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The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  1,527 ratings  ·  382 reviews
Alba loves her life just as it is. She loves living behind the bakery, and waking up in a cloud of sugar and cinnamon. She loves drawing comics and watching bad TV with her friends.

The only problem is she’s overlooked a few teeny details:

Like, the guy she thought long gone has unexpectedly reappeared.
And the boy who has been her best friend since forever has suddenly gone
Paperback, 295 pages
Published September 2014 by Hardie Grant Egmont
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C.G. Drews
I'm just going to go ahead and be lame but: THE INCREDIBLE ADVENTURES OF CINNAMON GIRL WAS INCREDIBLE. Basically, that is all. I cannot even explain how much I love this book. Wait. NO. I will try to explain because I want every single person in the history of ever to go read it noooooow.

It's about deciding what to do with your life. Which is a hugely important topic that I think most teens struggle with and freak out about. School has just finished. Life stretches before us. Do you move out or
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I went from start to finish with a grin on my face when reading this. Yep, The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl (gosh that's a mouthful) is one of those feel good contemporary reads. If that hasn't sold you, I know exactly what will: IT'S AUSSIE YA! Clearly you need to read it now, yes?

And to all of those who are going 'nope' because they think they're oh-so-fabulous (but deep down have already got their money out ready to buy a copy), let me persuade y
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it

Rating 4.5


“Stories can have a multitude of false starts. In comic books, the first frames can take you any place, via anyone in the stories’ universe. But I guess most stories only start when you place yourself in them, right? Well, mine starts when Domenic Grady bursts into Albany’s one sweltering Sunday, waving his iPad in his hand, and says:
‘Alba! Have you seen this?”

Another fun Aussie book. I'm not saying that all the best YA books are written by Australian (or New Zealand) authors, but
Sarah Churchill
Dec 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I mistakenly expected some sci-fi, end of the world survival stuff based off the synopsis, but this is in fact a contemporary that takes place in a small Australian town where nothing much happens, until one day a viral video names it as the last place standing after the impending apocalypse. Rather than being the focus of the story, the Rapture provides a chaotic and quirky backdrop for the main story - that of Alba and her friends now that they've finished high school and are starting to think ...more
Norah Una Sumner
Such a cute and quirky book!
The characters were real and flawed,the story was slow-paced but very interesting and the writing was excellent.I have to admit that it’s a bit hard to get into this book because there are a lot of supporting characters and background stories to remember but once you get into it you’ll love it. Why? Well,these are just some of the things I liked:

-Every character is very relatable and flawed.They are all very interesting and you’ll get attached to them and their store
❀Aimee❀ Just one more page...
This book is probably best suited for the high school age crowd, but despite that, I really enjoyed a lot of it.

I adored the prologue from the main character. Her voice was quirky and authentic. "As stories go, I'm fully aware that my world is probably not the most riveting of narratives." And it's true. The pacing mirrors the small town feel.

Alba is in that wonderful transition between high school and deciding what direction to take in her life. She loves drawing, especially comics. She has a c
Jun 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
Cool main character ✔
No instant love ✔
Quirky ✔
No dodgy love triangle ✔
Intelligent ✔
Uniquely Aussie ✔
Witty ✔

Loved it? ✔
Haul ass and buy a copy, you won't be sorry.
I really enjoyed Melissa Keil's debut novel Life in Outer Space, but I absolutely adored The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl. Alba, a nickname derived from her surname, isn't your typical small town girl. She dreams of taking her comic book characters to the world, but as her circle of frie
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
A coming of age story about a quirky girl who loves superheroes and comic books with two male best friends from childhood. I love best friend romances, but it took a whole book for the two characters to realise this about themselves which made the wait excruciating. Nothing much happens over the course of the book, except for talk about the supposed impending apocalypse and lots of sex jokes.

I'm like girl, if the world is going to end would you spend it moping and being undecided about your fut
Trigger warnings: death of a parent (in the past), fat shaming bullshit.

Yeah, everything I said four years ago still applies.

