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The Cupcake Queen

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  5,660 ratings  ·  626 reviews
A confection of a novel, combining big city sophistication with small town charm. When her mother moves them from the city to a small town to open up a cupcake bakery, Penny's life isn't what she expected. Her father has stayed behind, and Mom isn't talking about what the future holds for their family. And then there's Charity, the girl who plays mean pranks almost daily....more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 17th 2009 by Dutton Juvenile (first published July 10th 2009)
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4th out of 602 books — 298 voters
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I have a confession to make. It was the cupcakes on the cover that got me. I mean don't they look so delicious? I could just feel my mouth water by just looking at them. It's no wonder lately I've been craving cupcakes...

Penny Lane feels out of place since she has moved to middle of nowhere Hogs Hollow. Her mother has opened up a cupcake shop and Penny's parents are taking a "break". Penny just want things to get back to how they use to be but she finds out quickly that things don't always work...more
I swear to God this is the worst book I've ever read.

not even fucking kidding.

Its worse than Twilight.

Like seriously.


So the only reason I picked up this book is because my teacher was forcing us to read books and I had finished mine the night before, thus I didn't bring one to school. So I had to weasel my way out of a bad situation with her until she let me go to the library.

Now this teacher gets really, really pissed if you don't come back within 10 minutes tops so I wa...more
You know, life's too short, and when I don't like a book in chapter two I'm really probably just not going to like it. I tried to power through after getting offended in the first chapter (more on that soon) but when the tale of parental separation and move to a small town sounded so cliched I could have just filled in all the blanks for Hepler, I put this one down.

Hey, so, writers? I am many things: loudmouth and opinionated and really into musical theatre and also: I am whatever you want to ca...more
Nov 04, 2009 Nicole added it
When I finished THE CUPCAKE QUEEN by Heather Hepler, my first thought is that the cover is slightly misleading. But not in a bad way. You can look at the cover and think you'll be getting a cute, fun story but this book has a lot more substance to it. While it was an adorable quick read, it dealt with some issues that not only teenagers can relate to, but also others as well--a child's relationship with their parents. The main characters all had problem with their problems they had to deal with,...more
Emma S
Pink Frosting with Black Sprinkles
How would you feel if you left your home town and where alone? The Cupcake Queen by Heather Hepler is a great book that shows sadness, happiness and lonliness to a girl in a new town.
Penny is a city girl with separated parents who just moved to the middle of nowhere, Hog’s Hollow. Hog’s Hollow is a small town with no tall bulidings or the smell of coffee and ciaggrettes in the morning. Hog’s Hollow is a place where people grow there own tomatoes and build a s...more
Oct 18, 2009 Myra rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of YA Lit
Shelves: favorites
Heather Hepler rocks!

I've read the novels that Hepler co-authored with Brad Barkley and they were wonderful, but her first solo novel is truly awesome! There is the common storyline of the "new-girl-in-town-and-doesn't-want-to-be-there," but Hepler freshens up the storyline by bringing her own unique twists to it. The characters in The Cupcake Queen are believable, quirky, and so well written that you, too, will find yourself disliking Charity and her peeps as much as Penny does. The rich descri...more
Cute and sweet as the cupcakes on the cover!

The Cupcake Queen was just that, a very cute book. It dealt with some serious issues, like divorce, but it didn’t have much depth to it. It could have easily been much more cliche than it was, but thankfully Hepler makes it a little more interesting and incorporates some fresh ideas. Although, I will say I’m really tired about reading about the MC getting picked on by the spoiled rich popular girl.

Penny was a likable character, as was Tally and Blake....more
This book reminds me of why I’d started reading when I was 13 in the first place. It was good to remember. Although I wasn’t really like Penny when I was 14 I could see her point of view fairly well.

