Frogs and French Kisses (Magic in Manhattan Series #2)

Frogs and French Kisses (Magic in Manhattan Series #2)

by Sarah Mlynowski


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Frogs and French Kisses (Magic in Manhattan Series #2) by Sarah Mlynowski

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Whatever After series, the sequel to Bras & Broomsticks and the second book in the hilariously bewitching Magic in Manhattan series! 

Rachel has finally come to terms with the outrageously unfair fact that her younger sister, Miri, has inherited magical powers from their mom. But now the whole witchcraft thing is spiraling out of control. Mom is a magicaholic, Miri’s on a Save the World kick, and the one teeny tiny love spell that Rachel begged for has gone embarrassingly, horribly wrong.

Suddenly, the fate of everything is in Rachel’s hands.

Her family.

The world.

Senior prom.

"I loved this bookit's even funnier than Bras & Broomsticks. More hormones, more action, more magicmore Mlynowski. What else could you want?" E. Lockhart, author of We Were Liars and Genuine Fraud

"A creative, frolicsome tale . . . Readers will find themselves quickly swept away on the broomstick of Mlynowski's second installment." —New York Post

"Just as sweet and funny as its predecessor . . . wonderfully fast-paced and clever." —Booklist

"Simply charming." —Publishers Weekly 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385731850
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 06/26/2007
Series: Magic in Manhattan Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 494,401
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.69(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

SARAH MLYNOWSKI is the author of the Magic in Manhattan and Whatever After series, as well as Don't Even Think About It, Gimme a Call, Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have), Milkrun, and more. Her books have been translated into more than twenty languages. Sarah was born in Montreal but lives and writes in New York City.

You can visit her online at and follow @sarahmlynowski on Twitter and Instagram.

Read an Excerpt

My Love Life Is Up in the Air (and So Am I)


I'm perched on a floating broom, my arms squeezing the life out of my little sister's waist.

"You girls all right?" my mom calls down. She's watching us from behind the second-story cottage window. "You're not airsick? Maybe I shouldn't have let you talk me into this."

"I'm fine," Miri chirps.

"Me too," I lie as the two of us wobble up and down like we're on a haunted seesaw. We're straddling a plastic broom four feet above the dewy ground. In what deranged world would I be fine? My eyes are cemented closed, I'm biting my lip, and every one of my muscles is clenched in fear.

"I don't want you girls gone for more than an hour," my mom warns. "So be back here at eleven p.m. sharp. I'll leave the window open so you can fly straight back in. If you think anyone has spotted you, return here immediately. And, Rachel, don't you dare take off that helmet!"

How does she know my secret plan? "But it's itchy!"

"She won't." Miri pats my knee. "You ready? Here we go!"

Nausea and dizziness wash over me. Maybe this isn't such a brilliant idea. My legs are dangling like a rag doll's, and the broom is starting to chafe.

"Don't go too fast," I plead in a super-high-pitched voice, like I just inhaled a balloon full of helium. "And don't go too high. We don't want to smash into an airplane. And don't--"

The broom jerks forward, I swallow a scream, and suddenly we're flying through upstate New York.

"Be careful!" my mom hollers in the background.

I'm flying. I'm flying! I'm flying!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I may be dreading going back to school, but at least I'm flying high during spring break. Literally.

I gingerly open my right eye as we shoot past the gate to our rented cottage and zoom over the dirt road. The wind caresses my cheeks, my arms, my hair. . . . I think the wind just blew a leaf up my nose. But who cares? How cool is this?
Don't look down, don't look down!

I look down.

My shoelaces are hanging over the sides of my new pink sneakers like floppy dog ears. I really should have double knotted. These are the new pink sneakers that my mom bought to cheer me up. To make a long, heartbreaking story short, I spent the first few days of vacation moping because Raf Kosravi, the love of my life, hates me because I (unintentionally) stood him up for the Spring Fling to go to my father's wedding.

Buying the shoes was really thoughtful of my mom. She's definitely trying to be more understanding. On the same night she surprised me with the cheer-up present, she dropped her slice of pepperofu (vile, flavorless, pepperoni-shaped slabs of tofu) pizza and announced, "Miri, banning you from using witchcraft isn't working. If you're going to do it anyway, as you've been doing for the last two months, I want to teach you to use magic responsibly. The three of us are going on a trip. Start packing."

My jaw fell open in midchew. Mom was finally seeing the light! See, I've only just recently discovered that my mom's a witch. My sister, too. Everyone's a witch except me. Well, not my dad or any of my friends. But everyone I live with. And my mom had a very strict rule: absolutely no magic until Miri finishes her training. My mom is antimagic herself, preferring to be a nonpracticing witch. So this change of heart was a major coup.

