Author: Kate Brian
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing (October 6, 2009)
Reading Level: Young Adult
Source: Christmas present '09
Two Exes. One holiday adventure.
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 to get Cooper safely home before her parents get back on Christmas Eve. But the only person who can help her is Tyler's older brother, Beau -- a.k.a. Lila's musician, anti-everything ex-boyfriend.
It'll take more than a Christmas miracle for Lila and Beau to overcome their differences and find their fugitive brothers. But could a journey destined for disaster help these polar opposites fall in love...all over again?
Ex-mas is a sweet, cute, and light read full of Christmas spirit. This is what you call the right book to read on Christmas day. I got this today (25th) and read it straight away, it made me feel the whole "Christmas feeling", which I loved!
I found the plot of this book to be too cliché. You hate your brother, he almost destroys your whole Christmas, this happens in movies, other novels, it's just way too common. This novel was also very predictable. I knew exactly what was going to happen next. I wish Brian put at least a twist or something unexpected. That way this novel would have been a whole lot better.
Brian had very interesting characters in this novel. The personality of the characters were a great mix. Each of them were very different to each other. Cooper, Lila's younger brother, was such a fun, and out-side type of person. He always tried to make Lila in trouble. She had planned this party after her parents would go, since they were going out of town, her parents found out through Cooper. Such a naughty brother, but yet cute. Beau, Lila's boyfriend was a great addition the story. Without him, Lila's main roles in the story would have been boring. He was always who added trouble, fun, etc..
The ending was one of my favorites. I loved the Christmas present Lila gets from her parents! I also loved how Cooper rescued Santa. It was my most favorite part of the novel, it was just too cute. Rescuing Santa since you want presents. =)
This is the perfect book to read on Christmas day. You will feel the whole Christmas spirit. Although, if your the person who doesn't like cliché plots, then don't read this. Now, it's either cliche plots or christmas spirits, your pick.