Kisses and Croissants, by Anne-Sophie Jouhanneau
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Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: April 6, 2021
Length: 320 pages
Times Read: Once
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.
Paris, ballet, yummy food, and an art mystery.
This book is very cute. Mia has grown up believing that ballet is in her blood. All of the women in her family have danced, and there is even a legend that there is a forgotten Degas painting depicting one of her ancestors, lost to history. So when she gets the chance to go Paris for a summer ballet program, she makes sure she is there–even if it means being with her nemesis for six weeks.
Mia goes back and forth trying to decide if she’s able to balance ballet and auditioning for a company with having a love life…because she’s already met Louis, the perfect Paris boy. And Louis is very, very into the lost Degas painting. He and Mia spend all of their free time trying to hunt it down.
There is a lot of food, like wow, so much food. Do not read while hungry. These descriptions will make you drool. There are the croissants of course, but also ice cream, other pastries, baguettes.
Where this book really shines though, is in the ballet. I love books about dancing–as soon as I see those first ballet moves and phrases it takes me right back to the barre. It’s been a minute since I laced up a pair of pointe shoes, but this stuff is stuck in my head forever.
You know what they talk about a lot in this book? Fouette turns. Fouettes were always my favorite because you kind of throw one leg around to help you turn and you can go really fast. But if you don’t already know what they look like, they’re hard to imagine.
And they talk about them a lot.
Like, a lot.
Like, so much.
I used to be able to do, like, maybe ten fouettes in a row. In this book, Mia has to get up to THIRTY-TWO!
So here’s my one-line review: Not a favorite, but very, very cute.
Praise for KISSES AND CROISSANTS
A Junior Library Guild selection
“A charming story about family, first love, and chasing your dreams. Grab a croissant, because this book will leave you smiling, swooning, and desperate to visit Paris!” —Katharine McGee, New York Times bestselling author of American Royals
“Sweet and romantic! I couldn’t put it down.” —San Francisco Book Review, five stars
“Paris simply shines; readers’ senses will come alive with all the city has to offer.” —SLJ
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.
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