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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

    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.*

  4. 5 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!

  5. 5 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

  6. 4 out of 5

    Andre

    3.75/5✨ Review Soon

  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

    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, not 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. 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 I despise in books (jk, I'm an idealist and I need affirmation is all). So at the end, when I finished the book. I wasn't feeling wholesome as I expected myself to be. 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, this book is enjoyable and fun to read.

  9. 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.

  10. 5 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!

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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!

  15. 4 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*

  16. 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

  17. 5 out of 5

    Leah Waters

    3.5 stars for this very light, cute story

  18. 4 out of 5

    M. [storme reads a lot]

    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.

  19. 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!

  20. 5 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

  21. 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 :)

  22. 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

  23. 5 out of 5

    ضحى الحداد

    I have to say, books about travel get more rating from me than they should just because I like to travel so much and it always gets me in a good mood We meet Mia, she is a ballet dancer who just got accepted into a program for dancers in Paris, she discovers that there is a legend of her ancestor who was a ballet dancer and might be immortalized in a famous painting and she sets out to find it with a cute French guy names Louis and we will see her journey across the six weeks in Paris and if she I have to say, books about travel get more rating from me than they should just because I like to travel so much and it always gets me in a good mood We meet Mia, she is a ballet dancer who just got accepted into a program for dancers in Paris, she discovers that there is a legend of her ancestor who was a ballet dancer and might be immortalized in a famous painting and she sets out to find it with a cute French guy names Louis and we will see her journey across the six weeks in Paris and if she will ever find that painting the story was average and reminded me of "Emily In Paris" it had nice atmosphere but Louis and Mia's relationship was really rocky and I couldn't get into it that much .. but it was a nice read

  24. 5 out of 5

    Raquel Fig

    Let me just start off by saying that I really love books that involve traveling to new places. Every depiction of Paris was so vivid I felt as if I was there with Mia. The paintings and the architecture felt like something I had seen with my own two eyes. Anyway, I don't actually know that much about ballet but the authors descriptions were very detailed and helped me to imagine the different moves Mia was executing and the french that was in their was always translated so I never felt as if the Let me just start off by saying that I really love books that involve traveling to new places. Every depiction of Paris was so vivid I felt as if I was there with Mia. The paintings and the architecture felt like something I had seen with my own two eyes. Anyway, I don't actually know that much about ballet but the authors descriptions were very detailed and helped me to imagine the different moves Mia was executing and the french that was in their was always translated so I never felt as if there were gaps in the story. I especially enjoyed reading about Mia's friend Audrey and comparing and contrasting her at the beginning and her at the end. I loved seeing how much she grew as a person and enjoyed how her and Mia both had very positive effects on each other. So, if you are looking to take a nice trip to Paris from the comfort of your own home this is the book for you. Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an arc via netgalley

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kaya

    the way i hardy ever read contemporary but am head over heels excited for this book-

  26. 5 out of 5

    elhyza

    arc provided by publisher via netgalley 3.5☆ — this was such an endearing, very fast paced read i consumed within a bit over 2 hours. i honestly enjoyed this a lot from the intensities of ballet to whirlwind romance. mia's your typical ya protagonist with big ballet profession dreams set in stone, stubborn traits of getting frustrated with herself at times, and expressive with her emotions. though the romance was instant, mia and louis were irresistibly cute as expected from starts of flings but arc provided by publisher via netgalley 3.5☆ — this was such an endearing, very fast paced read i consumed within a bit over 2 hours. i honestly enjoyed this a lot from the intensities of ballet to whirlwind romance. mia's your typical ya protagonist with big ballet profession dreams set in stone, stubborn traits of getting frustrated with herself at times, and expressive with her emotions. though the romance was instant, mia and louis were irresistibly cute as expected from starts of flings but i really liked was there was much more depth added to their relationship later in the story as some things are revealed. some of those plots points predictable imo but i liked the direction the author took it in and how it was overall resolved. the additional plot of mia finding her legacy's past was intriguing as it connected with the passion she has for ballet and added to the fun adventures all over paris. i also appreciated the direction the author took with mia's dynamic with audrey, with not going with the usual mean rival predictable trope, and the respect and friendship they gained with one another. the only thing i was dismayed, and genuinely shocked by was one specific plottwist a bit before the ending, as i really never thought that would've happened but nevertheless glad the final ending came all together and things worked out. i'm a reader that's been accustomed to slow burn and longer build-ups so this was a big switch up. but still had a lot of fun reading as it honestly took me back to the types of books i read in middle school. i would recommend this to anyone (especially ones looking to get out of reading slump) who want a lighthearted, adventurous, quick read with themes of finding oneself, reality (kinda?) of love, and coming to terms that the plan you set out doesn't happens the way you expect!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jaye Berry