"Yes!" I cheered while debating what to pack. Going-out clothes or won't-be-seeing-anyone-worth-impressing sweats? I didn't mind leaving the city, mostly because my best and now only friend (yes, her mom is married to a woman), Tammy, is spending spring break in the Gulf of Mexico with her mom and stepmom (since I embarrassed myself phenomenally at the school fashion show). "Magic for everyone! Can we put a love spell on Raf?"

"Don't push your luck" was my mom's response. "Love spells are not what I consider responsible."

What is the point of having a witch for a mom if she won't perform one measly love spell on the boy of my dreams? If only she were more like a friend and less like a mother.

Anyway, the next morning we left extra food for Tigger, our cat, and Goldie, our goldfish, rented a car, and drove from our cozy downtown Manhattan apartment to a rented cottage in the middle of nowhere, where Mom claimed we'd have no nosy neighbors to witness our shenanigans.

We arrived on Wednesday night, two entire days ago. Forty-eight hours in a two-bedroom cottage that smells like a mixture of mothballs and apples. Forty-eight hours of no cable. No DVDs. No Internet. I've had nothing to do except watch while my mom trains Miri, which surprisingly isn't that much fun. Fine, it's semifun. At least my mom is finally letting Miri perform practical magic instead of just making her recite the history of witchcraft. But watching Miri attempt to levitate inanimate objects gets old fast.

The peach-colored coffee mug's hovering three inches above the kitchen table is unbelievable. Four inches is awesome. Five is funky. Six . . . yawn. After two days, rising kitchen dishware gets a wee bit repetitive. Actually, downright sleep inducing. It wasn't until this afternoon, while my mom was showing Miri how to float a paper towel, that it occurred to me that if Miri could make a towel fly, why couldn't she make us fly?

I found the broom in the hallway closet. It was old and scraggly, and some of the bristles were bent at odd ninety-degree angles, but it would do the trick. "Is there any truth to the witches-flying-on-brooms legend?" I asked, yanking it out, causing a dustbin to fall on my head.

"Well . . ." My mom hesitated. "No."

I didn't buy it. If a paper towel could levitate, why couldn't a broom? I walked over to her and looked deep into her green eyes. "Do you swear?"

Instead of answering, she ran her bitten fingernails through her shoulder-length bottle-blond hair and shrugged.

"What?" Miri cried, jumping out of her chair and causing the paper towel to float back down to the table. Good thing she'd raised glasses the day before. "You told me flying brooms were a myth!"

"I know." My mom took a moment to bite her thumbnail. She and my sister share this disgusting habit. "But I was worried about you. I didn't want you flying around Manhattan, bumping into the Empire State Building."

I clapped with gleeful excitement. From now on I'd travel in style. Sweaty overcrowded subways? Never again. Running late to school? I don't think so. The only road I'm taking is Highway Broom. "Teach me how!" I shrieked.

"You mean teach me," Miri said snidely.

"If I'd known I was going to teach you to fly, I would have brought cigarettes," my mom said.

"You promised to quit!" I muttered.

"I know, I know. I quit, all right? It's just that letting you fly is going to be stressful." She bit her thumbnail again. "I'll teach you, but you have to promise--"

Be careful, go slow, stay low, whatever, yes, yes, yes!

"--to wear your bike helmets."

