Book: Kisses and Croissants
Rating: 5/5 Stars
First off, I am so thankful for this review copy of Kisses and Croissants by Anne-Sophie via Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions in this review are my own. This lovely book was such a wonderful read and I got all the Anna and The French Kiss/Love and Gelato vibes from this quaint book. This was such a great read to escape the craziness of the world at the moment and I can't recommend it enough for those wanting something simple and sweet in their life at the moment. Really quickly, here is the summary of the book (taken from GoodReads): Sixteen-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. Okay, now for my review! This book does so many things so well so I just want to break it down to my top 3 favorite things about this book because otherwise I would be writing all day about how lovely it is! The first thing that I noticed and loved about this book is the use of the French language in it. I ADORE when books use other languages but what I love even more is when they use other languages well AND give the translations in a way that makes sense. Nothing is more frustrating to me than reading a book with another language in it and having to look up what each thing/phrase means. I love when the translations are in the book, but only if it's done well. Anne-Sophie does and incredible job of incorporating French with the translations in a way that is not overwhelming at all. This is something that stuck out to me right from the beginning of this read. Another thing that I loved was the whole dance aspect of this book. I love any novel that incorporates sports or the arts in any way that is competitive (that's the inner competitive swimmer in me) and this book did that so well. Reading about Mia's journey and drive as a dancer was something I felt I could relate to and also respected as an athlete as well. Anne-Sophie does a great job of capturing the hard work of being an athlete/dancer and I really enjoyed that as a reader. The final thing that I really enjoyed in the book was obviously the sweet French romance. Any cute YA romance is right up my alley and this one takes the cake. I adored Louis, though I questioned Mia in the beginning trusting him enough for a ride after meeting him 5 minutes before! Overall though, Luois was the absolute sweetest and such a gentleman and the way Mia and his relationship starts and grows made my little romance loving heart so incredibly happy! If you have been wishing and hoping for a book that is lovely, adorable, cute and so so many other adjectives of the like, this is it. This book was cute and is exactly what everyone needs right now. I can't recommend this enough! HAPPY READING!