Here's the thing: this book is super cute, I loved the characters, and I ship it like Fedex.

But this book made me want to scream because OH MY GOD ALBA HOW ARE YOU SO FUCKING BLIND.

I honestly don't think I can say anything more than that. Except that I've been looking at this book and putting it off for literally years. So I'm glad I finally read it. B
Claude's Bookzone
Sep 13, 2020 rated it liked it
A super quirky book. I think it's important to know that not much really happens in this book. What kept me reading was the oddly charming characters. I listened to this as an audio and I think that was a good choice as I probably would have dnf'd the physical copy. Slow to get going but I smiled through the entire last hour.

I totally recommend Life in Outer Space by the same author as a thoroughly enjoyable book.
Mary Robinette Kowal
Nov 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recommend, ya
Wow. WOW. This is a fantastic book set against the backdrop of the potential end of the world. Nuanced characters and relationships. A heroine who is an artist, not a waif, and funny. Oh, she's funny. I read this in one sitting on the way back from Australia and all I have to say is that the moment you can get your hands on this, grab it.
Emily Mead
Jul 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Read reviews, see awesome GIFS and experience my rambling thoughts at my blog, The Loony Teen Writer

I bought this because I loved Life in Outer Space.

It’s by the same author (the excellent Melissa Keil) and it’s about nerds and Star Wars references and a really cute romance and…yeah, it was awesome. So of COURSE I wanted to read this one.

Also it’s got an excellent cover. I mean, just LOOK at it!

Awesome things in this book include:
Unique concept for a contemporary – how many contemporaries take p
May 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
Recommended to June by: This book is on CBCA 2015 shortlist.
This book was ok. I liked the basis of the plot and it is cleverly constructed. Also, one thing I did learn was that what my teenage daughter does with her clothes is put them in her floordrobe. People say that Melissa Keil's first book, Life in Outer Space, is better than this one so I might try reading that sometime.

I still like Nona & me best from the CBCA short list this year.
This was so fecking cute. Loved it and I love this author. Aussie YA ftw!
I've been on the fence over whether to give 'The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl' four stars or five. But to heck with the fence, I love it.

'Cinnamon Girl' by Melissa Keil is one of the most adorable, delicious, hilarious, clever, deep and colourful contemporary YA novels I've ever super-sped through in two days. A darn-near perfect summer read. It gave me faith in Australian YA again as well.

If you like Rainbow Rowell's 'Fangirl', Bryan Lee O'Malley's 'Scott Pilgrim', and/or Daniel Clowe
Sarah is a lover of comic books. It’s apparent in the first paragraph when she explicitly and beautifully details a single panel of a Wonder Woman comic. You don’t need a picture of the panel. You can see it.

I want to meet someone like her.

Melissa Keil is an amazing writer, and I fell in love with each and every one of her characters from their respective introductions.

And I love the regular reference to comic books.

“…I can’t help but think that, comic book-wise, this whole episode would pro
Dec 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I hereby declare that I am in love with Alba, also known as Sarah Jane but This isn't a time to be first naming her! The incredible adventures of cinnamon girl is a refreshing read full of friendship, comics, holding onto the past, bakery products (salted caramel slice y'all) and also, the forthcoming end of the world.
I laughed and smiled and enjoyed getting to know Alba, Grady and the rest of the gang and I would be lying if there wasn't a few times I wanted to give Alba a push and tell her to
Marie the Librarian
I JUST ADORED THIS BOOK! It was as good as Id hoped and I JUST LOVE ALBA AND GRADY. GOSH IT WAS JUST SO CUTE AND FUNNY AND NERDY. I loved it. It also held a lot of themes you can relate to, beings cared of change and the future, but I also love the message in the end. I JUST LOVE IT READ IT AND LOVE IT TOO
This book is adorable and I read all 300 pages of it pretty much in one sitting (oops)!

