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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 roma 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.


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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 roma 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.

30 review for Kisses and Croissants

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    OMG! Quel merveilleux voyage! C’est si romantique, charmant, reconfortant! 🇫🇷 What a marvelous journey! This so romantic, sweet, heartwarming! Can you imagine a book takes place at the most inspiring city make you feel everything at the same time: tastes of delicious, mouth watering pastries, deserts that make you believe you see real heaven on earth! And you just smell the varied flowers filled the glamorous botanic gardens. The museums are full of art exhibitions that bring out complex emotions: OMG! Quel merveilleux voyage! C’est si romantique, charmant, reconfortant! 🇫🇷 What a marvelous journey! This so romantic, sweet, heartwarming! Can you imagine a book takes place at the most inspiring city make you feel everything at the same time: tastes of delicious, mouth watering pastries, deserts that make you believe you see real heaven on earth! And you just smell the varied flowers filled the glamorous botanic gardens. The museums are full of art exhibitions that bring out complex emotions: admiration, passion, desire. 🥐🍮🎭🎨🎻 The streets have its own characteristics with its decades of historical stories, special architecture that take your breath away! Welcome to the city of arts, love,delight! This is Paris! The book’s main character is Paris which always knows how to charm people and how to drag you out of your comfort zone and intrigued you to take a remarkable journey! And let’s take a closer look to its plot line: Mia recently comes to Paris for attending an elite summer ballet program which will lasts for six weeks. She doesn’t plan to search for the history of her own ancestors by meeting one of her oldest relatives who resides in a small town located close to Paris and she never plans to fall for a very cute, mysterious, adventurous boy called Louis who is unfortunately son of her demanding, strict ballet teacher. But when she makes plans, God laughs so she finds herself into a journey of self discovery, passion, romance, beauty of art. This book is extremely heart melting, making you smile ears to ears and realistically making you feel the exact essence and soul of marvelous Parisienne streets. It’s about finding your passion, seeing your choices, learning for own mistakes and chasing your dreams. Overall: I had so many awwww moments and I adored both of Mia and Louis! I’m giving my up-lift, feeling extremely good, magical, sweetest, Parisienne four stars! Special thanks to NetGalley and Random House Children’s/ Delacorte Press for sharing this marvelous ARC with me in exchange my honest opinions.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Miranda Reads

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  3. 4 out of 5

    Claude's Bookzone

    3.5 Stars Well now I want a crusty french stick, some delicious soft cheeses, and a hot buttery croissant. Tout de suite! Read the blurb. Everything it promises you will get. I liked that, despite being a romance, a huge part of the story was actually dedicated to the world of ballet. I also liked the inclusion of the search for pieces of art work that would confirm for Mia that ballet was in her blood. Pretty good YA romance!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Stephi

    Kisses and Croissants is a sweet, fun summer romance between two teenagers in Paris. Mia's passion is ballet. When she is accepted to an elite summer ballet program in Paris, she knows this is her chance to achieve her dream: an audition for the American Ballet Theater in New York. Then she meets Louis (pronounced in the French way, of course), but she cannot let him distract her from her goal. Ballet requires total and complete focus. I loved Mia's passion, but also her willingness to let go and Kisses and Croissants is a sweet, fun summer romance between two teenagers in Paris. Mia's passion is ballet. When she is accepted to an elite summer ballet program in Paris, she knows this is her chance to achieve her dream: an audition for the American Ballet Theater in New York. Then she meets Louis (pronounced in the French way, of course), but she cannot let him distract her from her goal. Ballet requires total and complete focus. I loved Mia's passion, but also her willingness to let go and live. This book definitely reminded me of Love and Gelato, as well as Love à la Mode. I also loved how her relationship with Audrey, initially her "nemesis", developed. Louis was a bit bland, however, and I would have liked to see a bit more complexity from him, but he clearly cared for Mia, so I didn't mind him too much. This is the first work I've read from Anne-Sophie Jouhanneau, but I'm looking forwards to reading more from her. 3.75 stars *I received an eARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lavinia Reads

    Loved it!! It was soooo cute🥰 It you want a cheesy romance book set in Paris, this is for you!! Its the perfect Summer read!

