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French Kissmas (Students Across the Seven Seas)

3.62  ·  Rating Details ·  406 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
For Nicole Larson, the Christmas season in Paris is more than just a romantic interlude—it’s also a homecoming. Nic studied abroad in Paris a year ago, and is back in town with her friend Annike to spend Christmas and New Year’s in the City of Light. Of course, now that Nic is there, the chemistry she once had with Parisian hottie Luc instantly reignites. But why fuel a ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published September 11th 2008 by Speak (first published September 1st 2008)
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Nancy H
Feb 26, 2014 Nancy H rated it really liked it
This is a cute entry in the S.A.S.S. series (Students Across the Seven Seas), which is a set of books telling the stories of exchange students as they experience various countries and cultures. In this one, many of the S.A.S.S. students are returning/going to Paris for a sort of group reunion, in order to help the company put together a video. The main character is Nicole, who was featured in an earlier book, as she returns to Paris with her friends and must make a decision about which boy she ...more
Nicole Edwards
Jan 08, 2015 Nicole Edwards rated it did not like it
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I picked this up because I was looking for a cute Christmas read. This just wasn't. Cute, I mean. It is a Christmas book. Young people studying abroad at Christmas time. Sure. And apparently it's a sequel, which makes sense. But with all the recapping and allusions to the first book I don't feel like I need to go back and read it at all.

Not much happened in this book. I started out reading every word then got really bored and skimmed the entire book
Jan 04, 2015 Liralen rated it it was ok
In the only S.A.S.S. book to feature a return heroine, Nicole has been expanding her horizons somewhat by taking the year off before college to travel around Europe. Now she's back in Paris for a few weeks to revisit old haunts and get embroiled in a love triangle take part in an S.A.S.S. promotional video.

I had a much easier time with this one than with Pardon My French, in large part I think because Nicole's been gifted with a personality and a spine. (She's also been saddled with a giggly, di
Jennifer Wardrip
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FRENCH KISSMAS is another installment of the Students Across the Seven Seas series.

Nicole Larson is going to spend the holiday season in Paris. The previous year she studied in Paris and enjoyed her time there immensely. She had a great host family. She made a wonderful friend. And she had romantic chemistry with Luc. But knowing she wasn't staying in Paris permanently, she made Luc know that they could only ever be friends. They lived too far apart.

Oct 21, 2013 Karissa rated it really liked it
The book French Kissmas is an enjoyable story. It follows Nicole as she returns to Europe, as a former SASS participant, to be in a commercial to promote the SASS program along with many other former SASS participants. Nicole, also referred to as Nic by her friends, gets to see some of her old friends she made the year before when she first traveled to Paris. Nic gets to once again be with her friend Annike who she had met on her past trip. Nic also gets to see her friend Luke who lives in ...more
Jun 15, 2015 Brittany rated it it was amazing
This book made me wanna go book a trip to Paris to go there for Christmas. It was beautiful, had some romance in it, along with some drama as well-and of course, the torn between two guys thing that I wish I had but I dont...

But this book is about Nicole Larson who came to Paris to spend Christmas and New Years with her friend Annike, and to also film a promotional video for S.A.S.S. When she gets there, Nicole meets up with her old flame Luc, and automatically their relationship reignites. But
May 05, 2015 Istiningdyah rated it it was ok
This book is the sequel of Pardon My French. It follows the same character, Nicole. Except that now Nicole has grown after her previous sass program in French. She's more open minded, eager to try something new, and currently travelling around the Europe. Since it's a sequel, so there's not much about the sass program itself. She just happen to be in Europe when an invitation from sass came to her. In Paris, of course there's Luc. A college guy who has a crush on Nic. Though based on the way Luc ...more
Jordan Clouse
Jan 19, 2016 Jordan Clouse rated it it was amazing
"French Kissmas" by Cathy Hapka was a very good book. It was very interesting and exciting book. It was really cool how they spoke some words in French. I didn't know what they meant though. This book took place in Paris and during Christmas. I loved the book.

