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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.

304 pages, Hardcover

First published November 27, 2018

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Stephanie Kate Strohm

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Stephanie Kate Strohm is the author of Love a la Mode; Prince in Disguise; It's Not Me, It's You; That's Not What I Heard; The Date to Save; and Katy Keene: Restless Hearts. She grew up in Connecticut and attended Middlebury College in Vermont, where she was voted Winter Carnival Queen. Currently she lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son. Her middle-grade debut, Once Upon a Tide: A Mermaid's Tale, will be released in September.

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1,615 reviews10.7k followers
September 22, 2021
Foodies rejoice!!!

...part of the magic of food. It didn't last. It couldn't.
Each bite was only a moment transformed into a memory.

This book stole my heart right out the gate; a departure gate at O'Hare International Airport to be more specific.

There we meet our teen protagonists, Rosie Radeke and Henry Yi, aboard their flight to Paris.

Both have been selected to attend the very prestigious Ecole of Chef Laurent.

The program is part competition, part culinary school, open to only 20-students per year. Being selected is an honor and both Rosie and Henry are full of excitement and trepidation upon their flight.

Absolutely adorable from the very first pages, featuring one of the best 'Meet Cutes' I have ever read!!

Love a la Mode reminded me that sometimes it is okay to just read something that makes your heart happy.

There was nothing complicated, no horrible hidden secrets or murders or deceptions, just love, reflection and growth.

Oh and a heck of a lot of fun, food and friends!

In addition to Henry and Rosie, the story incorporates quite a few of the other students who are from different areas around the world. They each brought such unique personalities to the story.

If you are someone who enjoys stories with strong friendship groups, you should definitely check this one out.

I loved the support and camaraderie amongst the teens. Yumi in particular. I loved her so much!!

The banter between the characters is so great. I was laughing out loud only 3% into the book.

As romance-heavy YA Contemporaries go, this book is replete with the angsty romance tropes that you would typically find, but they were really well done.

It never felt cheesy to me or overplayed, just nice, steady and sweet.

I loved watching the evolution of the relationship between Rosie and Henry, even through the miscommunications that made me want to scream, I just truly felt filled to the brim with warmth from this story.

Thank you so much to the publisher, Disney-Hyperion, for providing me with a copy to read and review. I appreciate the opportunity to provide my feedback and I look forward to hearing what other readers think of this one! Well done, Ms. Strohm. Very well done.

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602 reviews812 followers
December 2, 2018
4.5 stars

I totally did not realize just how much I needed an adorable romance until I picked this up! But yes. I did need this book. And you probably do too.

Because not only was it absolutely adorable and swoon-worthy and filled with delicious baked goods + foods I couldn’t get enough of, it also was just a whole lot of fun and a perfect get-out-of-your-head read!

Sometimes you just need that light & enjoyable read to take away from some of the darkness + moodiness of life, and this book put me into such a good mood.

I am, admittedly, one of those people who do like watching cooking + baking shows even though my culinary talent only extends as far as following very basic recipes, but it was so atmospherically Parisian that I couldn’t help but enjoy.

But seriously!!! If you are looking for a low-stress read (which is very important from time to time) feat. delicious foods and a happy, fluffy romance, you need to pick this up.

Not only was I drooling the whole way through, I found both of the protagonists likeable and sweet and very well suited for each other. It was pleasantly romantic with a perfect dash of teenage angst that I sped through this book rather quickly.

And I mean, I love the sound of Paris. I’ve never been, but Paris books are so fun and magical to read–Paris anything is fun and magical. Europe anything sounds wonderful (aka anything that isn’t the trashfire of my country right now).

So if you’re someone bothered by that tourist-y romanticism that I love so much, you might not want to pick this up. But if you’re someone like me who would be happy with even Canada, you need this book in your life!

I thought it was very well paced and filled with an endearing cast of characters outside of the protagonists. Their friend group was endearing, and even the antagonists-who-weren’t-really-antagonists were enjoyable too.

And the meet cutes were adorable and even the side characters’ smaller plots were enjoyable and well woven into the novel! Which is, admittedly, something you don’t see very often.