  6. 5 out of 5

    aly ☆彡

    3/5 A penurious me might give this two stars but there are some things that I do actually like about this book. The story enfolds Mia who went to Paris for her ballet summer program and was determined to have a spot in one of the ballet's company through it... Until she met Louis, who may have offered her a bit more than ballet while staying in Paris. What I love about this book is: 1. Ballet I love that this book chose ballet as the theme and I enjoyed reading Mia's passion about it. I think it ha 3/5 A penurious me might give this two stars but there are some things that I do actually like about this book. The story enfolds Mia who went to Paris for her ballet summer program and was determined to have a spot in one of the ballet's company through it... Until she met Louis, who may have offered her a bit more than ballet while staying in Paris. What I love about this book is: 1. Ballet I love that this book chose ballet as the theme and I enjoyed reading Mia's passion about it. I think it has a good start as it unravels Mia's family legend behind her zeal. I love the decision to include the interest in Edgar Degas in between the story too. I felt like it's creative (considering I'm not really familiar with Degas' paintings) so I really love all the insights this book has to offer about it. I like how it connects from one to another, the family story, the passion, and Paris. 2. Friendship I love how this book is focusing on the friendship dynamic between Audrey and Mia. They were rivals in the most competition back in America and ended up being a roommate here in Paris. As uptight as Audrey is in the book, I appreciate that it doesn't centre around hostility. You can see Mia admiring Audrey for her talent and she the same. You can see them practising together, giving constructive criticism as they go and definitely grown enough not to be hating on one another. I think Mia is being lovely on the part too despite the cold remarks from Audrey at times. Foremost, I love seeing the friendship grows, seeing how opposite these two characters are but managed to come together at the end. I enjoyed this part particularly. They both have one of the best character development in the book. Not to say, the rest of their friends are equally lovely. 3.Characters Since I am a character > plot person, this is why I can consider this book fairly good. First, I love Mia I love seeing how obsessed she is with ballet and how important it is to her. I love reading her turmoil where at one time, she believes she's unbreakable, and at one time, you'll see her self-doubting. I love these interchanges in Mia and she is definitely giving herself little credit than she actually deserved. But seeing how long she came, I am proud of her too. Then, we have Monsieur Dabrowski I like that his character is as significant in the book. He is firm and blunt. In short, the instructor everyone is afraid of. But despite the demeanour, you can see that he cares about his students and is passionate about ballet as well. In spite of how honest he is, he wasn't this vicious person and is actually a supportive person. I also love Mia's great grandmother and grandmother too. And again, her friends. (Sorry, but wasn't particularly interested in Louis but he's okay though). Now, what's a bummer: 1. The Romance Sue me but I felt like it was insta-love. As much as I could understand the attraction you could have on someone who's good looking. I felt like it's rushed from both parts. I wish it could be more developed between the couples. Especially after knowing where Louis was heading the first time he bumped Mia. And sadly, I wasn't vibing much with Mia and Louis despite how complementary they are towards one another. But this is an easy read and fast-paced so, I guess I can tolerate this hiccup. 2. The plot The plot was okay tbh, it's just that it was very anti-climatic towards the end. I may understand where the author is going but I won't actually mind a cliche twist and ending. And because of that, I get a vague HEA which is one of my other pet peeves in books. So when I finished the book, I wasn't feeling wholesome as I expected myself to be. And that’s def a bummer because it's not like this book was bad. Also, when the summary says, "... especially when a charming French boy, Louis, wants to be her tour guide" I was expecting a different kind of tour guide, like really exploring Paris (although I like that it's not cliche enough to end up at Eiffel Tower to ignite the romance). I enjoyed reading them going places (especially to unravel the truth behind Mia's family history on ballet) but other than that, the 'tour guide" is misleading me (or maybe I was the one who's having this different expectation/interpretation when I read 'tour guide'). Still, an enjoyable and fun book to read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    abigailscupoftea

    This was such a cute story! I adored Mia and all of the adventures she had with Louis. I also loved seeing her and Audrey grow as they learned to work together. Mia’s strength, determination, and passion for ballet was so inspiring. And now I must try a croissant in Paris. 🥐

  8. 4 out of 5

    sophia

    ~ 3.0 stars ~ This was a cute and cliché story, but was it worth it? Find out below. I picked up Kisses and Croissants mainly because the cover caught my eye. You have to admit: the cover is so cute ❤️! I then read the synopsis, and realized this was a young adult contemporary romance, which I am a sucker for. I feel like this novel didn't hit my mark, but was relatively close. I was looking for an exciting romance, but I only got a simple adventure and a typical YA romance. I even debated between ~ 3.0 stars ~ This was a cute and cliché story, but was it worth it? Find out below. I picked up Kisses and Croissants mainly because the cover caught my eye. You have to admit: the cover is so cute ❤️! I then read the synopsis, and realized this was a young adult contemporary romance, which I am a sucker for. I feel like this novel didn't hit my mark, but was relatively close. I was looking for an exciting romance, but I only got a simple adventure and a typical YA romance. I even debated between 2.5 stars and 3.0 stars, but I finally decided on three because I feel like I did enjoy this novel to some extent. (To find my rating style, go to my profile :)) “Love is like ballet in that way: to be worth it, it has to be painful at times. Exquisitely so.” First off, the synopsis isn't too accurate, based on my opinion after reading the entirety of the novel. Allow me to give you a better one. Kisses and Croissants follows the story of Mia, a seventeen-year-old prodigy ballet dancer, who has been accepted into one of the most elite ballet summer programs in Paris, France, where she has only one and a half months to catch the attention of American Ballet Theatre, her dream ballet program and one of the best in the world. But then, Mia meets Louis, an endearing French boy, Mia cannot help but fall head over heels for him. Then, Mia finds herself getting distracted from her ballet by Louis, but she soon realizes she can only choose one: the passion of her life, ballet, or the love of her life, Louis. This novel definitely lacked depth. I felt like it was very shallow and scratching the surface. It didn't truly encompass the passion of love (especially when one is in the famous City of Love) and the grief of heartbreak. I really wish there was more depth and insight on relationships. I expected to feel so much from this novel, from love and lust, to heartbreak and sadness, but I definitely did not get all that. (The novels I have been reading recently have not been conveying emotions too well, so if you have any recommendations, feel free to comment on this review or recommend them to me!) Something that I really disliked was the fact that Kisses and Croissants is very predictable. Every twist in the plot was not unexpected, and the overall plot honestly just follows the typical YA contemporary romance format. Not anything out of the ordinary or anything that will blow your mind. The "plot twist" at the end was very predictable, and the conclusion honestly felt very cliché. The writing style was simple and unoriginal, with cliché lines sprouting everywhere. It was honestly even cringey for me to read these dialogue lines, and I could not help cringing for the characters. There were a couple repetitive lines, such as many variations of "breaking the spell of the moment" and "her face breaks into a smile." A little repetitive, but not as bad as it could have been. The characters were very two-dimensional. I feel like all the characters were the based off the same characteristics, and the author just gave them a name and an appearance. We did not dive deep into any of the characters' personalities or qualities at all. They were all just black and white snowflake characters. Paris, as everyone knows, is the City of Love, with so many beautiful sights and tourist attractions. It is a really remarkable city, and the book definitely does a great job capturing the beauty of this city, but Paris is not just a pretty city. There is more to Paris than just that. The novel only portrayed the beautiful parts of Paris, but I do wish it also discussed some of the not-so-pretty aspects of the city. It would have made the story more engaging and would have added some diversity to the setting. Something I really appreciated was Mia's passion for dancing and ballet. I find ballet to be a unique and elegant sport that requires strength, discipline, and so many qualities that I definitely do not have. Her passion warmed my heart, and it felt good to know that she has such a strong desire to dance. (I love books with ballet and dancing because it is such an elegant sport, so if you know any good books centering around dancing or ballet, feel free to comment on this review or recommend them to me!) Despite all the aspects of the novel that I did not fully enjoy, I still felt like this was a cute, quick read. If you are looking for a unique YA contemporary romance, I would not suggest picking up Kisses and Croissants, but if you are searching for a quick read of a cute, typical YA contemporary romance, then go for Kisses and Croissants! I enjoyed this novel overall, and I think this would be a pretty enjoyable read for most people. ⪼ a solid 3.0 stars ★★★☆☆ 2021 on goodreads link to my reading goals and all my reviews for books i read in 2021 Review written on 4/8/2021

