Love à la Mode
Take two American teen chefs, add one heaping cup of Paris, toss in a pinch of romance, and stir. . . .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.Perfect for lovers of Chopped Teen Tournament and Kids Baking Championship, as well as anyone who dreams of a romantic trip to France, Love la Mode follows Rosie and Henry as they fall in love with food, with Paris, and ultimately, with each other.

Love à la Mode Details

TitleLove à la Mode
Author
ReleaseNov 27th, 2018
PublisherDisney-Hyperion
ISBN-139781368019040
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Love à la Mode Review

  • megs_bookrack
    January 1, 1970
    "...part of the magic of food. It didn't last. It couldn't. Each bite was only a moment transformed into a memory." FOODIES REJOICE!!! This book stole my heart right out of the gate. A departure gate at Chicago O'Hare International Airport to be specific. We meet our main characters, Rosie Radeke and Henry Yi, aboard a plane to Paris. Both teens have been selected to attend the very prestigious Ecole of Chef Laurent. The program is part competition, part culinary school, open to only 20 students "...part of the magic of food. It didn't last. It couldn't. Each bite was only a moment transformed into a memory." FOODIES REJOICE!!! This book stole my heart right out of the gate. A departure gate at Chicago O'Hare International Airport to be specific. We meet our main characters, Rosie Radeke and Henry Yi, aboard a plane to Paris. Both teens have been selected to attend the very prestigious Ecole of Chef Laurent. The program is part competition, part culinary school, open to only 20 students per year. Being selected is an honor in itself and both Rosie and Henry are full of excitement and trepidation on their flight.This book was absolutely adorable ((one of the best 'Meet Cutes' I have ever read!!)) and reminded me that sometimes it is okay to just read something that makes your heart happy. There was nothing complicated, no horrible hidden secrets or murders or deceptions, just love, reflection and growth...oh and a heck of a lot of fun, food and friends!In addition to Henry and Rosie, the story incorporates quite a few of the other students who are from different areas around the world and brought such unique personalities to the story. If you are someone who enjoys stories with a strong friendship group you should definitely pick this one up. I loved the support and camaraderie amongst the main cast. Yumi in particular, loved her so much!! The banter between the characters is great; I was laughing out loud by only 3% into the book."There's no one else I'd rather eat with."As a romance-heavy YA Contemporary will do, this book is replete with the angsty sort of romance tropes that you would typically find in a YA but, that being said, they were really well done here. It never felt cheesy to me or overplayed, just nice, steady and sweet. I loved watching the evolution of the relationship between Rosie and Henry, even through the miscommunications that made me want to scream, I just truly felt filled to the brim with warmth from this story.Thank you so much to the publisher, Disney-Hyperion, for providing me with a copy to read and review. I appreciate the opportunity to provide my feedback and I look forward to hearing what other readers think of this one! Well done, Ms. Strohm. Very well done.Original: ARC received! Teens chefs in Paris? YES, please! I would love some of that!
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  • Rachel Strolle
    January 1, 1970
    SO FREAKING CUTE OMFGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG*salty about the cover change but the book is amazing so its fine*
  • Mary H
    January 1, 1970
    This book is so adorable! It's not very similar to Anna and the French Kiss at all other than Paris boarding school & a great friend group, but those Paris vibes took me back! I think the characters were all very realistically and authentically written, as teens and their individual personalities, and i loved the slow burn/quick burn romance. It kept me on my toes! Definitely another winner from SKS.Keep in mind, just as with your fave Food Network/Gordon Ramsey shows, the frequent and lengt This book is so adorable! It's not very similar to Anna and the French Kiss at all other than Paris boarding school & a great friend group, but those Paris vibes took me back! I think the characters were all very realistically and authentically written, as teens and their individual personalities, and i loved the slow burn/quick burn romance. It kept me on my toes! Definitely another winner from SKS.Keep in mind, just as with your fave Food Network/Gordon Ramsey shows, the frequent and lengthy descriptions of food will make you RAVENOUS. I've already looked up all of the creperies in Dallas!
