Confectionately Yours #2: Taking the Cake by Lisa PapametriouAdolescent Coming of Age
This YA series is really quite adorable.
The covers are fantastic and eye-catching. The titles are peppy and upbeat. The formatting of the book, with a recipes for unique cupcake at the end of each chapter, is fun. What really sets this apart, though, is the solid storyline and plot.
Hayley and her family live above a tea and cake shop, the result of her parent's recent divorce. In this installment, she is trying, unsuccessfully, to deal with her father dating a much younger woman. And, her mother dating a man. And, her ex-best friend who is purposely flaunting her burgeoning romance with Hayley's crush. And, her guilt over letting Marco, an ex-best friend recently gained, copy off her math. And, a stomach virus. The stomach virus is the least of her problems.
The series if fun, light-hearted, but takes the serious moments seriously. I love how it deals with adolescent woes and turmoils in a respectful fashion. This series really appeals to my sweet tooth and I'll be coming back for more!