Penny is in a rough patch at the time we see her. She has moved from the city and now needs to make new friends at this new school with a mom who won’t talk to her and a dad who is busy. I can never fully sympathies with kids who make moving this big sob story but that is just me, but she doesn’t ma...more
More like 3.5

I started reading this two or three hours ago. It was cute and fluffy but it had depth. I definitely enjoyed reading it and mostly breezed throughout the book.

The thing I probably liked best was Ms. Hepler's description about everything. It was like I was also in Hog's Hollow, experiencing things with Penny and seeing the environment she sees. I loved how intricate and elaborate the descriptions are. My imagination went haywire as I visualized everything I've read in this novel.

What do you expect of a book called "The Cupcake Queen"?
Something sweet? You'll find plenty of that. Cupcakes, cupcakes, cupcakes, but also young love, real friendship, and cute pets.

On the even-more-plus-side, there are also real problems to be dealt with. Parents abandoning kids, parents putting up impossible choices, other kids being totally mean, ... the list goes on. And, thankfully, the author doesn't present you with endless discussions or how and why protagonist Penny thought about thi...more
Angel / YA rules!/
why is it that the food books i've recently read tackles a lot more deeper topics other than food?

it's a light read that deals a lot with change. Penny and her mom moves in with her grandmother after her parents separated. Not only does she have to deal with the separation but she had to deal with a new school and with bullies.

i like her friend Tally who helps her deal with the bullies. i find her romantic interest Marcus cute.

all in all, an enjoyable read.
Feb 15, 2011 Erin rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011, ya
Mean Girls came out in 2004. This book is copyright 2009. It is practically identical, and isn't even half as awesome.
Paula  Phillips
It makes me think that there are a few authors out there obsessed with the Beatles as The Cupcake Queen is the second book I have read that the main female character's name is "Penny Lane", the first was The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg.
In The Cupcake Queen , we meet Penny Lane who has moved to the small town of Hog's Hollow from the big city of Manhattan . In Hog's Hollow , Penny's mum opens up a bakery selling only Cupcakes , the bakery named "The Cupcake Queen". Penny wishing she...more
Michelle Rebar
Dec 07, 2009 Michelle Rebar rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Meg Cabot
This is a sweet and satisfying book with heart and substance. The cover is cute, and quite honestly makes me hungry, but I ended up devouring the book itself...and it was delicious!

Penny Lane (yes, she's named after a Beatles song) has lived in new York City for all her life. When her parents hit a rough patch in their relationship she is forced to move to the small town of Hog's Hollow with her mother, leaving her old life and friends behind. Hog's Hollow is just about as normal as it's name. I...more
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This book was wonderful. Basically, it was about a girl named Penny. She moved in the summer from Manhattan, New York to a small town called Hog's Hollow because her parents were separating for a while (but, not yet divorced). Penny first hated Hog's Hollow. She had no friends and missed the ones back home. To top all of that her mom opened a bakery called The Cupcake Queen (HINT: the title). When she first got there the only thing she liked was that she was staying with her grandmother, who she...more
When her parents separate, Penny moves with her mother to the small town in which her mother grew up. Her mother opens a cupcake bakery, and Penny works in the bakery, mostly decorating cupcakes. It SOUNDS like a book that I should have absolutely loved. My parents are divorced, I ADORE small towns (and wish fervently that I lived in one), cupcakes are one of my favorite desserts, and I would LOVE to be able to decorate cupcakes anywhere nearly as awesome as Penny. Oh, and I love the Beatles, an...more
jo mo
You know these times, when everything is freezing around you, making you freeze and shiver like a leaf as well?
All you want to do is curl up somewhere warm and drink from a mug ... delicious, hot chocolate? This book is that mug with delicious, hot chocolate.

