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There’s one thing Maddie finds more tempting than red velvet cake: her coworker, Drew. All it takes is one of his sly winks or a playful hip-check by the cooler, and she’s incinerating the cookies. Her boyfriend would not approve.

When a reality TV crew descends upon the bakery, her simple summer job gets even more complicated. Maddie could become the Bakery Network’s next...more
Kindle Edition, 255 pages
Published October 20th 2011
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Nicola
This review first appeared here on my blog.

This book completely took me by surprise. For some unknown reason, I went into it thinking it was an adult romance book but that's not what I found. I later saw that the author herself describes it as for ''adults/older teens'' and ''Humorous contemporary, a.k.a. chick lit. While there are relationships, it is not a “romance” novel'' and that's certainly a more fitting description! Anyway, my misconception is beside the point. I really enjoyed this book...more
Danielle
Practice Cake is about Maddie, a recent high school graduate torn between childhood and adulthood. Unfortunately, she exhibits her childish side by making every single possible wrong decision for the entire book. She exhibits her adult side by...

Sorry, I got nothing.

Maddie takes a job at a bakery to pay for her dream car. She then stumbles into reality tv, has a lot of boy problems that could be solved by TALKING to the people she's necking with, spends all of her car money on frivolous things,...more
Jessica
I hereby profess my love for Maddie, the lovable protagonist of Practice Cake. See Maddie isn't sure where her life is taking her, but she does know that for now baking is something she really enjoys doing. Being around all those gorgeous cakes and pastries is pure heaven. Of course, it doesn't hurt that her coworker is rather yummy himself! Never mind the fact that her current boyfriend thinks it's a waste of time. What does he know? Maddie is a teenage girl at her best and worst, all at the sa...more
Greta
Brief summary:
Maddie, a recent high school graduate has taken a bakery assistant's job at Angelo's bakery. There she meets Drew, her hot colleague, who she can't help but flirt with despite already having a boyfriend. Pretty soon, though, things change. She's single, acting a little boy crazy and she's the star of a new reality show filming at her bakery. Over the course of book, Maddie learns about family, friendship and knowing herself.

Review:
This wasn't always an enjoyable read. On the surfa...more
Mickey Reed
Sep 30, 2012 Mickey Reed rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: YA Contemp fans
See full review here!

3.5 stars

I received this book from the author, and here is my honest review:

I really enjoyed reading this one. I read it pretty quickly, and I was always looking forward to picking it back up. I loved the fact that the story wasn't thoroughly predictable and the characters weren't so typical and were very random. Maddie is a fun MC, and getting inside her head is certainly an adventure. She grows quite a bit during this novel, and it's a frustrating but fun journey.

Maddie is...more
Liz
Practice Cake is a feel good YA novel. The concept and the plot were a lot of fun. I rooted for Maddie throughout the story as she goes from not very sure of herself to assertive. The other characters? Not so much. It seems that every single person Maddie meets, with the exception of her male boss, is both mean and vain. They also don't seem believable as real people. Her friends are an actress and a fashion blogger. She goes clubbing with her boss's wife. Many of the side characters are one dim...more
Theresa
Gah, I have no idea how many stars to give this book, but I guess I didn't skim parts or wonder why anyone ever read it, so I'll give it a four.

I told my sister if Maddie ended up with the bad first meeting, I was only going to write one word: Scream! Well...I think it needs more.

Ever have those relationships that start out so amazing that you feel high? And then you start seeing all those red flags that you ignore and then it gets bad and you crash and burn? I kinda feel that way about this boo...more
Paula  Phillips
Meet Maddie Bird , one day a Checkout Operator asking customers "paper or plastic?" and the next day working as a Bakery Assistant at Angelo's. What started off as a new career move ended up being a whole lot of firsts for Maddie. The first is Drew , her co-worker - he is hot, handsome and can bake . Even though Maddie has a boyfriend already called Parker , she can't help but feel drawn to Drew and starts to wonder whether it is possible to have a love triangle like they do in the movies - thin...more
Elaine
Maddie starts out with a carefree simplicity and I love her sense of humor, especially the discussion of the name of the cookies and Mrs. Henderson. Life, being life however, changes and so does Maddie and life has her soon maturing.

