Title: Kisses and Croissants
Author: Anne-Sophie Jouhanneau
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Published: April 6th, 2021 (Delacorte Press)
Synopsis: As sweet as a macaron from Ladurée, with writing as crisp as a freshly baked baguette, this romantic novel set in Paris about an American ballerina and a charming French boy is parfait for fans of American Royals and Netflix’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.
Seventeen-year-old Mia, an American girl at an elite summer ballet program, has six weeks to achieve her dreams: to snag an audition with one of the world’s best ballet companies. But there’s more to Paris than ballet—especially when a charming French boy, Louis, wants to be her tour guide—and the pair discover the city has a few mysteries up its sleeve.
In the vein of romances like Love and Gelato, this is the perfect summer adventure for anyone looking to get swept away in the City of Love.
Thank you to the publisher, Penguin Random House Canada, and NetGalley for providing me with an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Aspiring ballerina Mia Jenrow arrives in Paris for the summer to attend an elite ballet program with big dreams. If she can succeed in the next six weeks, she could qualify for an audition with some of the best ballet companies in the world. But already the summer isn’t going according to plan. For starters, her mother is less than supportive of her ballet dreams. Her rival from New York, Audrey, is her roommate for the summer, and Louis, a charming French boy whom she meets threatens to be a distraction from her goal. But as the weeks progress, she finds herself discovering the city and she and Louis find themselves on the trail of unravelling the truth behind an old family story of Mia’s, concerning an ancestor who was supposedly a ballet dancer in Paris herself.
Regular readers of my blog will know that I rarely, if ever, pick up contemporary novels. However, I couldn’t resist requesting this book because it just sounded so light-hearted and fun and also, it takes place in Paris – it’s one of my favourite settings for contemporary novels. After reading half a dozen 500+ page tomes, this short and sweet book was exactly what I needed. Frankly, it was nice for a change to read a book that didn’t get me worked up about who the villain was or what catastrophe was going to befall my favourite characters.
Paris was so beautifully described and I loved seeing it all through Mia’s eyes as she explores the city. It’s just such a magical setting and the iconic sights make it easy to get into the mood of the story. Equally interesting were the glimpses of how ballet works behind the scenes – a topic I knew very little about – in particular, how much time, hard work and dedication the art demands. The mystery aspect was also really nice and added a bit of adventure to the story.
Mia was a great character and it was very clear how passionate she was about ballet. What I liked however, was that as focused as she was, she also knew how to relax and have fun when the situation called for it. Mia’s relationship with Audrey, her rival eventually turned friend, was excellently portrayed. Louis was nice enough, but I felt he was a little underdeveloped as a character and could have used a little more complexity.
Overall, this book was pretty much exactly what I expected and the only criticism I can give it was that it was kind of predictable – but no less enjoyable for that fact. This was my first time reading a book by this author, but I’m looking forward to trying her other works too. Kisses and Croissant is a cute story that will make you smile and makes for a perfect summer read! Definitely recommended!
Kisses and Croissants releases on April 6th, 2021.
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