Margot hasn’t been able to stop thinking about Zach, the dreamy American boy she met one magical night in Paris. In an instant, they fell head over heels in love and spent the perfect evening ensemble—sealed with a kiss and a promise: if the universe wants them to be together, fate will find a way.
Flash forward one year later: Margot has finished high school and is newly arrived in New York, ready to roll up her chef’s-coat sleeves in Manhattan’s bustling restaurant scene, celebrate her father’s upcoming wedding . . . and reconnect with Zach.
But a lot can happen in a year, and promises made in the shadows of the Eiffel Tower look different in the neon glow of the Big Apple. Margot spends the summer desperate to find Zach and enlists the help of Ben, the sweet line cook at her restaurant. Margot is convinced she found her soul mate that night in Paris . . . but what if the universe has a different plan?
Anything’s possible in New York City. Especially l’amour, American-style.
This was a cute read for the most part, though slightly predictable. I knew as soon as Ben was introduced that he’d be interested in Margot, yet her mind was on finding Zach to rekindle the perfect night she had with him in Paris a year before. Classic YA love triangle, basically. Still a good story though.
I enjoyed the culinary element of this book the most. Especially how real the nature of it was. Margot expected to be hired as a line cook when she gets an interview with the head chef at Nutrio, who was a colleague of her mother’s, due to her connection as well as working in her mom’s restaurant in France throughout high school. Of course, that’s not how it goes for her. She’s disappointed to be hired as a dishwasher, which ends her in ridicule of her coworkers who make fun of the fact that she thought she’d be on the line right away. While I did feel bad for her, I knew it was a wake-up call she needed as she was definitely naïve in thinking that, especially when she’s just out of high school and working in New York City… she was lucky to have gotten into a restaurant like that in the first place.
I didn’t dislike Margot by any means, she just seemed to look at the world though rose-colored glasses, and didn’t realize that no matter your experience in high school, you usually have to start at the bottom in real life. The real kicker was thinking that she and Zach would really still meet up on the date they set without exchanging numbers or keeping in touch through social media a year after one “perfect” night together. She took her lessons in stride though. Of course she was disappointed, but she was determined for things to work out and they did eventually, just not in the ways she planned.
Ben, of course, was a sweetie and was there to help Margot even when their friendship was strained. He didn’t let his feelings get in the way of helping her when she really needed it and overall it’s because of him that she realizes that Zach is basically a douche. I was rooting for Ben the second he came onto the scene.
The only real surprise in this book was who Margot’s best friend, Luz, ends up dating. It does have some importance as the person directly affects Margot in different ways. Other than that, this book is really about character growth, which we see in more than just Margot in the story.
Overall, this is a cute, quick read that I think many will enjoy. While it isn’t my favorite book, I did enjoy it for the most part – the culinary aspect more than the romance (since that part was predictable).
Rating: 3.25/5 stars
Thanks to NetGalley for an eARC of this book.
2 thoughts on “ARC Review: French Kissing in New York”
appreciated your honesty in this review! This one caught my attention, but sometimes I just don’t want a book that leans too much into the overly predictable. Seems like its a story that really focuses on characters though, which sounds so nice! Lovely review TK 💕
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Thanks! Not a bad one to have ended 2022 with 🙃
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