Nicole the main character is in the traveling club and she has to make all these choices or else she will be sad. There are two guys that both like her but she doesn't want a relationship. Things start to get stressful and upsetting. She e
Feb 04, 2009 Brooke rated it liked it
I really like the idea of the S.A.S.S. series because it seems sort of neat having a education experience where you can travel around.Anyway, I mostly picked up this book because I was in the Christmas book spirit and someone mentioned this title. It was actually a pretty good read and kept me mostly entertained throughout. I don't think there was too much regarding Christmas though except near the end because throughout most of the novel they mentioned it occasionally. Overall, it was a decent ...more
Jan 06, 2012 Heidi rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, read-2012
After studying in Paris the previous year, high-school grad Nicole is taking the next year off. She returns to Paris for the winter holidays to be part of a promotional video for the student exchange program in which she participated. Excited to return to the City of Light, she is reunited with old friends and an old flame. A new potential romantic interest is introduced and Nic can't seem to make her mind up between the two suitors. The plot is predictable. Given the title and the cover ...more
Jun 07, 2011 Meagan rated it it was ok
The books centers around Nicole an American college-aged girl who is taking a gap year before starting college. She returns to Paris, where she had spent a semester studying abroad the year before. It was a cute book, a quick read, but it was fairly predictable, and there wasn't a lot of plot. I felt like none of the characters besides Nicole were well developed and that they were there just to further her own agenda instead of contributing something to the story. It was cute and I'd recommend ...more
Anna Karras
Jul 19, 2009 Anna Karras rated it liked it
The sequel to Pardon My French, Nicole is taking the year after high school to travel. Just about Christmas, and she returns to Paris, where she spent a semester the previous year. She reunites with Annike, her best friend from the exhange program, new friends who are helping with a promotional video for her study abroad program, and Luc, the adorable manny who worked for her host family. She is only there for a few weeks, and she is torn between the mad sparks flying between her and Luc, the ne ...more
Oct 28, 2008 Jenny rated it liked it
Nicole is back in Paris to film a promotional video for the SASS program, but she is a different girl than the one who arrived in Paris eighteen months before. She is much more open to new experiences and is looking forward to seeing old friends and making new during the filming. Her friend Annike from Stockholm is in town also, and Luc, the hot Parisian guy she met last year and can't quite make up her mind about. As the holidays near, Nicole doens't want any complications, but Luc may have ...more
Dec 25, 2009 Ari rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Plane Rider
Recommended to Ari by: Myself
I actually picked this book up not knowing of the first. It was alright, it didn't have enough "spice" for me, but I easily read it within a few hours. I really would love to do a program like mentioned in this bool haha, seems like a fun experience. Anyways, I am unsure if I'll read the first and go backwards, but it's not something I would recommend to someone looking for a serious good read. More of a quick, holiday plane ride read.=P Happy Holidays--ironically I read this on christmas day.
Jan 08, 2012 Carolyn rated it liked it
French Kissmas is the sequel to Pardon My French. The main character, Nicole Larson, is back in Paris to shoot a promotional video about the Students Across the Seven Seas (S.A.S.S.) exchange program. She enjoys reconnecting with her old friends and meets a new boy, Mike. However, seeing her ex boyfriend Luc might change her feelings about Mike.

Basically, it is an average book, but I liked it because of the flashes of French culture.
Mar 10, 2016 Nana rated it really liked it
Shelves: holiday, lib, romance, travel
I am quite happy with the ending, I guess.

Nicole Larson is back, except this time, she's mega independent and totally knows what she wants. When she goes back to Paris for a shooting of a video for the S.A.S.S. website, she meets her old friends and gets some new ones, confusing Nicole and her independantness--it is in Paris (again) that she truly finds herself.

This book could have been a bit better I think.
This is a pleasant if fairly forgettable series that I like to get for my library because the books usually have gentle romances that are appropriate for middle school readers, and the international settings offer at least some change from the endless parade of public high schools and malls in this genre.
Dec 26, 2009 Alicia rated it liked it
Interesting series - recent high school graduates travel the world, finding friendship, adventure, love, and themselves. I was pleasantly surprised, especially at the fact that foreign phrases and words interspersed in the text weren't translated. Conversations are written very naturally.
Charlotte Freeman
There was a little too much focus on if she should get into a relationship and which guy should she choose if she did get into a relationship. Quick and easy read though with a bit of holiday flair. Wish there had been more about Paris life though.
Jan 29, 2009 Kiara rated it liked it
I never doubted Nicole would pick that other guy! I love to got to Paris, and I wish I could go to an exchange student program! Its sounds like so much fun! Plus, I really enjoyed this book, it didn't disappoint me at all, its just as great ass the first one.
Jul 25, 2016 Danni rated it it was ok
Long drawn out story. The person is supposed to be around 19 and is acting like 12 with the level if indecision in her relationships. I get that it's for teens... But it really isn't... It's a little young.
Oct 19, 2009 Avi rated it really liked it
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Feb 26, 2012 Clare rated it really liked it
This book was the first one I read in the SASS series, and I can't wait to read more! Overall, a great book and easy read.
Jul 23, 2009 T rated it it was amazing
This book really tells you that you cant just go out with a boy if hes hot you really need to be able to talk to him not just kiss up to him
Jun 02, 2014 Stacy rated it liked it
Cute, light very similar to the first one, and the other S.A.S.S. books. Clean, fun quick reads. Sort of a light take on coming of age, with travel as the catalyst, idea.
Sep 25, 2011 Traci rated it it was ok
I think I am going to continue to read the S.A.S.S books but I can't say that this one was overly interesting to read.
Dec 25, 2009 Kelli rated it really liked it
This latest S.A.S.S. book takes us back to Paris with Nicole Larson. Will she rekindle her romance with Paris boy Luc or start a new one with Mike whose an American like her?
Feb 26, 2009 MAGGIE=) rated it really liked it
I love this one!!! When I read the first one I had no idea that there was a second one and it is rocking so far!!!

Feb 17, 2015 Rachel rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Actual rating: 3.75

A light, fluffy read - just like all the other books in the series! (Which I of course enjoy.)
Taisha Casimir
Taisha Casimir rated it it was amazing
Oct 25, 2015
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