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How to Eat a Cupcake: A Novel

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23 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

Tasty Treat!

How to Eat a Cupcake is told from both of the perspectives of Julia and Annie, old high school friends who parted ways after a mishap their senior year. Sometimes, this literary technique of multiple perspectives can go wrong, but in How to Eat a Cupcake it flows perfec...
How to Eat a Cupcake is told from both of the perspectives of Julia and Annie, old high school friends who parted ways after a mishap their senior year. Sometimes, this literary technique of multiple perspectives can go wrong, but in How to Eat a Cupcake it flows perfectly. Each character has such a distinct voice: Julia distant and troubled, Annie hilarious and sometimes sad, but always sassy. As we have been taught, there are two sides to every story and I like that Donohue chose to let us see both of these POV's come together, from their awkward reunion, to clashing flashbacks and current mutual understandings.

Annie and Julia are unlikely friends from the beginning and only by forgiving and understanding each other can they remain so. They come together to start a cupcakery and the descriptions of the shop and the sweets were so detailed that I longed for a cupcake ASAP!

Throughout How to Eat a Cupcake, several mysteries begin to unfold: one from their shared past and destruction of their friendship in their high school years, one involving Annie's mom and her missing recipe book and another that threatens their burgeoning business and possibly their lives.

A couple of love interests float in and out and in again, but this book is not a romance. The real relationship being dissected in detail in How to Eat a Cupcake is the bond between friends and the trust and understanding needed to put a broken friendship back together again.

Donohue has put together a perfect cupcake of a novel. The story has many levels: sweet, tart, spicy and mellow. What a great treat to curl up and pass the time with!

posted by KimballSK on April 5, 2012

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5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

I finished How to Eat a Cupcake late last night propped up in be

I finished How to Eat a Cupcake late last night propped up in bed and drooling on my pillow! A delightfully delicious sweet story of rekindled friendship with a little romance & mystery stirred in...:)

This is the story of Annie & Julia. Best friends from very...
I finished How to Eat a Cupcake late last night propped up in bed and drooling on my pillow! A delightfully delicious sweet story of rekindled friendship with a little romance & mystery stirred in...:)

This is the story of Annie & Julia. Best friends from very different worlds who grow up together. They grow apart through childhood hurts and losses, go their separate ways & at a turning point in both their lives end up coming together again. Through the love of cupcakes and family they manage to build a thriving "Cupcakery", find love and the friendship they thought was lost along the way.

I do have one complaint...You need to include some of those mouth watering cupcake recipes!!!

posted by anniemichelle on March 6, 2013

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  • Posted March 6, 2013

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    I finished How to Eat a Cupcake late last night propped up in be

    I finished How to Eat a Cupcake late last night propped up in bed and drooling on my pillow! A delightfully delicious sweet story of rekindled friendship with a little romance & mystery stirred in...:)

    This is the story of Annie & Julia. Best friends from very different worlds who grow up together. They grow apart through childhood hurts and losses, go their separate ways & at a turning point in both their lives end up coming together again. Through the love of cupcakes and family they manage to build a thriving "Cupcakery", find love and the friendship they thought was lost along the way.

    I do have one complaint...You need to include some of those mouth watering cupcake recipes!!!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2012

    Entertaining

    Good book, especially for a first-time author. Kept my attention. I would read another by this author when she publishes again.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 16, 2013

    Slow to Start

    Julia and Annie grew up together. Annie's mother, Lucia, was Julia's nanny and became the family cook. They became estranged at 18 and it's now ten years later. Julia is a successful business woman who's recently moved home to San Francisco to plan her wedding and Annie is a successful baker with a growing reputation. Julia's mother has hired Annie to supply cupcakes for her charity event and the two reunite. Julia, who's bored, suggests a business proposition to Annie: open a cupcakery, funded by Julia's money and Annie's incredible baking talent. The book is about how they resolve the rift that tore their friendship apart 10 years ago. I found it slow-going at first. Annie hates Julia for something she thinks Julia did and Julia is depressed over something that's recently happened in her life. Both instances are hinted at, but, it's not until the last 80 or so pages that we find out what happened. Overall, I enjoyed the book, I just wish we'd gotten to the heart of the matter sooner - oh, and there was a twist I didn't see coming.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    Not a bad way to kill some time.

    A nice little summer book - not a life-changer, but entertaining mind candy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2013

    Recommend

    Enjoyed this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    A good light read for the beach.

    Nicely written, formulaic beach read

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