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How to Eat a Cupcake by Meg Donohue
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Feb 25, 2012

liked it
bookshelves: 3-stars, fiction, first-reads
Read from February 22 to 25, 2012

Sweet but forgettable. It's more women's fiction than chick lit; I expect chick lit to be fun, and while this book wasn't necessarily dour, it was certainly serious if still disappointingly superficial. It didn't do anything wrong (the characters were likeable, and Donohue's prose is very good--I loved her descriptions of cupcakes, of Ogden's farm, of San Francisco--and on the strength of her voice, I'd be interested in reading what she writes next), but it didn't do anything amazing or deep or unexpected, either. No interesting insights into friendships or inter-class relationships, and the class stuff mostly just made me wince: the narrative kind of acknowledges the isolation and cluelessness of the rich white family's benevolence, but it doesn't really go into what consequences are for the less privileged characters.

Note: I received a review copy of this book for free from the publisher via the First Reads program here at Goodreads.

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