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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.

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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Sales Rank:
198,194
Pages:
256
Publication Date:
06/05/2018
ISBN13:
9781510732056
Product Dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x0.80(d)
Publisher:
Sky Pony Press
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years
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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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"Fun, flirty, foodie, and filled with way more heat than your average kitchen, The Art of French Kissing has all the ingredients for a perfect summer romance!" —Dahlia Adler, author of Behind the Scenes

"I ate up this hate-to-love-and-back-again romance! If you love Top Chef but wish more of the show was focused on the romance and rivalries behind the scenes, you'll eagerly devour The Art of French Kissing. Like the best sweet and savory pastries, Carter and Reid deliver both sugar and spice." —Amy Spalding, author of The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles)

"This meet-cute romance stands out thanks to the nuanced characters and subtle treatment of bigger issues such as race, gender, and money (Carter's family flirts with poverty). Carter's insecurities about her culinary skill will resonate with any girl who has aspirations in a field dominated by males, and a sensitive sex scene models for readers what a consensual relationship looks like. A full cast of diverse characters, including Indian-American competitors, Carter's lesbian best friend, and Reid himself, who identifies as queer, are portrayed three-dimensionally, but Shrum's ( How to Make Out , 2016, etc.) greatest accomplishment may be the intricate and mouthwatering descriptions of each dish. A thoughtful and delicious romance." — Kirkus Reviews

06/01/2018
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—Karen Alexander, Lake Fenton High School, Linden, MI2018-04-03
Carter Lane is one step closer to her dream of attending the nation's top culinary school when she is accepted into its prestigious summer scholarship competition, but arrogant and handsome Reid Yamada isn't going to make winning easy.In fact, he is deliberately sabotaging Carter's dishes—but two can play at that game. Carter, who is Irish-American, and Reid, who is biracial (Japanese/white), have their sights trained on one another as competitors begin to be eliminated. But an obsession that starts out as revenge soon turns romantic when the two are paired up and must work together to win it all. Despite the clichéd premise and the implausibility of sending eliminated teens to the airport at all hours to wait for standby flights home, this meet-cute romance stands out thanks to the nuanced characters and subtle treatment of bigger issues such as race, gender, and money (Carter's family flirts with poverty). Carter's insecurities about her culinary skill will resonate with any girl who has aspirations in a field dominated by males, and a sensitive sex scene models for readers what a consensual relationship looks like. A full cast of diverse characters, including Indian-American competitors, Carter's lesbian best friend, and Reid himself, who identifies as queer, are portrayed three-dimensionally, but Shrum's (How to Make Out, 2016, etc.) greatest accomplishment may be the intricate and mouthwatering descriptions of each dish.A thoughtful and delicious romance. (Romance. 14-18)

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I enjoyed this book. I thought it was cute and fun, which is about ...
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.
- KaileyReadsYA
June 5, 2018
I was intrigued at a cover filled with macarons, but sold at the p ...
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**
- book_junkee
June 5, 2018
Carter fue aceptada en un concurso de comida que organiza una escu ...
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?
- mavel
June 5, 2018
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