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Cupcake (Cyd Charisse #3)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  2,417 ratings  ·  139 reviews
When Cyd Charisse moves from San Francisco to start a new life in New York City, she leaves behind her family -- and her true love, Shrimp.

She wants to find a cool job, the city's best caffeination and most perfect cupcake, and a hot new love. But the reality of CC's new life hits some unexpected obstacles, including a broken leg that renders her immobile; the joy and ag
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published January 23rd 2007)
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Meghan
The thick red cupcake letter frosting on the cover slightly grossed me out. Cyd has just never grown on me. I admire Rachel Cohn's ability to channel the thought processes she goes through while making the decisions not to go to college and whether or not to chase after her on-again/off-again maybe-true-love Shrimp, and her changing, more mature dynamic with her mom and dad and half-sister, but I think what rubs me the wrong way is actually lightly touched on in this, the third in the series: Cy ...more
Rasee
Easily the best book of the series. I started out less than impressed by Rachel Cohn's writing style, not to mention Cyd Charisse's personality. But she grew on me, and then I became invested in what happened to her. I love that you get to witness her growth and I love how this last book wraps it all up in the most perfect way possible. Such great characters. I admit that I had to skip a few of the crazy internal dialogues that were a tad neurotic for me, and that didn't serve any real purpose, ...more
Corien
Meet CC. A self-absorbed, young...well, I wouldn't say lady...but at least knows what she wants.
After breaking up with Shrimp and letting him `escape' to New Zealand with his parents, CC moves from San Francisco to New York to start a new exciting life on her own.
Except that right away things go wrong (she falls down the stairs and breaks her leg, leaving her stuck in her brother's apartment - no elevator - until her it is healed).
Her brother has better things to do than to listen to her whining
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Miss Bookiverse
Den letzten Teil der Cyd Charisse Reihe fand ich leider nicht ganz so gut. Das liegt daran, dass sich inzwischen einfach viel wiederholt. Ich habe die 3 Bücher relativ schnell hintereinander gelesen, konnte mich also an Details noch gut erinnern, die Rachel Cohn aber für die "Abstands-Leser" noch mal erklärt hat. Generell hat sie sich allein in diesem Buch öfter wiederholt und ich hatte das Gefühl Cyd Charisse selbst dreht sich ein wenig im Kreis, pendelt hin und her und weiß nicht recht, wo sie ...more
Kiera
I absolutely loved this book. The post-high school themes were easily relatable for me. Cyd Charisse is one of the most interesting characters I've ever come across. As the book progresses you get to know her beyond the desperately in love 18 year old who has left San Francisco for a life in New York living with her gay half-brother and NYC family that just met her 2 years earlier. I love CC. I think every girl fresh out of high school is CC. Lost, confused, perhaps questioning the decisions tha ...more
Brittany Durrant
This book did not turn out like anything I expected. For instance, I thought that CC's boyfriend would come back in the beginning instead of the end. In my opinion the author dragged on some parts and CC went into flashbacks but sometimes it wasn't obvious so it got a little bit confusing. There was one thing that I liked and it was that CC grew up a bit and realized that she can't get anywhere in the real world if she continues to be rebellious and irresponsible. Overall, I didn't think this bo ...more
Kricket
i have to agree that this book did not live up to expectations. still, it was fun to get back into cyd charisse's hilarious head for a while. i love max but didn't really understand what he was doing in the story, except for being...convenient? i guess i felt that way about a lot of the characters: frances alberta, baldy, johnny mold.

i'm really curious about the review that calls this book mary sue fiction. sure, (almost) everyone loves cyd charisse, but isn't it sort of refreshing to read about
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Linnea
I had read the first two books in the series, Gingerbread and Shrimp, back in high school, and yet I never got around to reading the final installment until now. (You can blame hardcover prices and then sudden cover redesigns for that--I couldn't possibly own the first two with the striped covers and the last one with the new design of a cupcake silhouette...it just wouldn't make sense.)

I have to admit, I love Cyd Charisse. I do. I probably shouldn't, but I do. She's a brat, she's self-centered,
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Carley Harding
The genre is drama.The book Cupcake is about a girl named CC who just turned 18. CC moved from San Francisco to New York City where her birth dad, older sister, and older brother live. It gets hard when her and her brother fight about who comes over to the apartment that they share. She is trying to figure everything out on her own, but it is hard when she gets distracted by her ex boyfriend, Shrimp who sends her mail from New Zealand, where he moved for art school. CC should be going to a culin ...more
Kaethe
Cyd Charisse is now grown up and out on her own (more or less), although being who she is she manages to make some unusual friends, and she's back in Manhattan to spend more time getting to know her bio-family.

