Love Requires Chocolate: Love In Translation

Love Requires Chocolate: Love In Translation
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August 20, 2024
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Whitney Curry is primed to have an epic semester abroad. She’s created the perfectitinerary and many, many to-do lists after collecting every detail possible about Paris, France. Thus, she anticipates a grand adventure filled with vintage boutiques, her idol Josephine Baker’s old stomping grounds, and endless plays sure to inspire the ones she writes and—ahem—directs!
But all is not as she imagined when she’s dropped off at her prestigious new Parisian lycée. A fish out of water, Whitney struggles to juggle schoolwork, homesickness, and mastering the French language. Luckily, she lives for the drama. Literally.
Cue French tutor Thierry Magnon, a grumpy yet très handsome soccer star, who’s determined to show Whitney the real Paris. Is this type-A theater nerd ready to see how lessons on the City of Lights can turn into lessons on love?

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What worked: Warm, engaging story of a Black teen whose love of Paris and Josephine Baker leads her to the city where she finds along the way just how enchanting the city really is.

I really loved this romance. Whitney Curry's enthusiasm and love of Paris is a refreshing treat. Her tale feels like drinking a warm cup of Le chocolat chaud and chatting with your friends. Whitney is not only excited about going to an exclusive school in Paris to work on her senior thesis on Josephine Baker, but tries to capture each day by visiting known landmarks, which include the yummy chocolates and macarons. She's kind of like a teen Emily of Paris but with more heart.

Stringfield does a great job weaving in facts about Josephine Baker and her impact on Paris.

The romance between her and cute French tutor Thierry builds into one that is believable as he opens Whitney's eyes to the hidden treasures of the city.

Stringfield does a great job of showing Paris through the eyes of Whitney. Even when she's disillusioned by some aspects-Thierry's ex for one-her determination carries her through.

Lush descriptions, great dialogue, and a very engaging diverse protagonist had me glued to the pages. A fun, light romance set in Paris. What isn't there to love?
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1. Fun, engaging romance set in Paris
2. Great way of weaving in Josephine Baker
3. Diverse romance
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