The Wedding Cake Girl by Anne Pfeffer
Publication Date: July 24, 2012 by Bold Print Press
Age Group: YA
Challenge(s): Ebook challenge, Young adult reading challenge, 150+ reading challenge,Just Contemporary challenge, Standalone Challenge, ABC challenge
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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 story features a colorful island setting, dangerous underwater diving adventures,a family of billionaires, and lots and lots of buttercream. It is Alex’s journey toward not only finding love, but learning how to step forward and take control of her own life, a rite of passage that faces all young readers.
The Wedding Cake Girl is a really cute book. It is the story of Alex, a really great teenage girl that is just trying to deal with the hand she was dealt. I really felt for Alex because her mother is so awful! Her mom really got me mad. I just wanted to shake her and make her act like an adult. The great thing about this book is that was like peering in the window of Alex’s life. It had its ups and downs, failures and successes, and it went through a lot of different things. I loved that because it just seemed very realistic.
There are a bunch of different characters that come in and out of Alex’s life. Some I liked more than others. Jeremy is such a great guy, and I think he brings out the best in Alex. Speaking of Alex, I loved seeing how driven she was with the marine biology stuff. I loved seeing her plan out her big research project. And now the not so much- Zack just got on my nerves. I know he was Alex’s best friend since forever, but some of the stuff he did just irritated me. But I did love diving partner Zack. Which brings me to the other awesome thing about The Wedding Cake Girl. I loved the descriptions of the island. I could picture myself there. The writing and details were great and I thought they totally made the story come alive.
Even though I had a few character issues, I think the journey that Alex goes on is a real winner. I loved it and I really loved the island of Santa Rita. Book me a plane ticket please! I think fans of realistic contemporaries will really enjoy The Wedding Cake Girl.
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