    Kisses and Croissants is about an American girl named Mia who got into an elite summer program in Paris. She has six weeks to achieve her dreams to get an audition with one of the world’s best ballet companies. There's more to Paris than ballet though, including a cute boy named Louis who wants to be her tour guide. So this was cuteish and I had a fun time listening to it but the romance was... awful. The story of Mia discovering the city, falling in love with it while also dancing and befriendin Kisses and Croissants is about an American girl named Mia who got into an elite summer program in Paris. She has six weeks to achieve her dreams to get an audition with one of the world’s best ballet companies. There's more to Paris than ballet though, including a cute boy named Louis who wants to be her tour guide. So this was cuteish and I had a fun time listening to it but the romance was... awful. The story of Mia discovering the city, falling in love with it while also dancing and befriending her fellow schoolmates was so good?? It really hit that Lizzie Mcguire in Rome vibes, deadass. If the entire book had just been about her and her friends, I would have rated this SO highly. I've read a couple books about ballet / ballet dancers before but they've all been dark and shown how toxic the sport is. I did like how this book portrayed it though- it was hard and grueling yes but it was also fun and Mia's wondrous passion was sweet. Loved reading a ballet book that wasn't all about eating disorders, bullying, and sexual assault. (The last ballet book I read be like.) The romance oh my god bYE. I never felt the chemistry at all. Then they would have a big miscommunication fight that wasn't really miscommunication, it was just her learning that he's kinda shady??? It felt like the entire moral of the story is "don't fall in love, boys will ruin your entire future". Like same I was mad at her wasting time with him but dang to actually tell me that was wild. Then I was KINDA getting on board with the romance because whatever Mia seemed happy okay but then some drama happened and that's a no from me.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Caden

    5/5 stars! A huge thank you to NetGalley and Delacorte Press for sending me an E-ARC for an honest review. To say I was excited about this book would be an understatement! I always love picking up contemporary romances that are set in Paris; 1) because I can then take pictures of them around the city, and 2) I love reading travel romances that take me to new and romantic places all around the world. I ended up ABSOLUTELY LOVING this book! This book was so cute, so fun, so romantic, so funny, and 5/5 stars! A huge thank you to NetGalley and Delacorte Press for sending me an E-ARC for an honest review. To say I was excited about this book would be an understatement! I always love picking up contemporary romances that are set in Paris; 1) because I can then take pictures of them around the city, and 2) I love reading travel romances that take me to new and romantic places all around the world. I ended up ABSOLUTELY LOVING this book! This book was so cute, so fun, so romantic, so funny, and honest. I ended up really loving Mia's character. I loved seeing her passion and drive for dance and ballet. I also really adored Louis and the romance! Louis was such a great love interest and I really loved seeing his character develop, alongside Mia, throughout the story. Both characters grew so much during this story, and I loved how they grew into themselves together. For me, this is a great romance that is centered in Paris. The book explores so much of the city and the culture of Paris, and I really connected with all of the small moments that Mia had as an American in Paris for the first time. It was really relatable when she got anxiety about her French or made a stupid "American" mistake around the city. I laughed so much while reading this book, and I had a smile on my face the entire time while reading it. This is a great new romance for fans of ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS and for anyone who loves reading about love in the City of Lights. I really recommend picking up this book when it comes out in April of 2021! Thanks for reading! Caden

  29. 4 out of 5

    Fizah(Books tales by me)

    Actual Rating 3.75 Ballet is Mia's passion and it is the only thing she wants to do in her life. Getting selected by a famous ballet school for a summer program is what she needed. It is a huge opportunity to get noticed by famous ballet companies. She wants to explore the city and solve a family mystery too. Soon she met Louis and they instantly hit off. In that competitive environment, Mia can't afford to distract but her heart wants what it wants. I know a bit about ballet but never thought I'l Actual Rating 3.75 Ballet is Mia's passion and it is the only thing she wants to do in her life. Getting selected by a famous ballet school for a summer program is what she needed. It is a huge opportunity to get noticed by famous ballet companies. She wants to explore the city and solve a family mystery too. Soon she met Louis and they instantly hit off. In that competitive environment, Mia can't afford to distract but her heart wants what it wants. I know a bit about ballet but never thought I'll enjoy a book that was full of ballet references and terms. I watched the swan lake ballet on YouTube so I won't miss a thing. I love the world-building and the way the author portrays the beauty of Paris.  I found Mia annoying at the start but with time she got mature and relatable. I liked the way she was so focused on her passion despite all of the other things. I also like the relationship between Audrey and Mia. That Mystery element made the story even more interesting. I wanted to read something light and it was a perfect read.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin Reads

    3.5 Stars! This was definitely a light and fluffy read but I did love being transported to France. It reminded me of Anna and the French Kiss but not quite as good. Mia is spending the summer before her senior year in an advanced ballet program in France. Kisses and Croissants did have romance but it wasn’t the main focus of this novel. It was the story of Mia growing and finding love and support through her friends and love of ballet. This book was also a love affair with Paris which I could fu 3.5 Stars! This was definitely a light and fluffy read but I did love being transported to France. It reminded me of Anna and the French Kiss but not quite as good. Mia is spending the summer before her senior year in an advanced ballet program in France. Kisses and Croissants did have romance but it wasn’t the main focus of this novel. It was the story of Mia growing and finding love and support through her friends and love of ballet. This book was also a love affair with Paris which I could fully vibe with. Overall, Kisses and Croissants was a sweet young adult romance filled with likable characters. It was a true young adult book and being transported back to the mindset where your biggest worry is your roommate finding out about your romance was a nice break from reality. I look forward to reading more from Anne-Sophie Jouhanneau in the future. Warning: This book will make you very hungry for French food and pastries!! Thank you to NetGalley and Random House for the arc in exchange for an honest review!

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