Review: Ex-mas by Kate Brian

December 20, 2012 Book Review, Christmas, Contemporary Fiction, Ex-Mas, Holiday, Kate Brian, Road trip, Romance, Simon and Schuster, YA, Young Adult 12

From Goodreads:

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 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?



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 college boyfriend bails due to a last minute ‘final’ (riiiight) and her little brother informs her parents of the party plans, her ‘world’ comes crashing down. Her brother has run off with his friend on a mission to save Santa and Lila, along with her ex-boyfriend, Beau, must hurry to get them back before her parents return.

Lila is one of those characters that annoys the hell out of you in the beginning. She was shallow and completely self-absorbed. Her popularity and hopes for a car were all she cared about. Honestly, it took quite a bit for me to like her. And I am pretty sure when I did it was all due to Beau. That guy had the patience of a saint to put up with her on this road trip, and even after. I truly loved his character. He was sincere, sweet, selfless and incredibly caring. So basically the exact opposite of the Lila we are first introduced to.

Now, as far as the plot goes, I found a lot of it to be predictable and far-fetched. But the thing is, it really didn’t bother me much! Despite my earlier feelings for Lila, I was rooting for these two to find their way back together. There was still a spark lingering between them and I was anxious for it to be relit. The farther they raced to catch up with the little brothers, the more crazy obstacles that got in the way. Personally, I think the brothers were conspiring about more than saving Santa when they ran away together. 😉

Overall, this was a fun read if you are in the mood for something Christmas-y.

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

12 Responses to “Review: Ex-mas by Kate Brian”

  1. starryeyedjen

    I want to read this, but I still have another Christmas-y book I need to read first. And I don’t think I can get them both read before Christmas, and I just think I’d feel sad reading an Xmas book after the fact. 🙁 But it sounds cute and I love road trips, so maybe I’ll get to it next Christmas. 😛 Love your review and the fact that you admit that you pretty much only liked Lila because of Beau. =)

  2. Born Bookish

    I LOVE Christmas books! Haven’t read any this season but having just finished my finals this week (wahoo!) hopefully now I’ll have time to read at least one!! This one sounds like a lot of fun! Who doesn’t like road trips, and some witty banter between exes?!?

  3. Alise (Readers In Wonderland)

    I’ve seen this one around quite a bit, I can tell it’s a popular Christmas read! I love the ex road trips ever since Two Way Street. (At least I think it was Two Way Street, so many books!) I’ll have to check this one out, it seems like a great read. I’ll have to brace myself for Lila’s personality. LOL. Great review!

  4. Jennifer Messerschmidt

    Sounds like a fun Christmas read! Lila sounds okay! I was obsessed with wanting a nice car when I was 16 too and now I’m like if it drives I’m all good. I love road trips and crazy adventures so this might be a good holiday read to add to the list!

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