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Two Exes. One holiday adventure. Merry Ex-Mas?

Seventeen-year-old Lila Beckwith's parents just left for vacation, and Lila's all set to throw the holiday party of the season. But when her Christmas-obsessed little brother, Cooper, discovers that global warming is melting the North Pole, he and his best friend, Tyler, take off on a runaway mission to save Santa.

Lila has t

Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published September 14th 2009)
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I must confess that I have a thing for this 'road-trip' type of stories, and given the fact that this book is all about romance and Christmas it's even better.

The characters were nice and likable, even with their flaws, and I enjoyed all the trouble they got into, waiting patiently for Lila and Beau to find their brothers and also to find their way back to each other.

Well, there were some moments when I liked so much Lila's little brother that I wanted to kiss him (because sometimes he was so i...more
Kristi (The Story Siren)
Three words; cutest thing ever!

I've never read a novel by Kate Brian, which I'm pretty sure is a felony in the YA lit. world. I've never even read any of Kieran's books! For those of you who don't know, Kate Brian is a pen name/pseudonym that author Kieran Scott writes under. (Which is a lot more common than you would think!) Anyway, I've really been looking forward to reading a Kate Brian novel and then when I saw the synopsis for Ex-mas, I knew this was my chance!

This was one of the cutest fee...more
Rating Clarification: 3.5 Stars

I wanted to fit in one more holiday read before celebrating Christmas in the morning ((please.please.please let Santa bring me bookstore gift cards >.<)) and Ex Mas was a fun and fast-paced pick. Now, it was filled with unlikely and forced events to make the storyline come together, but I still enjoyed it for what it was worth.

I liked the MCs Lily and Beau and their road trip from Los Angeles to Seattle was fun to read about because I’m familiar with their pi...more
Princess Bookie
My Thoughts: Another great book from Kate Brian. I read Megan Meade's Guide To The McGowan Boys and loved it! This one is just as good, if not better! We are introduced to Lila who has it all, college boyfriend, popular best friend, and all the guys want her and the girl's want to be her! We also are introduced to her annoying little brother Cooper. Well, things go down and Cooper thinks he needs to save Santa so Cooper and his friend Tyler take off to save Santa! Lila gets tangled up with Tyler...more
I had so much fun with this book! It was exactly what I needed for a little holiday cheer! What says love and romance more than a road trip with your ex? :D

How can you not love a book filled with music, adorably silly made up songs, road trip adventures, a sexy guy, snow, and Santa!

Beau just swept my giggling, blushing self away with his guitar playing, beat up concert t-shirt wearing, smirking, smiling, beautiful swaggering ways! His character was also a pleasant surprise for me though. New res...more
First off, I’ll start by saying that Kate Brian is a pen name for Kieran Scott. Kieran Scott wrote the He’s So/She’s So Trilogy, a trilogy I really enjoyed. She also uses her pen name to her Private series. Now that’s out of the way, let’s get to the review.

I read Ex-mas two years ago, and I loved it. It was so cute and Christmassy. I couldn’t put it down. I didn’t expect it to be so good, but it was. Lila is a likeable character. She’s outgoing, popular, and likeable. Beau is the opposite of he...more
Um. CUTEST book ever.
I am crazy in love with Kate Brian. So much so, that if I lived in the US, I'd probably be banned from her signings because of the squealy-fangirling that I'd be doing at each one. I started with her Private series and quickly devoured every other book she had ever written [one of my favourites is The Princess and the Pauper).
So, needless to say, when I heard of Ex-Mas, I hit the roof and lost my voice for 3 days.
However, finances went downhill and then life got in the way...more
I actually nearly forgot that this book was on my shelf until I decided to become more organized and make a list of my unread books so that I could make sure to tackle them all. I started reading this book at... midnight? And I have just gobbled it up. I sent my friend a message with my predictions for the plot line and was right on the money. But you know what? Well played, Kate Brian. Although it was predictable and cheesy and had all of the same elements of any YA romance novel I've read befo...more
Ex-mas by Kate Brian is a cute read. Although I didn't get to reading it during the holiday season, I still enjoyed it in summer.
The plot of the story was okay. Lila's little brother runs off with her ex-boyfriends little brother to save Santa from Global Warming. It was a cute little tale. I enjoyed watching Lila and Beau fight while they both kind of had feelings for each other. Chasing after two kids is not that easy. The kids are hard to find and once they are found, they move so fast that...more
Melannie :)
this book can be sum up in one word:


