A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Readers will learn about Paris, French culture, and some French words and phrases and ballet terms. They also might be inspired to look up Degas paintings.
Positive Role Models
The characters are passionate, adventurous, strong, supportive, and resilient. Diverse representations include American, Dutch, English, French, and half-Morrocan, half-French characters.
Violence & Scariness
Two characters get into a car crash. One has a mild concussion and the other has a broken collarbone.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Characters flirt, hold hands, and kiss.
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Characters use mild language such as "crap" and "hell."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters, including 17-year-old Mia, drink rosé wine, beer, and champagne.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Kisses and Croissants, by Anne-Sophie Jouhanneau, is a sweet and charming romance that follows an American ballerina named Mia Jenrow during her summer ballet program in Paris. Readers will learn French and ballet terms as well as the importance of perseverance and teamwork. Characters flirt, hold hands, and kiss. They also use mild language such as "crap" and "hell." Two characters get into a car crash, leaving one with a mild concussion and the other with a broken collarbone. Characters drink rosé wine, beer, and champagne.
Is It Any Good?
Anne-Sophie Jouhanneua's sweet and light-hearted tale about an American ballerina finding love in Paris is the perfect novel to inspire wanderlust. She describes the city and its landmarks so vividly while seamlessly weaving French culture into the story, making it easy for readers to wish they were also spending a summer in Paris. Mia's a strong character who's passionate and determined to make her dream a reality. Her ballet scenes leap off the page, and while ballet is known for its challenging, competitive nature, readers will appreciate the supportive friendships she forms during this life-changing program. They'll also swoon over Mia and Louis' romantic adventures around Paris, how he helps Mia add more spontaneity into her life, and how Mia inspires Louis to figure out what he's passionate about. Parts of the story are predictable, but as Mia gets her fill of Kisses and Croissants, teens will see the importance of perseverance and enjoying every moment.
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