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100 Days of Cake

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  594 ratings  ·  118 reviews
There are only three things that can get seventeen-year-old Molly Byrne out of bed these days: her job at FishTopia, the promise of endless episodes of Golden Girls, and some delicious lo mien. You see, for the past two years, Molly’s been struggling with something more than your usual teenage angst. Her shrink, Dr. Brooks isn’t helping much, and neither is her mom who is ...more
Hardcover, 339 pages
Published May 17th 2016 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
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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 Good:

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
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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
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
"...just some days the thought of leaving the house feels pretty much on par with scaling Mount Everest in flippers."

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.
Kelly Gunderman
May 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Check out this and other reviews on my young adult book blog, Here's to Happy Endings!

"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 fee

Jul 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
FULL review and author interview can be found here.

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
Apr 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on getcake I have read one of Shari Goldhagen’s previous books, In Some Other World Maybe,  and have her other, Family and Other Accidents, but have not gotten to it yet. I really liked the one I read and I was excited to see that she was coming out with her first YA, 100 Days of Cake. I was not sure what to expect from a story about a depressed teen girl who pretty much only leaves the house for therapy and to work in a fish store. I was afraid it ...more
Suze Lavender
May 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Molly seems to be the only one of her friends and classmates who doesn't know what she wants to do with her future. She isn't able to figure things out and has bigger problems than thinking about college and scholarships. She has a summer job at FishTopia, a fish shop where nothing ever happens, which is enough for her to manage. Molly and her coworker Alex have plenty of freedom and can watch endless reruns of The Golden Girls while they're eating Chinese food in the time they're waiting for sp ...more
Apr 02, 2016 marked it as dnf
Shelves: arc
I honestly hate books with girl-on-girl hate.

Some quotes:

"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.

CC the Great is Not Okay
Aug 13, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish
Stopped @ page 193.

Molly was super annoying. Depression and other mental illnesses are reasons but not excuses to treat your friends and family like shit, and I hate that no one was calling her out for this. I also hated how Elle was characterized as the annoying 'environmentalist' 'social justice warrior' type which I feel undermines the idea of activism and caring about the environment. (Ironic how this book takes place in the summer and Molly constantly complains about the weather and high te
May 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
There are only three things that can get seventeen-year-old Molly Byrne out of bed these days: her job at FishTopia, the promise of endless episodes of Golden Girls, and some delicious lo mien. You see, for the past two years, Molly’s been struggling with something more than your usual teenage angst. Her shrink, Dr. Brooks isn’t helping much, and neither is her mom who is convinced that baking the perfect cake will cure Molly of her depression—as if cake can magically make her rejoin the swim te ...more
A Million Books
Feb 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: family, 2016, romance, ya, adult

*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
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My librarian gave me an advanced copy of this book to review. At first, I wasn't sure what to expect from it. I didn't know how the author would go about talking about depression, but after I started reading it I love it. It relates so much to people my age, and it explains how people with depression think and feel. The story has a great plot that doesn't give you any boring parts. This book is really great, and I think you could gain a lot by reading it. ...more
Aug 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: library, read-in-2016
3.5 stars

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.
Feb 05, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked this one a lot! It centers around a seventeen year old girl who is clinically depressed. It does a good job of showing how depression can look sometimes. And while it deals with some very heavy issues, it does it in a way that’s not overwhelming or too heavy, but also doesn’t make light of things. It’s a good balance, and definitely a book that may be helpful for some. It also referenced The Golden Girls several times, which was awesome!
Zoe Bosch
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Honestly, I thought that this book was amazing! I could relate to some of the things that happened in this book. Though it was slightly weird that her and her therapist had a thing, but with the get well soon with depression, and just not knowing what to do. Just being a teenager! This book would be really good for a teenager who could relate going through hard times, and everything. :) I guess?
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020, rep-depression
1 star down for the amount of slut shaming there is in this book.
Cynthia (Bingeing On Books)
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this story. I felt that it portrayed depression pretty accurately. I liked how it dealt not only with how Molly was handling her depression but how the people around her were dealing with it. I also liked the 100 days of cakes that occurred to try to help Molly deal with her depression. I loved the characters and their relationships with each other. This is definitely one of my new favorite books.
Kelli Santistevan
I liked this book.
Rating: 4.5 stars

"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-hundred
J. Greene
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
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have one word for you. Cake. Because from that delicious, albeit a little squashed, cake on the front cover, to the cake-patterned title page to the chapter titles, this book made me crave cake so very much. But 100 Days of Cake is not all light, fluffy mocha-cream icing. No, under that layer of sweet goodness is a heartfelt story of family, resilience and one girl's determination to be well, despite everything that is thrown her way.

100 Days of Cake challenges readers to consider the way in
Jan 09, 2017 rated it liked it
*Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars*

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.

Cover Art:
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
Before saying anything else, I need to say this book has a POTENTIAL TRIGGER WARNING if you've lost someone to suicide.

I have many disorganised thoughts about this one. So, lists:


~ CAKE!!
~ 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.
Jun 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Karen (^ v ^)
If you took me and personified it into a character who looked different but inside had the same thought process you would get Molly. Like, seriously I am Molly and Molly is me. Except I'm maybe not even as confident as her. And I definitely don't have an Alex, or get to work at an awesome place called Fishtopia.

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
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
What I liked:
* 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
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Okay. Wow. So.

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
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