  9. 4 out of 5

    Andre

    3.75/5✨ Review Soon

  10. 4 out of 5

    Fifi | A Fairytale Dream

    Oh to be a ballerina in Paris wandering through art museums, sipping on espressos at the infamous Cafe de Flor, and traveling to the French countryside with an overseas lover! I’ve never seen anything like it, and my heart fills with delight as I look all around me. Is this what it’s always like to discover a foreign place? Experiencing not just new sights, sounds, and smells, but feeling every moment differently, like your life started anew? Or is it just the Paris effect? I remember seeing a qu Oh to be a ballerina in Paris wandering through art museums, sipping on espressos at the infamous Cafe de Flor, and traveling to the French countryside with an overseas lover! I’ve never seen anything like it, and my heart fills with delight as I look all around me. Is this what it’s always like to discover a foreign place? Experiencing not just new sights, sounds, and smells, but feeling every moment differently, like your life started anew? Or is it just the Paris effect? I remember seeing a quote once about how someone who doesn’t read only lives one life, but readers live hundreds. That quote resonated with me because my favorite kinds of books are ones that make you feel like you’ve traveled without even leaving your couch. When I say that this book took me to Paris, I mean it TOOK me to Paris. I could smell the croissants, picture the Opera Bastille in front of me, taste the strong and sweet espresso, and hear the bustling cobblestone streets with people wizzing by on vespas. In between ballet practices, Mia explores Paris on the little downtime she has to take us to beautiful Parisian museums such as the grand Musée D’Orsay. For a girl who has never been to Paris but has always dreamed of it, this book was just the journey I needed. Traveling to Paris without even leaving the comfort of my couch; it’s a yes from me! I try to picture what it would have been like to grow up around here, just off a gorgeously manicured park, wandering past centuries-old monuments on your way to school, peeking inside elegant boutiques and stopping by a star-studded café in the afternoons. It sounds like a pretty good life. Aspiring ballerinas and lovers of ballet, this book is for you! Despite the fact that this book takes place in Paris, it’s VERY ballet heavy. It has a Parisian setting but ballet is the true lifeblood of this book. As Mia herself says, “Paris is every aspiring ballet dancer’s biggest dream”. Between all the ballet and exploring Paris, Mia is determined to undercover a family secret involving her ancestors and the famous Degas painting, to discover if ballet truly is in her blood. I originally was going to give this 4/5 (my rating system is very tough and 4/5 is actually hard to achieve and is a very high rating with my rating scale) but this last 10% of this book had me change my mind instantly. This book could not have ended more perfectly. 5/5 stars, this book was perfection. (Word of advice, I recommend having some croissants on hand before starting to read this. I guarantee you will want one.) Merci beaucoup Netgalley and Random House for sending me an advance copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

