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The Wedding Cake Girl

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  390 ratings  ·  72 reviews
Seventeen year old Alexandra spends so much time helping others realize their dreams that she never has time for her own. An expert ocean diver and reluctant maker of wedding cakes, she longs to leave roses and frosting behind to study oceanography. Alex’s mother won’t have it—needy and dependent, Mom can’t run the family wedding cake business on her own.

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ebook, 278 pages
Published July 24th 2012 by Bold Print Press
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Jun 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved Anne's previous book, Any Other Night - it is such a great read (here's a link to my review, btw:, and this one fulfills the promise of that debut effort. MC Alex is kinda complicated, like her life. She's smart and driven in school, with her desire to pursue the oceanography degree her interest in diving demonstrates. But emotionally, she's stuck in a messed up on again/off again relationship with old friend Zack, who seems to be moving towards ...more
Jolene Perry
Jul 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fun-reads, own
I'm a TOTAL sucker for coming of age stories, and this one did NOT disappoint.

I read Anne's other book when I saw it... I don't remember where, but I started reading and couldn't put it down.

The same thing happened here.
I adored this so much.
The love story, the character's growth, the SETTING.

And there were lots of boys in this. LOTS of hot boys.

I read this in one sitting, and it was ABSOLUTELY worth it. A great, fun read with a few unexpected twists, and a swoon-worthy ending with a swoon-worth
Anne Pfeffer
Aug 14, 2012 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
To all my wonderful readers:

I hope you love reading The Wedding Cake Girl as much as I loved writing it. I wanted to create a story that was a little bit different, where you didn't know the outcome of the book ten pages after you started it. So I wrote a story that's a little bit more like life-- it has ins and outs, and ups and downs, and it's not very predictable.

It's hard to write a review of this book that doesn't contain spoilers, and I've noticed that, in fact, many of the reviews do have
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
I've read both of Anne's books now and I think it's very clear that she is a talented writer. However, I didn't feel as though The Wedding Cake Girl was a great as her first book was. That isn't saying the book is bad, as you can see by my four star rating. It was still a good book, I just didn't find it quite as enjoyable as her first book. It's got a compelling story, at least for a contemporary. And there really was a lot about it that I did enjoy. I think the one thing that just really broug ...more
Aug 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
I received a copy of this book from the author, for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review, and conclusions are honestly given and entirely my responsibility. This book review was requested by Freebooksyreviews.

Alex is a soon to be senior in high school, an exceptional science student with dreams of becoming a marine biologist, if being far too involved in managing a very irresponsible and manipulative mother doesn’t derail her dreams. At almost 18, she has never been o
Danica Page (One Page at a Time)
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. (I was debating with 4.5, but who am I kidding, I'll pump it to 5.)

Disclaimers: I received an electronic copy of this novel from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Like I mentioned earlier, I love Anne Pfeffer's writing style. I read Any Other Night (back when it was called Loving Emily) and adored it, so naturally I was psyched to read this one.

Anne was even better than I remembered, or she's improved greatly which would
A. Bookzilla.
Can Anne Pfeffer write a bad book? The answer is - NO!

I read this both excited, because I loved Any Other Night so much, and with dread, because I loved Any Other Night so much. I just didn't think it would even come close. Was I ever more wrong?

Alex is such a great girl, and so well-rounded I could easily relate to her. The author does a great job of layering her personality, I almost felt like I knew her. She has all these hopes and dreams and you can see that she's destined for something big,
Ryan Rice
Jan 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-reads
Like the Archies' "Sugar Sugar, "The Wedding Cake Girl" is a feel-good story that really has no substance.

The two main problems with this book are its lack of writing style to help convey the appropriate emotions of the characters and its obvious manipulative use of simplistic plot complications to help Alex arrive at a dreams-come-true ending.

Pfeffer's writing style really doesn't convey any real emotions of Alex. I was struck by the cold, stark language of one of Alex's first run-ins with her
Aug 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
** I did receive a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. That being said, let’s continue to the review. I didn’t expect to like this book. I thought it would be too juvenile for my tastes. Instead, I was hooked as soon as I started reading it. I felt the main character Alex was driven, by both her love of oceanography and diving, and her love of her mother.