Set in a small town in country NSW (Australia) it revolves around Alby (Cinnamon Girl) and her group of close friends in the month after they have finished year 12 and just before they are about to all head off in different directions:

"What do I want? I want to wrap everyone I love in one teeny bundle, and I want to build a wall around my Valley and keep it the same way it's been for the last seventeen years,
Nov 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Full review also posted on my blog here.

So I adored Melissa Keil's first book Life in Outer Space and was so excited when I heard about her new YA novel The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl. I was dying to read it so when a copy of the book turned up for my birthday last month I was over the moon!

The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl follows comic book lover and illustrator Sarah Jane Albany, known to everyone as Alba, and her friends as they decide what to do with their lives now sch
This book was brilliant. It featured excellent character building and a pitch-perfect setting, and a plot that worked so well with them both
Alba lives in a small town.. She and her friends have finished school, and are hanging around waiting for something to happen, trying to decide what to do with their lives. She is especially worried as her best friend, Grady, wants to go to law school in Melbourne, potentially leaving her behind. When her best friend from years ago, Daniel, turns up, and the
Montzalee Wittmann
The incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl by Melissa Keil and Mike Lawrence is a book that tricked me into liking it. I am a fantasy/sci-fi geek and normally hate the run-of-the-mill-stories about life, love, etc so when I picked this book up I thought it was a graphic novel to read, sci-fi or fantasy one at that. It turns out it is not. I had promised to read it and give an honest opinion so I opened my mind and read. There is no action, battles, fantasy, magic, fight scene, or anything I am a ...more
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, 2015-reads
This book was absolutely everything. A Christmas setting where people are complaining about the heat - I live this, and I was still so confused because every Christmas I've read about is set in Winter. A main character who's a fecking comic book nerd. Friends who tell each other that they love each other. An amicable ex situation.

But mostly, it encapsulated everything I've been feeling in regards to my studies. Okay, so I didn't have to move from a rural community to study, but I'm all too fami
Lissa Joy
4.5 Stars

Funny, emotional and real, “The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl” is a brilliant story with one of the best endings I’ve come across to date.

Though it took me a while to really get into it, once I passed the 150 page mark I laughed out loud, cried my eyes out and found myself incredibly invested in these characters and their lives.

Friendship, family, anxiety, uncertainty, angst, art, body confidence, food, frustration, self care, small town love and an impending apocalypse all fe
Sep 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book!
After reading Melissa Keil's first book "Life in Outer Space" I knew I had to read this one!
I really liked Alba as a main character, she was confidant, funny and loved comic books! (which made me very happy)
I really enjoyed all the characters and all the Aussie slang that I hardly see in books these days.
Also it was nice to see a main character who was curvy! That made me very happy!
4.5/5 :D :D
Kate (GirlReading)
3.5* I think if I were to use one word to describe 'The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl' it would be 'fun'. It was a really fun, cute, quick and easy read. Yet, it had a depth to it which I really enjoyed. A lot of the characters and their plots I could relate to in certain ways which I really liked. A really fun and quirky read! Very enjoyable.

(A free copy was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you NetGalley.)
Jul 19, 2019 rated it liked it
This was mildly entertaining and a quick read, but nothing grabbed my attention here (outside of the minimal art work - that was great!)

The characters were a bit of a bore and the plot itself was pretty lackluster. I'm not sure I'll be picking up another book by this author any time soon.
Amber Elizabeth
Feb 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
3.5 stars -- review to come
Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it

**I received a copy of this book from the publishers and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

The Incredible adventures of Cinnamon girl takes place in a small town in Australia, nothing ever happens in Eden Valley until one day a YouTube video goes viral. Ned Zebidiah has predicted an apocalypse and the only safe haven is the one and only Eden Valley.

17-year-old Alba loves her little town in Australia where nothing much happens, however she is at a stage in her life when she needs to mak
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Melissa Keil was born in Melbourne, Australia, and has been a giant book nerd for as long as she can remember. She studied Cinema and Anthropology at university, and then spent a few years dabbling in graduate study, including Professional Writing and Editing. In between she has been a high school teacher, Middle Eastern tour guide, waitress, community theatre dogsbody, and IT help desk person. No ...more

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