Rosie Radeke ever expected that she, a random nobody from Ohio, would be accepted to the most prestigious cooking program for teens in the entire world. Life in Paris, however, isn’t all cream puffs and crepes. Faced with a challenging curriculum and a nightmare professor, Rosie begins to doubt her dishes.
Henry Yi’s lifelong love affair with food landed him a coveted spot in Chef Laurent’s school. He quickly connects with Rosie, but academic pressure from home and his jealousy over Rosie’s growing friendship with gorgeous bad-boy baker Bodie Tal makes Henry lash out and push his dream girl away.
Desperate to prove themselves, Rosie and Henry cook like never before while sparks fly between them. But as they reach their breaking points, they wonder whether they have what it takes to become real chefs.
🌸 I would recommend this honestly for all YA ages as I think it’s both sweet and adorable and something everyone could use in the right moment! It’s light and fluffy and just an overall fun book!
I totally did not realize just how much I needed an adorable romance until I picked this up! But yes. I did need this book. And you probably do too.
Because not only was it absolutely adorable and swoon-worthy and filled with delicious baked goods + foods I couldn’t get enough of, it also was just a whole lot of fun and a perfect get-out-of-your-head read!
Sometimes you just need that light & enjoyable read to take away from some of the darkness + moodiness of life, and this book put me into such a good mood.
I am, admittedly, one of those people who do like watching cooking + baking shows even though my culinary talent only extends as far as following very basic recipes, but it was so atmospherically Parisian that I couldn’t help but enjoy.
But seriously!!! If you are looking for a low-stress read (which is very important from time to time) feat. delicious foods and a happy, fluffy romance, you need to pick this up.
Not only was I drooling the whole way through, I found both of the protagonists likeable and sweet and very well suited for each other. It was pleasantly romantic with a perfect dash of teenage angst that I sped through this book rather quickly.
And I mean, I love the sound of Paris. I’ve never been, but Paris books are so fun and magical to read–Paris anything is fun and magical. Europe anything sounds wonderful (aka anything that isn’t the trashfire of my country right now).
So if you’re someone bothered by that tourist-y romanticism that I love so much, you might not want to pick this up. But if you’re someone like me who would be happy with even Canada, you need this book in your life!
I thought it was very well paced and filled with an endearing cast of characters outside of the protagonists. Their friend group was endearing, and even the antagonists-who-weren’t-really-antagonists were enjoyable too.
And the meet cutes were adorable and even the side characters’ smaller plots were enjoyable and well woven into the novel! Which is, admittedly, something you don’t see very often.
Honestly, I don’t have a lot of criticism for this book, or justification for the 4 stars. I guess I just felt like something was missing–although this was a really enjoyable couple of hours, I wanted a little bit more. Maybe a more tangible plotline, because I admit that a lot of the struggle was internal, and I kind of wanted more than that.
But overall, I very thoroughly enjoyed reading this, and although it might not be one of my Most Moving Books of 2018, it was definitely worth the read and I wouldn’t want to unread it.
I definitely hope to pick up Strohm’s earlier novel, Prince in Disguise as it’s been on my TBR for a while now, and this has cemented my enjoyment of her writing!
I’d recommend Love á la Mode to anyone looking for a light + fluffy contemporary read full of atmospheric Parisian-ness, an enjoyable romance, and some sweet and savory treats that will get your stomach rumbling!
Thank you so much to Disney-Hyperion and Netgalley for providing me with a digital review copy in exchange for an honest review!