FICTION

The Art of French Kissing

256p. Sky Pony. Jun. 2018. pap. $8.99. ISBN 9781510732056.
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Gr 9 Up—Carter Lane gets the opportunity to attend a Chopped-style cooking competition in Savannah for a full ride to one of the best culinary schools in the country. While the cooking proves to be demanding, the real obstacle is Reid Yamada, who is not only cocky but wants to win at all costs—even if it means throwing in a bit of unfair play. Carter gets her revenge only to find herself having to partner with Reid later. While the two are at each other's throats, they can't deny their obvious chemistry. Carter is smart and has good instincts—especially when it comes to Reid. Reid is sensitive and remorseful, easily forgiven after his transgression. Readers will cheer when Carter and Reid finally confess their love as the romance is a long time coming, but some may feel that their physical relationship progresses too quickly. Minor characters, Rija and Will, are one dimensional, leaving teens wanting to know more about them.
VERDICT Culinary students will enjoy the competition among the characters and may find the romance to be a bonus

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