Author: Brianna R. Shrum
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Publication Date: June 5, 2018
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're 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.
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The Art of French Kissing by Brianna R. Shrum is a fantastic contemporary. I cannot even begin to tell you how long I have been waiting for a book about a cooking competition. Honestly, this one is exactly what I wanted with a high-stakes competition, a rivalry, and some mouth-watering descriptions of food. I wasn’t so sure about the main character at first, but she really turned around. This story is original and cute, and I definitely enjoyed it.
This book tells the story of a cooking competition to win a scholarship. Carter is ready to compete, but ends up with a rough start after getting sabotaged by another competitor. And so begins an intense rivalry. I loved how the book contains some interesting challenges, just like the Food Network shows, and how the reader is taken behind the scenes of the competition. The whole story isn’t just cooking, so there is a lot of time to get to know the characters. Overall, this is a sweet (and spicy) read that is bound to make you hungry.
I had a love-hate relationship with Carter. At the beginning, she is very self-absorbed and blows things way out of proportion, but as the book progressed, I ended up liking her. Honestly, Carter is just a talented chef who knows what she wants and will do literally anything to get it. She has a sense of humour and her voice is authentic. I would say Carter is a developed main character, but I just wish she was a bit less impulsive.
The Art of French Kissing is a cooking story filled with drama. The main character transforms throughout the story and becomes more likeable. If you are a fan of cooking shows, I would definitely recommend this book.