Honestly, I don’t have a lot of criticism for this book, or justification for the 4 stars. I guess I just felt like something was missing–although this was a really enjoyable couple of hours, I wanted a little bit more. Maybe a more tangible plotline, because I admit that a lot of the struggle was internal, and I kind of wanted more than that.

But overall, I very thoroughly enjoyed reading this, and although it might not be one of my Most Moving Books of 2018, it was definitely worth the read and I wouldn’t want to unread it.

I definitely hope to pick up Strohm’s earlier novel, Prince in Disguise as it’s been on my TBR for a while now, and this has cemented my enjoyment of her writing!

I’d recommend Love á la Mode to anyone looking for a light + fluffy contemporary read full of atmospheric Parisian-ness, an enjoyable romance, and some sweet and savory treats that will get your stomach rumbling!

Thank you so much to Disney-Hyperion and Netgalley for providing me with a digital review copy in exchange for an honest review!

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826 reviews159 followers
August 13, 2019
- the food and the cooking scenes. They were mouth-wateringly good.
- The friendships
- The setting. I want to go to Paris right now.

- The romance. I just didn't understand why exactly they liked each other besides that initial attraction. Henry was so so whiny and got mad at and ignored Rosie over the smallest things and I just didn't understand why she still liked him after that? There was no actual substance to the romance, and that was a big problem for me because the romance was the main focus of the book.
- I honestly just didn't really like Henry overall.
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301 reviews57 followers
April 9, 2019
this was basically anna and the french kiss except it doesn't suck


I don't want to start this review by talking about another book, but I have to say it! Because I have strong feelings about Anna and the French Kiss being one of the literal all time worst books I've ever read, yet for some reason that book is insanely popular and this book is pretty unheard of but it's a really similar premise except 10000x better.

This book is about two teenagers, Rosie and Henry, heading over to Paris for an elite culinary boarding school. They venture into the amazing city (can you tell I really want to visit??), hang out with their friend groups, and (this one is unlike Anna) really grow as people. (And also they aren't completely insufferable so there's another difference).

Now, I must dedicate a paragraph to food, because food is honestly life tbh. This book is an absolute foodie dream! There are pages and pages of descriptions of food, from detailing the difference between and French and regular omelette, talking about intricately cutting vegetables into perfect shapes, delicately arranging fruit tarts to look like roses...basically, make sure you have some food on hand as you read this book. Cooking is truly an art for these students, and it's so clear through the writing how much they just adore cooking, and how it means the absolute world to them. There are descriptions of personal memories and associations that food have, as well as cultural foods unique to different regions of the world, and honestly this is the best possible way to show food.

For the most part, I really enjoyed the characters. My favorite was Rosie of course, and I really related to her love of baking! I love how it was so clear how passionate she was about cooking, and how even though she struggled with it a lot, she refused to give up or stop loving it because it was just that important to her. Her interactions with her roommate and other friends were so fun, with their banter about a exclusive club of people who failed at making omelettes, trying to decipher what exactly a French menu says, and just overall lots of fun things!

The romance...was unfortunately probably my only complaint with this book in that I didn't really like the romance. It wasn't one that I really hated, but I definitely didn't love it either. There is a sort of love triangle that forms, but it's pretty obvious (given the fact that the book has split POV between a guy and a girl and they're mentioned to be falling in love with each other literally in the synopsis) that it's going to be Henry.

The thing is, I didn't really like Henry. He gets jealous and irritable to Rosie because she's literally talking to another guy. Like, is Rosie not allowed to have any male friends? Meanwhile, the other guy, Bodie, is, according to the book description, a "bad-boy baker." This was pretty stupid because he's literally never shown to be a bad boy he's the literal definition of a sweetheart cinnamon bun and I think he's just marketed as a bad boy because apparently that's a YA trope that sells well? But he loves baking and makes the best cookies and I just love his interactions with Rosie so I cherished them however small and limited they were.

There was so much effortless diversity in this book too. Taking place in a boarding school in Paris, it enrolls students from all around the world! There were students from America, but also other places like Sweden and Japan as well. They all at one point made dishes from their hometowns, foods from all sorts of cultures from all around the world, and I just loved it!