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  • Vicky Who Reads
    January 1, 1970
    4.5--this one is so cute!! 😍
  • Olivia (The Candid Cover)
    January 1, 1970
    As a fan of any book with cooking, boarding schools, and Paris, Love à la Mode by Stephanie Kate Strohm seemed like the perfect book for me. The story is about a French cooking school and contains characters from all over the world. I especially enjoyed the descriptions of food. Fans of books like Anna and the French Kiss and Taste Test will love this one.Full review on The Candid Cover
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  • Mandy
    January 1, 1970
    *I received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher for an honest review - thank you so much, but it didn't affect my review at all. My love of Stephanie Kate Strohm books probably did, though.*This book is everything that is amazing about contemporary: fluffy, fun, funnies, and cuteness. And then add some cooking and baking??? If you love cooking and baking, this has some of the best food descriptions that I've ever read and all foodies will forever rejoice.Henry and Rosie were great main char *I received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher for an honest review - thank you so much, but it didn't affect my review at all. My love of Stephanie Kate Strohm books probably did, though.*This book is everything that is amazing about contemporary: fluffy, fun, funnies, and cuteness. And then add some cooking and baking??? If you love cooking and baking, this has some of the best food descriptions that I've ever read and all foodies will forever rejoice.Henry and Rosie were great main characters. I vibed a bit more with Henry, but they both easy to relate to and easy to root for. Henry had enormous pressures and stress placed on him to do fantastic in school - and in the kitchen. Rosie had adorable and funny brothers that she left behind, and the homesickness she was struggling with was real. I mean, yes, you're in gorgeous Paris, living the dream life, but it's hard to leave your old life - and especially your lovable family behind. I enjoyed reading both of their voices.The rest of the characters were great as well. The diversity that Strohm brought was fantastic. Characters came from all different places and backgrounds. My favorite side characters was Yumi, because she brought allllllllll the funnies. I loved her, and Marquis, Priya, and my other love, Hampus were all fantastic. Seirously, Hampus was a gift, and I thanked Strohm every time he would appear.It's been a whileeeeeeeee since I read a cute, fluffy, adorably cheesy book. When I first started it, I felt like I forgot how to read one??? But once the ship started kicking it, I was brought back to all the feels. Henry and Rosie was adorable. I felt like there was a little too much keeping them away from each other at certain points, but I was feeling the feels and the cutenesssss.The setting and writing was great as well. I really felt Paris coming through the pages, and the cooking school vibes felt so realistic. Strohm's writing is always easy breezy and bringing the funnies. There was nothing different about this story either. The only issue I really had with the story was that it felt like it lost a bit of steam sometimes. Like, I know we were working toward the end of the semester and Rosie's and Henry's romance, but I never really felt any pressure or tensions that was really pushing me super super along. That was my only real issue I had with it. Also, I'm really not a big fan of intense food descriptions, but Strohm still made a non-believer enjoy them, and if you love them, this book is perfecttttttttttttt for you.Overall, this was Strohm proving again that she is one of the best names in contemporaries. It's fun, cute, and quirky and brings perfectness for foodies. 4 crowns and an Ariel rating!
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  • Samantha (WLABB)
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 4.5 StarsParis is a city associated with lights, love, and culinary delights. Henry and Rosie were both making their way there to join an elite high school culinary program, which was an important stepping stone for them both. For Rosie, it was a way for her to discover the world outside of her small town. For Henry, it was a way for him to prove to his mother, that he had the talent and the ability to succeed in the culinary world. But, would there also be room them to find love?As alwa Rating: 4.5 StarsParis is a city associated with lights, love, and culinary delights. Henry and Rosie were both making their way there to join an elite high school culinary program, which was an important stepping stone for them both. For Rosie, it was a way for her to discover the world outside of her small town. For Henry, it was a way for him to prove to his mother, that he had the talent and the ability to succeed in the culinary world. But, would there also be room them to find love?As always, Strohm provided me with an adorable story. The banter was on point, and I laughed quite often, but this was also a little different from her previous three books. Those leaned heavily on the comedy part of rom-com, and this book, while quite funny, featured more tender and heartfelt moments.Many of those moments starred Rosie. She really tugged at my heartstrings. Her backstory and the interactions with her family were all quite touching. The texts from her brothers always made me laugh, and her mother's endless support and love never failed to deliver some feels.This book incorporated many elements I love, and together resulted in a great reading experience.• The setting - I love Paris, and Strohm did a great job taking us into the city. Not only did she bring us to some popular places, but she gave us a pretty immersive eating experience too. • Boarding school - I have an affinity for stories set in boarding schools, and we get that dynamic combined with the fervor of a reality cooking show and high school antics. • The food! - This was a culinary school, and there was a LOT of cooking, baking, and eating going on. Strohm must be a foodie, because the descriptions were quite vivid and mouth-watering. • The characters - What a fun group of characters! Each one had their own little quirk, and combined to form one fantastic friend group.• The friendships were strong in this one. They may have been competing against one another, but they were still always there to lend a hand or a shoulder to cry on. They supported and encouraged each other, and there were a lot of awww-worthy moments shared. • The romance was adorable. Yes, there was some miscommunication, or rather, a lack thereof, and also some misinterpreted signals, but there were also a bunch of tender and sweet moments, and I thought Henry and Rosie were precious together. Overall: This book was a tasty treat stuffed with an adorable romance, fantastic friendships, lots of heartwarming moments, and tons of food!*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS
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  • Jen Ryland
    January 1, 1970
    Super cute - if you're a foodie and/or a fan of Food Network shows and/or a fan of Anna and the French Kiss, this one is for you.Review to come.Read more of my reviews on JenRyland.com! Check out my Bookstagram! Or check out my Jen In Ten reviews on Youtube - get the lowdown on current books in 10-30 seconds!
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  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)
    January 1, 1970
    This was exactly what I wanted it to be: adorable contemporary YA fluff about two teen chefs studying cooking in Paris. SO CUTE.
  • Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
    January 1, 1970
    I just love books set in Paris. With food. And an adorable romance to boot. So it will come as no shock that I found this book completely adorkable. Kids who love cooking getting a chance to learn from a master chef in Paris? C'mon! That's too cute to pass up. The characters were so relatable and they formed such amazing friendships and, well, I'm not usually this envious of fictional characters but these kids were living the life and having one heck of an adventure. I do wish some things had be I just love books set in Paris. With food. And an adorable romance to boot. So it will come as no shock that I found this book completely adorkable. Kids who love cooking getting a chance to learn from a master chef in Paris? C'mon! That's too cute to pass up. The characters were so relatable and they formed such amazing friendships and, well, I'm not usually this envious of fictional characters but these kids were living the life and having one heck of an adventure. I do wish some things had been sorted sooner rather than later, but the story was seriously cute regardless.
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  • Nicole (FearYourEx)
    January 1, 1970
    First and most important: If you plan on reading this cute and fun contemporary novel based at a school for chefs in Paris, be prepared to be hungry. For anything from mashed potatoes, to bread to decadent desserts.Love à la Mode was a fun and cute read. I am no chef, in fact I'm pretty sure my knife skills are a billion times worse than Rosie, but I do know a lot of the terms thanks to Food Network. I definitely had to look up a bunch of the dishes and then have my mouth water. I've been go Par First and most important: If you plan on reading this cute and fun contemporary novel based at a school for chefs in Paris, be prepared to be hungry. For anything from mashed potatoes, to bread to decadent desserts.Love à la Mode was a fun and cute read. I am no chef, in fact I'm pretty sure my knife skills are a billion times worse than Rosie, but I do know a lot of the terms thanks to Food Network. I definitely had to look up a bunch of the dishes and then have my mouth water. I've been go Paris and know a little of the layout and they never specifically name any locations other than big ones which is good and didn't make it confusing.As a 27 year old married woman, the kind of drama that happened with Henry and Rosie and etc., was a bit annoying at times, but teens will likely relate to it a lot more since they are the target audience.Overall a very cute and fun read. 3.5/5
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  • Juliana
    January 1, 1970
    2.75 stars. I received a digital ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.This was a cute book about two aspiring teen cooks who make it into an exclusive cooking school. Henry is a fantastic cook while Rosie struggles with the basics but excels at baking. It is her everything. I was attracted to the premise because I'm a big baker and I love baking romances, even when they're YA. I felt that this book was pretty average for me. I enjoyed it but nothing stood out and it basically ende 2.75 stars. I received a digital ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.This was a cute book about two aspiring teen cooks who make it into an exclusive cooking school. Henry is a fantastic cook while Rosie struggles with the basics but excels at baking. It is her everything. I was attracted to the premise because I'm a big baker and I love baking romances, even when they're YA. I felt that this book was pretty average for me. I enjoyed it but nothing stood out and it basically ended all wrapped up in a bow. I did like that Rosie wasn't perfect in the kitchen and that the author showed her struggles. The technical terms and the references towards Food Network shows was a nice touch. What I liked most about the story was set in the kitchen and then once they were out of it, it got a little too cliche and juvenile for me. Most of Henry and Rosie's problems could have been solved with communication, which seemed to be lacking somewhat. Henry was overly jealous over the littlest things and that got annoying pretty quickly. It's never cute when I'm reading about a character getting angry over another guy and girl hugging because that's an immature response. Once they talked it out and established their friendship and relationship, things improved. I liked reading about the culture of Paris and their love of cooking/baking but nothing stood out as amazing to me. One nitpicky thing is that the author really loves to italicize words. Her characters were just so excited or passionate about so much. There are better ways to show it than to over-italicize things. I was starting to read those sentences like how Chandler Bing speaks in Friends. Could that be more annoying? I think the younger teen would enjoy this book and anybody who has a passion for cooking and baking.
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  • Colleen's Conclusions
    January 1, 1970
    I received Love à la Mode by Stephanie Kate Strohm from Netgalley. This has no impact on my thoughts. My thoughts are my own. Love à la Mode was a three star rating for me. I liked the cooking school plot very much and the friendships, though I wasn't a fan of the instant romance moments on the plane even though they never got together officially until later on in the book. I did like the plot between Rosie and Bodie, especially how he figured out she was a baker not a chef like everybody else. I received Love à la Mode by Stephanie Kate Strohm from Netgalley. This has no impact on my thoughts. My thoughts are my own. Love à la Mode was a three star rating for me. I liked the cooking school plot very much and the friendships, though I wasn't a fan of the instant romance moments on the plane even though they never got together officially until later on in the book. I did like the plot between Rosie and Bodie, especially how he figured out she was a baker not a chef like everybody else. This story wasn't badly written, but it was just ok for me. It's a good read if you are looking for a young adult contemporary book set in Paris at a cooking school with a side of an instant romance plot.I will post this to my blog probably when I have more mini reviews to add for a mini review post. Thank you Netgalley for the chance to read it!
