100 Days of Cake
I have "the mixed feelings", guys. There were some parts of this book that were endearing to me, and then some parts that had me shaking my head. But in the interest of positivity, let's start with the good, shall we?
The Golden Girls. It might seem weird that this is my first bullet point, but maybe you don't understand how much love I have for the Golden Girls. (May mos ...more
Decent read about a teen struggling with depression and the stress of the big “what now” after high school. I thought this was a pretty good depiction of adolescent depression. The main character could be pretty frustrating at times but depression does tend to make situations more difficult.
The gimmick of “100 days of cake” was kind of cute, and the family and friend relationships in the novel felt realistic and fresh. While I did enjoy this book, I also can see myself forgetting about it in a ...more
"Maybe there is some combination of sugar, eggs, and flour that can make me care about school dances and four-hundred-meter relay times and college applications. If there is, I will gladly eat piece after piece every day for the rest of my short type-2-diabetic life."
Molly is a seventeen-year old girl from Florida who suffers from severe depression. Her mother, on a quest to help her feel better and do some...more
I felt this book did a pretty good job at portraying depression. Or at least I personally felt so.
I could definitely relate to how molly felt, being super overwhelmed and panicky when everyone around her seemed to know exactly what they wanted to do after they graduated, while she had no plans and had no idea what she wanted to do.
The title, 100 Days of Cake, makes me think of one of those cozy, food related, mystery books I always see in Mass Market Paperback at Wal-Mart or the grocery store. But it's deeper than that. This book is about a young adult with a mental health problem and how she navigates through a world that doesn't really understand what's going on. Mental health is still such a taboo subject and it shouldn't be anymore.
I believe everyone can benefit from ...more
"I know she's your sister, and women have the right to dress however they want, but she is seriously everything that's wrong with America." <- After girl is wearing revealing clothing. That statement is what is wrong with America.
"hoochy mama" <- directed at same girl.
Mentions STDs because of girl wearing revealing clothing.
*I received a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley. All thoughts are entirely my own.*
First, I’d like to squeal over the fact that this title has the word CAKE in it.
*half an hour passes*
Second, I’d like to tell you that just THINKING about all of these amazing cakes gave me foodgasms. Mocha Madness? Red Velvet? WHAT IS THIS, TORTURE?
*runs to the cake store*
*settles in to eat cake and write review*
*finishes cake and has not written ...more
The last 100 or so pages was almost a nose-dive into 1/2 star territory, but the ending kind of redeemed it. I'm not super thrilled with the ending, but it ended better than I thought it would at one point.
If you like cake, fish tanks, and/or Golden Girls then you'll probably enjoy this book.
What can I say about this book? The first thing I want to say is that I didn't feel as emotionally invested as I should have felt. And considering this is a book about depression, I didn't feel much towards the main character, good or bad.
The thing that attracted me to this book was the title: I LOVE CAKE! I was really hoping there would be more cake. I was kind of annoyed that Molly's mom thought she could cure depression with ...more
"Honestly, there's a part of me that wants so much-maybe more than she does for her to be right about this. All those self-help books and empowering websites worked for her- they helped her get series about the hair salon and find a dweeby boyfriend with a good job, and live in a house that outwardly reflects the inner success- so maybe this could work for me too? Maybe there is some combination of sugar, eggs, and flour that can make me care about school dances and four-hundre ...more
Molly, is depressed. She falls into these inexplicable bouts of funk and there's no pulling her out. In attempt to combat her depression, aside from the traditional shrink visits--Molly's mother is baking her cakes. 100 days of cake, a cake a day to cure her daughter. Seems trivial but at the core is really sweet. But, Molly is not convinced even the best cake can cure her. So she spends her days working at Fish Topia, and watching Golden Girls. Then the w ...more
Basically, this story follows a girl named Molly who was suddenly taken under by depression. Her mother thinks baking a slue of cakes will fix the problem. Molly just wants to keep working at FishTopia while watching reruns of Golden Girls with her coworker Alex.
First off, the hardback book itself is gorgeous! The typography and layout of the inside was beautifully done. The cover artwork, along with the actual name, drew me in instantly. And guys y ...more
100 Days of Cake challenges readers to consider the way in ...more
I have many disorganised thoughts about this one. So, lists:
~ PRETTY FISH! Possibly could have used more description,though. Not everyone has a huge tank full of beautiful, colourful fish like my family does.
~ I love Pickles and his crabitat.
~ Finding Nemo Cake! See also the first item of this list.
~ I would say this was fairly good representation of depression. ...more
This book was so fricken adorable. And it made me laugh out loud, several times. Molly was so gosh darn relatable. I'm not a go getter, no way, I'm a run awayer. If I even see the smalle ...more
* A serious representation of run-of-the-mill depression. Just the kind that comes out of nowhere, where you can't get out of bed some days. There was no singular event that made the main character this way, she just was one day. She's medicated, and she sees a therapist.
* Some really great (honest) interactions on how that depression has affected her single mother and younger sister.
* Great sense of humor throughout the book.
* A subplot reminiscent of Empire Records. We Must Save t ...more
I wanted to read 100 Days of Cake because, cake, but also, because it was about depression. I admit, the voice was a bit on the younger side for me, but it is teen-appropriate. I didn't mind the perspective that much because it portrayed what it was like being depressed very well. It's not one of those books that romanticizes depression, or pictured doctors and prescriptions as evil. It stressed out how important it is to get therapy and having the proper prescription for your meds ...more
With that being said, this book is a bit problematic just a FYI.
I enjoyed the general trajectory that Molly traveled down, even if part of the story was a nightmare to read. Her slow growth felt real, though, which means a lot in any story dealing with emotional well being/depression. I may be able to be persuaded to pick up Goldhagen's other (adult) works.