Like Ruby Oliver in E. Lockhart's The Treasure Map of Boys, CC makes some mistakes and does some foolish things, but she's self-aware enough to recognize her mistakes and work to fix them.

What I really love is that despite her longing for true love, she's not neglecting all the other thing
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Vivacious Hobo
I was so disappointed with this book!! CC just annoyed me so much. Does she want to be with Shrimp, does she want to be on her own? She goes back and forth so much, it was just frustrating. I knew from the beginning that she was going to own Luncheonette, so that was no surprise. I am surprised her family was willing to fund it though, given they wanted her in school so badly. I guess because Danny is going to be her partner, they are confident that it will be ok. Or not, because his first cafe ...more
Ruthmgon
Free bin and I was curious! This is the second or third in a series of YA novels. The character is very young and also straining for adult respect without responsibility and no really getting what that is. She makes and drops friends and boyfriends and is completely narcissistic. She is enthusiastic about some things (cute boys, exploring New York) and so over anyone who stands in her way (going to school, letting people know where she is). She is SO totally 18. I really did enjoy the characters ...more
Kimberly
Ahhh, the last in the trilogy of Cyd Charisse and her Shrimp.
Jamie
Please be aware that Cupcake is the third book in a series. In order to give even the briefest synopsis, this review does contain spoilers to the first and second books.


Cyd Charisse graduates high school and moves to New York City where she plans to share an apartment with her older half-brother, Danny, and begin culinary school. After she agrees to a clean break with Shrimp, CC is looking forward to a new, exciting life in Manhattan when disaster strikes. She falls down the stairs of her walk-u
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Ali
In this book, the main character, Cyd had just broken up with her boyfriend, Shrimp, who moved to a different country. Cyd, wanting to go to culinary school, moved to New York City.She moved in with her gay, cupcake making, half brother. After giving up on culinary school, Cyd finds a job at the cafe next door. Several months later, Shrimp mysteriously shows up at her door.

I connected this book to "A Yellow Raft in Blue Water." In that book, Christine had a lot of problems with her brother, Lee
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Ashley
This is the third book following the misbehaviors and adventures of Cyd Cherisse, which begin in Gingerbread and continue in Shrimp.

C.C. aggravates the hell out of me a lot of the time, being all rich-girl angsty and so on, but she ends up scootching toward “responsible” with each book without turning all goody two shoes. Plus, who wouldn’t eventually love an avowed bad girl in miniskirts and combat boots who also carries a rag doll (Gingerbread) around in a metal lunchbox and makes friends with
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Lyn
After graduating high school, teenage hellion Cyd Charisse, follows her dream to New York City where she shares an apartment with her gay half brother Danny. Danny is single after having broken up with his lifetime soulmate, and CC is separated from her surfer boyfriend who has followed his own dream to New Zealand in search of the perfect wave. Danny remains friends with his ex-lover, but CC and Shrimp have agreed to make a clean break. No correspondence. Not even a postcard.

Before CC can begin
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Samantha
Thius series ended much better than I had expected. I loved the first book, Gingerbread, but was dissapointed by the second book, Shrimp. While this third and final installment in the life of Cyd Charisse, the little hellion, did not have the same energy as the first, I enjoyed it. Near the end, I worried that the author might cop out on me and make CC choose the easier, but arguably worse, destiny. It would have made Cohn's teen readers happy to have CC and Shrimp end up snuggled up in a SF lov ...more
Jennifer
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Ringo The Cat
In this third and last installment of Rachel Cohn’s Cyd Charisse series, there isn’t a lot of new to discover for fans of either CC (Cyd Charisse) or Rachel Cohn. That doesn’t mean however, that Cupcake is a book you should miss, because this book proves that the Little Hellion is capable of growth … albeit not the type of growth that she may have expected herself.