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  • Lindsay
    January 1, 1970
    OH MY GOSH YOU PRECIOUS, ADORABLE, CUTE LITTLE BOOK. I love you. I love food. I like cute romance. I like amazing friendship groups. I love baking. I love this book. And now I want to watch cooking and baking shows all day. Well done, cute book, well done.
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  • Sara (A Gingerly Review)
    January 1, 1970
    This was absolutely ADORABLE! I will post my review as part of the blog tour.---------Full review can be found here: https://agingerlyreview.wordpress.com...This book was far more adorable than I could have possibly imagine it would be. It was a super quick read but super lovable and feel good.From the moment Rosie got on the plane and began the journey to fulfilling her dream, I knew this was going to be the book that would put me in a good mood. Rosie’s character was just so… real. She was dow This was absolutely ADORABLE! I will post my review as part of the blog tour.---------Full review can be found here: https://agingerlyreview.wordpress.com...This book was far more adorable than I could have possibly imagine it would be. It was a super quick read but super lovable and feel good.From the moment Rosie got on the plane and began the journey to fulfilling her dream, I knew this was going to be the book that would put me in a good mood. Rosie’s character was just so… real. She was down to Earth, genuine, believable, and honest. The girl did not ever mess around with games or double talk. She had real emotions about baking, confident in who she wanted to be, and proud of where she came from. How can you not love a character like that? Henry was just as lovable. The boy did have small issues with not asking and assuming the worst, but who doesn’t get that way sometimes when it comes to their first love? The rest of the characters were just as enjoyable. Sure, they were a little rotten and hard to stomach in the beginning, but they were competing at a school so I cut them some slack. They really were not as bad as they were trying to make themselves out to be.The author did an amazing job of painting me a picture of just how exotic and delicate the foods were. They sounded DELICIOUS and made me so hungry. If that was her intent, then BRAVO. This author did a wonderful job of describing everything about the food – the smells, the tastes, the texture, the colors, all of it. I felt as if I could have reached out and taken a bite, it was that well done. The budding romance was hands down one of the most precious I have read in a while. I enjoyed how the competition of the school did not overshadow the love connection and vice versa. It really was the right balance to make this story perfect.Reading my review back, it sounds like I keep throwing in food references, I swear I’m not! This book really was that good. I encourage everyone to read it, I promise it will put you in one of two moods: happy and/or hungry. Maybe both?
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  • Christina
    January 1, 1970
    Fluffy, light YA romances have been a kind of guilty pleasure for me for quite a while. They tend to be safer and slightly more fun. "Love a la Mode" did not disappoint in this regard either. Rosie and Henry were sweet characters and their differing passions for food (one for cooking, one for baking and both for eating) was the real draw for me. A sweet, teen romance based in an prestigious French cooking school? Well, I want to read it. I appreciated the development of the characters and the de Fluffy, light YA romances have been a kind of guilty pleasure for me for quite a while. They tend to be safer and slightly more fun. "Love a la Mode" did not disappoint in this regard either. Rosie and Henry were sweet characters and their differing passions for food (one for cooking, one for baking and both for eating) was the real draw for me. A sweet, teen romance based in an prestigious French cooking school? Well, I want to read it. I appreciated the development of the characters and the depth of their backgrounds--I could, regardless of the fluffy story line, care about them and the work they were going through. I struggled with the pettiness of the breakdown of their relationship (well, the breakdown of the beginning of their relationship). Communication, even one yelled out in frustration would have felt better for me (as the reader) than for the silent shuffling away with the, "s/he must not really like me" thoughts that followed. I know that with this portion of the YA world you shouldn't nail too many corners against the wall, but I still felt let down somehow with this title. I did enjoy it---just not as much as I did some of Strohm's other light titles. I received a complementary copy of this title in exchange for my unbiased review.
