thought Cat was an interesting and believable character, the romance element was sweet and I could see this book and others in the series encouraging teenage girls to travel.

Mar 10, 2016 Nana rated it it was amazing
This book was really good. At first, when I read the blurb about Cat's best friend, Sabrina, bringing a guy along, I thought it would be boring, but then I decided to give it another chance.

I had a feeling that Sabrina's new and first "boyfriend" would either be perfect for her or break her heart...if you want to find out, you should read it, it's a GREAT book!
May 04, 2009 Laurie added it
Shelves: wmslibrary
S.A.S.S. books (Students Across the Seven Seas, are perennially popular, with girls of all ages/reading levels/interests, in my library. This one has a community-service element (summer spent building school for orphans in Oaxaca), plenty of Spanish, and an athletic heroine (championship diver). Yes, completely predictable, but fun.
May 03, 2008 Laurie rated it did not like it
Shelves: guilty-pleasure, ssr
Finally finished this piece of crap. I thought it would at least be cute in that like "this is such a girl book" way, but it didn't even hold my attention on that end.

This book was honestly such a waste of time, it makes me wonder how people like this author get published. Can I get a book deal? Honestly?
Beth Rodgers
Aug 06, 2014 Beth Rodgers rated it it was amazing
This book was great, as just like in Spain or Shine, I was able to identify more with the characters as they conversed in Spanish. The plotline was good and interesting, and the fact that they were doing more than just taking classes by building a school for orphans was interesting. I have worked with Habitat for Humanity before, so I identified with this book on yet another level.
Sep 06, 2008 Aasha rated it really liked it
I really liked this one because even though in this one they had some some school most of the time is spent with the helping hands group buliding a new school for orphanes. i thought it was cool and the descriptions about mexico is so cool. you can really picture mexico
Jan 26, 2008 Francesca rated it it was ok
Shelves: guiltypleasure
Seiously. She moved from Arizona to Boston, and was so upset about it she had to go on exchange to Mexico? I understand why anyone would want to go to Mexico, but why would you hate Boston that much??? What??? I am extremley jealous of Cat.
Jun 03, 2011 Ninglu rated it really liked it
Cat was just a funny character. I wouldn't really count this as Romance, though.
Cat definetely has the Salsa Spirit!
It was sweet! I like the S.A.S.S. series, I should continue if I still like it! :)
Jul 13, 2010 April rated it really liked it
I finished this book in two sitting, completely absorbed in the story and sad to see it end. I had a hard time getting engaged for a while but I loved the characters and the story by the end and am looking forward to reading other books in the series.
Jan 31, 2010 Avi rated it really liked it
I really liked the main character Cat. Her passion for diving was revealed throughout this entire book. I also liked how she started to become friendlier with her host family.
Mar 11, 2013 Laura rated it it was amazing
A really fun creative book that has hilarious twist yet with family problems and a romantic twist that gives the book a pretty bow at the end.
Aug 03, 2011 Mandy rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Pure fluff, lighthearted teen romance, but I like this series because the romance takes place in the context of a study abroad experience. This one is during a summer in Mexico.
Jun 09, 2007 Gabby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teens looking or a good book to pass the time
I think that this is my favorite book of the S.A.S.S. series! it shows that you cant give up your dream just because you have to move or change.
Apr 03, 2011 Flora rated it really liked it
This book is great for anybody, even those people who don't think they like contemporary fiction(like me),it is especailly good for people who like alittle romance...:)
Oct 29, 2013 Brynn rated it it was amazing
This was the first book in the series that I read and I will definitely read more. The book is so good and I loved the entire thing, from cover to cover.
Jan 09, 2015 githaz rated it really liked it
Buku SASS yang agak mendingan nih. Konflik keluarga, teman, cowok, diri sendiri... lengkap dan menyatu apik. Setting tempat di Meksiko kece, penjelasan tentang budaya suku Maya-nya kusuka banget <3
Jun 24, 2008 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked it, and it had a good premise. Although friendships may change, it does not mean you have to lose that friend forever.
Jia rated it did not like it
Aug 03, 2011
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