Overall, this is a really light fluffy feel good fast read. I read the entire book in one sitting in like two hours, and definitely enjoyed my time with it. It's not like changing makes you reevaluate your existence or anything, but it's really enjoyable and I definitely recommend! (Also, now I'm off to go eat).

4 stars
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908 reviews1,625 followers
April 10, 2020

Many thanks to Disney Hyperion for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

3.5 stars for the baking school romance!!

So, what's this book about?
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.

Reading this book was like watching a mashup of Chopped and The Great British Baking Show that was dipped in a bucket of Romance Extract and it was such a light-hearted and pleasant read.

My only complaint was that it made me hungry during a time when I had no snacks on me which made me sad. Shame on you book.

Overall, this book was sweet and fluffy! I recommend it for fans of any one of the many food shows on TV!

Happy reading!

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995 reviews426 followers
November 27, 2018
This book is so adorable! It's not very similar to Anna and the French Kiss at all other than Paris boarding school & a great friend group, but those Paris vibes took me back! I think the characters were all very realistically and authentically written, as teens and their individual personalities, and i loved the slow burn/quick burn romance. It kept me on my toes! Definitely another winner from SKS.

Keep in mind, just as with your fave Food Network/Gordon Ramsey shows, the frequent and lengthy descriptions of food will make you RAVENOUS. I've already looked up all of the creperies in Dallas!
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499 reviews826 followers
December 3, 2018
This review originally appeared on Novel Ink.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

As soon as I saw Love a la Mode, I was here for it. Two teens falling in love at cooking school in Paris? YES, PLEASE. I’m happy to say this one didn’t disappoint!

I’ve been describing this as a more diverse, less problematic version of Anna and the French Kiss, but with endless delicious food descriptions. Basically, the perfect YA contemporary, tbh. In Love a la Mode, we follow two perspectives: there’s Rosie, an American from a small Ohio town who juggles her love of baking with taking care of her mom and siblings; then there’s Henry, a Chicago native who grew up in the kitchen of his father’s Korean restaurant. Both of them have been accepted to famous Chef Denis Laurent’s elite cooking school in Paris.

Of course, the setting was wonderful and different and the perfect backdrop for a romance, but what really cemented my enjoyment of this book was the cast of characters! The school is home to students from all around the world, from all different backgrounds. I loved how diverse Rosie and Henry’s friend group was– it felt very realistic. We see all of these characters bring their own personal and cultural backgrounds into the kitchen with them, and it was so heartwarming. Yumi and Marquis in particular were favorites, but the entire friend group’s dynamic was so much fun to read. Despite being at an elite cooking school and spending a year of high school in Paris, these are just teenagers being teenagers. I loved it.

The romance was definitely a slow burn, and if you don’t like the miscommunication trope, I would steer clear of this one. Henry and Rosie first meet on the flight to Paris, and their attraction is instant, but it takes virtually the entire book for the two to finally get together. There are endless misunderstandings that could’ve been easily cleared up with some good, old fashioned communication, but honestly, I didn’t even mind. These two characters had so much chemistry, and I was rooting for their romance the whole time. There is a bit of a love triangle, as well, which was just *shrug*. While the romance definitely employs a lot of common YA tropes, these characters are teenagers who make teenage mistakes, and I can’t fault them (or the author) for that.

If you’re an avid watcher of baking and cooking shows like myself, you’re going to love this. All of the descriptions of food and baked goods made me ravenous, and I went to get crepes pretty much immediately after finishing this, haha. I also loved reading about the chefs’ different processes in the kitchen. There was a healthy dose of competition between all the students, which added some high stakes to every day in the kitchen.

