Kisses and Croissants by Anne-Sophie Jouhanneau, #112 review

Publication date: 6 April 2021

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.

Fluff & Artistry

There is so much art in this book. From the centuries old buildings to the graphic pop art on walls in quaint alleys, art galleries and ballet. The book ended on a finesse that could only be described as the ending arabesque of the Black Swan pas de deux.💃

There is so much to love about the book. I love how this US debute author captured the little streets of Paris with its quaint café and luxurious boutique into a snow globe and painted it in the pages of the book. It was magnifique.🗼

“I’ve heard Paris called a great city, but today the sun is bright, like it’s putting on a show just for me.”

Kisses and Croissants

We follow Mia as she flitters around Paris living in a dream that many can only wish for. Set in the City of Love (Lover Piano Performance by Taylor Swift was on repeat, along with other soft french songs), it is hard to ignore the fluff in the book, it is everywhere and I appreciate it since I was looking for a fluff contemporary Summer read. If you are looking for a book about serious ballet that sheds the toxic side of the dance world, look somewhere else. This one is all good feels only, well, and maybe some tears and shattered hearts. No promises, I truly expected a smooth happy sailing since the book was fluff from page one, and it only went up from there.

This book isn’t all just ballet (even though it made me now want to go stream all my favourite ballet movies), Mia is obsessed with her family legend that her ancestor is a ballerina that once danced for Paris Opera and was painted by century famous artist- Degas. Unfortunately, there is no hard core evidence that the painting existed, until Mia arrives to Paris to dance, and investigate the truth behind her motivation that she is destined to be a professional ballerina. She is also here to reconnect with a distant relative who provides her possible evidence and clues that the painting exists. Now, when there is an adventure, we need a partner in crime, non ?

Love at first sight, cliche meet cute, whatever you wanna call it. Here comes Lover Boy, the golden boy of Paris – Louis. With his floppy hair, charming style and blue Vespa, he is here to sweep you off your feet, oh non. I meant he is here to help Mia investigate the truth of her ancestry. And maybe they go on cutesy romantic dates. Who am I kidding , yes they do. THIS IS A FUN NOT SERIOUS FLUFF TO THE MAX SUMMER READ OK!!!!!!! The two of them, Mia and Louis, MILO,  the best OTP okay!!! And I rarely read such hardcore fluff romance unless I’m in the mood (which is rare), sooooooooooo #MILOforever 🔐

You want intense competition and stress? You want a ballet instructor that is satan incarnated but is actually a religious choux? You want a rival turned to an improbable friendship? Gotcha back, “Kissss and Criossants” has it all. Heart, artisy, ballet, culture, and mouthwatering food that is almost too savage to be describe in pages? Yup. I bought croissants because of this book! 🥐

I give this a 3.5 stars 🌟 , only because I would love to read about the dark ballet world a tiny bit more to balance off the insane amount of unrealistic fluff. I would liked to read about the eating disorder, the unhealthy lifestyle, the toxic environment and gruelling hellish training. Ya know, the truly dark things that make you grimace at WhY iS bAlLeT hElL??!

Here’s the answer:

“Love is like ballet in that way: to be worth it, it has to be painful at times. Exquisitely so.”

Kisses and Croissants

Thank you @times.reads for sending me this Summer Read, I’m never coming back from Paris 🇫🇷 :p You can join me if you buy the book from here

When you come to Paris, the croissants are unlike anything else you've eaten before. They're warm and soft, golden and buttery. Like baked cloud. Deliciously decadent clouds. They may look the same as the other croissants, but they are far superior in every single way.And why I am thinking about that right now? Because Croissants are like kisses. You don't fully "get" them until you've had them in Paris. And now I know this: French kisses taste a million times better in France.

By elysianbooksish

The Bookish Faerie who loves to read and write, and bake too

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