Title: Love a la Mode
Author: Stephanie Kate Strohm
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
My Rating: 5/5
Rosie Radeke firmly believes that happiness can be found at the bottom of a mixing bowl. But she never expected that she, a random nobody from East Liberty, Ohio, would be accepted to celebrity chef Denis Laurent’s school in Paris, the most prestigious cooking program for teens in the entire world. Life in Paris, however, isn’t all cream puffs and crepes. Faced with a challenging curriculum and a nightmare professor, Rosie begins to doubt her dishes.
Henry Yi grew up in his dad’s restaurant in Chicago, and his lifelong love affair with food landed him a coveted spot in Chef Laurent’s school. He quickly connects with Rosie, but academic pressure from home and his jealousy over Rosie’s growing friendship with gorgeous bad-boy baker Bodie Tal makes Henry lash out and push his dream girl away.
Desperate to prove themselves, Rosie and Henry cook like never before while sparks fly between them. But as they reach their breaking points, they wonder whether they have what it takes to become real chefs.
Love la Mode follows Rosie and Henry as they fall in love with food, with Paris, and ultimately, with each other.
Ok, first things first.
THIS BOOK IS SO FREAKING ADORABLE!
I read this book on the recommendation of a friend (looking at you Erin Michelle Sky!) after I needed something light a fluffy coming off the back of my previous read.
Love a la Mode was the absolute perfect book! I devoured this story, I literally stayed up until stupid am in the morning (I had a 5:30am alarm to look forward to) and finally went to bed craving crepes so bad. Not gonna lie, I was super tempted to get up and make myself some, you know, if not for the early morning.
Henry has grown up in and around his fathers restaurant and Rosie has a deep seeded love of all things baking. The stars align and these two sweet peas cross paths on their flight across the sea and sparks fly. They are then whisked away to the culinary school where all the fun and drama goes down.
I myself am a chef, and reading all about their time in Paris, being so excited to learn and create took me right back to the early days of my own apprenticeship. Seeing Henry and Rosie’s passion for food was truly amazing to see and had me thinking about my own early adventures in the kitchen when I too had such passion.
Strohm has clearly done her research and the way she describes all the delicious food had my mouth watering. Like seriously craving some fresh buttery pastries over here!
And, OMG, seriously, how does one make breaking down a chicken almost romantic! Trust me, I know how unromantic raw chicken it, but man I loved this scene!
I really, really did NOT like Henry’s mum, not even a little bit! Give the kid a break lady! Being a chef is not for everyone, trust me, it puts a strain on the family and home life, but man I hated this woman! And SPOILERS I just loved when Henry read her the riot act in front of chef!
Some of my other favorites would have to be Hampus and the ever sassy Yumi (#mumidoesparis) need I say more. I dunno why but I just kept imagining a human Baymax when ever Hampus was on the page, man I loved that guy!
Honorable mention to Bodie. Dude was a thorn in my side, he was just one of the things that kept preventing my ship from setting sail, but I definitely loved how Strohm turned the tables with this character. I honestly expected him to be the stereotypical douchie rich kid. I kept waiting for him to pull some dickish move, but in the end Bodie was a stand up guy who just genuinely had a crush on our Rosie. He totally respected that she just wanted to be friends and rolled with it and respected her decision.
I dunno, I just really loved this, I thought it was a refreshing change. (Sorry for all the bad thoughts I had about you Bodie…)
Overall Love A La Mode is a sweetly adorable teen romance that I highly recommend. Love this book! Read it! You wont regret it!