Groan. Only my mom could make something as cool as flying look geeky.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
The book Frogs & French Kisses, by Sarah Mylnowski is a terrific book. It¿s about a girl whose mother and sister is witches. She struggles with being a social outcast, loses the love of her life. In that series of unfortunate events, her younger sister is learning how to manage her witchy powers. One might like how the author keeps the reader so entertained, not wanting to put the book down. It ranges from the two sisters flying on a broomstick together to transporting together. While the girls Rachel and Miri are mastering their problems, their once anti-magic using mother has become a 24 hour dating machine. She starts off by one date every other week and advances to having a date every other hour. Not only that, but she uses magic for everything and anything that she needs. The girls manage to build a closer bond but more problems progress when the environmental sister Miri tries to save the world and when their dating maniac mother is never home. Rachel ends up dating the love of her life¿s brother all because of a love spell that went wrong. So many problems occur when Miri uses here magic. Some for good, some for Rachel¿s needs. All Rachel wants is to be a social butterfly instead of a social nerd. She spends lunches alone in the bathroom and the library when her best'and only' friend, Tammy, gets mano. This is a very interesting book that a lot of people seem to enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love arah mylnowski. All of her book are the bomb digitti! Seriously off the chain! READ IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thiss book was a fun read but it was hard to put down the book. I was wondering which book comes after this one???????
Cynthia Martinez More than 1 year ago
just as funny as bras and broom sticks AMAZING
book_lover20109 More than 1 year ago
I'm a tween and I love this book! I'm reading all the magic in Manhatten series and you should too!
katelyn sinclair More than 1 year ago
Very funny, great quick read!
Stephanie031299 More than 1 year ago
I loved how this book was very detail. It was sooo cool and I just couldn't put the book down. I read this whole book in like 2 days. Usually it takes forever for me to read a book but when I like it so much, I read fast. :)
Edith Hayes More than 1 year ago
It was the awesomes(yes it is a word) book ever!!!!!!!!!!!! If you like this book go to spells and sleeping bags. The big idea is Miri and mom useing magic WAY TO MUCH! Can Rachel save them? Or it would be to late? Find out in Frogs and French Kisses
Red-SoxGirl More than 1 year ago
This book kept me on the edge of my chair the whole time. I was never board!This book has a lot of exiting moments. i am 12 and this is a perfect age for this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
MOST DRAMATIC BOOK IN THE SERIES. Rachel doesn't have powers, but her mom and her little sister Miri do, and suddenly all the magic spins out of control. After making a fool of herself and breaking London Zeal's leg at a dancing fashion show, everyone at school hates Rachel except for her best friend Tammy. So Rachel convinces Miri to put a love spell on her crush Raf. However, the love spell accidently gets put on Raf's brother Will instead. In the meantime, Rachel's mother starts dating again and uses magic nonstop to make men fall for her. She evantually gets a boyfriend named Lex. And Miri is on a mission to save the world, but everything goes wrong. She transports cows from a slaughterhouse to the school gym of Rachel's high school in an attempt to save their lives, only to nearly cancel the senior prom. Without knowing what she's doing, she steals oranges and TVs from stores to give to the homeless. She evens tries to send a bunch of zoo animals to their birthplaces, in the meantime making them end up all over the country and causing a power outage while trying to save a goat's life. At the end, Rachel discovers that she has powers of her own when she makes rain stop.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is both Amazing and Confusing. Rachel is trying to find her way to prom with out reaking another person's heart. Will her relationship work out? Hopefully. Will everyone forget about the insident about the fashion show? Hopefully. Will london want to get revenge on Rachel for breaking her leg? Hopefully not!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love what everyone posted. So i got the book and i .........loved it,you all bellow me thenk you for convensing me to get this book i relly loved it and everybody should get this bok
DanceBree17 More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a really entertaining book, and even though I'm an older teenager, I really thought it could go to tween and teens alike. Poor Rachel is having to endure not being part of the witch group in her home. Her mother and do-gooder younger sister Miri are both witches. Miri is using her magic for good(saving the rainforest, rescuing animals, etc...) and her mother is using it to change for dating(longer hair, color, breasts, etc..) and Rachel just wants to survive being fourteen and losing her boyfriend and ex-best friend. But when Rachel asks Miri for a love spell, things go out of hand quickly. Pretty soon she is not only dating a cute senior, getting asked to Prom, and helping on the committee. But with magic, things might change, but there are consequences to every action, something the girls all find out in a big way. This is funny at times, and touching and really great for any level of reader. I would recommend the entire series just because the characters are so lovable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing. Im speachless. Great quick read. !<3ed it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read Bras and Broomsticks and Spells and Sleeping Bags. Should I buy this book? Is it worth it?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is hillarious and cute. I adore this series its not an amazing litereary story but a cute quick read. CRW
Mattie604 More than 1 year ago
Fourteen-year old Rachel couldn't be any more messed up. Her mom and sis are witches, she's lost the love of her life, is a social pariah, and has no chance at renewing her relationship with her ex- best friend. So when she goes to her little sister, Miri, she is sure Miri will work up some kind of love potion for her- right? Everything goes wrong when her crush's older brother, major hunk and Mr. School, Will, develops romantic feelings for her instead- while her real crush is yakking it up with her mortal enemy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Honestly....NO! This book is definately NOT worth your time and money! Have a great day, talk soon!
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BookwormKD More than 1 year ago
Rachel trying really hard to accept the fact that her younger sister, Miri, has magic powers and she doesn't. Rachel begs Miri for a love spell that goes horribly horribly wrong. Rachel's mom, formaly a non-practicing witch, is now a magic-a-holic who is using magic for everything from getting herself tea to getting her self dates. Miri is spending all of her time trying to save the world and none of her time studying and its up to rachel to make things right in the Weinstein house. Even beter then the firsst. i thought it was impossible to get better then the first book n the magic in manhattan series by sarah mlnowski, bras and broomsticks, but i was wrong! this book is soooo good and i absolutly adored the ending! if you like this book i recommend the rest of the series (i'm not putting them on the i also recommend spot because there are three other ones and it would take up to much space) i actually read this a while ago and it is one of my favorite series the other books in the series are: Bras and broomsticks, Spells and sleeping bags, and Parties and Potions. there isn't enough room on the i also recommend spot but if you enjoyed this i also recommend: marked by p.c. and kristen cast.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing!
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