About the Book:
Title: LOVE A LA MODE
Author: Stephanie Kate Strohm
Pub. Date: November 27, 2018
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
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 EastLiberty, Ohio, would be accepted to celebrity chef Denis Laurent’s school inParis, the most prestigious cooking program for teens in the entire world. Lifein Paris, however, isn’t all cream puffs and crepes. Faced with a challengingcurriculum and a nightmare professor, Rosie begins to doubt her dishes.
Henry Yi grew up in his dad’s restaurant in Chicago, and his lifelong loveaffair with food landed him a coveted spot in Chef Laurent’s school. He quicklyconnects with Rosie, but academic pressure from home and his jealousy overRosie’s growing friendship with gorgeous bad-boy baker Bodie Tal makes Henrylash out and push his dream girl away.
Desperate to prove themselves, Rosie and Henry cook like never before whilesparks fly between them. But as they reach their breaking points, they wonderwhether they have what it takes to become real chefs.
Perfect for lovers of Chopped Teen Tournament and Kids Baking Championship, aswell as anyone who dreams of a romantic trip to France, Love la Mode followsRosie and Henry as they fall in love with food, with Paris, and ultimately,with each other.
This book was far more adorable than I could have possibly imagine it would be. It was a super quick read but super lovable and feel good.
From the moment Rosie got on the plane and began the journey to fulfilling her dream, I knew this was going to be the book that would put me in a good mood. Rosie’s character was just so… real. She was down to Earth, genuine, believable, and honest. The girl did not ever mess around with games or double talk. She had real emotions about baking, confident in who she wanted to be, and proud of where she came from. How can you not love a character like that? Henry was just as lovable. The boy did have small issues with not asking and assuming the worst, but who doesn’t get that way sometimes when it comes to their first love? The rest of the characters were just as enjoyable. Sure, they were a little rotten and hard to stomach in the beginning, but they were competing at a school so I cut them some slack. They really were not as bad as they were trying to make themselves out to be.
The author did an amazing job of painting me a picture of just how exotic and delicate the foods were. They sounded DELICIOUS and made me so hungry. If that was her intent, then BRAVO. This author did a wonderful job of describing everything about the food – the smells, the tastes, the texture, the colors, all of it. I felt as if I could have reached out and taken a bite, it was that well done.
The budding romance was hands down one of the most precious I have read in a while. I enjoyed how the competition of the school did not overshadow the love connection and vice versa. It really was the right balance to make this story perfect.
Reading my review back, it sounds like I keep throwing in food references, I swear I’m not! This book really was that good. I encourage everyone to read it, I promise it will put you in one of two moods: happy and/or hungry. Maybe both?
Stephanie Kate Strohm is the author of It’s Not Me, It’s You; The Taming of the Drew; Pilgrims Don’t Wear Pink; Confederates Don’t Wear Couture and the upcoming The Date to Save and Prince in Disguise (Fall 2017). 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
3 winners will win a signed finished copy of LOVE A LA MODE, US Only.
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