  11. 4 out of 5

    "Avonna

    Check out all of my reviews at: https://www.avonnalovesgenres.com KISSES AND CROISSANTS by Anne-Sophie Jouhanneau is an enchanting and heartwarming standalone YA fiction book about a seventeen-year-old American following her dream of becoming a professional ballerina one summer in Paris. I do not usually read and review YA books, but I love books about the ballet and I gave it a chance and I am so happy I did. Mia has been accepted into the elite summer ballet program in Paris. She has worked sing Check out all of my reviews at: https://www.avonnalovesgenres.com KISSES AND CROISSANTS by Anne-Sophie Jouhanneau is an enchanting and heartwarming standalone YA fiction book about a seventeen-year-old American following her dream of becoming a professional ballerina one summer in Paris. I do not usually read and review YA books, but I love books about the ballet and I gave it a chance and I am so happy I did. Mia has been accepted into the elite summer ballet program in Paris. She has worked single mindedly for this chance to learn and hopefully be asked to addition at the end of this summer for a position in a major ballet program preferably ABT in New York. Mia has two challenges to her dream, her “nemesis” throughout her career, Audrey, who has always been perfect in her form and her major competition and a cute French boy, Louis, who makes her heart beat wildly for the first time in her life. It is summer in Paris and Mia has many decisions to make. I really loved this book! Ms. Jouhanneau brought the city of Paris in summer to vivid life on the pages with descriptions of the food and locations that make you feel like you are right there. She depicts not only the tourist locals, but also secret hidden gems to be discovered all over the city. I believe Mia is a realistic depiction of a seventeen-year-old following her dream and some of the obstacles or distractions that can appear. While ballerinas seem so professional and composed, we sometimes forget just how young they are and what the demands are on their bodies and emotions and what they give up for their dreams of a professional life in their craft. I enjoyed the growth of Mia and Audrey’s relationship, both personal and professional. The first love interest, Louis was portrayed in a believable way with its ups and downs. The search for Mia’s family ties to the Paris ballet from the time of Degas added an interesting and inspiring subplot to the story. I highly recommend this story for any reader!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sheena

    I’ve been to Paris twice and thought I didn’t need to go back but this made me miss it a lot! Mia goes to Paris for an elite ballet program that takes place over the summer for six weeks. She is very passionate over ballet and works super hard to become a professional ballet. In between exploring Paris and ballet, Mia meets Louis and a cute romance blooms between them. This book gives huge Love & Gelato vibes and it’s so fun. I do feel like our main character is a little immature and young which I’ve been to Paris twice and thought I didn’t need to go back but this made me miss it a lot! Mia goes to Paris for an elite ballet program that takes place over the summer for six weeks. She is very passionate over ballet and works super hard to become a professional ballet. In between exploring Paris and ballet, Mia meets Louis and a cute romance blooms between them. This book gives huge Love & Gelato vibes and it’s so fun. I do feel like our main character is a little immature and young which is kind of what stopped me from loving it. Also, Louis had about no personality in my opinion and Mia literally just likes him because he’s cute. Aside from that, this book made me so nostalgic - Mia the main character explores the streets of Paris alone and makes friends with strangers which is exactly what I did on my own trip. I felt transported right back in Paris. There were so many similarities for me and the book and I really loved that personally. I look forward to more books from this author. Thanks so much to Netgalley and to the publisher for an advanced copy of this book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay (pawsomereads)

    Kisses and Croissants was a fun and quick read, but it lacked a little bit of the depth I was hoping for. Getting exposure to the world of ballet through the lens of the enchanting city of Paris was a piece of the story that I really enjoyed. Mia's passion was so inspiring but I also liked that she was willing to learn and grow along her journey. That being said, the reader really doesn’t get to know Mia, Louis or any of the other characters beyond the surface level. They felt pretty one-dimensi Kisses and Croissants was a fun and quick read, but it lacked a little bit of the depth I was hoping for. Getting exposure to the world of ballet through the lens of the enchanting city of Paris was a piece of the story that I really enjoyed. Mia's passion was so inspiring but I also liked that she was willing to learn and grow along her journey. That being said, the reader really doesn’t get to know Mia, Louis or any of the other characters beyond the surface level. They felt pretty one-dimensional to me overall. Paris is one of my favorite places in the whole world, I absolutely fell in love with it when I visited so I love reading books that take place there. Following Mia as she explored the city and discovered some of the same places that I found so amazing was so much fun. It was like I was back in Paris for the first time again. The romance was cute but some parts were predictable as the book followed the typical structure of a YA contemporary romance. I felt like the plot got pretty repetitive at some points. I really didn’t like the twist at the end, it felt unnecessary and the extra bit of drama that came from it kind of took away from the story. I obviously loved the setting of this book; as the saying goes, Paris is always a good idea. The characters and storyline were just missing something for me to be able to enjoy it more thoroughly.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nur Izzati Amirah (Zara Reads Here)

    Seventeen year old Mia Jenrow is very passionate about becoming a ballerina. It's always been in her blood. When she got an offer for a six-weeks camp at a prestigious ballet academy in Paris, she can't be more excited. However, she did not expect to be joined by her rival and she TOTALLY did not plan to meet the cute local Parisian boy, Louis. Should she focus on her ballet, or enjoy the moments in the City of Love? Here are my thoughts : " The spotlight can only be on one of us at a time, but we Seventeen year old Mia Jenrow is very passionate about becoming a ballerina. It's always been in her blood. When she got an offer for a six-weeks camp at a prestigious ballet academy in Paris, she can't be more excited. However, she did not expect to be joined by her rival and she TOTALLY did not plan to meet the cute local Parisian boy, Louis. Should she focus on her ballet, or enjoy the moments in the City of Love? Here are my thoughts : " The spotlight can only be on one of us at a time, but we're in this together." 1. This book is a very light read and it makes sense because this book is to cater for the younger readers (starting from the age of 11 years old). Despite that, I feel the excitement and the giddiness from the adventure in Paris and also from the relationship surrounding Mia; her friends, her instructors, and of course, LOUIS. 2. The romance is quite insta-love-ish for me but did it intrigue me?? YES lol. Louis and Mia are easy characters to root for. They're both very fun and kind-hearted. Their moments together made me grin all the way! "I've danced with the flu before. I've danced with sore legs and swollen toes. But I've never danced with a broken heart." 3. The thing that took the stars away from me is the ending. It seems very rushed, in some parts it seemed out of character, and it turned darker all of a sudden. 4. All in all, this is an enjoyable read and I'd really recommend this to beginners and people who are looking for something fast and easy to read. Rating : 3.5 stars (rounded down)