However, as much as I felt conected to Alex, I felt myself questioning my own mothering abilities, as I put myself up against
Oct 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderfully story full of emotional teenage angst which will force the reader to relive all of those horrible teenage moments. Moments like your first love and frustration with your parents and the beginnings of making choices for yourself. I loved the character of Alex. She knows what she wants and tries to do what she can to become who she wants to become. Alex is forced to put so many people in front of herself that it becomes frustrating at times. Also, her love triangle with Zach ...more
Cortney Pearson
Jun 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Wedding Cake Girl is delicious from beginning to end. Alex's world gives readers a view of wedding cakes and scuba diving--two fascinating subjects--and the descriptions are so real you can practically taste the frosting and feel the ocean! It's also a great coming-of-age novel, where Alex gets tangled with a few boys and has to decide who are friends and who is more than that. Alex has big dreams, she just has to figure out what exactly she really wants and how to get it, and the ending is ...more
Gabbie (Rampant Readers)

Favorite Quote(s):

"'You're like a little kid, you know? I've never seen you this excited since you found that free lotion in the hotel bathroom.'"

"While we inch off our wet suits I think how lucky I am to be a diver, and therefore destined to spend time with guys in bathing suits. Chris's body in a speedo is like the eight natural wonder of the world."

Favorite Character: My favorite character was hands-down Jeremy! He was extremely fun to read about, and he was really laid back for a rich kid! H
Gabbie (Rampant Readers)
Favorite Quote(s):
“‘You’re like a little kid, you know? I’ve never seen you this excited since you found that free lotion in the hotel bathroom.'”
“While we inch off our wet suits I think how lucky I am to be a diver, and therefore destined to spend time with guys in bathing suits. Chris’s body in a speedo is like the eight natural wonder of the world.”
Favorite Character: My favorite character was hands-down Jeremy! He was extremely fun to read about, and he was really laid back for a rich kid! H
Cierra (The Book Lover's Report)
**This review is from The Book Lover's Report**

This book starts out in Alex's mom's bakery, 'Sue's Wedding Cakery'. We almost immediately find out that Alex does most of the work, including driving the cakes around, assembling them, and decorating them. We learn that Alex's mother is almost childlike in a way, and that she doesn't pay Alex any compensation for doing most of the work.

We also meet Alex's friend, Zack, and we find out that he was friend zoned by Alex and then he asked someone else
Sep 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-arc, 2013
I was really surprised by how much I loved The Wedding Cake Girl. I know I shouldn't be, but I'm often kind of wary of small press or self-published books; my expectations are just always lower, even though I know these smaller titles can be just as great as the ones by the big publishers. But I shouldn't have worried - Anne Pfeffer's debut, Any Other Night (or Loving Emily, as it was called back when I read it) was good, and The Wedding Cake Girl was even better!

I'll admit that I didn't start o
Melissa T
This review was originally posted on Melissa's Midnight Musings on January 16, 2013.

This was a great story. I got pulled in right away, primarily because the dialogue flows so easily, you're quick to get wrapped up in the story. Right away we meet Alex, a girl with big dreams, to study marine life, but who has a mom that just can't seem to get it together.

I have to admit I felt really sorry for Alex. Here she is, at 17, with big dreams, of going to college to do what she loves, and at the same t
Elizabeth "Liza"
Sep 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
You can find the original review here: Reading with ABC

Sometimes I feel like accepting a book for review or a blog tour is type of gamble or as the wise Forest Gump would say about a box of chocolates ‘you never know what you’re going to get’. I have to say that the gamble paid off as I enjoyed The Wedding Cake Girl.

Alex was a bit hard to identify with. She is a good friend and tries to be a good, honest person too. She is ambitious, which is a good thing and has a clear focus on her life. The p
Sep 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
I got asked to be a part of this tour and was sent a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. I decided to accept as I absolutely love cake making and have always wanted to do Deep Sea Diving so this book sounded like the perfect combination for me. I knew I was going to love it.
I'm a bit disappointed the cover doesn't have a diver on it, as that is such a big part of who Alex is, but I still like it.
This was a easy to read almost 'chic lit'. Overall it's a feel good story and perfect
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars, 3-stars

The Wedding Cake Girl by Anne Pfeffer is an adventurous, coming-of-age story about growing up, following your dreams, and finding love. It's a great story for teens and young adults.

Reasons to read The Wedding Cake Girl:
Super cute, fun story.
-A great escape.
-Fantastic island setting.
-Realistic, coming-of-age story line.
-Romance. It's not the main focus of the novel, but it's in there!
-Original plot.
-Unexpected tw
Valerie (Val's Vicinity)
This book starts out as a light and fun story with a unique island setting, and the characters are immediately likeable and easy to sympathize with. Alex's diving hobby is a fun diversion; the underwater scenes are written so vividly that it's easy to imagine yourself in the situations. Of course there are a couple slightly unrealistic (but fun!) plot points, but overall I initially found the story to be quite enjoyable and a nice change of pace. I was all set to give a rating of 4 or 5 stars, u ...more
Sep 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
If you want to see more of my reviews, check out my blog @ Moosubi Reviews!

