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French Kissmas (2008)

by Catherine Hapka(Favorite Author)
3.66 of 5 Votes: 4
0142411337 (ISBN13: 9780142411339)
review 1: 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 in two hours. I probably should have just stopped reading but I thought, "Cute little Christmas read in Paris! What could go wrong?"For starters, the main storyline was completely ridiculous and contrived. The drama didn't need to exist at all. It's like the author thought, "You know what would sell a book? A love triangle! No... morew, how do I work in one of those?" Because there was an unnecessary, unbelievable love triangle. Nicole could have spent a lot more time having fun and a lot less time whining about her love life if she'd just gone with her feelings in the beginning. And what was with Luc, the French guy? He seemed to spend all of his free time with Nicole when he was a local. Did he not have regular friends? Holiday plans? Family nearby? How could he suddenly drop his entire life to hang out with a girl he a) wasn't dating, b) hadn't seen in a year, and c) would only be in town for a few days? Doesn't. Make. Sense.And the boys acted like girls. This is SUCH a HUGE problem in YA literature!! Massive! It annoys me so much that I have to mention it every time I see it in a book. Grrrr. At one point, Mike, who is one-third of the love triangle, says his buddies will be so excited to hear that he went to the French ballet. Um, no they won't. They're guys. They will call him gay and possibly rag him about it for years. So dumb. And everyone info-dumps in their dialog. EVERYONE! I know way too much about how these characters feel about everything.So, in short, this was dumb. I shouldn't have wasted my time and you probably shouldn't, either. However, it was a completely clean read that I would feel absolutely safe recommending to a pre-teen if asked for a sweet holiday book to read, especially if they're into Paris or travel. Because it was nice. It was just waaaaaaayyy too immature for me. I'm sure a pre-teen girl would find it cute and endearing and fun. And maybe not quite as corny or contrived as I thought it.Sexual Content: Mild (some kissing)Language: NoneViolence: NoneDrugs/Alcohol: Mild (one scene of drinking champagne)
review 2: 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 read and I haven't read many of the other novels in the series but I'm guessing that in this installment there was a lot of past characters brought up again just by reading a little bit about some of their pasts. less
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Loved this book. can't wait for more S.A.S.S.!
made me want to spent christmas in paris.
2.5 stars. Cute read for the holiday.
MY oersonal favorite in the series.
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