Cyd Charisse has moved from San Francisco to New York where she stays in her bio-brother Danny’s apartment, looking for the perfect c
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Sarah
The more I read Cohn, the more I like her. Her writing style is absolutely spot-on with the way teens speak and think and feel these days (at least it seems that way to me; I don't think I'm too far displaced from my teenage years to make this call). I read the first book about Cyd Charisse, aka CC, back when I first started working at the bookstore and I enjoyed it well enough. I didn't read the next book but when this one showed up on our shelves, I couldn't resist it. I don't feel like I miss ...more
Kasia S.
Cyd Charisse is back with us for the third installment of her life, to share the laughs and cries and to show that even though she's 18 she is still capable of raising some brows and acting like a hot headed teen. When I first got this book I had no clue that it was part 3 and after reading the back I knew I had to read Gingerbread and Shrimp first in order to appreciate this witty, cheeky and fun romp through the world of a young teenage diva.

Cyd moves back to NY to live with her half brother D
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Jocelyn Pearce for TeensReadToo.com

I had high expectations for this book, the third Rachel Cohn has written about Cyd Charisse (the first two are GINGERBREAD and SHRIMP). The previous adventures of Cyd Charisse were absolutely brilliant. This book didn't quite live up to those expectations, but perhaps they were unreasonably high. But this was still a fabulous book!

In CUPCAKE, Cyd Charisse (or CC, as she now prefers to be called) has graduated from high school and moved to Manhattan
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Lanette Keith
Cupcake By Rachel Cohn
This book is about a young female named Cyd Chairsse. After breaking up with Shrimp, Cyd moved to thew Big Apple.Right as she moves , everything goes wrong such as, she falls down the stairs, breaks her leg, and now is stuck in her brother’s apartment. Her brother owns a cupcake shop. Since she’s stuck, she uses binoculars to spy on the neighborhood.

Cyd accepted by the culinary school she was trying to get into. Instead of going to the school, she works for her brother in t
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Naomi
This book is the third installment of the Cyd Charisse stories. Cupcake is about a girl named Cyd Charisse who has just connected with her biological father and her half brother and sister. She moves out to New York City from California to start a new life with them and expirience a new beginning. Not wanting to live up to the potential of her movie star name, CC tries to find a balance in her life [without going to college or any other school] between her brothers cupcake business and her addic ...more
Tiphanie Neely
First of all, it wasn't at all clear (until I looked it up just now) that this was the third book in a series. So there's that.

I read a lot of books. I read a lot of YA. But this book had so many name-drops and allusions to pop culture and such that I, at one point, read four different things i didn't get to my husband, who Googled them for me. There are books for people who read classical books that have allusions to such, there are books that have no allusions except their own, and there are
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Kayla Farber
Every book in this trilogy was better than the last. I love watching CC grow and mature and find her way in the world, and I love that everything she expected to be "happily ever after" at the end of the last book got completely turned around, but still managed to be good in some way. Rachel Cohn is a great writer, and these books have been fun, and definitely enlightening to someone who is 17/18 and trying to find his or her way in the world. I really like that it's obvious that college is not ...more
Jackie
Cyd Charisse, CC, Ceece, Cupcake are just some of the nom de plumes of this formerly(?) wild-child, hellion from San Francisco. She's ended up on the doorstep of her stepbrother, Danny who has just broken up with his boyfriend of 10 years, Aaron. CC has just parted ways with her surfer boyfriend, Shrimp. Cupcake is the story of CC finding herself and her way in New York without the love of her life.

She is brassy, sassy, and full of herself, yet she is vunerable, good-hearted, and broken-hearted
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Jirah Stewart
The book 'Cupcake' by Rachel Cohn was definitely written for those teenage girls in desperate need for a laugh. Along with being a very amusing book, it also shows how families aren't exactly perfect and how hard it is to be away from people you love. Cyd Charisse and I have being a little 'hellion' in common. She's spunky and a little sarcastic, but stands up for what she believes in. I really enjoyed reading this book. I would give it 4 stars. I would say the theme of this story would have to ...more
Mckinsey
Sep 16, 2008 Mckinsey rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: GIRLS!!! ANY GIRLS!!!
Recommended to Mckinsey by: no one
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This book was very easy going and fun I enjoyed reading this book. This book was mostly about the main character Cyd she moved to New York trying to find a new life in the big apple.I can relate to Cyd for i have moved too, and it was hard at first but I made new friends just like Cyd. It is nice to be able to relate to a character on that level and see what they had to experience in order to make a new life in a different place. The book wasn't a boring book by any means it just wasn't my cup o ...more
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Rachel grew up in the D.C. area and graduated from Barnard College with a B.A. in Political Science. She has written many YA novels, including three that she cowrote with her friend and colleague David Levithan. She lives and writes (when she's not reading other people's books, organizing her music library or looking for the best cappuccino) in New York City.
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