How to Eat A Cupcake (Meg Donohue) – Review

How to Eat a Cupcake By Meg DonohueHow to Eat A Cupcake by Meg Donohue
Age: Adult
Genre: Chick-lit / Fiction
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Harper Collins 
Publication Date: 3/13/2012
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Annie Quintana and Julia St. Clair haven’t seen each other in 10 years since their friendship came to a devastating end towards in high school. After reuniting at  a lavish affair held by Julia’s mother and catered by Annie, the two team up to open up their own cupcakery in San Francisco using Annie’s supreme baking skills and Julia’s business know-how. Each woman harbors a secret, and as they work together, their negative past comes to light.

This book is as light and fluffy as a cupcake. It is 100% chick-lit, and therefore falls victim to the formulaic & predictable plot, interchangeable main characters, and the required happy, no loose ends, ending.

Although Annie was penned as the free-spirited one and Julia is more reserved, I felt that both women were equally neurotic, insecure, vulnerable and friendly. It seemed like the only way Annie was free-spirited was through her awkward fashion sense. The chapters alternate between Annie and Julia’s voice, so I wish there had been more of a stark difference in tone between the two characters.

I usually veer away from chick-lit, but this book has two attractions: 1) San Francisco & 2) cupcakes.  I wish there had been at least 1 cupcake recipe included in the book, (particularly the chocolate persimmon one). Aftertaste by Meredith Mileti, another foodie chick-lit novel,  had a bevy of recipes in the back of the book, which I really enjoyed. How to Eat a Cupcake is in essence a  light & quick read, and will definitely have you running to your nearest bakery for a cupcake. I think I grew a sweet-tooth over the course of reading this book, and I don’t even like sweets!

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7 responses to “How to Eat A Cupcake (Meg Donohue) – Review

  1. I have this one on my reading pile and I can’t wait to get to it. I’m usually not much of a chick lit fan, but I think I’ll like this one.

  2. Sounds like it would be a fun ‘vacation’ read.

  3. Now I want a cupcake! I agree that this book sounds as though it is begging for some recipes in the back. 🙂

  4. yes definitely a good vacation read!

  5. Sounds like a fun book!

  6. Sounds cute. I’d definitely start craving cupcakes if I were to read it, though!

  7. I, too, would have loved the chocolate persimmon recipe, and some of the others mentioned as well. Maybe, a little cookbook should be forthcoming. Any other good food/ cupcake novels?


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