Rainer Maria Rilke

"Live a while in these books, learn from them what seems to you worth learning, but above all love them. This love will be repaid you a thousand and a thousand times, and however your life may turn,-it will, I am certain of it, run through the fabric of your growth as one of the most important threads among all the threads of your experiences, disappointments, and joys."--Rainer Maia Rilke

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Appeals to My Sweet Tooth: Taking the Cake by Lisa Papametriou

Confectionately Yours #2:  Taking the Cake by Lisa Papametriou

Adolescent 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!

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