Heart and Salsa (S.A.S.S. Series)

Heart and Salsa (S.A.S.S. Series)

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Overview

Cat Wilcox has left chilly Boston for sunny Mexico and a summer of girl bonding with her best friend, Sabrina. But Sabrina has a surprise. She is accompanied by her boyfriend—a boyfriend Cat didn’t even know existed. So rather than Sabrina and Cat spending their study-abroad semester working together at the orphan school building site, Cat expects she’ll be hammering nails all by her lonesome. Then she meets Aidan. He’s cute, he’s smart, and he’s paying her a lot of attention. Cat can’t tell if he’s flirting or friendly, but she’s not sure it matters. Isn’t it easier to be just friends? But this is enchanted Mexico and, between hiking in the rain forest, diving off waterfalls, and finishing the orphan center, it’s going to take a little bit of salsa spirit, and a lot of heart, for Cat to make it through the summer unchanged.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142406472
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 06/01/2006
Series: S.A.S.S. Series
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 561,504
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.19(h) x 0.56(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Suzanne Nelson is an author and editor who loves Mexican food, especially cheese enchiladas. She is still grateful to her parents for making her take five years of Spanish in school, because now she'll never forget what chapulines are. She is known for her foodie romance middle grade novels, including Cake Pop Crush, Macarons at Midnight, and Hot Cocoa Hearts. She was born in New Jersey, grew up in Southern California, attended college in Texas, and spent eight years as a children's book editor in New York City. She now lives in Ridgefield, Connecticut.

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Heart and Salsa (S.A.S.S. Series #6) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cat just moved to Boston and she hates it. Due to her mom's recent remarriage to the geekiest history professor in the world, Cat's had to pick up and leave all her friends in Arizona. She is not happy about it and, in fact, she's determined not to give Boston a chance. She'll get through her junior and senior years and then head right back to Arizona for college. And luckily, Cat's come up with a plan to escape Boston for the summer, too! Her best friend Sabrina told her about the Students Across the Seven Seas study abroad program. So Cat's going down to Mexico to spend her summer with Sabrina, catching up on girl bonding, perfecting her Spanish, and helping with a community service project.What Cat did NOT expect was that Sabrina would have a boyfriend who also came to Mexico. Sabrina's blowing her off to hang out with her boy toy. Cat's new roommate Izzie (daughter of her host family) has taken an immediate dislike to her and calls her an American princess. Mexico's not what Cat thought it would be at all...I've been wanting to try one of the SASS books and I really enjoyed it! It's a little formulaic, but there are a lot of details about the places they go in Mexico. There's a host of likeable characters (none of which are particularly deep except for maybe Cat), some comic relief, and a predictable romance thrown in. I'll definitely be reading more in this series. It's perfect escapism reading.
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Alyssa011 More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. I havent read the entire series but of the few i have read this is one of my favorites.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
This installment in the S.A.S.S. series features Caitlin Wilcox, a student who is spending her summer in Mexico with the Students Across the Seven Seas program. Cat can't wait to spend time in Mexico, with its sunshine and clear blue ocean, to reunite with her best friend Sabrina, after spending the past few months with her mom and new stepdad in Boston rather than her sunny former home of New Mexico, and to practice her Spanish, a language she loves. Nothing, however, turns out as planned.

Sabrina has brought along her boyfriend, Brian, whose existence Cat hadn't even known of, and it's more difficult than it should be for Cat to get some face time with her best friend. Luckily, Cat quickly begins to make new friends; Aidan, Rachel, and Pete are all friendly fellow students. Even Izzie, Cat's host sister with whom she gets off to a rather rocky start with, turns into a friend. Spending her days building a school for orphans in the hot, humid weather of Oaxaca will be tough, but it'll be a lot of fun, especially with great friends!

When they're not working on the school, the students are doing their learning by traveling to nearby rain forests and museums. Cat and her friends are having a lot of fun, but she can't help but wish she had more time with Sabrina. Cat's even starting to suspect that Brian isn't as great as he seems, but she couldn't raise that issue with Sabrina...right? Cat's got her own boy troubles as well. Are she and Aidan just friends, or is there more to it than Cat would like to admit?

