The Cupcake Queen by Heather Hepler
Release Date: September 17, 2009
Publisher: Dutton Books For Young Readers
Age Group: Young Adult
Summary: A confection of a novel, combining big city sophistication with small town charm. When her mother moves them from the city to a small town to open up a cupcake bakery, Penny's life isn't what she expected. Her father has stayed behind, and Mom isn't talking about what the future holds for their family. And then there's Charity, the girl who plays mean pranks almost daily. There are also bright spots in Hog's Hollow-like Tally, an expert in Rock Paper Scissors, and Marcus, the boy who is always running on the beach. But just when it looks as though Penny is settling in, her parents ask her to make a choice that will turn everything upside down again. A sweet novel about love, creativity, and accepting life's unexpected turns.
My Thoughts: This was definitely a cutesy novel and I needed just that!
We are introduced to Penny who works in her mom’s bakery. She just loves making cupcakes! Penny and her mother just moved to this new town and they are trying to fit in and make it work. Its hard. Penny’s dad still lives in their old town and she misses him a lot.
Penny meets a few friends who I really liked! She also meets a boy named Marcus. He is always running along her beach with his dog. Guess the beach has a lot of meaning for him as well.
I just loved Penny. She took being picked on quite well which I did hate seeing though. I hated the mean pranks that were pulled on her. I wanted to tell those mean girls off!
This one wasn’t too deep but yet it was. There were some important lessons throughout the novel but it was also a really cute book that you can just melt right into!
It was also quite short so I flew right through it!
Overall: I really liked this one! It was a little young but I really liked Penny and her mom. And I liked her friends and Marcus! A cute read! I'd say probably between a 3.5 and a 4 cupcake rating!
Cover: Love it!! Aren’t those cupcakes so pretty? I just want to eat them right up!
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