The Art of French Kissing

The Art of French Kissing

by Brianna Shrum


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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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ISBN-13: 9781510732056
Publisher: Sky Pony
Publication date: 06/05/2018
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 266,657
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Brianna R. Shrum has been writing since she could scrawl letters. She digs all things bookish, geeky, superhero-y, gamer-y, magical, and strange. You can usually find her writing under her Harry Potter tree, and drinking chai (which she holds as proof of magic in the world.) She is also the author of How to Make Out and Never Never. She lives in Colorado with her high-school-sweetheart-turned-husband and her two little boys.

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The Art of French Kissing 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
thereadingchick More than 1 year ago
The Art of French Kissing was a really fun, lighthearted novel. The author painted the landscape with diverse characters with varying personalities. I wasn’t sure how Carter and Reid were going to go from enemies to friends, but it seemed to take a natural course and through the pairing in the competitions they soon had to rely on each other to win instead of looking over their shoulder for sabotage. If I had one tiny bit of criticism, I’d say that I wish Carter had been a little more confident and less hateful? I felt like she was the reason they weren’t friends sooner and it irritated me a bit. That was a pretty minor point though and I did move past it. I really need to mention that even though these are teenagers there are VERY adult topics and the two main characters do have sex. It is not graphic or anything but I was surprised because I didn’t think this story needed to go down that road. If they were in college I don’t think I would have thought twice. I am not the targeted age for YA and am not sure if this is ok or if my feelings are the norm… I do love a good novel with food and this one definitely had me taking a trip to the kitchen for some snacks. The Art of French Kissing hit all my YA Contemporary buttons, food, fun and friendships so with the exception of that moment of “wha?” I liked this book.
melindakay82 More than 1 year ago
A fun, quick YA read. Relatable characters; fun plot and setting. Made me want to get in the kitchen and cook!
Roobie Doo More than 1 year ago
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 characters even though the book was a bit short to really get to know them. And of course my adorable baby Reid. A cute Japanese dude cooking for you? Yes please! Overall I enjoyed it even though I'm not much of a cooking person and I wanted to smack Carter half the time. If you're looking for an quick, fluffy, fun read give this book a chance. And make sure you have snacks.
Ashton Smith More than 1 year ago
The Art of French Kissing is a great summer read if you love all things romance and food. (I love food…) While I didn’t find myself invested in the romance part of the novel, I did find some redeemable qualities. The Chopped style food competition is something I’ve never seen in a YA novel, and that storyline turned out great. I hope this book leads to more books that incorporate more “reality television” type storylines into their concepts. I found the idea of a real competition for a college scholarship was great. People think about applications and scholarships as competitive, but not in the actual sense of the word. Since I am entering the stage of my life where I will be applying for colleges and scholarships alike, I enjoyed seeing the author put a unique spin on a widely known concept. It grounded the part of the story that felt like reality TV and kept the plot from seeming too absurd. What I didn’t like about this book was the romance arc. I think throughout this novel, I have figured out that the “enemies-to-lovers” trope isn’t for me. At the beginning of the book, Reid is an absolute jerk to Carter, but throughout the book, they are forced to work together and end up falling for each other. I’m not sure if it’s my “strong and independent woman” personality bursting through, or my ability to hold grudges, but I can’t be happy for a girl falling for a boy that has been awful to her. Carter is a competent young chef, and shouldn’t let a boy like that into her life at all. I understand that as readers, we saw Reid’s more redeeming qualities come forward and that in the beginning, competition can get the best of some people, but that doesn’t give either character the right to be awful to one another, and then turn around and fall in love. Some people enjoy this trope, but it’s just not for me. I don’t think I’ll ever pick up another book that uses this idea. So, if you like food competitions and the “enemies-to-lovers” trope, you will probably enjoy this book. It’s a great light summer read but wasn’t for me.
TheBookNerd5 More than 1 year ago
This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased, honest opinion. This story almost felt like two different stories in one. The first half we have students competing in a cooking competition. Two of the students, Carter and Reid, clash immediately upon meeting each other. This sets off a chain reaction of sabotage and psychological warfare. I absolutely enjoyed the cooking aspects to this book. I love me some Food network and this was identical to their challenges. It was fun to see how they would react to each of the challenges and the drama that went along with the students. As I was saying, we had parts of Carter and Reid loathing each other to the maximum. It had bits of flirty undertones to it but nothing major. About halfway through, things shift. Suddenly Carter and Reid have feelings for each other and don’t know how to deal with it. I will say, I didn’t like the zero to sixty with their relationship. I didn’t feel we had enough time to go along with their relationship turning more romantically. It starts to feel super awkward and super rushed. It just didn’t flow very well in my opinion. I think one of my issues with this book was my dislike for Carter. She felt very selfish but at the same time self conscious? It was a weird combination for sure. I kept getting whiplash with her reactions to things. It was like she would be mad that someone wasn’t taking her opinion into consideration, but then when they said go with whatever you like…she was pissed they weren’t helping? I didn’t get it…. Reid on the other hand was a sweetheart. I really enjoyed his character. He would surprise Carter by cooking her special things so she could experience them for the first time. It melted my heart. I also love how supportive he was. I think Carter could take a few lessons from him on that. Overall, this story had so much potential. I did like it but certain things just overshadowed it. I would still like to try other books by this author and see how they go.
