I received this book at no cost from the publisherKisses and Croissants by Anne-Sophie Jouhanneau
Published by Delacorte Press on April 6, 2021
Publisher : Delacorte Press (April 6, 2021)
Language : English
Hardcover : 320 pages
ISBN-10 : 0593173570
ISBN-13 : 978-0593173572
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
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.
You never forget your first trip to Paris. For Mia, this trip to Paris is one of a lifetime where she hopes to secure a place in a professional ballet company after completing a summer program. Instead, she is taken by Louis and the city of Paris just as she wins a coveted role in Swan Lake. As Louis draws her into the city of Paris and a story about a long lost ballerina that makes the whole city come alive with dance. The story is peppered with French and makes you feel like you are seeing Mia dance every step.
This is the perfect summer romance told in cute terms and is a perfectly light way to spend a few hours daydreaming about the City of Lights. I found that Mia is straightforward and determined to follow her dreams but then she might throw away her ballet dreams. Also, a strong dynamic between a rival Audrey turns into a friendship. It is a very fun read.
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.
- What is on your nightstand?
At any one time, you’ll find on my nightstand: the physical book I’m currently reading, my Kindle in its gorgeous pouch (a gift from a dear friend, made in a colorful Japanese fabric), multiple lip balms, hand cream, as well as a notepad and a pen to jot down middle-of-the-night ideas for the project I’m working on.
- What author would you totally fan?
So many! Gillian Flynn, Jenny Han, Nicola Yoon, Liane Moriarty, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie are the ones that come to mind first. I recently discovered Victoria Schwab’s writing and it blew me away.
- What makes you cringe?
Typos and grammatical errors, whether it’s in my own work or someone else’s.
- Do you obsessively plot out each point or just go with the flow?
It depends on the project. For Kisses and Croissants, I had a pretty detailed outline but the story still evolved a lot over time. No matter how much you plot, you have to leave room to discover new things along the way.
- Is there a word you love to use?
Absolutely 😉 Totally, definitely, and completely also get their fair share of real estate on the page. I know adverbs get a bad rep in writing, but I can’t help it—I like them!