Published by: Delacorte Press
Published on: April 6th, 2021
Genre: Young Adult Romance, Contemporary
**I purchased this book with my own money.There was no obligation to post/give this book a certain rating.
Mia, an aspiring ballerina visits Paris to join an elite summer program. This is the stepping stone to her dream: an audition for the American Ballet Theater in New York. However, she did not expect her nemesis, Audrey, in the program, and also a cute French Boy Loius (pronounced in the French way, of course! Duh!) to give her butterflies!
Will she focus on ballet or follow her heart in the city of love?
I picked up this book mostly because of the gorgeous cover and the title. It was also making the rounds on bookstagram and I knew I had to get a copy for myself. Thankfully, 2022 #ReadingWithMuffy prompt (to read a book with a pink cover) rightly aligns with this book and I couldn’t be anymore happier.
The blurb promised me ballet and food and there is nothing in the world that I love more, other than books, of course! I am also a sucker for YA romance. So, I had a lot of expectations from this book. Did it meet all that? Well, read on…
Have you craved buttery croissants in the middle of the night? Have you longed to take a walk from Rue de Seine to the Eiffel Tower even though you’ve never visited Paris? An evening of ballet, preferably The Black Swan, in a gorgeous setting? Ah, this book does that to you.
What I love most about Kisses and Croissants is Ballet! I enjoyed reading Mia’s passion to the extent that she was ready to go all out to learn more about her family legend. The details of the dance classes made me incredibly nostalgic about my dance days. The mention of Degas’ paintings was creatively and smoothly done.
I love how the book focuses on female friendships. The dynamics between Mia and Audrey is one of the highlights of the book. I see a beautiful growth in their relationship- from arch enemies to being best friends. One can also see healthy competition between the two at all times, giving constructive criticism whenever needed. That’s a blessing!
I also loved a couple of sub-characters. Monsieur Dabrowski, Mia’s instructor, is firm but fair and one can understand his passion for ballet through his demeanor and mannerisms. He reminds you of all your favorite teachers from school! Mia’s grandmother, great-grandmother, and aunt were likable.
Now to the not-so-good part!
My biggest gripe about this book is that it’s extremely predictable. The romance is simply cliched and the dramatic plot twist was just meh!
Mia and Louis’ romance felt like insta-love. I understand the attraction one may have on someone, or love at first sight. But there hardly was any buildup for this romance.
The plot lacked depth– be it ballet, Paris, romance, grief, or heartbreak. It felt rushed most of the time and as a reader, I need some time to dwell on one emotion before feeling another.
P.S: I had to find bakeries that deliver croissants at home and was surprised to find a shop in Mumbai with speedy delivery. It was yum, btw!
Kisses and Croissants is a delightful one-time read! If you are searching for a cute, typical YA contemporary romance, then go for it. It’ll give you all the Emily in Paris feels.
Have you read Kisses and Croissants? I’d love to know your thoughts.
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