Overall, if you’re looking for a cute YA contemporary that is exactly what it claims to be– fluffy romance between two teenage chefs studying in Paris– I can’t recommend Love a la Mode highly enough!
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475 reviews170 followers
February 11, 2019

While I didn't love Prince in Disguise I knew I had to try Love a la Mode since I am a want to be foodie who adores all books set in Paris. Let me tell you all the things I found to be delightful:Food // I like to cook and pretty much have on the Food Network in my house most hours of the day. I know all the chefs and love every food competition from Top Chef to Master chef. I know the names of techniques and foods that I have never used or tried. So with all this book's references to all things food and such I loved it. I felt like I could relate to their excitement over it.School in Paris Setting // I am a sucker for a boarding type school and then put that school in Paris and I am done. I LOVED Paris in this book. It made me feel like I was there and made me want to go so bad.Friend Group // I LOVED all the friends in this one. They were different and fun and great. HAMPUS! He was the best. Now with all that great stuff there was still something lacking for me. I didn't love Rosie and Henry together. He kind of got on my nerves. I also took issue with how they treated Bodie at the end, but I think is just me. It is like her books *just* miss the mark for me.

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3,543 reviews234 followers
August 20, 2022
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Paris is a city associated with lights, love, and culinary delights. Henry and Rosie were both making their way there to join an elite high school culinary program, which was an important stepping stone for them both. For Rosie, it was a way for her to discover the world outside of her small town. For Henry, it was a way for him to prove to his mother, that he had the talent and the ability to succeed in the culinary world. But, would there also be room them to find love?

As always, Strohm provided me with an adorable story. The banter was on point, and I laughed quite often, but this was also a little different from her previous three books. Those leaned heavily on the comedy part of rom-com, and this book, while quite funny, featured more tender and heartfelt moments.

Many of those moments starred Rosie. She really tugged at my heartstrings. Her backstory and the interactions with her family were all quite touching. The texts from her brothers always made me laugh, and her mother's endless support and love never failed to deliver some feels.

This book incorporated many elements I love, and together resulted in a great reading experience.

• The setting - I love Paris, and Strohm did a great job taking us into the city. Not only did she bring us to some popular places, but she gave us a pretty immersive eating experience too.

• Boarding school - I have an affinity for stories set in boarding schools, and we get that dynamic combined with the fervor of a reality cooking show and high school antics.

• The food! - This was a culinary school, and there was a LOT of cooking, baking, and eating going on. Strohm must be a foodie, because the descriptions were quite vivid and mouth-watering.

• The characters - What a fun group of characters! Each one had their own little quirk, and combined to form one fantastic friend group.

• The friendships were strong in this one. They may have been competing against one another, but they were still always there to lend a hand or a shoulder to cry on. They supported and encouraged each other, and there were a lot of awww-worthy moments shared.

• The romance was adorable. Yes, there was some miscommunication, or rather, a lack thereof, and also some misinterpreted signals, but there were also a bunch of tender and sweet moments, and I thought Henry and Rosie were precious together.

Overall: This book was a tasty treat stuffed with an adorable romance, fantastic friendships, lots of heartwarming moments, and tons of food!

*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.

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Author 5 books356 followers
January 2, 2019
Full review soon. For now, let me just say... I LOVED THIS SO MUCH!!! 💖💖💖💖💖


A delightful read! Deliciously addictive!

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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334 reviews46 followers
December 28, 2018
ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

"I like you more than potatoes."
There's a blurb in the synopsis that states this is like Masterchef meets Anna and the French Kiss and I would say that's a highly accurate description.

The sweet romance and the mouthwatering food scenes made this a delicious read! I loved how vital the food was to the story, the cooking classes and Paris adventures were so much fun. I am a big Food Network fan so I was grinning from ear to ear picturing these teens cooking in a TV worthy kitchen. The cast is diverse and fun. I was rooting for Rosie and Henry from the moment they met! They were powerfully written with distinct voices, families and backgrounds. I loved watching them grow during their time at the cooking school. The romance starts off rocky due to cliche communication issues. However it ends strong and much of the focus remains on their classes and school which helps the story never feel stagnant. The ending was perfect and left me smiling. It's a great lighthearted, feel good romance.

Recommend for fans of:
- Anna and the French Kiss
- Food Network/Baking Shows
- Kasie West
- HEA/Feel Good contemporary romance
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243 reviews127 followers
September 20, 2020
I loved it!!

