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The Art of French Kissing

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  799 ratings  ·  269 reviews
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 i ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Sky Pony
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 ••Camila Roy••
RATING: 3.5/5

ARC provided by Edelweiss and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

You know what I love more than anything else in the world? Books! Among other things like writing, dancing, listening to music, eating....Okay eating is at the very top of the list. I love food more than people. And that is the reason I was drawned to this book.

We follow Carter Lane, a young girl who wants to become a chef. She gets the opportunity to compete for a prestigious scholarship in Savannah, in hopes
♛ may
✔️ Book #5 done for the Contemporary-A-ThonBook for the challenge of: "read a contemporary from a new to you author"

this was so fricken cheesy (yes i deliberately chose that word) and i loved it, i dont even recognize myself anymore


- this book is like masterchef or chopped or any other cooking competition and my foodie soul was all here for it
- i LOVED the cooking and baking, i thought the author was able to capture the scenes really well. the havoc that usually arises in the kitchen, the h
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Top Chef
Recommended to Tatiana by: kirkus
Shelves: 2018, ya, romancelandia
3.5 stars

I am either super lucky to come across TWO romance novels in a row that I liked (never happens!), or I am currently just predisposed to consuming romance and can look past the genre limitations. What can I say - I liked The Kiss Quotient and I enjoyed The Art of French Kissing, although to a lesser degree.

The Art of French Kissing is a summery read, with cute banter, low stakes drama and yummy descriptions of food. The romance is set in a Savannah Culinary School where two dozen of jun
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, romance, contemporary, ya
2 stars

**I received this eARC in exchange for my honest review**

A Chopped YA romance...yeah I can get behind this.

I love the Food Network. My favorite chef/show is Alton Brown's Good Eats. I even own several of his cookbooks, and all of his recipes I've tried have turned out fabulous (unlike another chef I know *coughGiadacough*). So hey...a YA about serious chef-ery? I'm on board.


I couldn't get on board with the main character

This book had a strong premise and a great start.
Amy Leigh
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I didn't know going into this book that I would adore it as much as I did! This story is about following your dreams no matter what comes up to make you feel less-than, even romance. I need this beauty in hardcover please! The cover is gorgeous and I can't wait to re-read this as soon as it comes out!

Carter Lane is seventeen and has been anxious ever since she sent in her application for a cooking competition where the prize is a full ride scholarship to Savannah's Culinary Institute. As soon as
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was sent to me by the publishers for an honest review so thank you so much. Everything that is talked about is my own opinion

This book follows Lane as she enters a cooking competition against some of the best young chefs out there. She then becomes very competitive with her fellow contestant Reid. They start to sabotage each other's food and everything gets out of control. Lane is questioned if this is Hate or something more.

So I never expected to enjoy this book as much as I did. This
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was intrigued at a cover filled with macarons, but sold at the promise of hate to love.

I liked Carter and Reid. They have some excellent banter and the button pushing is perfection. Their chemistry is almost instantaneous and it was fun to read that play out. Especially when they stopped fighting and started flirting. There’s a fun and small, core group of characters and I liked most of them.

Plot wise, it was pretty good. I enjoyed the revenge-y parts {even though Carter WAY overstepped the
The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)
4.5 Stars

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.

Full review on The Candid Cover
Laurence R.
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-review
I was really impressed by this book. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I knew that it would probably be cute, fun, and that it would involve cooking. It was all of those things, but also so much more. The characters seem real and they’re likeable, even when they’re acting like jerks. The competition is interesting, even for someone who doesn’t particularly enjoy cooking (I love eating though). There is also an undeniable chemistry between the two main characters and it gave me so. many. feelings ...more
May 18, 2018 rated it liked it


Most importantly, I would like to thank NetGalley and publishers for allowing me to read this book. Thank you very much.

Don’t know about you, but I love reading contemporaries in summer. All that fluffiness, plus they are mostly set in summer itself and all those adorable boys –sometimes even too much fictional to be real- I will never meet are my jam. The release date, June 5th, is absolutely the perfect choice for this book.

