Kisses and Croissants by Anne-Sophie Jouhanneau

Hi Everyone! It’s Becky. I was looking forward to reading Kisses and Croissants by Anne-Sophie Jouhanneau, but, unfortunately, this book did not live up to my expectations.  

Title: Kisses and Croissants
Author: Anne-Sophie Jouhanneau,
Note: I listened to the audiobook.

Summary: Mia, a seventeen-year-old American, enrolls in an elite ballet program in Paris. Mia dreams of being a professional dancer, and this summer program could make her career, but Mia finds herself distracted by a cute boy and a family mystery. Can Mia find happiness in Paris while living her dream?

Review: In theory, this book has everything I love, but I didn’t love it.  Kisses and Croissants follow the journey of an average American teen as she travels to France to study dance. This book has everything that I normally love; there is international travel, romance, and drama. This book should have been amazing for me; instead, I got a novel that I just found super frustrating.   

My issue with the novel begins with the main character, Mia. I never warmed up to Mia and, for me, she was generic that made her unrelatable. The only thing I know about Mia is she wants to a dancer. We don’t get any real background on her or her family other than there are a lot of dancers in her family tree. I would have liked to learn more about Mia and more about her dreams. Also, Mia’s relationship with Louie felt underdeveloped and rushed. The two characters briefly interact, and suddenly they had a deep attachment. I needed more development instead of love after a few interactions. Their partnership to solve Mia’s family’s mystery had potential, but it too felt rushed, and the resolution felt unbelievable.

Also, the novel takes place in Paris, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and the author neglected to “show” me the city. I would have happily read pages of descriptions about the landmarks of Paris, but instead, there was nothing. The author mentions famous places, but the setting was never fully developed.  

However, the part of the book I found most frustrating was Mia’s accident. The entire book Mia does exactly what everyone expects, but the one time she goes against people’s wishes she is in an accident that causes her to miss out on her dream. I understand the book needed conflict, but I couldn’t help but think she was punished for not listening to her elders. 

Don’t get me wrong.  Kisses and Croissants was a perfectly fine book, and there are people who will enjoy Mia’s story, but I was disappointed. 

Final Rating: 3 out of 5

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