Teen Review: The Cupcake Club: Peace, Love & Cupcakes

The Cupcake Club: Peace, Love & Cupcakes by Sheryl Berk & Carrie Berk
Release Date ~ April 5, 2012
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
ISBN13: 9781402264498
ARC received from Raincoast Books

Goodreads Synopsis:
Quiet fourth-grader Kylie Carson is sort of a an outsider--she's constantly bullied by popular girl Meredith and has no friends, until her new drama teacher encourages her to start a cupcake club at school: Cupcakes for a Cause will raise money for the new EcoCenter. Soon, Kylie and other misfits are baking up a storm.
I enjoy baking, and I also really love cupcakes, so Brenna thought that this would be a good pick for me.  Although this book was written for a younger audience, I really liked it and thought that it was pretty was pretty good novel that I didn't find overly juvenile (and the cupcakes were a neat twist). This one could definitely be enjoyed by readers who like reading MG books.

  1. Kylie as a well-rounded character:
    Judging from the cover, you'd figure that Kylie is a really girly girl whose main interests are mostly about fashion, makeup, and baking.  She has a bit of a unique twist, though.  She is a huge fan of monster movies.  I thought that this put a nice, fresh twist on her personality.  She was constantly making references to the movies themselves, which I found to be quite amusing.  I also found her to be very likable.  She isn't just a victim to bullying who sobs about it.  She tries to make friends, but it just never seems to work out for her.
  2. The Cupcake Club:
    I think that this is one of the best ideas for a club ever.  I mean, I would totally join this club if it was available at my school!  Nevertheless, I liked the role that it had to play in the story.  I liked how it brought together all the main characters, making them form a strong friendship.  I thought that this was a unique club idea in a novel, and something I could really relate to.
On top of that, there are cupcake recipes in the back of the book.  Pretty awesome, right? I haven't tried any of them out yet, but I'm hoping to do that soon!
I did find that I rolled by eyes at the mean girl, Meredith.  I really disliked her, she just seemed really annoying and kind of lame without any real reason or motivations. 
Other that, though I thought that this was a pretty good book for the younger crowd, or even if you're in your mid-teenage years (and are mildly addicted to cupcakes, like I am)!

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franchie15 said...

Cute. Cupcake club! I think it really is one of the most unique ideas yet that I've heard. It's really interesting. I like how the club brought the characters together. I think Kylie is such a realistic character when you said that she did try to have friends but it just didn't work out for her. It's sad but that's true sometimes. This sounds to be a fun read! I hope you try some of the recipes and show us Dorian! :)

Angkarina said...

It does indeed sounds good and I'm sure I would have read it if I was younger. But I guess I've matured because I know that these kinds of book will be too...simple for me. The story line doesn't sounds complicated.
Thanks for the review!

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