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3.63  ·  Rating details ·  3,325 ratings  ·  318 reviews
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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Jan 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-contemporary

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 s
Dec 01, 2020 rated it liked it
this was published a long time ago, so it's safe to say it felt very out-of-date to me. the stuff about cliques and popularity was cringeworthy at times, but overall i enjoyed the Christmas road trip and romance! ...more
The plot's idea was very original and it was very cute. It was light, cute, and fluffy just what i needed. At first i did not like Beau because i thought he was too cold and dry with Lila but by the end he grew on me. He helped Lila see where she was wrong in the decisions she made and he helped her find herself again. Lila's superficiality annoyed me in the beginning a bit but her character grew and changed as the story went along. The adventure, road-trip aspect was executed well and i enjoye ...more
Stuti Rai
Oh this was pretty damn cute. These books are ruining me for the future and prospects it'll bring along by making me all mushy and crap but I don't want them to end.

And if I could get by in a cute romance book without coming across 'slut' or 'skank' or other variation used in a pejorative sense, I'd be a happier reader. Another of my complaints is that the other kids shouldn't have been shown as so completely shallow-like Beau was right all along. What crap. Moreover, it didn't seem to me like
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4.5 Stars

As a sucker for all things road trip and Christmas, Ex-mas is like heaven for me. I loved the idea of a little boy going to the North Pole to save Santa from global warming and how cheesy the book really is. I only had one problem with this book (the main character’s snobbiness), but still enjoyed the book.

Ex-mas has such an adorable concept that really made me smile. After Lila shows her little brother an article from her science class, he goes on a missi
Jillian Reynolds (Jillian Loves Books)

This was an okay read. The characters were kind of unlikable, if I'm being honest. And it wasn't super Christmas-y, either. It really just takes place during Christmas.

The one saving grace is the fact that Kate Brian's writing flies by. And reading this took me straight back to middle school when I was OBSESSED with the Private series. But something about those vapid characters doesn't resonate with me at all anymore. And our main character is a carbon copy of those exact characters. Her relati
May 06, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Angela Maria Hart
Dec 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
"Ex-mas" is a quick young adult read. It is only 216 pages and it follows the story of Lila Beckwith and her quest to get her little brother back before her parents come home on Christmas Eve. After having just been scolded by her parents for attempting to throw a party in their absence (they were planning to leave for Nevada from California), Lila’s little brother decides he needs to go to the North Pole to save Santa. Brian interweaved his motivation for seeking Santa swimmingly – Lila receive ...more
Donna {Book Passion For Life}
With Christmas approaching fast I wanted to find a Christmassy read to get me in the festive mood and so, I was recommendation Ex-Mas by Kate Brian by a few people and it was definitely a cute festive read!

Lila Beckwith can't wait for her parents to go on a vacation because she's planned the school's biggest party of the year, in the hopes that she will become someone memorable when she graduates. But when Lila's little brother Cooper discovers her plans and tells their parents, the party is of
Sarah Louise
Dec 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: holiday-themed
If you can ignore the fact of how unrealistically this story unfolds, it was absolutely adorable. There's something about the theme of Christmas that makes unrealistic stories charming, am I right?

Hate-to-love romances are my guilty pleasure, and this one was no exception with two exes forced to flee on a road-trip, chasing two little boys on their own mission to save Santa. Am I really supposed to believe that two eight-year-old boys are able to move across states and potentially cross the bor
Dec 24, 2015 rated it liked it
This was a quick, cute read. A road trip set at Christmas with Lila and her ex-boyfriend Beau makes for a fun adventure. There were times that Lila annoyed me, she had moments where she was vain and selfish, only caring about her popularity status. I am glad that she grew as a character and learned who her real friends were and how to be herself. I found her brother Cooper amusing with his determination to save Santa.

A fun holiday read with some sweet moments.
Dec 30, 2012 rated it really liked it

This was just so adorable! At first I was a bit skeptical because in the beginning it seemed silly, but it got much better! I reallyyyy enjoyed it!!!! So cute.
Laurence R.
Nov 30, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a really cute book! It’s not very Christmassy though.
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 pit stop
Apr 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Sara (sarabara081)
Dec 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
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3.5 stars!

Once again I found myself in the mood for something festive to read this Holiday season. With Ex-mas I found not only that, but a fun road-trip between bickering exes!

When we start the novel, we meet our main character Lila who is moments away from throwing THEE PARTY to be at. Basically, this party means everything to her popularity as it gives her a chance to stand on her own and not in a shadow of her 'best friend'. But after her c
Nov 29, 2014 rated it liked it
When seventeen-year-old Lila Beckwith’s little brother Cooper ruins her big chance to throw an epic party while her parents are out of town, she only wants to get back at him. Leaving out an article claiming that global warming is melting the North Pole seems to be the perfect way to make him pay, but she never would have guessed that he’d take off with his best friend Tyler in hopes of saving Santa from certain danger. To stay out of trouble, Lila absolutely has to get Cooper home before her pa ...more
Feb 08, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Dec 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: review
In ‘Ex-mas’, Lila embarks on an eye-opening journey with her ex-boyfriend Beau in order to track down their respective younger brothers who are on a mission to rescue Santa. During this adventure, Lila makes a few startling discoveries which lead her to question who she is and what she really wants.

Lila and Beau’s journey was quite realistic as they encountered several challenges along the way, namely financial and transportation complications. I found myself rooting for them to catch up to thei
Melannie :)
Dec 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2011, to-re-read
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
Road trips are usually a winner, but this one did nothing for me. First of all, though the synopsis caught my attention, the more I read it, the more I realised how unrealistic the whole plot was. Two eight-year-olds catch a long distance train and NO ONE at ANY station or on the actual train find it suspicious? And the random dude who “hired” them to play at a random wedding?? And how they went on a 7 hours drive after the train and still arrived to their destination 6 hours earlier??? The whol ...more
Princess Bookie
Dec 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Lindsey Wasserman
Feb 21, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
May 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Carla D.

I picked this book up because I needed a book about Christmas or at the very least a Christmas-related theme for a Reading Marathon. The book cover was somewhat appealing and simple, which I liked it. But... this book was incredibly weak and disappointing. I don't even know what I was expecting of Ex-mas, because I really didn't know anything about the author or the story, like I said just picked this book up due to the Christmas vibe.

All the characters were stereotypes, they weren't properly d
Sep 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
At the time I started this book, it was Christmas, and due to its festive theme, I was drawn to the book. I was intrigued by the cover and name, and was interested to see what it was look. Unfortunately, I was very disappointed. With such a strong concept and title, I had high hopes for Brian, as she wasn't an author I had come across. However, the plot was weak and very predictable. It was cliché and annoying, as a reader, because I wanted to be able to not know what I was going to read next, h ...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
Dec 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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Kate Brian is the author of the SHADOWLANDS TRILOGY (SHADOWLANDS, HEREAFTER & ENDLESS), as well as the New York Times bestselling PRIVATE and PRIVILEGE series, and the wildly popular MEGAN MEADE'S GUIDE TO THE MCGOWAN BOYS. She also writes teen fiction under the name Kieran Scott. ...more

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