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!