How to Eat a Cupcake
How to Eat a Cupcake is one of those books that I couldn't put do...more
"How To Eat a Cupcake" is boring chick lit with compl...more
Part of what made this just a mediocre book for me is that it never hooked me, drew me in to keep reading. I could predict everything that happened, the fights/arguments between Annie and Julia, and the ending. And it's so frustrating because I f...more
How to Eat a Cupcake is a book after my he...more
How to Eat a Cupcake is a light read. It is slow-going at first, but by the last third of the book it does pick up its pace (finally). But unfortunately if you can hang on that long, your patience isn't really rewarded. I was hoping for a sweet story of lost friendship found. And while that is a small part of the main storyline,...more
I live in San Francisco, where this novel is so evocatively set. After the coldest, dreariest, rainiest week ever, I felt I deserved a treat. I pulled How to Eat a Cupcake off the shelf.
At the novel’s heart, are two very different women with a shared past. Annie Quintana grew up in the carriage house of the St. Clair’s Pacific Heights mansion. Her mother, Lucia, was the nanny to Julia St. Clair, and the two girls were raised practically as sisters. They were the cl...more
Years later, Julia’s mother is hosting a party and convinces Annie to cater and bring her cupcakes. It is at this party that Julia and Annie will reconnect. They decide to go into business together and start their own cupcake shop.
Time passes and Annie and Julia meet again and Julia decides to help Annie open a cupcake shop. Hard feelings still exist and Annie and Julia must work at their new relationship if the...more
I really liked both of the main characters in the book. Annie seems like a person that I would really like to be friends with. She seems like a lot of fun. Julia doe...more
And the cliches!!! Of course Julia is tall, thin, blond, gorgeous and rich. Of course Annie is short and cu...more
The characters are well-developed and believable, and I thought every conversation rang true. I was completely caught up in all of the plotlines. I liked the way the book is set up - with each girl alternating chapters and giving her point of view. It made me feel that I really understood both of them. Every character was like a r...more
The girls grew up together since they were babies - they might as well have been sisters....more
Annie Quintana is a talented but underpaid baker in San Francisco and the daughter of the wealthy St. Clair family's former housekeeper. When Julia, the prodigal St. Clair daughter and Annie's erstwhile friend, returns to her home, the two women rekindle their friendship and open a cupcake shop. They also stir up some buried feuds and solve the mystery of Annie's mother's death. "How to Eat a Cupcake" makes for good chick lit. The alternating perspective between Annie and Julia helps keep the st...more
When I first picked up this book I was expecting it to be a light frivolous read. I mean, how to eat a cupcake doesn't sound too serious, right? But I was happily surprised. I can see from the other reviews that you will either love it or hate it. I fall into the love it group.
Julia & Annie did start off as stereotypical characters. But by the end of the book there was so many more layers to them beneath the surface that they became more believable to me. I liked that each chapter devoted...more
Funny, free-spirited Annie Quintana and sophisticated, ambitious Julia St. Clair could not be more different. Yet, as the daughter of the St. Clair’s housekeeper, Annie grew up side-by-side with Julia in the St. Clair’s San Francisco mansion and the girls were as close as sisters until a life-altering betrayal destroyed their friendship.
A decade later, Annie has become a talented, if underpaid, pastry chef who bakes to fill the void left in her heart by her mother’s death. Julia,...more
Annie Quintana and Julia St. Clair were the best of friends growing up. Annie's mother Lucia was employed by Julia's mother, as a nanny for Julia as well as a cook. Not until the girls got older did they begin to notice and pay more attention to the differences in their backgrounds...more
It wasn't awful. (Although, neither was it great.) It was pretty clean - something I'm alwa...more
First, the icing on the cupcake is that I absolutely love Meg Donohue's style of writing. She constructs her words beautifully to tell the story. I felt like I knew the characters so well and not only cheered them on but longed for everything to work...more
I really getting to know Annie and Julia. This book is told through the points of views from both Julia and Annie. Julia and Annie are childhood best friends who drifted apart. Annie's mother worked for Julia's mother and s...more
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