She lives with her older sister Melanie and works at Angelo’s Bakery with hunky Drew but dates Parker. Her friends are Jaslene, Chloe, and Zoe. Because Chloe desperately wants to avoid wrinkles, she refrains from showing expressions, either happy or sad, causing Mad...more
Melissa
This was a cute and quick read geared toward young adults/teenage girls. Taking place in a bakery, this story provided me my own memories of high school and the types of lessons learned during that stage of my life. As other reviewers mentioned, there is a great dose of surprise events and I definitely couldn't have predetermined the entire course of events although I was entirely satisfied with the way things culminated by the end of this read.

For me, the quotes and lines that stood out, were l...more
Bookphile
I really liked this book. It was funny, had a very authentic voice, and was very well-written. Full review to come.

Full review:

Confession: I used to really enjoy reading contemporary women's lit, but then I gave up on it. There was a golden age of romantic comedies and contemporary women's lit where the stories were great, the heroines were admirable even with their flaws, and the heroes were worth a woman's notice. Nowadays, not so much. Maybe I'm just not seeing the right movies or reading the...more
Sharon
Dalya Moon has a fantastic writing style that carries wit, entertainment, and oh JOY for the geek references mixed into Chick Lit! Bonus points for including mentions of Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, Cyborgs, and even Helvetica - in the context of Chick Lit no less!

At first I thought Maddie's experiences really seemed more like a 21 year old than an 18-year old, but then the memories of MY 18th year started tumbling back as I continued to read. It's much more fun to read about being 18 than...more
Tamara
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Idris
Practice Cake not only talks about baking, or cookies recipes, but also talks about problems that normal people can affront in their life. Maddie is a normal young girl, who lives with her sister, she has a boyfriend that doesn't understand why she is working at a bakery, he doesn't like her new job, and every single opportunity he has he lets her know his opinion. But she loves her job, is tiring, but she likes it, specially her co-worker, Drew. Is in that moment when everything gets a little b...more
Jen Randolph
All in all this story was adorable. Now, that word is simply meant to be my opinion. Here are the facts.

1 - The main character is easy to relate to. Not the best parents, wants a car, her boyfriend is a weirdo and all of her feelings I had at eighteen as well. She is moody when appropriate and the rest of the time she is unintentionally witty and fun. The writing sometimes sounds like the author is trying too hard to be upbeat but that is ok.

2 - Development. Every story has a hero and a villain...more
Shannon
Practice Cake is the delicious story of Maddie and what happens when reality show cameras are brought into the bakery where she works. I really like Maddie. She is a smart girl who makes age appropriate mistakes. It makes the story feel believable and I always appreciate that. Maddie deals with a lot in this story including a friend dealing with jealousy issues, a crush on a coworker, family drama and so much more. The story still manages to be well written and all these issues combine seamlessl...more
Alison
I liked how this book embraced the new adult age group perfectly. For those of you who don’t know what new adult books are, they are books with protagonists who are 18-25 years old. They tend to be a lot like Young Adult books just with a bit older characters. Graduating high school and attempting to enter the ‘real world’ is a really weird time for all of us. Practice Cake examines that awkwardness. Juggling friendships, work, and dating is hard for anyone. To me, it was perfectly captured. I p...more
Lindsay Paige
Nov 28, 2011 Lindsay Paige added it
Shelves: own
Title Thoughts: It's perfect.

Cover Thoughts: I think it is adorable and it makes me think of the flowers Maddie had to put on a cake.

If you are a friend of mine on Goodreads, then you know one thing that I loved about this book was how I could relate to it simply because of the depiction of real events. An example would be that the Canucks losing the Stanley Cup and going bonkers. There were riots and everything. Maddie experiences the side effects of that in this book and I thought it was cool...more
Nadine
Laut Klappentext dreht sich die Geschichte um eine Realityshow, die in einer Bäckerei gefilmt wird... die Storyline beginnt aber erst in der Hälfte des Buches und wirkt mehr wie Dekoration, als ein zentrales Thema.
Im wesentlichen dreht sich die Story um Maddie, die gerade die High-School hinter sich gelassen hat und nun in einer Bäckerei jobbt, um sich ihr Traumauto zu kaufen – und um Maddies Männergeschichten. Da ist Parker, anfangs ihr fester Freund, aber jede Zeile über ihn schreit schon dana...more
A Book Vacation
Moon has created a hilarious novel; she’s a wonderful storyteller, capturing the reader’s attention from the very beginning with her true to life characters and their amusing circumstances. Practice Cake is about Maddie’s struggles—a coming of age story, if you will—in which she has to deal with a controlling boyfriend, a crazy job, her sister and her sister’s unfaithful boyfriend, and an unhelpful egotistical friend, all while taking part in a reality TV show that begins to consume her life. I...more
Unabridged Bookshelf
In Practice Cake by Dalya Moon, Maddie is in her last weeks of high school, when she takes a job at a local bakery. Her first day at the bakery is a disaster, when her new co-worker Drew distracts her. Drew is gorgeous, and Maddie develops a crush, the problem being her boyfriend Parker. It does not help matters that her best friend, Jaslene, does not like Parker at all. Parker also does not approve of her taking a lowly job on being a baker’s assistant.