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  • Bethany
    January 1, 1970
    A sweet culinary romance, Love a la Mode follows two American teens on their way to a year studying at an elite culinary school in Paris. There is a meet cute on a plane, miscommunication, a hint of a love triangle, and lots of delicious sounding food! Rosie wants to be a pastry chef and can wax eloquent about the layers of a croissant. Henry is a Korean-American from Chicago who dreams of being a chef like his dad. (And I love that we get an Asian love interest here!) They join a diverse group A sweet culinary romance, Love a la Mode follows two American teens on their way to a year studying at an elite culinary school in Paris. There is a meet cute on a plane, miscommunication, a hint of a love triangle, and lots of delicious sounding food! Rosie wants to be a pastry chef and can wax eloquent about the layers of a croissant. Henry is a Korean-American from Chicago who dreams of being a chef like his dad. (And I love that we get an Asian love interest here!) They join a diverse group of students at a rigorous school in Paris where they face challenges: academic, relational, and culinary.In general this was a cute story, but I did find it annoying that the main conflict was lack of communication. An honest conversation could have easily fixed everything but instead, Henry spends a lot of time whining, sulking, and being in his head unnecessarily. I don't prefer non-communication at a conflict trope in a love story and found myself rolling my eyes at some bits. However, I liked the culinary setting and thought the story wrapped up very sweetly. I received a review copy via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    *** 3.5-4 Stars***This book is the cuteeesssttttt. How could you not love a story that is set in Paris and involves a love story and food!? Rose and Henry meet on a plane and instantly have a weird, young adult awkward crush/connection. Turns out they both were accepted to Ecole, a prestigious culinary school in Paris to learn from a famous chef. It was a fast, easy read that kept me interested and I found myself smiling a lot during this. Being from Ohio with many references to Rosie's home tow *** 3.5-4 Stars***This book is the cuteeesssttttt. How could you not love a story that is set in Paris and involves a love story and food!? Rose and Henry meet on a plane and instantly have a weird, young adult awkward crush/connection. Turns out they both were accepted to Ecole, a prestigious culinary school in Paris to learn from a famous chef. It was a fast, easy read that kept me interested and I found myself smiling a lot during this. Being from Ohio with many references to Rosie's home town in Ohio and one of her brother's attending the college I graduated from, I felt I could relate to Rosie. Also having just visited Paris, I loved the vivid descriptions of Rosie and Henry experiencing Paris for the first time and I felt like I was back there with them reliving my experience. Loved the writing style of alternating between Henry and Rosie's point of view as well. This felt like a very young adult read to me but I really enjoyed it; was a good change of pace for me and just an all around feel good story. Thanks to NetGalley and Disney-Hyperion for allowing me an advanced read copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Thamy
    January 1, 1970
    3.5, rounded up to 4 stars, because Strohm's style is always worth it.Rosie and Henry share a passion for cooking, although the two come from very different backgrounds. Together with kids from all over the world, they have enrolled into a famous cooking school in Paris for a whole year.This is a little bit Anna and the French Kiss, but the romance isn't as involving. As I mentioned, it's the author's style that makes it all worth it. While the romance was basically needless drama when it was ob 3.5, rounded up to 4 stars, because Strohm's style is always worth it.Rosie and Henry share a passion for cooking, although the two come from very different backgrounds. Together with kids from all over the world, they have enrolled into a famous cooking school in Paris for a whole year.This is a little bit Anna and the French Kiss, but the romance isn't as involving. As I mentioned, it's the author's style that makes it all worth it. While the romance was basically needless drama when it was obvious they liked each other, all the rest made me fall in love.First, all the cooking. I don't cook but the necessary to survive, and I'm not into cooking shows. Still, the descriptions made me even consider cooking can be something else. I remember there was one sitting I closed the book (well, put my kindle on standby) and went to the kitchen to make me something. So this part was definitely fun.But if you haven't read anything by Strohm, you should know the way she narrates is always interesting. She knows to make great characters and jokes. This book was no exception, even if not her strongest.The romance was nice, the two had chemistry and the love triangle wasn't that bad, just the conflicts that made the story drag a little. Which is strange, because they didn't seem forced, I could see where they came from. But they ended up in arguments I've seen too much of already and made me roll my eyes more than a couple of times.You'll have lots of fun as long as your only thing is romance—then I'll have to say this book will feel underwhelming.Honest review based on an ARC provided by Netgalley. Many thanks to the publisher for this opportunity.
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  • Rmsooon
    January 1, 1970
    Ive read " love a la mode " ,, the romance was bad but the story was okay ,, i gave it 2.5 out of 5
  • USOM
    January 1, 1970
    Love à la Mode is just so darn stinking cute. It is one of those books that constantly hits you with moments that will make your heart melt like the ice cream on the front cover. There's just enough angst and drama, to make the whole thing sweeter.full review: https://utopia-state-of-mind.com/revi...
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  • Linsy
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this book during the Texas Library Association Annual Conference. I really enjoyed this book, the premise is cute and the drama isn't so much that it overwhelms the other parts of the book. I was pleasantly surprised to find that neither Rosie nor Henry were relegated to the role of besotted teen angst. Although I did find myself crying at one point.A line I particularly liked in this book came at the end, and I'm paraphrasing, but it was basically,(view spoiler)[two people I received an ARC of this book during the Texas Library Association Annual Conference. I really enjoyed this book, the premise is cute and the drama isn't so much that it overwhelms the other parts of the book. I was pleasantly surprised to find that neither Rosie nor Henry were relegated to the role of besotted teen angst. Although I did find myself crying at one point.A line I particularly liked in this book came at the end, and I'm paraphrasing, but it was basically,(view spoiler)[two people who circled around each other for four months, and then finally found each other. (hide spoiler)] I thought that is was a very good way to describe this type of relationship, which, if you've ever been a teenager, you've dealt with.Also, if you know anything about cooking (I don't) you'll probably appreciate this even more, for there are definitely hidden cooking tips inside.All in all, a cute, quick read, make you remember being in the throws of first love with all it's confusion and doubts book.