But what does this boo

Mar 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
2.75/5 stars

First thing's first.

I thought this was based in France? Or at least some sort of French culinary school? Where was the French cooking?!

But I suppose I shouldn't complain as cooking has already been slashed through.

Oh, man. So let's see. I actually liked this book. It was like watching Masterchef but with all the behind the scenes and high school kids. I loved all the stuff related to cooking. And I loved all the references. I mean, Carter and Reid meet by introducing their Hogwar
3 stars

"He's just this guy here who went out of his way to completely screw me on day one."

"How did he screw you?"

"In the kitchen," I say. Then immediately. "DON'T. DO NOT."

That was a cute book that actually made cooking seem fun (see, mom, that was the way to go) and made me crave macarons BUT our main girl Carter was such an annoying character. She'd get mad over..well..pretty much anything and she just acted like a brat I just couldn't like.

I liked Riya and most of the other cha
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, arc, contemporary, ya
ARC provided by Edelweiss for a fair review.

All Carter Lane wants is to be a chef. She gets the opportunity to a challenge that could win her a full ride scholarship at the culinary school of her choice. Unfortunately Reid Yamada tries to sabotage her from the first challenge, leading her to a cooking vendetta. But being thrown together has Carter confused about whether she hates the guy or if she has other budding feelings.

The Story-
I am going to just flat out tell you that I love Chef Ramsey a
Aug 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was some excellent writing. Such a fun read!
The Holy Lyre
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
Umm so it went a little like this:
Pretty-cute cover
Annoying Female lead
Not-so-special Male lead
Petty fights
Cringy nicknames
Slow-burn romance

This was a quick read and quite likable too but the writing was so amateurish that I was close to losing interest in the beginning.
Shorouk Abd Elhamid
Aug 26, 2018 rated it liked it
The book was enjoyable . I liked it . It had tons of cooking and made me hungry 😀 but that's it . I couldn't find any thing else in it . The romance was good enough but I hated the fight between the two main characters.

For the characters, I loved Reid with all his adorableness . I didn't like Carter , she wasn't doing any thing right . The only thing I liked about her was her determination.The other characters were beautiful.I loved them and thier interactions. I wished there was more of the fa
3.5ish stars! Was not a fan of the drama at the end but overall, AHHH, this was so refreshing! Really adored this one and I'm so glad bc it was one of my anticipated reads of the year. Review to come closer to release date! ...more
Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my review or rating.

Well the book started off promising and then faltered for me pretty early on. And even when the book tries to right-side itself it goes back down again due to the actions of the main character (Carter Lane). I did read the book synopsis so the author/publisher is up front about the fact that Carter is going to get revenge on a boy that screwed her over in a culinary competition she is competing in. The
Samantha (WLABB)
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, arcs, ya
This was Carter's shot at her future. If she won the competition, she would have a full ride to culinary school, which was an important step towards achieving her dream. The only problem came in the form of an extremely handsome teen chef, who was bent on challenging her every step of the way.

I am a fan of hate-to-love romances, and the pranks were sort of funny. However, I will admit that the story really picked up for me when Reid and Carter were forced to work together, and the angst was turn
Eileen (BookCatPin)
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
If there's one thing I can't resist hearing about it's the mention of food. The synopsis of The Art of French Kissing promises food galore and my favourite type of romance trope: hate-to-love. I had to see if it's as sweet as the cover suggest ;)

The story was simple and fast with plenty of food and romance. The writing was a bit bumpy at times but surprisingly it fit well inside the storyline. Even the characters' immaturities worked out.

Hands down my favourite part of The Art of French Kissing
Zoë ☆
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, netgalley
This book was so adorable, funny and unique!!

It was really fun to read about the cooking contest, it was like 'watching' a cooking show while also having the 'behind the scenes' which is very cool. The characters were also very cute and I definitely recommend if you like contemporaries and food! =D
Lea (drumsofautumn)
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The Art of French Kissing was so delightful and adorable. A quick and short read that will absolutely make you smile.

