Monday, February 17, 2014

MMGM: IT'S RAINING CUPCAKES

Usually I set up my MMGMs on Sunday and schedule them for the next day. However, I was unable to do so. But the good news is I'm still doing a MMGM.

Today we have IT'S RAINING CUPCAKES in the spotlight!

Goodreads says:
Twelve-year-old Isabel is dying to get out of her small town of Willow, Oregon, and travel like her best friend, Sophie. But when Isabel's mother decides to open up a cupcake shop across town, Isabel is once again stuck in Willow for the summer; until she learns of a baking contest where the finalists get an all-expenses paid trip to New York City to compete in the final bake-off. But Sophie is also entering the contest, and Isabel's mother has reservations. Can Isabel finally realize her dreams of leaving Willow without hurting two of the most important people in her life?

My review:
I really liked the plot of this book. It was entertaining and sucked me right in. My favorite character was Sophie, Isabel's best friend. The chapters all have a spotlighted cupcake, each with a little saying. One of my favorites is coconut mango cupcakes: a taste of the tropics without getting on a plane. For me, these were little treats after each chapter, and I found myself eagerly awaiting the next one.

There were a few things I disliked. I couldn't really connect with Isabel. The notes/poems she wrote in her passport holder were also a downside. I also found myself just hating Isabel's mom. Even the ending could not change my perspective on her.

There are some cupcake recipes in the back of the book, but I have not tried them out. I find myself a little "culinary challenged".

All in all, it was a good book, worthy of 3.5 stars out of 5.

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