Love à la Mode, by Stephanie Kate Strohm
I read Stephanie Kate Strohm’s Prince in Disguise during the 2017 holiday season and absolutely devoured it. With Love à la Mode, she’s now on my (very short) must-read author list.
Henry is in high school, but he’s been chosen out of thousands of applicants to attend one of the most elite cooking programs in the world—a year in Paris! It’s his wildest dream come true, but his mother is not on board. From an ocean away, she’s going to make the best year of his life into a living hell. But he has to survive it. He has to. Not just for his dreams, but for Rosie.
Rosie’s in the same program, but she’s more of a baker than a cook. She’s failing in class, proving to be terrible at the one thing she loves most in the world, and they’ve made it very clear that not everyone gets to stay the full year. She’s already lost more than any kid should have to, and she’s struggling to hold on to the first thing she’s cared about in a very long time. The first two things—her year in Paris, and Henry.
This is a diverse read with a BFF-worthy cast of characters. Their personalities leap off the page, from shy to outlandish, and I fell in love with them all. The pacing is perfect. The writing is tight—extremely effective without a single word wasted. Did I mention the characters already? I miss them. I miss them so much!
Bottom line: If you’re into fun, page-turning slump-busters, go get this book right now!
(P.S. You don’t have to be a cook to love it. I have no great love for cooking, and I flat out adored the book. But if you are a cook, Love à la Mode has been so thoroughly researched that your own love of cooking will be the icing on the cake.)
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