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French Kissmas

(Students Across the Seven Seas)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  434 ratings  ·  41 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 ro ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published September 11th 2008 by Speak (first published September 1st 2008)
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Olivia (The Candid Cover)
As a fan of travel books and Christmas, I knew French Kissmas by Catherine Hapka would be a win when I found out about it. The setting is vibrant, and the characters are realistic. After reading this one, I am excited to check out the rest of the books in the S.A.S.S. series.

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Nancy H
Feb 26, 2014 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 w ...more
mia moraru
so cute!!! read it forever ago, i think i was 10 or so haha!
annie
May 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.5 / 5 stars: exactly what i expected from a s.a.s.s. book but i think i enjoyed it less than others i've read. may be because this is actually a companion to a previous s.a.s.s. book that i did not read or may be because i took one month to read this. who knows! it was definitely a quick, cute read but there wasn't much going on for the bulk of the book. liked how much focus there was on the side characters though and the paris setting! i'm just conflicted because i'm not sure if this book rea ...more
Caitlin Stewart
Jan 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Cute book but a little young for me
Nicole Edwards
Dec 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
*Review also on AwesomeBookNuts.blogspot.com*

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
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Liralen
Oct 14, 2014 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
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.com

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.

Nicol
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Karissa
Oct 08, 2013 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 Paris ...more
Brittany
Jun 12, 2015 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
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Istiningdyah
May 02, 2015 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 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
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Brooke
Feb 04, 2009 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
Heidi
Jan 06, 2012 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 illustr ...more
Meagan
Jun 05, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011-books
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 i ...more
Anna Karras
Jul 19, 2009 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
Jenny
Oct 15, 2008 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 oth ...more
Ari
Dec 25, 2009 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.
Melissa
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
The main character, Nicole Larsen, has grown a lot since the last book and it's lovely to hear about her travels around European countries I can only dream of visiting but I don't like how the author has ended each of the books (Pardon my French and French Kissmas). Both have ended very abruptly and it feels like there should be more... without the feeling of wanting to find out what happened after. Also, if I never read the female protagonist describing the "butt-hugging" pants the male protago ...more
Carolyn
Jan 08, 2012 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.
Nana
Mar 10, 2016 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.
Rebecca
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.
Alicia
Dec 26, 2009 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.
Kiara
Jan 29, 2009 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.
Danni
Nov 20, 2013 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.
Avi
Oct 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Lyra
Feb 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: s-a-s-s
Loved this book. can't wait for more S.A.S.S.!
Clare
Feb 26, 2012 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.
T
Apr 05, 2009 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
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Catherine (Cathy) Hapka has written more than one hundred books for children and adults, as a ghostwriter for series as well as original titles, including the Romantic Comedies Something Borrowed, The Twelve Date of Christmas, and Love on Cue. She lives in Pennsylvania.

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