It was reeeeeaally cute, but not corny,
definitely not corny, I happen to hate corny, and I happen to
LOOOOOOVE this book.

It was a quick read,
with a lot of quick remarks from the main characters, who
actually hated eachother at the start of the book, but then are
brought together to find their little brothers, who run away together
to go save Santa from global warming.

To see how their perception of eachother and their relationship develoved
was fantastic! I...more
I wanted to like this book, but if the main character is annoying, usually I find the entire book annoying. Lila has changed her entire persona in order to fit in with the popular crowd. That meant abandoning her long time friend and, for a short time, boyfriend, Beau, and creating a new image for herself.

I don’t like fake people. At all. So reading a book about a fake person was hard. Not only that, but the plot was incredibly predictable. There were a few cute moments, but there were also part...more
Lila is the popular girl who has a past and an ex boyfriend. Now that she has climbed the ladder of popularity it's time to glue herself in and make it permanent. And what better way to do that but with a grand christmas party and a popular boyfriend. Her plan was made but things started to fall out of place when her parents found out about her plan and her christmas-obsessed little brother decided to run off and save Santa from global warming with his friend Tyler. Now she has to go after her b...more
4.5 Stars

This book is too cute! I have loved all of Kate Brian's books that I've read - and this one was no exception! Ex-Mas is a fun, lighter read.

I read Ex-Mas in one sitting. The writing is fantastic and the plot is adorable. It's actually rather predictable, but that's what makes it so great. I love how Ms. Brian weaves elements of lessons such as honesty, thankfullness, and just being yourself throughout the story. The only thing I wasn't crazy about was the realistic factor of two 8 yea...more
I was in mood for something sweet and Christmas-y so I was really glad when I found this book. To be honest, it didn't quite meet my expectations. The beginning was so disappointing. It felt like combination of all teenage TV shows! Our main character, Lila, was vain and malicious, she didn't care about anything and anyone but herself. Her only dream was to be a prom queen - pretty like a Barbie, perfect boyfriend, other zombie friends like her, new car. I just hated her.
But then she and her los...more
Adulthood doesn't just happen because you want it to.
- Dad
Better he learns now that if you mess with people, you might get messed with in return.
- Beau
I think maybe we should face the fact that this is out of control.
- Beau
It's amazing how a nine-million-hour drive will change your opinion on things.
- Beau
It was one thing to appreciate the past. It was something else to relive it.
- Lila
Maybe your heart's not mine to win.
Maybe Christmas was the one time all year everyone got to pretend they were...more
This was a fun, easy read. Just what I needed right now!
A very, very, very cute story (but, too bad, a bit short for my taste). The characters were complex enough and the story could have been longer, especially the resolution. I had a great time reading Ex-Mas though. I recommend it to anyone who's in the mood for a light (but not fluffy) and satisfying romance. Who can resist a good Happy Ending ? I know I can't ;-)
ok, so the title sorta sucks and the main character is often intensely annoying and stupid, but the road trip was funny, heartwarming, and the end was absolutely adorable. overall, a pretty nice, light read for the Christmas season.
Super duper cute with marshmallows and candy-canes on top!
3.5 really
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Kari Anderson
I got this book for the Christmas Reading Challenge. It was my first book to read for this challenge. I had it for a couple of months and had to force myself not to read it.

