Kisses and Croissants by Anne-Sophie Jouhanneau
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.
Kisses and Croissants is a really cute book and a great US debut.
Mia dreams of being a famous ballerina. Ballet is her whole life. There are even stories that her great, great, great grandma was a ballerina in Paris that was painted by a famous artist. Mia is determined to find out if the story is true or not. It’s a part of who she is. While Mia wants to be at ABT in New York, she wasn’t accepted. Luckily she was accepted into a summer program in Paris. When she gets there, Mia finds out that she has to room with her rival, Audrey. Audrey and Mia are opposites in pretty much everything except ballet. Mia is emotional and likes to have fun. Audrey is strict and doesn’t show a lot of feeling when she dances. But the girls are able to bond a bit because of ballet right away. Over time, the two grow close.
Mia meets a cute boy right away. Louis helps her out with a store that’s closing and the two start to talk. Mia spends free time with Louis and he wants to help her find out about her ancestor and the painting. Mia is torn because the whole summer is about ballet. She needs to land a big role in Swan Lake so that the recruiters see her. But it’s hard to ignore Louis and the city. Mia explores a lot and meets her great aunt. While Mia is loving her time in Paris, she knows that it’s all affecting her dancing. Especially after she makes a small mistake.
Ballet isn’t something you can do halfway. It has to be inside you, deep in your bones. Or else you will fail.
I adored the friendships that started in this book. The relationship is adorable, even with the issues they have. And I loved reading all about ballet and Paris. This was a fun book to read and I enjoyed the author’s writing.
I gave this book 4 stars.
Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for my review copy.
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