In the beginning of Practice Cake, the bak...more
Shanon (Escaping With Fiction)
First I would like to thank the author, Dalya Moon, for giving me the opportunity to read this fantastic book. I'm so glad I requested a copy because I really enjoyed reading it!

Practice Cake proved to be a cute, delightful and enjoyable read. The story flows really well and I didn't find myself getting bored with it once. This book is also very well-balanced; with the right amount of humor, heartache and serious dilemmas. There is also a wide range of characters that are woven into the plot and...more
Lisa
First of all, I want to thank the author of this book (Dalya Moon), for giving me the awesome opportunity to read this book. I fell in love with the book straight away and like her first book, I could not put it down. It was so intense, with always something happening. Also, everything was explained in great detail so I understood every word she wrote in this book. Well done, Dalya!

I could really connect with all the characters and it almost felt like it was written for me, and me only! I know t...more
Alexis
This book was unlike anything I've ever read before. It was realistic, upbeat, and honest. Sometimes hilarious, sometimes bittersweet, Practice Cake is the story of an average girl trying to find herself in a world that doesn't seem to give her a second look.

Most YA that I read involves teenagers in supernatural worlds, or in abnormal circumstances in dystopian worlds. I've never read a book about a teenager in our world, doing normal teenager things. Admittedly, it always sounded a little bori...more
Kristin (These Pretty Words)
Originally posted on These Pretty Words.

I really wanted to love this book. I gave it more than a fair shake considering I was ready to flounce at chapter four, but I held on until the end because the author is such a sweetie. Unfortunately the story never really grabbed onto me. I loved Maddie – she's funny, brazen, a little blunt, a lotta snarky –but in my opinion the other characters were written without clear characterizations. There were many moments throughout the book where I had to double...more
Laura
3.5 stars, rounding up. Character complexity you don't often find in romantic-comedy, which I enjoyed! They are not all likable characters, but I don't prefer perfect people in my fiction anyway. Most of them are interesting, though if you're looking for a romantic lead, you will likely not find one you can swoon over (consistently). Later you'll realize why -- this book is more a coming-of-age story than it is a romance, though it does have a happy ending for our dear Maddie.

The plot is unfocu...more
Tara Calaby

My full Practice Cake review can be found at Agrippina Legit.

Practice Cake is a light-hearted contemporary YA novel with an underlying message about growing up and discovering your worth as a woman. For some reason, I'm an absolute sucker for novels that focus on workplace settings, so I loved the idea of a book set in a bakery, even if it did make me hunger for baked goods far too much while I was reading it! Angelo's bakery is not just set-dressing, either. By the end of the novel, the reader...more
Tracy
First off, I must admit that this is certainly not my genre of choice. However, as I have said before, I think it is good to go outside your comfort zone once in awhile.

Practice Cake sounded like a cute, quick read and the author is from Canada! Thus, I agreed to take it on for review. Sadly, it did not deliver for me. While the storyline would have made for a quick, fun read, the writing lacked in most areas. I am assuming this book is being pushed out as a YA Contemporary as the main characte...more
Cynthia
This is a hard book to rate. Dalya Moon is a good writer and the writing is humorous enough to make you laugh out loud. The story however, is dull and very slow. I kept reading becasue I was hopeful and it is a quick read. I was 90% finished before it ever really grabbed my attention. The central character Maddie, is a young woman who goes to work at a bakery and ultimately creates a product that gets the attention of a food network producer. The story is about her and the people in her life inc...more
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