ElleyKat More than 1 year ago
Rating: 3.5 stars This is a really cute YA romance that would have been a 5 star read except for one fatal flaw: I spent at least half of the book wanting to punch the main character in the face. Carter gets mad for no apparent reason. A LOT. And since this book is told in the first person (present tense, bleh) we get to see what's going on in her head, and there truly is NO reason for her switch to flip over to mad for no reason. I want to like her so much, and she has her moments, but she's annoying enough that it brought my rating down a full star and a half. Exhibit A: "I feel kind of bad even pondering it. But he was the one who couldn't let it lie, could just call it even." HE LITERALLY JUST ASKED YOU THREE PARAGRAPHS AGO IF YOU WERE READY TO CALL A TRUCE! WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU? Oh right, you're a teenage girl. She's like a dog with a bone and I just wanna slap her and tell her to woman up. That being said, she has her moments. I love Carter and Reid's banter, and they're both so adorably geeky I just want to hug them and squish them all up! (Yes, I am a geek, and thus a sucker for geeky main characters... Deal with it.) Several of the side characters are also really cute (I'm looking at you, Riya and Will). I also really enjoyed the way this ended, both with the contest and with Reid and Carter's relationship. Can I have a miniature Reid to keep in my pocket, please? Also, in addition to being a great enemies to lovers romance, it's also a cooking competition with some great descriptions of food. Who doesn't want that?! OH! ALSO! At one point Reid is reading Howl's Moving Castle by Dianna Wynne Jones and one of them asks the other if they've seen the movie, to which the answer is basically "duh" and some Miyazaki worship. NO! Howl's Moving Castle book and movie adaptions are SO DIFFERENT FROM EACH OTHER, if you really loved Howl's that much you'd make at least some comment about how the movie basically shares a title, some character names, and a moving castle with the book, and that's about it. THAT MOVIE MAKES ME SO MAD (when compared to the book; it's fine on it's own, but it's BARELY based on the book). /endrant
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
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 boundaries and then acted like a jerk when Reid called her out on it.} I was a little confused with the time span. There were a few mentions of it lasting a summer, but there wasn’t any concept of time, except for the timers in competition. For me, it could have been fleshed out just a bit more. Overall, it was a quick and cute read with fantastic representation and diversity. I could have done with more at the ending {perhaps an epilogue?} as it did feel rushed, but I’m typing this up with a huge grin on my face. **Huge thanks to Sky Pony Press for providing the arc free of charge**
mavel More than 1 year ago
Carter fue aceptada en un concurso de comida que organiza una escuela culinaria. Si gana, obtendrá una beca completa para la escuela. Desde que llega y participa en la primera prueba se hace enemiga de Reid Yamada y las cosas se ponen peor. La portada del libro llamó mi atención cuando estaba viendo qué había en Netgalley y como la sinpsis también sonaba interesante, decidí pedirlo. No esperaba mucho del relato pero me imaginé que me haría pasar un buen rato y así fue. Carter y Reid me agradaron mucho y sus peleas iban cargadas con la cantidad justa de tensión. Me gustó como se fue desarrollando su relación. Carter era un poco insegura y admito que esa última discusión que tiene con Reid me sacó de onda porque realmente se me hizo muy egoísta de su parte. Por su parte, Reid era una contradicción. En la cocina y la mayor parte del tiempo se mostraba seguro de sí mismo pero a veces los nervios le ganaban y eso hizo que me enamorara de él. Me encantó que fuera un geek y que le gustara leer. Además, hacía maravillas en la cocina. ¿Quién no querría un novio así?
KaileyReadsYA More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. I thought it was cute and fun, which is about what I expected from the summary. There were really no surprises, from the way the relationships went to who won the competition. Nevertheless, I think this is a book a lot of people will enjoy. The competition setting is one I think particularly cool. I like competition books a lot, but that's just a personal preference. If someone who doesn't like that kind of thing picked this up, however, I don't think it would be a problem for them. It's a story that can't exist without a competition, but that's not the only part of the plot and it's not intense or crazy like some of those competition cooking shows can be. The characters are about as expected, but considering I expected them to be funny, interesting, and pretty lovable individuals, that's not a bad thing. Like I said before, I was not surprised by the way things went for these characters, but I've read a lot of books in this genre, and I still loved a great deal of this book. So, I don't think it's really a big deal that it was a little predictable. I might've liked to see a bit more complexity to the characters' relationships but they weren't dull or superficial by any means. I consider this book to be good. It's not perfect, or great, or mind-blowing-or fantastic, but it's good. It's really good. It's a fun book that I think makes a nice, light read.