Meet Lila. She’s a high school senior – the most popular high school senior – at her school in California. She has the popularity, the friends, a boyfriend in college and plans for the perfect party to kick off Christmas break. Those plans don’t last long though. They all come crumbling down when her bratty brother intervenes...more
It was a fun and light reading BUT the main character, Lila, was hard for me to like. And when I finally liked her she did something stupid and I just wanted to get inside the book and tell her 'Really girl? Are you kidding me with that behaviour?' I almost stopped reading in that part.

I debated whether to give this book 2 or 3 stars but in the end decided on 3 because the whole plot of the brothers escaping to save Santa Claus was cute. It reminded me of when I was a little girl and had the il...more
Bree T
This was a cheap little fun read that I got for my Kindle. Lila Beckwith is 17 and she’s popular. She’s worked hard be popular, to become the friend of Carly, without a doubt the coolest and most popular girl in school. She’s also dating Eric, Carly’s older brother who is off at college now. Lila knows she is envied for having Eric, for being one of the group and she loves it. Her whole life revolves around it and now that her parents are going away for a couple of days for a vacation, Lila has...more
Lindsey Wasserman
Feb 28, 2011 Lindsey Wasserman rated it 1 of 5 stars Recommends it for: No.
Recommended to Lindsey by: Hannah Amdur
This was pretty stupid book. It was a light read, and didn't have much to it. I expected to like it because I really like Kate Brian, but I really hated it. It was about a girl, Lila, who is babysitting her brother the weekend winter break starts of her senior year of high school. She wanted to throw a huge party, but her brother caught her, and told her parents, and she had to cancel it. She accidentally mentions something to her brother about there being no Santa Clause, and him being little t...more
You know summer (beach) reads? Well this is a book I'd consider a winter read. A book you'd sit by the fireplace reading during a snowstorm or something. Sadly, I'm a little slow with that, and I didn't get my paws on this one until February, and we were pretty much snow stormed out by that time.

Despite that, (and the fact that, when I brought this book to school and was seen reading it, I got made fun of for reading a Christmas book in February), I really enjoyed it. Ex-mas was a cute read, tha...more
Shreya (CCReviews)
"A Love/Hate Story"

*inner squeal* This book was just so adorable, and sweet, and cute, and funny, and the perfect package for a Christmas love story! The characters are just wonderful, and I especially love the little brothers who decide to take a joy-ride to save their beloved Santa, how awesome is that? I wish I had a chance to go in such a trip. Definitely adding to list-of-things-to-do. I've never tried Kate Brian books before, but the shiny cover and the promise of a love/hate story was too...more
This was my first time reading any of Kate Brian's novels. I'm a sucker for anything revolving around Christmas, so I picked up a copy of Ex-Mas the first time I saw it in Target. I got out of the novel exactly what I expected: a light, fun read with a bit of romance thrown in. The book may receive some negative reviews due to unoriginality or by following a "formula," but I enjoyed it for what it was. I can't name off specific movies or books with a similar plot off the top of my head, and even...more
Ex-Mas, for the most part, was enjoyable. It starts off slow and readers are introduced to Lila. Like most of Kate Brian's characters, the main character is popular and usually superficial. Lila exhibits many of the same characteristics as typical popular girls, snobby, selfish and irritating. The concept for Ex-Mas is not exactly unique, it has been done before in Lauren Barnholdt's Two-way Street which I have yet to read but nevertheless I was excited for this book.

Lila's character was too sh...more
Amy Watt
This was a nice, quick, cute read. I read the whole thing in one sitting in the car to Edinburgh today :)

The story focuses on Lila, a girl who used to be an outsider but is now one of the most popular girls in school. And she works ridiculously hard for her life to stay that way.

And it all started with dumping her boyfriend and 'upgrading' to a popular boyfriend.

However, when her and her ex-boyfriend's brothers go missing, the two of them work together to find them and bring them home.

I liked th...more
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Kate Brian is the prolific author of many books for teens including the Private series, the new Privilege series, and Sweet 16. She lives with her husband in New Jersey. She writes under the pseudonym Kate Brian, instead of using her real name: Kieran Scott.
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