Title: The Art of French Kissing
Author: Brianna R. Shrum
Original Publication Date: June 05, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance
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 are 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.
My Mini Review
It’s hard to thoroughly enjoy a book when you’re a fan of the side characters but, not so much the main one. Riya and Will were my favorite story line and Reid was pretty cool but, Carter? I couldn’t stand her! She was always so unsure of herself, even at the very end. Her actions didn’t match her thoughts and I couldn’t get her personality to go with the way her looks were described.
I was hoping for more about the cooking competition and less of the constantly going over the repetitive worries she had. I also thought I was going into an innocent Young Adult but, this read more like a Romance (just with 17 year olds). There was nothing rude or over-the-top… but, there were definitely some sexier parts. I wasn’t expecting any of it and it should’ve been completely left out. The scenes added nothing to the story.
I liked the ending but, this novel was worse than predictable… it was boring.
My Rating: 2 out of 5
Dates Read: March 22-April 04, 2019
My Favorite Quotes
“I let my head drop into my hands, because sometimes excitement feels like terror.”
“I bet they all write sonnets to butter and caramelized onions in their sleep. They all get heart eyes for macarons and flutters in their stomachs for a perfectly braised lamb shank. These are my people.“
“Man, I hate having a conscience; life would be so much simpler if we could just be done with them altogether when we needed to be.”
“Now I’m terrified to want to win, because wanting is just this side of hoping, and wanting things is stupid, because most things I want, I do not get, and that’s been okay.”
“Impatience never made an artist.”