  15. 4 out of 5

    Alaina

    I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Kisses and Croissants was filled with so many cute things. In it, you will meet Mia and she is completely and utterly passionate about one thing: Ballet. Which kind of sucks because her mom isn't too happy with her for going to Paris for ballet. Once there, she runs into Audrey who she is pretty familiar with since they both do ballet. Of course there's some tension but along the way they manage to break down each other's w I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Kisses and Croissants was filled with so many cute things. In it, you will meet Mia and she is completely and utterly passionate about one thing: Ballet. Which kind of sucks because her mom isn't too happy with her for going to Paris for ballet. Once there, she runs into Audrey who she is pretty familiar with since they both do ballet. Of course there's some tension but along the way they manage to break down each other's walls and eventually form a pretty fun friendship. There's also romance within this book because how could you not while in Paris? It's pure science. Mia and Louis were pretty cute but I did find some scenes that were a bit weird. It also kind of annoyed me how Mia thought nothing would go wrong while she's a in a city she knows pretty much nothing about. I mean... I went to Paris years ago and I fell in love with the city and food. Yet, I knew that I didn't know anything about the city.. nor did I speak French. Other than all of that, it was still a fun and cute read. Definitely glad I dove into it and ugh, that cover is just so cute. Man I miss Paris.. and croissants.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Brinley

    This book was so cute!! I’m discovering that I love to read romances set in Paris, it’s a magical setting. Reading the descriptions of the paintings Mia went and saw, and the sites she visited made me want to book a flight to Paris! Kisses and Croissants follows Mia, a ballerina looking to go professional. Spending the summer at a dance camp in Paris, she finds first love, friends, and challenge. Training for Swan Lake, and hoping to score an audition with an apprentice program, her summer turns This book was so cute!! I’m discovering that I love to read romances set in Paris, it’s a magical setting. Reading the descriptions of the paintings Mia went and saw, and the sites she visited made me want to book a flight to Paris! Kisses and Croissants follows Mia, a ballerina looking to go professional. Spending the summer at a dance camp in Paris, she finds first love, friends, and challenge. Training for Swan Lake, and hoping to score an audition with an apprentice program, her summer turns out to be more than she’d expected. I think my favorite thing about this book was the setting. Like I said, it was just magical. Everybody knows and can picture the Eiffel Tower and Paris’s iconic sights. This really just allows you to immerse yourself into the book, which is always something I loved. I found Mia to be a bit of a unrealistic character, but she got better as the book went on. I was a bit thrown off by her wandering a foreign city alone and with random guys at the beginning, but she ended up being more responsible than she first appeared. Her romance with Louis was absolutely adorable! I loved the friendship between Audrey and Mia in this book. Ballet is always portrayed as an incredibly negative and competitive sport, so I really enjoyed watching them connect. It was another one of my favorite things, because female friendships are normally ignored or simply not included in so many ya books. Although I’m not normally a romance reader, I loved this book! I can definitely see myself rereading this whenever I need a happiness boost, it was just light an uncomplicated. I loved the ballet aspects, it was something I hadn’t read before. I’d totally recommend! Thanks to Anne-Sophie Jouhanneau and Netgalley for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Leone-campbell

    In this touching Young Adult novel, high school student and hopeful ballerina Mia Jenrow is getting ready to start her senior year. But rather than spend her summer goofing off, she has chosen to take the opportunity to go to Paris and participate in a ballet program in which not only is she able to sharpen her skills, but will also be judged at the end of the 6 weeks by prestigious ballet companies who invite some participants to join them. Passion for dance runs in Mia’s family. Her mother was In this touching Young Adult novel, high school student and hopeful ballerina Mia Jenrow is getting ready to start her senior year. But rather than spend her summer goofing off, she has chosen to take the opportunity to go to Paris and participate in a ballet program in which not only is she able to sharpen her skills, but will also be judged at the end of the 6 weeks by prestigious ballet companies who invite some participants to join them. Passion for dance runs in Mia’s family. Her mother was a ballerina but quit, without explanation. Family lure even has her great-great grandmother, a ballerina as well, posing for pictures for the painter Degas, although there has never been any actual proof. Her mother is not happy with Mia’s decision to go to France as she is afraid she will be be disappointed and let down. But Mia realizes this could be her last chance. She has been turned down by a prestigious New York Company and thinks if she spends the summer in this program, she may get another chance to audition for them. On her first day in Paris she sees the one person she was relieved to leave behind…Audrey, her ballet nemesis and the most perfect and elegant ballerina she has ever come up against. She had already been accepted to that New York City Company! Now she realizes she must work even harder and have absolutely no distractions in her quest for perfection. Enter Louis, a handsome, charming Parisian who catches her eye and he hers. Unfortunately for Mia, Louis has some heavy baggage he carries with him. His father is her ballet instructor whose work ethic is beyond anything she has ever experienced. He cannot know about them. And when she gets a part in the upcoming ballet, not only is Louis on her mind, but keeping up with Audrey is as well. So in this beautiful City of Love, Mia must carefully navigate high standards of practice, being in love, listening to her mother’s disappointment at her decisions and if that was not enough, she and Louis have decided to try and confirm or debunk the family myth that her relative was in a Degas painting. When in Paris… what could possibly go wrong? Well, Mia’s dreams may come crashing down around her if she does not get her priorities straight. But one thing is for sure, this summer will change Mia’s life forever! Kisses and Croissants is an adorable, entertaining and funny young love story, filled with crushes, insecurities, jealousies, misunderstandings and many lessons to be learned. Thank you #Goodreads #DelacortePress #Anne-SophieJouhanneau #KissesandCroissants for the advanced copy.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Maria F.

