Release Date ~ April 5, 2012
ARC received from Raincoast Books
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.
- 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.
- 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)!Purchase Links