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The Cupcake Queen

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

19 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.com

Penny Lane is definitely a fish out of water. She has moved to Hog's Hollow with her mother. Hog's Hollow is her mother's hometown, and they've temporarily moved in with Penny's grandmother. At least that's what her mom has told her. Penny would much rather return to Ne...
Penny Lane is definitely a fish out of water. She has moved to Hog's Hollow with her mother. Hog's Hollow is her mother's hometown, and they've temporarily moved in with Penny's grandmother. At least that's what her mom has told her. Penny would much rather return to New York and live with her father.

Penny's not looking forward to starting school in her new town. Before school starts, a disaster occurs at a birthday party. Her mom has opened a cupcake business in town and the father of the birthday girl caused the food table to tumble. But no one blames Mr. Wharton. All eyes are on Penny and her mom.

When Penny arrives at her new school, of course Charity, the birthday girl, is the queen of all and makes life miserable. It starts with a play on her name when she opens her locker and hundreds of pennies come tumbling out. The only bright spot in the fiasco is that she is befriended by independent Tally. But the pennies are only the first of many attempts to torture Penny.

Penny constantly wants to return to New York. Her mom isn't communicating with her, and conversations with her father are limited. Her grandma tries to get her to talk to her mom. And Penny is stuck working at the cupcake bakery. Penny is creative though, and designs amazing artwork on each of the cupcakes.

Through it all, Penny encounters a boy and his dog on the beach. Slowly, she learns about Marcus and the secrets that he's keeping. It turns out that everyone seems to have secrets deep inside. As Penny's wish to return to New York becomes reality, she comes to the realization that there's more to Hog's Hollow than she realized. Does she want to return to New York or finally make Hog's Hollow home?

Reading THE CUPCAKE QUEEN made me think of Jenny B. Jones' SO NOT HAPPENING novel. Both have the main character, a city girl, stuck in the middle of a small town. Penny is torn between her old life and the life that is being forced upon her. It takes other interesting students to make her realize what she has even in light of the hassles received from Charity and her gang.

I enjoyed reading THE CUPCAKE QUEEN quite a bit and sat down and finished it in one evening. It's one of those stories that you don't want to see end. I'd love to see more of Penny and her friends!!

posted by TeensReadToo on November 12, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

love it

ok, callling something gay doesnt mean its gay; its an insult to the book.its not gay, and we shouldnt use the word that way. in fact, i loved it. so i think the wisest decision would be is saying that it was not that good. bad or terrible, even. but certainly not gay.

posted by ajdubnejaj22 on March 5, 2011

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  • Posted March 22, 2010

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    Cheesy and has no plot

    This book is the worst most awful book I have ever read. Thumbs down x 10. The book was really cheesy and had absolutely no plot. I couldn't even finsish it. I had no idea what the main character (Penny) was talking about. Whenever I went to read a part, I was like, "What is she rambling on about now?" Honestly this book is horrible. Really, the author could've done better. I think the author was just a lady who felt like writing a cheesy book with cupcakes in it. I could not finish this book and I forced myself to read it, but at page 93 i stopped because I really didn't know what the main plot was. Do me a favor and don't read this book.

    3 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 24, 2011

    Not for.....

    This book was good when i was in middle school but even then i was reading books way way more advanced then this but i enjoyed it it was a break from classic books just fun and light and took not even two hours to finish

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2012

    W Thoughts

    Ok, i seriously and truthfully think that the whole idea was fantastic. Depressed and confused girl ( who happens to work in a cupcake store ) falls in love with handome popular guy ( who happens to be working on a big project in memory of his deceased mother ) HOWEVER. The author clearly as no idea how to write a smooth an captivating story. The story drags on and it feels as if you're reading a ten year old's essay for school. I would sugget this book to people 7-12 yeas old. Otherwise, just dont wase your money on this book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    not a good writer

    Its a good book, but the way she wrote it was not quite understandable. At some parts she is talking to someone else and then it says that she said something again, like shes talking to herself or arguing with herself. I would not really recomend this to anyone.

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