    Just finished this sweet read and I absolutely loved it... my heart feels so full of hope and love 😍 Kisses and Croissants is a romantic and sweet read perfect for those of you with wanderlust in your veins 💛 This book is about self discovery and forging your own destiny, the importance of chasing your dreams, forgiveness, friendship, and most of all LOVE. I could just hear la vie en rose playing in my head the whole time I was reading this treasure I could smell the sweet scent of Paris, taste th Just finished this sweet read and I absolutely loved it... my heart feels so full of hope and love 😍 Kisses and Croissants is a romantic and sweet read perfect for those of you with wanderlust in your veins 💛 This book is about self discovery and forging your own destiny, the importance of chasing your dreams, forgiveness, friendship, and most of all LOVE. I could just hear la vie en rose playing in my head the whole time I was reading this treasure I could smell the sweet scent of Paris, taste the decadent pastries and baguettes, picture the beautiful art and culture of Paris and I may or may not have watched multiple Swan Lake videos on YouTube (especially that 32 count fouetté and wow am I IMPRESSED!!) 🩰🩰 This book follows our protagonist, Mia, a passionate and ambitious ballerina who dreams big and sees the world through rose colored glasses. When she gets accepted to a prestigious summer academy in Paris the only thing on her mind is ballet and getting into ABT in New York....that is until she meets a sweet boy with messy hair and sparkling eyes 🥺 Y’all when I tell you that Louis stole my heart almost immediately I MEAN THAT 🙌🏼 from his chinos to his Vespa motorcycle (I felt like Hilary Duff in the Lizzie McGuire movie... If you know, you know! 😂) everything about Louis just screamed “cinnamon roll” and I am HERE FOR IT Now, although this book focuses mainly on Mia and her ballet there is a super cute subplot that involves a mystery photo and her ancestor (who may or may not be a ballerina from a famous painting), which leads Mia and Louis on the sweetest adventure to uncover the truth Overall, this book was super sweet and a breath of fresh air and gave me “Anna and the French Kiss” vibes! I’m sure you will all love this one! 4/5 🌟 *thank you to Netgalley for the earc in exchange for an honest review*

  19. 4 out of 5

    Literary Redhead

    Ah, Paris, the city of my dreams and the heart of KISSES AND CROISSANTS, a charming story of dance and romance. Mia, 16, comes to the City of Light from NYC to study ballet in an elite summer program. She’s hoping to join the renown American Ballet Theatre afterward. But soon she meets a young Frenchman who introduces her to the gorgeous city AND l’amour délicieux. Will she keep dancing? Will their love last? An enchanting YA read! 5 of 5 Stars Pub Date 06 Apr 2021 Thanks to the author, Random House Ah, Paris, the city of my dreams and the heart of KISSES AND CROISSANTS, a charming story of dance and romance. Mia, 16, comes to the City of Light from NYC to study ballet in an elite summer program. She’s hoping to join the renown American Ballet Theatre afterward. But soon she meets a young Frenchman who introduces her to the gorgeous city AND l’amour délicieux. Will she keep dancing? Will their love last? An enchanting YA read! 5 of 5 Stars Pub Date 06 Apr 2021 Thanks to the author, Random House Children’s Books, and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are mine. #KissesandCroissants #NetGalley Merged review: Ah, Paris, the city of my dreams and the heart of KISSES AND CROISSANTS, a charming story of dance and romance. Mia, 16, comes to the City of Light from NYC to study ballet in an elite summer program. She’s hoping to join the renown American Ballet Theatre afterward. But soon she meets a young Frenchman who introduces her to the gorgeous city AND l’amour délicieux. Will she keep dancing? Will their love last? An enchanting YA read. 5 of 5 Stars Pub Date 06 Apr 2021 Thanks to the author, Random House Children’s Books, and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are mine. #KissesandCroissants #NetGalley

  20. 4 out of 5

    Leah Waters

    3.5 stars for this very light, cute story

  21. 4 out of 5

    M. Reads Books and Fics

    I am going to date myself here a lot with this. I would have loved this book when I was young. Maybe young people will love it. As an adult I cannot speak for YA audiences at all. Teens can do that themselves. This was like Passport to Paris but with ballet. Going around the city with boy and having an adventure. Sure, it is cute and fun. But the romance lacked a spark that would have made this book really stand out. It could have done well as a friend adventure. But you should just go on Hulu a I am going to date myself here a lot with this. I would have loved this book when I was young. Maybe young people will love it. As an adult I cannot speak for YA audiences at all. Teens can do that themselves. This was like Passport to Paris but with ballet. Going around the city with boy and having an adventure. Sure, it is cute and fun. But the romance lacked a spark that would have made this book really stand out. It could have done well as a friend adventure. But you should just go on Hulu and watch Passport to Paris for all those sweet vibes I thought this book would provide. Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Anushka