As a book reviewer, I try to keep my ratings as un-subjective as possible. But really, sometimes I can't help it. There are some books that probably could have gotten a better rating if I read them at a different time, and vice versa. This is probably the case for The Wedding Cake Girl. Don't get me wrong though (I use that phrase a lot don't I...). I definitely enjoyed this book. What I'm trying to say is that at the tim
Melissa at My Chaotic Ramblings
Aug 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads
Living on a small island in the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of California, we meet Alexandra "Alex" Marshall. During the summer before her senior year she gets a great opportunity to study at a college, but while trying to figure out exactly what to do she happens upon a diver in trouble while out diving on her own, something she had promised her mother she would never do. Alex knows that she must save this other diver and while doing so inadvertanly becomes the talk of the town; even though; t ...more
Sep 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Review originally posted at Doodle's Book Blog

This has to be one of the sweetest, most adorable books I've ever read. Anne Pfeffer did an amazing job depicting a girl who has known cake and failed relationships for all her life.

Alexandra, Alex, has only had one goal in mind, to get off Santa Rita Island. All her life she has spent her free time helping her mom make wedding cakes with no pay, just a roof over her head and the occasional debt. The summer before her senior year is supposed to be sp
Dena (Batch of Books)
Aug 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
I really enjoyed this book. It wasn't perfect, but it was a really cute story about a girl who just wants to have a normal life. She is an avid diver that lives on a small island just off the west coast.

I fell in love with the island that Alex lived on. It was so beautiful and so well described, I started to think that it was a real place. Although I found Alex to be a little whiny sometimes, I generally liked her and could sympathize with her. She has absolutely rotten luck with most aspects
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book even though it's more for YA. It was a beautiful heart wrenching bittersweet tale of being on the verge of adulthood. Making decisions, making friends, being friends, and dealing with a parent. Don't go into this book expecting a romance. It's so much more than that. It's a bittersweet sweet tale of friendship. I loved the way that the book delt with sex. Spolier ahead: DON'T READ THIS PART BECAUSE OF A SMALL SPOILER. Alex is strong enough to know when she wasn't ready ...more
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Jul 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
I absolutely love coming of age stories. I love the feeling of endless love and hope that most of them have. That tomorrow will be better and each new day is just that, a new day and a new beginning.

And okay, maybe I am a sucker for the first kisses and the first loves and yes, even the first heartbreaks. There is just something about them that feels so real and makes me remember all those wonderful times in my life as well and how growing up can sometimes be painful but it can always be a heck
Rebecca Jo
Aug 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Wasnt sure what this book was about.. but I love a free Kindle book, so downloaded it... it had the works "wedding cake" in it - how bad could it be?

Its the story of a 17 yr old girl, Alex, who is trying to find her who she is in life.. what she wants to do with her life.
She lives sort of a magical life where she lives on a beautiful island & gets to dive every day - her favorite thing. But every magical life has some evil.. sadly, it seems to be her mother. Her mother isnt 'evil' evil, but she
Sep 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Wedding Cake Girl is a really cute book. It is the story of Alex, a really great teenage girl that is just trying to deal with the hand she was dealt. I really felt for Alex because her mother is so awful! Her mom really got me mad. I just wanted to shake her and make her act like an adult. The great thing about this book is that was like peering in the window of Alex's life. It had its ups and downs, failures and successes, and it went through a lot of different things. I loved that because ...more
Dec 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Here is another book with the ocean side setting that I love. In this book, Alex is a scuba diver which honestly scares me! I've never done that because I've only been snorkeling and I almost hyperventilated doing that! Alex goes scuba diving one day and ends up saving a man that got himself caught in fishing line and was going to die. (see? That's exactly why I should never scuba dive!) Alex doesn't want anyone to know she saved the man because her mother would be furious and take away her scub ...more
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Award-winning novelist Anne Pfeffer grew up in Phoenix, Arizona reading prodigiously, riding horses, and avoiding rattlesnakes and scorpions. After living in Chicago and New York, she escaped back to the land of sunshine in Los Angeles. She has worked in banking and as a pro bono attorney, representing abandoned children in adoption and guardianship proceedings. Anne has a daughter living in New Y ...more

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