This one made me really hungry, craving things I'd never even heard of before this book, let alone seen them. My favourite part of it might have been the food, because the romance was okay......not something I particularly loved.

The problem, I feel, with the romance, was that it was just too whiny? for me. And the love triangle was boring? And just not working? And too fast? I don't know, but the characters, Henry and Rosie, were just acting like whiny children and misinterpreting to the limit where even whiny children would not have misinterpreted.

That said, I really liked the humour in this book, and I did have a good time reading this. Except the near-constant mouthwatering and stomach growling. In fact, I'm feeling hungry right now, writing(typing?) this, and I just had lunch.

I recommend this book to anyone who likes romance, like really light and fluffy romance, and can tolerate a bit of whining, and likes food. the best thing was the culinary school, and the food.
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2,727 reviews
September 11, 2020
This was a cute read, but it felt so long. I liked the food parts, seeing Rosie and Henry creating delicious sounding dishes. I can't cook at all so I was intrigued and it made me a bit hungry. The long parts came from the overall plot being simple and not really getting to know the other characters. Henry and Rosie had so much internal drama and it was draining. They wouldn't communicate with each other and kept having these little fights and meltdowns. I would have liked more of the friendships, more of their families, something to break up the story.

The ending was nice, if simple. I was just glad I made it there really. I liked that both characters had a redemption with their food skills and the friendship scene was adorable.
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1,188 reviews1,338 followers
November 19, 2018
As a fan of any book with cooking, boarding schools, and Paris, Love à la Mode by Stephanie Kate Strohm seemed like the perfect book for me. The story is about a French cooking school and contains characters from all over the world. I especially enjoyed the descriptions of food. Fans of books like Anna and the French Kiss and Taste Test will love this one.

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57 reviews90 followers
March 1, 2019
This was an overall okay book.
There are 3 major things I need for a book to be good
1) a good plot
2) good character development
3) good relationships

This book lacked all three sadly. The entire book was based on the main characters so there was barely a plot. I would have been fine with this but the characters were badly developed and finally the relationship was awful.
This book was just not for me sadly.
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Author 18 books2,497 followers
January 27, 2019
Does Strohm know how to write books that aren't the most adorable things on the planet? I don't even think so. As someone who is super into food and married to someone even more into food, this was beyond a delight. I was sitting next to a Christina Tosi cookbook while reading a shoutout to it and it just made me so happy.
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636 reviews67 followers
November 17, 2018
*I received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher for an honest review - thank you so much, but it didn't affect my review at all. My love of Stephanie Kate Strohm books probably did, though.*

This book is everything that is amazing about contemporary: fluffy, fun, funnies, and cuteness. And then add some cooking and baking??? If you love cooking and baking, this has some of the best food descriptions that I've ever read and all foodies will forever rejoice.

Henry and Rosie were great main characters. I vibed a bit more with Henry, but they both easy to relate to and easy to root for. Henry had enormous pressures and stress placed on him to do fantastic in school - and in the kitchen. Rosie had adorable and funny brothers that she left behind, and the homesickness she was struggling with was real. I mean, yes, you're in gorgeous Paris, living the dream life, but it's hard to leave your old life - and especially your lovable family behind. I enjoyed reading both of their voices.

The rest of the characters were great as well. The diversity that Strohm brought was fantastic. Characters came from all different places and backgrounds. My favorite side characters was Yumi, because she brought allllllllll the funnies. I loved her, and Marquis, Priya, and my other love, Hampus were all fantastic. Seirously, Hampus was a gift, and I thanked Strohm every time he would appear.

It's been a whileeeeeeeee since I read a cute, fluffy, adorably cheesy book. When I first started it, I felt like I forgot how to read one??? But once the ship started kicking it, I was brought back to all the feels. Henry and Rosie was adorable. I felt like there was a little too much keeping them away from each other at certain points, but I was feeling the feels and the cutenesssss.