I had a fun time with all the characters and the pranks they played on each other were enjoyable to read too, though I'm glad it wasn't me. Marcus was a little boring, but the other characters (especially Tally & Blake *bigSmirk*) made...more
Eleanor Boateng
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Crys (The Hodgenator)
After her parents announce a much needed break from one another, Penny's mom moves her to Hog's Hollow. While Penny is new to Hog's Hollow, her mother is no stranger. Penny now finds herself a part of small town life, something she isn't too sure she wants. After all, she is from NYC, the place to live.

As Penny settles into her new surroundings, she realizes small town life might not be so bad. She has a best friend, a love interest, and an enemy. To put icing on the cake, her mother has opened...more
Everything about this is cliché and uninspiring (apart from the cover, yum...I've been deceived!) Well, two because it's not particularly horrendous when I think about Wake and Twilight. I guess if this is the first book in the strand of, well, say, city girl with parents newly separated now in a small town feeling frustrated, unresponsive and exploited, then yeah, why not. But, this bores me. I read on because I expect cupcakes. Turns out she doesn't even like cupcakes. And for a book that deal...more
If I could eat a book, I would devour this one in a matter of minutes, maybe seconds. IT'S SUCH AN AWESOME BOOK.
I loved reading Penny's point of view. It was really quite interesting. I could easily tell, YES, this is a fifteen year old girl speaking to me, YES, this is a funny book. Penny's issues with school and her parents are ones that I think any tween/teenager could relate to, and the message in this book is very strong- Sometimes what you get is better than what you asked for.
Mary ♡
this book isn't the best but its okay. the writing could of been written in a more mature way.. i'm 13 years old and the cover seem okay & who doesn't like cupcakes? so i checked this out of the library to see if i liked it. for the first couple pages i didn't really like it & it was very inmature writing like it was a school project for a 3rd grader. the chapters are very short & it is a very easy read.

now on to the actual book.

this story starts of in a town called hogs hollow (whi...more
This book had so much potential.

throughout the whole book it was very clichè.

this book made me so so so mad.m

It is the most unrealistic thing with a 14 year old comparing his dead mother to a star and being all philosophical about life.

The ending of the book ruined the whole book for me. It just seemed like the author got really bored and didn't know how to finish it. The main parts came out in normal conversation and parts we don't care about were made a big spectacle of. It was plain stupid.

Samantha W.
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Ms. Hauser
Another great story about unexpected happy endings. Sometimes when life doesn't turn out the way you wanted, it doesn't mean there can't be happiness. "I think about the problem with running from your trouble. The problem is in the stopping. The whole time you think you're getting away from everything, the trouble is running like mad, too, trying to catch up with you. And it doesn't slow down when you do--it keeps on sprinting. So when trouble finally reaches you, it hits you hard."
Malak Jaffar
The fact that i do not usually read this kind of novels which has some romance - and teenagers - was an actual plus because i felt i liked my first book in the category.
It was one of those books which ones you hold you can not let go of them and stop reading.
The story and the characters make relating to the novel really easy.
The way the book is written is simple and that makes it special.
It also changes things within you while reading it.
I simply loved it ♥
Samantha Garcia
I chose this book because it had pink cupcakes and I just thought well that's a pretty cover. I have a habits of judging books by their cover.

Penny has to move from New York City to a new school at Hog's Hollow so her mother can work at this cupcake factory.Her mother named it "The Cupcake Queen". She at first does not want to adjust but then she meets this very interesting girl named Tally who offers her a chance to join The RPS (rock paper scisors)society. When Penny was on the beach she kept...more
Pei Ja Anderson
I found The Cupcake Queen to be VERY disappointing and unsatisfactory. By the end of the book, her conflicts (which there weren't many...) had been barely resolved and still existed in some way. It is boring and I wished I'd abandoned it. I really do not recommend this book to someone who expects so much more from the cute book cover and title.
I read this book because its one of the Mark Twain nominees for 2011 and it was fantastic! A very "sweet" story of friendship, family, and first crushes. Each of the focal characters in this book are dealing with the loss of a parent in some way or another, be it divorce, death, or abandonment. I loved it!
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