The Wedding Cake Girl
by Anne Pfeffer
Publisher: Bold Print Press
Source: e-book courtesy of Reading Addiction Blog Tours
Available as of July 24, 2012
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Seventeen year old Alexandra spends so much time helping others realize their dreams that she never has time for her own. An expert ocean diver and reluctant maker of wedding cakes, she longs to leave roses and frosting behind to study oceanography. Alex’s mother won’t have it—needy and dependent, Mom can’t run the family wedding cake business on her own.
No matter what Alex does, things only get worse for her. When she risks her life to save a tourist while scuba diving and becomes the local hero, Mom's angry with Alex for going diving at all. Mom also discourages Alex's new friendship with the insanely wealthy Jeremy, a fun boy with a secret. Then, Alex's best friend, Zack, a hunky island guy, starts to take an interest in her as well. The problem is, he's dating another girl.
As Alex struggles to learn where she stands between her two difficult and confusing Prince Charmings, it occurs to her that maybe what she really needs is a Prince Charming for Mom. If she doesn't do something, she will make cakes all her life and die in her "Sue's Wedding Cakery" apron with a spatula in her hand.
This has to be one of the sweetest, most adorable books I've ever read. Anne Pfeffer did an amazing job depicting a girl who has known cake and failed relationships for all her life.
Alexandra, Alex, has only had one goal in mind, to get off Santa Rita Island. All her life she has spent her free time helping her mom make wedding cakes with no pay, just a roof over her head and the occasional debt. The summer before her senior year is supposed to be spent in a summer program for marine biology, but will she be able to go?
I don't really know where to begin. Maybe with how little Alex's mom seemed to really care about her, but grew to see things from her perspective. Or maybe I should start by saying the ending wrapped the story up in a nice, warm place. Either way, Anne Pfeffer did an outstanding job putting this story together. I fell in love with Alex and a few other characters that we are introduced to. I was giddy reading the last 10 pages of amazingness. The Wedding Cake Girl was cute, funny, down-to-Earth and surprised me a few times along the way.
Overall, The Wedding Cake Girl is the perfect read if you're looking for a quick read that leave your heart melting. A stunning YA Contemporary Romance.
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