About the Book:
As sweet as a macaron from Laduree, 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.
About the Author:
Anne-Sophie Jouhanneau is a bilingual French author of young adult fiction and nonfiction. Her books have been translated into seven languages. Kisses and Croissants (Delacorte Press, 2021) is her U.S. debut. After graduating university in France, she moved to Amsterdam to begin a career in advertising. She then spent a few years in Melbourne before settling in New York City, where she lives with her Australian husband and their American cat.
I love a book that travels abroad, so I was super excited to read another YA contemporary with that element.
Things I liked:
- All the traveling in France! Mia and Louis go on an adventure all over Paris, and even more rural parts of France and it was so much fun to read during a time when we literally ca’t leave our houses.
- The relationship was pretty cute. I was worried things would be a little too cliche and corny. While they were pretty cliche, I found that I didn’t mid it as much. Louis is such a cutie and I loved every page he was on.
- Mia’s passion for ballet was infectious! Her dedication was admirable, and she really figures out what’s most important to her over the course of the book. It’s about finding your passion, seeing your choices, learning for own mistakes and chasing your dreams.
Things I didn’t like:
- I wish that Louis and Mia had more of a lowborn romance. But the two meet really early on in the book, and it was basically love at first sight.
- Also Mia was a bit unfair to Louis at points when it came to her prioritizing dance. She always specified that dance was her priority, but would slack off at times and blame Louis for her mistakes. I think she could have been more mature, or at the very least more straightforward with her intentions.
Overall, Kisses and Croissants was a fun book that really brought me to Paris through it’s pages. If you’re looking for a book in the vain of Love and Gelato or Anna and the French Kiss, this is the book for you!
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