    First off thank you Random House Children for allowing me this EARC. I really enjoyed this book! This book was beautifully written. Mia, a ballet dancer, is accepted for a dance program in Paris with dreams of getting into her dream ballet school. She soon meets Louis, and their relationship takes a turn. The book was fast-paced, brilliantly written, and extremely refreshing. The description of Paris was vivid but left room for imagination. It varied from most other books in its ending. The stor First off thank you Random House Children for allowing me this EARC. I really enjoyed this book! This book was beautifully written. Mia, a ballet dancer, is accepted for a dance program in Paris with dreams of getting into her dream ballet school. She soon meets Louis, and their relationship takes a turn. The book was fast-paced, brilliantly written, and extremely refreshing. The description of Paris was vivid but left room for imagination. It varied from most other books in its ending. The story had a Saudade, nostalgic ending. It allowed for a realistic way of it ending, and that not everything in life can be “perfect”. My first thoughts about the characters were how Mia’s character was full of passion and life. Mia’s passion for everything she did had me rethinking how I looked at certain things in my own life. Louis’ character felt slightly overdone in terms of how he was written. There was no character development and he felt slightly superficial. However Louis’ character showed clear adoration for Mia, and that was enough for me. From their flirting to their feuding, the pair left me extremely engaged. Next, Audrey and Mia’s relationship, which sat with me throughout the entirety of the book. Their relationship was tense bittersweet, however, even though they were never close friends, their relationship warmed my heart. The air of the academy itself was also expressed. From the relationship of the students to the instructors, everything was articulated perfectly. This really was a very cute and satisfying book!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Fanna

    August 21, 2020: that cover is giving me pink fever but I'm not complaining because the story sounds so cute August 21, 2020: that cover is giving me pink fever but I'm not complaining because the story sounds so cute

  24. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    You can also read my review here: https://emilymbookreviews.blogspot.co... This was such a sweet read! I loved Mia - she was a relatable teenager who was just trying to live her best life and focus on succeeding in ballet. Her struggles felt real. The romance was very sweet and I loved Louis. *me going "Loo-weeeeee" every time his name was mentioned hehe* I think my favorite part, though, was seeing Mia and Audrey, her main rival, grow as characters and as dancers. I loved this book, so I hope the a You can also read my review here: https://emilymbookreviews.blogspot.co... This was such a sweet read! I loved Mia - she was a relatable teenager who was just trying to live her best life and focus on succeeding in ballet. Her struggles felt real. The romance was very sweet and I loved Louis. *me going "Loo-weeeeee" every time his name was mentioned hehe* I think my favorite part, though, was seeing Mia and Audrey, her main rival, grow as characters and as dancers. I loved this book, so I hope the author continues to release books like this in the future! *now I must leave to go attempt to learn French so I can talk to cute French guys 🥖*

  25. 5 out of 5

    yahaira ✰

    thank you netgalley for this arc in exchange for an honest review. just your typical feel good summer love story! i am such a sucker for these cheesy insta love stories. this was such a quick read i enjoyed it very much. first of all, the cover is so simple but so pretty!! the color is what first drew me in. second of all, PARIS!! BALLET!! sign me UP!! oh to meet someone in the city of love... i really admired mia's passion and dedication to her dream. i adored louis SO. MUCH. i loved everything ab thank you netgalley for this arc in exchange for an honest review. just your typical feel good summer love story! i am such a sucker for these cheesy insta love stories. this was such a quick read i enjoyed it very much. first of all, the cover is so simple but so pretty!! the color is what first drew me in. second of all, PARIS!! BALLET!! sign me UP!! oh to meet someone in the city of love... i really admired mia's passion and dedication to her dream. i adored louis SO. MUCH. i loved everything about this book. it was *chefs kiss* i liked how it focused a lot on friendship (girl power!) the scenery sounded delightful can't wait to hopefully one day see it all with my own eyes. this was my first book by thsi author and i look forward to more from her :)