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  • Andrea at Reading Lark
    January 1, 1970
    Review Posted on Reading Lark 11/27/18: https://readinglark.blogspot.com/2018...One of my favorite evening pastimes is to curl up with my husband and watch Food Network. Our favorites are Chopped, Cutthroat Kitchen, and the various holiday baking challenges. As someone who has read and loved Strohm's previous novels, I knew this one had to make it onto my reading list this fall. What's not to love? It's a story about two American teens attending a prestigious culinary school in Paris. It has all Review Posted on Reading Lark 11/27/18: https://readinglark.blogspot.com/2018...One of my favorite evening pastimes is to curl up with my husband and watch Food Network. Our favorites are Chopped, Cutthroat Kitchen, and the various holiday baking challenges. As someone who has read and loved Strohm's previous novels, I knew this one had to make it onto my reading list this fall. What's not to love? It's a story about two American teens attending a prestigious culinary school in Paris. It has all those Food Network elements I love with the added bonus of a city that thrives on romance and good eats.Rosie is a slightly stereotypical girl from the Midwest - sweet, loyal, wholesome, and sheltered. Henry is also from the Midwest, but his Chicago upbringing makes him a bit more worldly than Rosie. The pair collide while on a flight to Paris when they both realize they share a love of the culinary arts and will be attending the same school in France. The pair strikes up an instant connection as romance swirls in the air, but the stresses of school and pressure from home keeps the pair apart.As Rosie and Henry attempt to navigate the competitive culinary world and maintain a solid academic GPA, they must also learn to deal with new friends, new cultures, and new crushes. The pair must decide if they are meant to remain in the friend zone or if something more lurks beneath the surface. In addition to the main characters, there are also a lovable bunch of supporting characters who I loved just as much as Rosie and Henry.Full of food, fun, and sweetness, Love a la Mode was the perfect read for this hectic time of year. As stress at work and with the holidays began to bear down on me, I loved the moments when I could escape into Rosie and Henry's story. There is something about a contemporary romance that will heal what ails you and I always have such fun with Strohm's characters. If you're in the mood for more sweetness than steam and you have a Food Network obsession, I highly recommend giving this a read. I would suggest having snacks at hand! My sweet tooth has been seriously clamoring for attention since I read about all the delectable desserts.One Last Gripe: I thought some of the relationships glossed the surface rather than having a lot of depth to them.Favorite Thing About This Book: It's a tie between the setting and the culinary aspects.First Sentence: The girl across the aisle was staring at him.Favorite Character: RosieLeast Favorite Character: Henry's mom kind of stressed me out.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Ms. Strohm has done it again. Her fluffy romances always grab at heartstrings, with an underlying layer of the power of friendship.This is the story of Rosie. Shy Rosie is the middle child (and only girl!) in her loud, rambunctious family. She takes great pride in her baking, and it is where she finds her strength and confidence. Rosie is going to Paris to study cooking--though she is a baker through and through--and learn more ab I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Ms. Strohm has done it again. Her fluffy romances always grab at heartstrings, with an underlying layer of the power of friendship.This is the story of Rosie. Shy Rosie is the middle child (and only girl!) in her loud, rambunctious family. She takes great pride in her baking, and it is where she finds her strength and confidence. Rosie is going to Paris to study cooking--though she is a baker through and through--and learn more about herself and what she can do. She struggles, learns, grows, and struggles some more, leading her to doubt herself and question her place at the Ecole. Will she survive the semester--and be back in Paris after Christmas? Or will she be chopped from the program? At least, along the way, she starts to fall in love with that cute boy across the aisle from her plane seat...That boy is Henry. Raised in his father's restaurant, Henry has been cooking his entire life. It is what he is good at, and what he knows he succeeds at. His father loves and encourages him, but as for his mom... well, she wishes his grades were a bit higher. Henry is going to Paris to study cooking and is fully ready to throw his heart and soul into cooking for the rest of his life. But, with pressure coming from his mom academically and internal pressure about impressing his dad, Henry's life quickly comes to a full, rolling boil. And, if he's not careful, he's going to lose his steam. It doesn't help that Rosie, the cute girl he bonded with on the plane ride over to France, has been spending a lot of time with the cooking world's bad boy, Bodie Tal.This book is, again, fluffy but it also stresses the importance of talking things through with friends and loved ones, as well as knowing when to ask for help. As much as I love Rosie and Henry, I greatly enjoyed their friends Yumi, Priya, Hampus, and Marquis. Their interactions were great, and these are some of the best friends anyone could ever have. Rosie and Henry lucked out in both the romance and friendship department.Also, sorry, you will never be able to look at potatoes the same way again. (They're highly romantic, you know?)
