Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Review: Practice Cake by Dalya Moon

Published: 10-20-2011
Format: ebook
Genre: YA Contemporary
My rating: 4/5 stars

Synopsis from goodreads:

There’s one thing Maddie finds more tempting than red velvet cake: her coworker, Drew. All it takes is one of his sly winks or a playful hip-check by the cooler, and she’s incinerating the cookies. Her boyfriend would not approve.

When a reality TV crew descends upon the bakery, her simple summer job gets even more complicated. Maddie could become the Bakery Network’s next breakout star, if she can handle the heat of being cast as a show villain. Drew has an alternate idea: run away from everything, with him and his sexy tousled hair. She decides to take the leap, but when she finds out Drew’s been hiding a shocking secret, Maddie looks down at her packed suitcase and takes a moment to think. Should she fly off to Australia with a guy she hardly knows, or should she pick up her suitcase and hit him with it?

Chock full of imperfect people behaving badly, Practice Cake is for readers who enjoy a good laugh.

First I would like to thank the author, Dalya Moon, for giving me the opportunity to read this fantastic book. I'm so glad I requested a copy because I really enjoyed reading it!

Practice Cake proved to be a cute, delightful and enjoyable read. The story flows really well and I didn't find myself getting bored with it once. This book is also very well-balanced; with the right amount of humor, heartache and serious dilemmas. There is also a wide range of characters that are woven into the plot and you'll find yourself wanting to either smack some of them or laugh with them. I admit that going into it I thought the plot was going to be pretty predictable, but I was completely wrong and was pleasantly surprised by things that went in directions I wasn't expecting.

The female protagonist, Maddie, was extremely entertaining and had me chuckling several times. This is a girl that I would love to be friends with! She's extremely ambitious, despite what some of her family and friends say, and she's a very strong individual. Maddie is also very relatable; with very real family problems and boy trouble (speaking of boy trouble, her dating misadventures were quite comical!!). Her sister, Melanie, was one of my favorite characters. I envied their bond and got a kick out of their banter. I also liked Maddie's best friend, Jaslene. She could be a bit passive-aggressive at times but overall her presence complimented Maddie well.

The bakery where Maddie works is an interesting setting, especially when you combine the reality t.v. crew that wouldn't be there if it wasn't for her. Despite all of the drama going on in that place, it seemed like a fun place to work. There was definitely never a dull moment where Maddie was concerned.

I recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun, real and satisfying read filled with unexpected laughs-- you won't be disappointed!


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