French Kissing in New York

Delacorte. Jan. 2023. 336p. pap. $12.99. ISBN 9780593173619.
Gr 8 Up–Margot and Zach spent a romantic and magical night in Paris together, and instead of exchanging numbers they decided to meet up a year later at midnight in Times Square. After graduating high school and a prestigious summer culinary program in France, Margot moves to the United States to pursue her two dreams: becoming a NYC chef, and rendezvous with the boy she was meant to be with. When Zach doesn’t show up at their appointed meeting time and the only job she can get is as a dishwasher, driven and naive Margot must choose between the narrow focus of achieving her goals, or experiencing life as it’s happening to her. A cute and kind line cook named Ben offers to help her find Zach, and the sights and (culinary) smells of New York take center stage as they tear through the city. A warm family story supports the main narrative, and readers will cringe along with Margot as she learns the tough lessons of being brand new in a competitive industry.
VERDICT Fans of Emily in Paris and Dash & Lily will enjoy this light, romantic romp around the Big Apple.

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