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  • Ana
    January 1, 1970
    **E-ARC provided for an honest review.So Love a la Mode follows Rosie and Henry in their journey through the first semester of a cooking program for teenagers in one of the most exciting cities in the world, Paris. They have an amazing meet cute (which I will not tell you about because I want you to read this book!) and from the very beginning you were sort of rooting for them.At the beginning I thought the story was going to be more like a competition, like you sort of earn your spot here and t **E-ARC provided for an honest review.So Love a la Mode follows Rosie and Henry in their journey through the first semester of a cooking program for teenagers in one of the most exciting cities in the world, Paris. They have an amazing meet cute (which I will not tell you about because I want you to read this book!) and from the very beginning you were sort of rooting for them.At the beginning I thought the story was going to be more like a competition, like you sort of earn your spot here and there is going to be one final winner that gets to have an original recipe cook by the chef on TV and they would be with them and that sort of thing, but I was happy that it is not the case.This is literally just a normal high school program that happens to have the extracurricular of cooking to become a chef someday soon. It reminded me a little of Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, but just because it's set in Paris and they are all in high school. But the similarities end there!Henry and Rosie take us through this exquisite journey where we learn about all sorts of foods and tools and ways to create amazing dishes, I mean I love cooking and making new things, but this story made me want to learn and be a better cook just because of how amazing their passion is shown in every page.You can feel how much they love what they do and Strohm has a way to capture a teenagers feeling and passion so amazingly well you would think she is a teenager herself.This is a story about passion, about working hard to become better everyday and about friendship. Love a la Mode is just an amazing contemporary read, with teenagers trying to find their place in the world while living one of the most cultural amazing stories of their lives.I love everything about this story, the friendships that develop and that it wasn't everything all about Rosie and Henry's love story all the time, yes both main characters constantly worried about if the other liked them as much as they liked them (did that make sense?), but we also learn about all the other teenagers at the school, their backgrounds, their families, what they like and they don't like. It is just a well rounded story.The only flaw I see?Bodie Tal!!I love Bodie and he is just so sweet and charming and gosh I could not help but also root for him even though I knew Henry and Rosie were destined! Bodie is the kind of character that IS THE main character in most other stories, but he wasn't in this one and gosh it pained me to see it, but at the same time it was the cleverest thing ever! Also, if Henry would just talk to Rosie much of his drama would have been avoided, but they are teens so of course they don't talk about their feelings! This story is just amazing and I really want you all to read it, it sweet and flavorful and just the perfect feel good romantic story for anyone to read. 
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  • Jenny Ashby
    January 1, 1970
    Rosie and Henry meet on the plane taking them to study at a prestigious culinary program in Paris. They have an immediate spark and it seems like they might have begun a relationship when they kiss a few weeks later, but then a series of complications gets in the way. Henry want to be a chef more than anything but his mother is pushing him to keep his options open for college or another career. In order to "help" him think about other opportunities, she talks with his teachers and asks them to a Rosie and Henry meet on the plane taking them to study at a prestigious culinary program in Paris. They have an immediate spark and it seems like they might have begun a relationship when they kiss a few weeks later, but then a series of complications gets in the way. Henry want to be a chef more than anything but his mother is pushing him to keep his options open for college or another career. In order to "help" him think about other opportunities, she talks with his teachers and asks them to assign him extra work. Now he is stressed out with his nonstop schedule and the pressure of trying to keep his grades high enough to satisfy his mom. Rosie, meanwhile, wants to be a pastry chef and makes the best cakes, breads and desserts ever. Unfortunately, she is not as great at all the other cooking and is worried she will be asked to leave the school if she doesn't measure up. Throw into the mix the hot son of a celebrity chef to further complicate things for Rosie and Henry.As I expected, this is a light romance following typical romance conventions. Even so, it is very frustrating to me that the couple can't get together sooner because they won't just TALK to each other! If Henry had just told Rosie about the pressure he's receiving from his mom she wouldn't have to wonder why he seems to be avoiding her, and so on. But putting that aside, I liked all the characters and the group of supportive friends surrounding our two main people. I was happy that hot boy Bodie wasn't a bad guy either, especially because I was sure he had somehow sabotaged Rosie's cheesecake. The only caveat I would include about this book is that while I really enjoyed the cooking atmosphere and liberal references to real life chefs, terminology, and TV shows, I don't know that will work for every reader. Perhaps the Parisian love affair will help overcome any issues for those who are not Chopped or Top Chef viewers. I know I felt the romance of the city as Strohm wove it into the storyline.
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  • Caitlin Doerr
    January 1, 1970
    As a baker and traveler myself, this hit so many of my happy points as a person. I love the care that Strohm put into describing the food (can we get more foodie YA novels please?). I wish her setting descriptions had been better overall, since the end message of the book hinges on the setting. Unfortunately I didn’t feel as though it was earned. The characters, Rosie and Henry, were all right. Immature for YA, but round, and somewhat dynamic. My main issues with Love à la Mode are the secondary As a baker and traveler myself, this hit so many of my happy points as a person. I love the care that Strohm put into describing the food (can we get more foodie YA novels please?). I wish her setting descriptions had been better overall, since the end message of the book hinges on the setting. Unfortunately I didn’t feel as though it was earned. The characters, Rosie and Henry, were all right. Immature for YA, but round, and somewhat dynamic. My main issues with Love à la Mode are the secondary characters and the plot. The secondary characters were cardboard cutouts of different ethnicities and/or teenage stereotypes. Henry’s roommate, in particular was a irritating—has the author ever met an ESL speaker from a Nordic country? They don’t say “ , yes?” after every sentence. And the poor guy’s sexuality was a total throw away. It would have been nicer to not just have lip service to representation. My other main gripe is how contrived the drama is. The issues between Henry and his mother in particular felt completely manufactured—and relied on a cultural stereotype again. I should probably discuss the cuteness of the love story more—as it was very adorable, but many other reviewers have swooned over it in as many words that I don’t need to necessarily repeat. It was very cute. Basically, I came for the cute romance story and stayed for the food love :) I received my ebook copy of Love à la Mode from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review.
