I received this book at no cost from the publisherLove à la Mode by Stephanie Kate Strohm
Published by Disney-Hyperion on November 27, 2018
Take two American teen chefs, add one heaping cup of Paris, toss in a pinch of romance, and stir. …
Rosie Radeke firmly believes that happiness can be found at the bottom of a mixing bowl. But she never expected that she, a random nobody from East Liberty, Ohio, would be accepted to celebrity chef Denis Laurent’s school in Paris, the most prestigious cooking program for teens in the entire world. Life in Paris, however, isn’t all cream puffs and crepes. Faced with a challenging curriculum and a nightmare professor, Rosie begins to doubt her dishes.
Henry Yi grew up in his dad’s restaurant in Chicago, and his lifelong love affair with food landed him a coveted spot in Chef Laurent’s school. He quickly connects with Rosie, but academic pressure from home and his jealousy over Rosie’s growing friendship with gorgeous bad-boy baker Bodie Tal makes Henry lash out and push his dream girl away.
Desperate to prove themselves, Rosie and Henry cook like never before while sparks fly between them. But as they reach their breaking points, they wonder whether they have what it takes to become real chefs.
Perfect for lovers of Chopped Teen Tournament and Kids Baking Championship, as well as anyone who dreams of a romantic trip to France, Love la Mode follows Rosie and Henry as they fall in love with food, with Paris, and ultimately, with each other.
Stephanie Kate Strohm is the author of It’s Not Me, It’s You; The Taming of the Drew; Pilgrims Don’t Wear Pink; Confederates Don’t Wear Couture and the upcoming The Date to Save and Prince in Disguise (Fall 2017). She grew up on the Connecticut coast, where a steady diet of Little House on the Prairie turned her into a history nerd at an early age. After graduating with a joint major in theater and history from Middlebury College, she acted her way around the country, performing in more than 25 states.
Although she was born in New York, she currently lives in Chicago, and doesn’t discriminate against any type of pizza. When she’s not writing, she loves baking, walking her dog Lorelei, taking dance cardio classes too seriously, and playing board games with her husband. Photo credit: Melissa Lynn
For those of who are hooked on CHOPPED!, this cute romantic young adult book will make you swoon. Teens Henry and Rosie are attending a prestigious boarding school in Paris, the city of love, which in itself is full of romantic foodies. I love that they meet cute and each chapter alternates with their own distinctive viewpoint. The cast of characters is something right off a reality cooking show with a lot of nationalities and cultures represented. I was glad that they met at Chicago airport so if anything went wrong with the competition, they wouldn’t lose sight of each other.
As each of them cooks their hearts out to earn a place for the spring semester, they each bring something of their own background to the table. This is just super adorable and something light that I wanted right now. Not too filling but appropriately sweet, the story will just make you happy. It also made me a bit hungry and wanting to watch The Great British Bake Off. I wish they had one of those with teens like this book.
3 winners will win a signed finished copy of LOVE A LA MODE, US Only.
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