... this breezy, appealing read covers personal growth, the sacrifices of friendship, and the mistakes made along the way.School Library Journal
Recipe for Disasterby Maureen Fergus
Francie's life was almost perfect before the new girl showed up. She had her own business as a weekend baker whose scones almost caused stampedes, a best friend named Holly and a deeply fulfilling crush on Tate Jarvis. She dreamed about the day she'd be famous and have her own baking show. But the new girl at school, Darlene, thinks Francie's obsession with baking
Francie's life was almost perfect before the new girl showed up. She had her own business as a weekend baker whose scones almost caused stampedes, a best friend named Holly and a deeply fulfilling crush on Tate Jarvis. She dreamed about the day she'd be famous and have her own baking show. But the new girl at school, Darlene, thinks Francie's obsession with baking is weird, she acts like Holly is her best friend, and she's somehow managed to steal Tate's attention away. Suddenly, everything is unravelling. Unable to stay focused, Francie's pastry-filled dreams are starting to slide. Then Francie gets a chance to meet the sexy celebrity baker Lorenzo LaRue, whose toned pectorals inspire Francie as much as the baking tips she picks up from his TV show. Francie is sure that if Lorenzo could only see how passionate she is about baking, he would help launch her career, and possibly marry her when she reaches legal age. It won't be easy - but Francie is starting to understand that although trying won't guarantee success, quitting will guarantee failure. Young readers will gobble up this hilarious exploration of a girl's recipes for friendship, dating, fame and coconut-drop cookies.
Meet the Author
Author Maureen Fergus has written the YA novel Exploits of a Reluctant (But Extremely Goodlooking) Hero, Recipe for Disaster, and Ortega. The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten is her first picture book. She lives in Winnipeg, Canada.
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This was just an OK read for me...some parts were pretty good and pretty funny, but not "laugh out loud" hilarious. The protagonist was sometimes annoying, though I did appreciate her passion for baking and her big dreams. What I didn't appreciate about this book was just how strange it was at times...like the chapter with the pool party, the main character's best friend strips in the locker room in front of everyone, and then so does the main character, and I thought that was kind of gross. There were just little bits here and there that kind of irked me. I think the writing was alright, the characters were so-so. Overall, very mediocre, but etertaining just the same. (PS - I also enjoyed the creative little inputs and fictional quotations at the start of each chapter, that was quite clever)