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  • Tamara Morning
    January 1, 1970
    Title: Love à la ModeAuthor: Stephanie Kate StrohmGenre: YA, fictionRating: 4.5 out of 5Rosie Radeke is from East Liberty, Ohio, a small town where winning local baking contests is a big deal. But now Rosie got into Chef Laurent’s prestigious cooking school in Paris, and she just knows she’s finally going to start living all her celebrity-cooking-show-inspired dreams. But a nightmare chef/instructor soon makes Rosie wonder if she has any talent at all.Henry Yi was raised in his dad’s Chicago res Title: Love à la ModeAuthor: Stephanie Kate StrohmGenre: YA, fictionRating: 4.5 out of 5Rosie Radeke is from East Liberty, Ohio, a small town where winning local baking contests is a big deal. But now Rosie got into Chef Laurent’s prestigious cooking school in Paris, and she just knows she’s finally going to start living all her celebrity-cooking-show-inspired dreams. But a nightmare chef/instructor soon makes Rosie wonder if she has any talent at all.Henry Yi was raised in his dad’s Chicago restaurant. Cooking is in his blood, and it’s all he wants to do. His mother, however, insists he do more—and gets him extra work from his instructors to prove it. Henry likes Rosie, but between his extra homework, his fear of being an uninspired cook, and Rosie’s growing friendship with famous model/chef Bodie, does he even stand a chance?This was a sweet tale, in more than one way. First, don’t read this if you’re hungry. The pastry descriptions alone will have you drooling. And this is a clean book, which I appreciated, told from both Henry and Rosie’s point-of-views. Well-written, with quirky and entertaining characters (the secondary characters are a riot), this is a thoroughly enjoyable read.(Galley provided by Disney-Hyperion in exchange for an honest review.)More reviews at Tomorrow is Another Day
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    My Review: This book was so cute I will say that parts of this one were a little on the slow side. But all in all, this was a very cute book that would be great to read if you're looking for something light to enjoy. This one takes us to Paris and a cooking school for teens, man this is a book you do not want to be hungry I made that mistake and ugh I am so mad that I didn't have something sweet and savory laying around. Most of the story was well paced but there were some parts that I did not e My Review: This book was so cute I will say that parts of this one were a little on the slow side. But all in all, this was a very cute book that would be great to read if you're looking for something light to enjoy. This one takes us to Paris and a cooking school for teens, man this is a book you do not want to be hungry I made that mistake and ugh I am so mad that I didn't have something sweet and savory laying around. Most of the story was well paced but there were some parts that I did not enjoy because it seemed that the characters were just kind of rambling and the story wasn't going anywhere. The characters were adorable as well as the story. I really didn't connect with anyone but that was totally ok with this one. This one ended with a nice little tie up with a bow to match. Its so not something with a lot of depth but if you are looking for something light and with food and well PARIS check this one out. Do I Recommend this book? Yes, this was a very cute light read! Go Into This One Knowing: Food, Food, Food, Did I Mention FOOD?, Paris, Food, Light Read
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  • Morgan
    January 1, 1970
    If you love food and cute romance, this is the book for you! Love a la Mode tells the sweet (literally and figuratively) story of Henry and Rosie and their adventures in Paris at a famous cooking school. Along the way, they meet an eclectic and eccentric group of friends, explore the city, and deal with the highs and lows of perfecting their cooking and baking skills.As someone who loves to eat and try new things, every description of every dish had my mouth watering. The food all sounded amazin If you love food and cute romance, this is the book for you! Love a la Mode tells the sweet (literally and figuratively) story of Henry and Rosie and their adventures in Paris at a famous cooking school. Along the way, they meet an eclectic and eccentric group of friends, explore the city, and deal with the highs and lows of perfecting their cooking and baking skills.As someone who loves to eat and try new things, every description of every dish had my mouth watering. The food all sounded amazing and the cast of characters were so joyous and fun to read about. There were definitely some areas of the story that were quite predictable and some characters made a few choices that I wanted to shake them for, but overall, this was quite an enjoyable read with pop culture references to some of the best shows on Food Network. Grab some hot cocoa and cookie, because this is the perfect novel to snuggle up with on a cold day!*Thank you to Disney-Hyperion and Netgalley for the free ARC in exchange for an honest review.*
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