Review: The Art of French Kissing


Title: The Art of French Kissing
Author: Brianna R. Shrum
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Source: Thomas Allen & Son (book distributor)
Release Date: June 5, 2018
Rating: ★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Carter Lane has wanted to be a chef since she was old enough to ignore her mom’s warnings to stay away from the hot stove. And now she has the chance of a lifetime: a prestigious scholarship competition in Savannah, where students compete all summer in Chopped style challenges for a full-ride to one of the best culinary schools in the country. The only impossible challenge ingredient in her basket: Reid Yamada.

After Reid, her cute but unbearably cocky opponent, goes out of his way to screw her over on day one, Carter vows revenge, and soon they’re involved in a full-fledged culinary war. Just as the tension between them reaches its boiling point, Carter and Reid are forced to work together if they want to win, and Carter begins to wonder if Reid’s constant presence in her brain is about more than rivalry. And if maybe her desire to smack his mouth doesn’t necessarily cancel out her desire to kiss it.


I really liked this story. There aren’t many books about food, which I’ve learned when I have to do top ten lists with books about food! It’s ironic though, since everyone eats, and has to cook something at some point in their life.

I liked Carter, and her little battle with Reid. They were quite cutthroat at one point, but I knew the story had to continue so they would probably survive it.

The competition was very interesting as well. Their tasks reminded me of the cooking competition shows on TV, like Chopped. I can’t imagine myself ever being on one of those shows and being able to think of dish ideas on the spot, so I admire the people who can do it.

What to read next:

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Have you read this book? What did you think?

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