Happy Friday and welcome to my stop on the Love à la Mode blog tour!!! Below you’ll find my review, information about the author and the tour, and a giveaway!
I received this book for free from Rockstar Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Love à la Mode by Stephanie Kate Strohm
Published on November 27, 2018 by Hachette Book Group, Disney Hyperion
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Format: ARC, Hardcover
Source: Rockstar Book Tours
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Take two American teen chefs, add one heaping cup of Paris, toss in a pinch of romance, and stir. . . .
Rosie Radeke firmly believes that happiness can be found at the bottom of a mixing bowl. But she never expected that she, a random nobody from East Liberty, Ohio, would be accepted to celebrity chef Denis Laurent's school in Paris, 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 grew up in his dad's restaurant in Chicago, and his 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.
Perfect for lovers of Chopped Teen Tournament and Kids Baking Championship, as well as anyone who dreams of a romantic trip to France, Love la Mode follows Rosie and Henry as they fall in love with food, with Paris, and ultimately, with each other.
The Good, The Bad, and The GIF
The Good: This book is the reading equivalent of watching a Hallmark Christmas movie. When you want to follow the script (with a few twists and turns) and smile because you know everything’s going to turn out okay, this is the book you want to read. Rosie and Henry were both great characters, and I loved seeing their relationship evolve over the course of the book.
The Bad: Contemporaries are very hit or miss for me. This one, sadly, was a miss. I liked it, I just didn’t love it. But that’s just a me thing! You’ll probably love it!
Judging a Book by its Cover
This cover is adorable. It fits the book so well! I love the colors (they match my blog quite well, actually) and the typography! 8.5/10 stars
For more “now I need to eat a bunch of sweet foods, THANKS BOOK“, read Simon Vs. the Homosapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
For another contemporary love story, read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han (and then go watch the movie on Netflix!)
For more feel good contemporaries, read literally anything by Sarah Dessen.
If you could pick someone famous to be your mentor, who would it be? Let me know in the comments!
About the Author
Stephanie Kate Strohm is the author of Love à la Mode; It’s Not Me, It’s You; The Taming of the Drew; Pilgrims Don’t Wear Pink; Confederates Don’t Wear Couture; The Date to Save and Prince in Disguise. She grew up on the Connecticut coast, where a steady diet of Little House on the Prairie turned her into a history nerd at an early age. After graduating with a joint major in theater and history from Middlebury College, she acted her way around the country, performing in more than 25 states. Although she was born in New York, she currently lives in Chicago, and doesn’t discriminate against any type of pizza. When she’s not writing, she loves baking, walking her dog Lorelei, taking dance cardio classes too seriously, and playing board games with her husband. Photo credit: Melissa Lynn
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