HEART AND SALSA is a fun read that will have readers wishing to escape to sunny Mexico right along with Cat! It's full of adventure in a foreign country, likeable characters, and romance. Cat is a character to whom readers will be able to relate, especially anyone who has ever had to move away from friends and family. The only reason Cat's mother agreed to let her go to Mexico was because they had just moved to Boston from New Mexico a few months ago, and adjusting is tough for Cat. While Suzanne Nelson's book is an entertaining, quick read, it's not particularly remarkable; it won't earn a place on my favorites shelf, but it was certainly worth reading!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Heart and Salsa was a great book. If you like traveling and you especially like Mexico I would totally read it!!! Cat goes through many fun and sometimes trying adventures in Mexico. She learns not only how to Salsa, but to appreciate Mexican culture. During the course of her Mexican visit, she learns to accept change in her life. I won't say anymore, if you like the S.A.S.S. books, you have GOT to read it!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This installment in the S.A.S.S. series features Caitlin Wilcox, a student who is spending her summer in Mexico with the Students Across the Seven Seas program. Cat can't wait to spend time in Mexico, with its sunshine and clear blue ocean, to reunite with her best friend Sabrina, after spending the past few months with her mom and new stepdad in Boston rather than her sunny former home of New Mexico, and to practice her Spanish, a language she loves. Nothing, however, turns out as planned. Sabrina has brought along her boyfriend, Brian, whose existence Cat hadn't even known of, and it's more difficult than it should be for Cat to get some face time with her best friend. Luckily, Cat quickly begins to make new friends Aidan, Rachel, and Pete are all friendly fellow students. Even Izzie, Cat's host sister with whom she gets off to a rather rocky start with, turns into a friend. Spending her days building a school for orphans in the hot, humid weather of Oaxaca will be tough, but it'll be a lot of fun, especially with great friends! When they're not working on the school, the students are doing their learning by traveling to nearby rain forests and museums. Cat and her friends are having a lot of fun, but she can't help but wish she had more time with Sabrina. Cat's even starting to suspect that Brian isn't as great as he seems, but she couldn't raise that issue with Sabrina...right? Cat's got her own boy troubles as well. Are she and Aidan just friends, or is there more to it than Cat would like to admit? HEART AND SALSA is a fun read that will have readers wishing to escape to sunny Mexico right along with Cat! It's full of adventure in a foreign country, likeable characters, and romance. Cat is a character to whom readers will be able to relate, especially anyone who has ever had to move away from friends and family. The only reason Cat's mother agreed to let her go to Mexico was because they had just moved to Boston from New Mexico a few months ago, and adjusting is tough for Cat. While Suzanne Nelson's book is an entertaining, quick read, it's not particularly remarkable it won't earn a place on my favorites shelf, but it was certainly worth reading! **Reviewed by: Jocelyn Pearce
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cat Wilcox is a girl who thinks that she has had it tough. First her parents get a divorce. Then her mom met this guy named Ted. She doesn¿t think that they know each other very well and they are getting married after knowing each other only a couple of months. Now she has to move from warm sunny Arizona, to cold Boston. She has to leave all her friends, and one thing that she absolutely loves, swimming. It¿s also really hard for her now to even make any new friends. She hates Boston! Now Cat has joined the S.A.S.S program, which stands for Students Across the Seven Seas. She is going to be in it with her friend from Arizona, Sabrina. Well Sabrina is the girl who people would call boy crazy! She is always having a boyfriend but only goes out with him for about a week, and then breaks up with him. Well, to Cat¿s surprise, Sabrina brings her boyfriend Brian with her on the trip to Mexico. Cat also finds out that they started dating just about after Cat left for Boston. Therefore, they have been dating for a couple on months! That¿s a record for her. Cat thinks that Brian seems like a really nice guy, but she is afraid. She thinks that because Brian is tagging along on the trip, that he might get in the way with all the catching up and hanging out Sabrina and her were going to do in Mexico. They both said that they were going to have the greatest time, and Sabrina was going to have Cat all caught up in the things that happened in Arizona while she was away. Will Brian get in the way of all the plans that Cat and Sabrina had? You will have to read the book to find out. When Cat gets to Mexico, she gets to meet her new host family that she will be staying with for the next two months. The couple have a daughter too that doesn¿t really like her that much. Cat wants to get along with her and be her friend. Will they become friends? Why doesn¿t she like Cat? Well you can find these questions out if you read the book Heart and Salsa. Sabrina then said that she was going to find Cat a boyfriend, even though that she knew that Cat didn¿t want one. Cat always said that she didn¿t want a boyfriend because of her parent¿s marriage. She always said that if their parent¿s marriage could fall apart that easily, then if she got into a relationship, something could happen there too. She didn¿t want to go through the pain that her mom did when her parents got a divorce. Well then she met this guy named Aiden. She met him on the plane. He was really nice, and soon, they were becoming pretty good friends. Well later on, Aiden asks Cat out and she says no. She told him that she still wanted to hang out with him and be friends but she didn¿t feel like that for him at the moment. He already knew about her parent¿s relationship and how she felt about that too. Will Aiden ask her out again? If he asks her out again will she say yes? Well you have to read the book to find this out. I really enjoyed the book Heart and Salsa, by Suzanne Nelson. It was a really good book and it pulled me in, and I could not put it down. When she adds the romance and drama in with it too, it makes it even better!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the SASS series and how it combines culture, adventure, and a little romance. Heart and Salsa is no exception.