The setting and writing was great as well. I really felt Paris coming through the pages, and the cooking school vibes felt so realistic. Strohm's writing is always easy breezy and bringing the funnies. There was nothing different about this story either. The only issue I really had with the story was that it felt like it lost a bit of steam sometimes. Like, I know we were working toward the end of the semester and Rosie's and Henry's romance, but I never really felt any pressure or tensions that was really pushing me super super along. That was my only real issue I had with it. Also, I'm really not a big fan of intense food descriptions, but Strohm still made a non-believer enjoy them, and if you love them, this book is perfecttttttttttttt for you.

Overall, this was Strohm proving again that she is one of the best names in contemporaries. It's fun, cute, and quirky and brings perfectness for foodies. 4 crowns and an Ariel rating!
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753 reviews1 follower
August 22, 2018
2.75 stars. I received a digital ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
This was a cute book about two aspiring teen cooks who make it into an exclusive cooking school. Henry is a fantastic cook while Rosie struggles with the basics but excels at baking. It is her everything. I was attracted to the premise because I'm a big baker and I love baking romances, even when they're YA.
I felt that this book was pretty average for me. I enjoyed it but nothing stood out and it basically ended all wrapped up in a bow. I did like that Rosie wasn't perfect in the kitchen and that the author showed her struggles. The technical terms and the references towards Food Network shows was a nice touch. What I liked most about the story was set in the kitchen and then once they were out of it, it got a little too cliche and juvenile for me. Most of Henry and Rosie's problems could have been solved with communication, which seemed to be lacking somewhat. Henry was overly jealous over the littlest things and that got annoying pretty quickly. It's never cute when I'm reading about a character getting angry over another guy and girl hugging because that's an immature response. Once they talked it out and established their friendship and relationship, things improved. I liked reading about the culture of Paris and their love of cooking/baking but nothing stood out as amazing to me. One nitpicky thing is that the author really loves to italicize words. Her characters were just so excited or passionate about so much. There are better ways to show it than to over-italicize things. I was starting to read those sentences like how Chandler Bing speaks in Friends. Could that be more annoying?
I think the younger teen would enjoy this book and anybody who has a passion for cooking and baking.
3 reviews
January 8, 2019
This book was way too cheesy, not the butterfly in your stomach kinda cheesy but just plain ridiculous cheesy. I found myself rooting for Rosie and Bodie rather than Henry, as Henry had frequent miscommunication issues and Rosie seemed blind to these faults and kept forgiving him? The author basically described Bodie as her soul mate compared to Henry, and I felt unsatisfied that she ended up with Henry in the end, thought it was extremely predictable, and almost wanted to skip the ending.

I hated how the issues in Rosie and Henry’s relationship were the same thing over and over again, either one of them getting mad at the other and leaving, then feeling bad the next day and doing a grand gesture that magically resolves everything. This story was so two dimensional, and the cheesiness at the ending was so bad (along the lines of “I love you”) that I had to skip a few sentences.

The only things I enjoyed were the cooking references and the competitiveness in the kitchen, that was somewhat interesting but everything else fell so flat. The beginning was decent but the last half felt like an amateur wattpad novel.
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
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270 reviews94 followers
June 30, 2020
OH MY GOSH YOU PRECIOUS, ADORABLE, CUTE LITTLE BOOK. I love you. I love food. I like cute romance. I like amazing friendship groups. I love baking. I love this book. And now I want to watch cooking and baking shows all day. Well done, cute book, well done.
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1,632 reviews251 followers
September 19, 2019
This reads like a Disney series pilot about a cooking school in France. And there is nothing wrong with that. Sometimes you need a good Disney plot in your life. There isn't much that is deep here, but it is well told and fun. It does rely an awful lot on stereotypes for the minor characters. All of them are a bit larger than life in comparison to the two leads. (This is the element that really made the connection to Disney for me). It is fluffy, fun, and the two leads have excellent chemistry.
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1,665 reviews1,231 followers
July 2, 2018
I just love books set in Paris. With food. And an adorable romance to boot. So it will come as no shock that I found this book completely adorkable. Kids who love cooking getting a chance to learn from a master chef in Paris? C'mon! That's too cute to pass up. The characters were so relatable and they formed such amazing friendships and, well, I'm not usually this envious of fictional characters but these kids were living the life and having one heck of an adventure. I do wish some things had been sorted sooner rather than later, but the story was seriously cute regardless.
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483 reviews308 followers
February 17, 2019
I LOVED THIS ABSURDLY CUTE AND FLUFFY BOOK 😍Rosie and Henry are adorable. Paris is magnificent. I have never been hungrier. I loved every ounce of angst and swoons. 5-stars, if only because this book is the delicious little macaron I wanted it to be (especially after reading a series of epic fantasy novels).
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2,998 reviews251 followers
May 21, 2019
A Food in Paris Experience