I felt drawn to this book as I love Brianna Shrum's Never Never so much and I especially love the way she writes romance. That mixed with a hate-to-love trope and cooking? I wouldn't miss it for the world.
And I ended up loving this even more than I anticipated. I thought it would just be fun, fluffy romance but it was a truly emotional ride for me.

Before I go i
I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via NetGalley. This in no way impacted on my view.

All Carter Lane has wanted was to be accepted to a summer school at a culinary college in Savannah, with the hope of winning, and being awarded a scholarship for college. She thought being accepted was the difficult part, but in reality, it was simple. Arriving in Savannah, she accidentally makes an enemy of another student, Reid Yamada, and it soon turns into a full blown battle to the end. It
Cimone Watson
1.5 stars.

I'm SO disappointed. The concept of this book sounded great. I was really looking forward to this book, even before it had a cover, and I love the cover. But I CANNOT root for the main character, Carter. How can I like the book when I don't like her?

Y'all, this character does so much mean, vindictive, immature stuff to other people and blames it on everyone else. The love interest lies to her about cheese at the beginning, causing her to have to use muenster instead of mozzarella or so
Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
✔️ Great descriptions of food and cooking. I spent most of the book starving

✔️ Brilliant snarky hero

✔️ Who happens to be queer and half-Japanese

✔️ In fact there's great diversity throughout


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Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
"I bet they all write sonnets to butter and caramelized onions in their sleep. They all get heart eyes for macarons and flutters in their stomachs for a perfectly braised lamb shank. These are my people."

LOOK AT THAT BEAUTIFUL COVER. I adore that cover so much with all the pastel and the macarons! It’s making me droooooool.

With that kind of cover, I didn’t expect much. But let met tell you, The Art of French Kissing is as good as it looks. It’s funny, witty, and infuriating (at times), swoonwort
Colleen Oakes
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
No one writes kissing like Brianna Shrum, no one. The heat of the kitchen meets the heat of our characters, The Art of French Kissing is BEGGING to be made into a TV series. Not only does Shrum really understand teens, she doesn't talk down to them in her writing. Seventeen-year-old Carter Lane is a character to be reckoned with; she's strong willed, passionate and unflinching, and I feel like I've been waiting for this character for a long time. She is only matched by Reid, who is as vulnerable ...more
Apr 30, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

This book gave me a slew of wholesome, fuzzy feelings. And an appetite for dessert.

The cast of characters is effortlessly diverse, and I love, love, love that. I grew up reading books where all the characters were some white, cis, and straight--I am so glad that now, just about a decade later, young adults can read books with characters that actually look like them. Whether it's Reid Yamada's Japanese heritage or sexuality or personal struggles, or those of the supporting characters, th
Apr 14, 2018 added it
Not for me.

Content: Lots of language including multiple uses of the f-word.
Ryley (Ryley Reads)
This book, you guys. THIS. BOOK. I adored it. Probably too much, but I don't really care because it was cute and chef-y (yup, that's a word now) and just ADORABLE. GAH. Ahem, I will try to control myself for the remainder of this review - but I make no promises!

Thanks so much to NetGalley and SkyPony Publishing for providing me with an e-ARC of this book for an honest review, as always, all opinions are my own.

The story follows 17-year-old Carter, who has wanted to be a chef since she could work
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“Let me take your plate." Reid's voice startles me badly enough that I jump and apple juice sloshes over the side of my cup.
I narrow my eyes. "What?"
"Your fruit plate. Its empty."
I snort. "Why? Planning on poisoning it when I'm not looking?"
"Well, its empty so that wouldn't be very effective."
My eyes narrow further. They are slits and I'm pissed. "Did you seriously walk all the way over here just to take my fruit plate?"
Reid's lips thin into a line and he runs his hand through the wild tuft of hair on his head, thumb brushing over the shaved sides. "Yeah. That and..."
He glances over at Riya who is doing a terrible job at attempting not to eavesdrop and Will, who is not pretending at all.”
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