  26. 5 out of 5

    Deidreanna Isak

    My Rating: 4 / 5 🌟 Sometimes books just don't have to try too hard and THIS BOOK IS PROOF OF THAT. I was VERY scared going into this book especially looking at that average Goodreads rating, but the good thing about it is that I had very low expectations going into this book, AND I ENJOYED THE HECK OUT OF THIS BOOK. YA Romance sets in Paris will always have a special place in my heart since Anna and the French Kiss was the catalyst to my journey of being an avid reader. Even though Anna and the Fre My Rating: 4 / 5 🌟 Sometimes books just don't have to try too hard and THIS BOOK IS PROOF OF THAT. I was VERY scared going into this book especially looking at that average Goodreads rating, but the good thing about it is that I had very low expectations going into this book, AND I ENJOYED THE HECK OUT OF THIS BOOK. YA Romance sets in Paris will always have a special place in my heart since Anna and the French Kiss was the catalyst to my journey of being an avid reader. Even though Anna and the French Kiss is a book I hold dearly, I can't deny that it's quite problematic, so now I'm glad I have a another YA Romance that is set in Paris to love, but this time written by a French author. The main character in this book is Mia, who I really liked. She's no Emma Mills main character but I really do enjoy reading from her point of view. The thing about me and YA contemporaries is that I don't like the main character in the beginning of the story because sometimes they do comes off as unlikable to me. Which is understandable since then do go through character development and will (HOPEFULLY) eventually made their presence more tolerable to me. But it's tiring to only liked a character after a certain point in a book, so when we introduce to Mia who I really click with since the first chapter, IT'S A BREATH OF FRESH AIR, and that itself deserves some points. Moving on to the romance that I also REALLY ENJOYED. Is it realistic? Not really. But I'm not gonna lie and say I haven't daydream about going to a foreign city and falling in love with a local during summer, SO YES, I was living VICARIOUSLY through Mia to fulfil my teenage daydream, that to be honest I'm still holding on to. 😂 But I think one of the main reasons why I actually like this book is that it didn't try too hard. Don't get wrong, I LOVE book that has so many layers to it that you can't help ponder about it even after months of finishing (YES IF WE WERE VILLAINS, I'M TALKING TO YOU), but the world also needs books that just leaves you feeling good every once in a while. Sometimes books will try very hard to have a depth to it, and sometimes the execution falls out and it didn't come out the way it wanted to. But with Kisses and Croissants, it wasn't trying it be there stories, it was just a simple story about a girl's summer in Paris, exploring while chasing her dreamy, and to me as of right now that's more than enough. Obviously this book is not perfect, especially that last 20% that came out of nowhere. 👀 But Kisses and Croissants is the escapism that people need once in a while when reality is just too hard to bear, and because it deserves my love. My final rating is 4 🌟, initially it was going to be a 4.25 🌟 BUT I CAN'T LET GO OF THAT LAST 20%. 😩 Kisses and Croissants is definitely a book I can see myself rereading in the future especially when I need to escape to Paris and fall in love with a French boy.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Elvina Zafril

    When I saw the book cover, I was sure that the story is going to be cute and cliche story. I’m a sucker for this kind of story anyway. Kisses and Croissants follows Mia a ballerina who wants to be a professional ballerina and is working hard to enter that level so that she can admit to American Ballet Theatre. She spent her summer at a dance camp in Paris. She was so excited going to Paris, the city of love. There she found her first love, Louis, made new friends and faced some challenges. She tra When I saw the book cover, I was sure that the story is going to be cute and cliche story. I’m a sucker for this kind of story anyway. Kisses and Croissants follows Mia a ballerina who wants to be a professional ballerina and is working hard to enter that level so that she can admit to American Ballet Theatre. She spent her summer at a dance camp in Paris. She was so excited going to Paris, the city of love. There she found her first love, Louis, made new friends and faced some challenges. She trained for Swan Lake and she was hoping to be picked to enter the apprentice program. Unexpected thing happened. Her summer turned out to be more than she’d expected. She couldn’t believe it and she had to work hard for that. My favorite part about this book was the setting. I never thought myself would enjoy the story that sets in Paris. It was magical. I think this is the second time I read a book that sets in Paris. It was magical. I can picture the Eiffel Tower and all the places. The places were iconic. As much as I enjoyed the story, I can’t help but feeling that the main character, Mia is a little bit off as a character. Sometimes her character can be unrealistic but her character got better as the book went on. For example, how she wandered around the foreign city and followed the random guys at the beginning. To me it is okay to wander around but have to be careful because people can have bad intentions. I loved the relationship between Mia and Louis because it was adorable! I also loved seeing how Audrey and Ma connected in this book. They have same interests and same dreams. BALLET. It’s been a while since the last time I read romance. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves lovey-dovey + Paris + female friendship kind of book. Thank you Times Distribution for sending me a copy of Kisses and Croissants in return for an honest review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    sabina

    6-7/10 i think its fair it was cute, not gonna lie, i liked louis and loved audrey, mia (i forgot her namd as soon as i finished lmao) was... idk, not my type of person, but i liked her. so yeah, it could be better but it was good, made me think of 'see u in paris' (that series from disney channel, whatever). 6-7/10 i think its fair it was cute, not gonna lie, i liked louis and loved audrey, mia (i forgot her namd as soon as i finished lmao) was... idk, not my type of person, but i liked her. so yeah, it could be better but it was good, made me think of 'see u in paris' (that series from disney channel, whatever).

  29. 4 out of 5

    Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)

    Kisses and Croissants is a super cute dance-focused romance that you will devour in one sitting. I loved Seeing Mia explore her love of ballet in France and find a cute summer romance at the same time. And I greatly appreciated that she faced some difficulties in her goals and relationships, so we really got to see her grow as a persona nd learn more about herself. The little side plot about the Degas painting was wonderful - because I love Degas work and it was a fun little history to have for Kisses and Croissants is a super cute dance-focused romance that you will devour in one sitting. I loved Seeing Mia explore her love of ballet in France and find a cute summer romance at the same time. And I greatly appreciated that she faced some difficulties in her goals and relationships, so we really got to see her grow as a persona nd learn more about herself. The little side plot about the Degas painting was wonderful - because I love Degas work and it was a fun little history to have for a legacy dancer. The ending was a little stark, but I do think that was the point, so I can't really fault it but the impact wasn't was great for me there. Overall, a joy to read, especially for spring! I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

  30. 5 out of 5

    Aly

    4,5 Made me happy🥺🥰

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