This book is food. And Paris. Food in Paris. It's young love and first love. It's about stretching wings and braving the new and unknown. It's about friendships. I liked it very much. It's on the younger side of YA and very cute.
Content: mild swearing, a few instances of profanity, kissing.
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423 reviews82 followers
December 14, 2018
As sweet as dessert, Love à la Mode is the perfectly delicious rom-com that fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson will devour!

I am a sucker for A) meet-cutes, B) boarding schools, and C) food! Guess what has all of these elements?! Henry and Rosie are adorbs, and are such a sweet couple to fall in love with. I really enjoyed the characterization of the main characters. I felt like their responses were real, which is such an important aspect of contemporaries. If I don't think the teens are reacting realistically, I tend to be turned off. But Stephanie Strohm nails the voices of these two.

I especially adore Henry; from a Korean-American household, you see those expectations that are often stereotyped: his parents want success for him. But the interesting part, is that his parents don't necessarily agree on what that success looks like. While his father is a chef, and supports his dream to become one as well, his mother is pretty vocally against it. That pressure from his mother plays a toll in his relationship with Rosie, but don't worry about the angst: it all ends in fluff.

The group of teens at the Ecole Denis Laurent are great, and real friends to Rosie and Henry. I am not just a sucker for a good romance, but a good friend story, as well. Friendship is sometimes more important than romance; who better to help you get over a guy or get with a guy, then your best friends? And with this group, while they all come from different backgrounds, that just makes them come together even stronger.

Finally, the foooooooooood! The food descriptions are out of this world. They make me wish for some sort of "Wonka-Vision", where I can just reach into the book pages and snap up whatever mouthwatering concoction being featured. Definitely don't read this book hungry!

Love à la Mode by Stephanie Kate Strohm is the perfect amuse-bouche: you will eat it up in one sitting! Out in stores now, this would be a lovely addition to someone's presents this holiday season!
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1,038 reviews70 followers
October 27, 2020
This book is super hard for me to rate. I absolutely loved parts of it, it was almost my dream book. Fluffy, with lots of food and dessert, and what was supposed to be a cute romance. Sadly, the romance is what drove this off the cliff for me.

Talk about insta love. I mean, come on. Henry and Rosie saw each other on the plane, and he already wanted to say that he loved her. It might just be me, but it takes more than an hour for me to declare my love. Insta love, when done right, I can enjoy. This on the other hand, made me hate the book.

And, as if the romance wasn’t bad enough, the characters acted like children. Miscommunication can be fun to read sometimes, in small portions. This wasn’t a small portion. The entire book was Henry and Rosie refusing to talk, avoiding each other, and then confessing their undying devotion. I didn’t understand their attraction to each other, it just all felt superficial.

More on the romance! Talk about a terrible love triangle. One of the legs was a petulant child, and the other was only included in the entire book as a reason for the other to act like a petulant child. By the end, I was honestly rooting for Bodie, because at least he was upfront about his feelings, and they talked to each other. Throw out the romance and I would’ve loved this book.

As for what I loved, the food. It all sounded so delicious, and made me super hungry. I’ve told myself to stop reading books set in Paris with a focus on food, but I haven’t yet. It’s just such a magical setting, and it’s all so promising. Sadly, this book didn’t do the setting or the food justice. Fully disappointed!
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232 reviews88 followers
April 8, 2019
Listen. This book was cute and light and fluffy, but there was very little substance in the plot department and none of the characters were all that interesting or complex. Not to mention I was incredibly annoyed by how cliquey the main characters and their friends were (it's something that was never addressed but that stood out glaringly).
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