I received this book for free from Library in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.There's Cake in My Future by Kim Gruenenfelder
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on December 21st 2010
Reading Challenges: Library Love
After listening to her closest friends' latest travails in love, parenting, and careers, superstitious bride-to-be Nicole (Nic) believes she has the perfect recipe for everyone's happiness: a bridal shower "cake pull" in which each ribboned silver charm planted in her cake will bring its recipient the magical assistance she needs to change her destiny. Melissa (Mel), still ringless after dating the same man for six years, deserves the engagement ring charm. The red hot chili pepper would be perfect for Seema, who is in love with her best male friend Scott, but can't seem to make their relationship more than platonic. And recently laid off journalist Nic wants the shovel, which symbolizes hard work, to help her get her career back on track. Nic does everything she can to control who gets which silver keepsake - as well as the future it represents. But when the charmed cake is mysteriously shifted from the place settings Nic arranged around it, no one gets the charm she chose for them. And when the other party guests' fortunes begin coming true, Mel, Seema, and Nic can't help but wonder.... Is the cake trying to tell them something?
I read this in a day. I can honestly say, this is adorable! I also read it the day after I finished a book on serial killers, so I know I definitely needed a break from true life crime, but this would be adorable even in the midst of adorability! And, even more fascinating, I picked both the serial killer book and this one up at the library, on the same day! Both were good, so I scored!
This starts out at a bridal shower. If I were to have a critique it is that I did not get the presence of the bridal shower. There are supposed to be a lot of women there and all of them get different charms. But there were not enough women for all the cake to be eaten. I could not see any of that. It seemed like they were getting ready for the bridal shower, and then it happened… ? And then they start talking about the charms they got.
Unfortunately, the charms were supposed to be rigged with which charms the hostess felt like each gal needed. Um, excuse me, but no. NO! You don’t get to decide my fate woman. Funnily enough, that’s just where the hilarity starts because nobody gets the charm they were supposed to get. At all. Which I think is great. Who tries to decide everyone’s fate anyway? That’s just not nice.
Also, there are three different voices, but as I said, many women were there, so I didn’t get the voices of the character until further into the book. I had to keep jumping back to remind myself who was who. Not a huge deal, but I think the way it began really didn’t do justice to the characters. Once I figured the three gals out, I was able to become more involved in their stories and what they want.
Nic was the hostess and is also the bride to be. This girl. She’s a mess. It’s kind of funny watching her story unfold but at the same time, I feel for her. She’s new to being a step mom, or as they call it, a bonus mom. Is that a thing now? Bonus mom? Anyway, she is the bonus mom to two adorable children. Sadly though, her new hubby and his ex are nowhere to be found MOST of the time. This would give anyone pause. I am a mom and I was frustrated for her. It just felt like they ditched her and let her do everything. She obviously has some questions, and frustrations to get off her chest.
Oh Mel. After dating the same guy for six years, without a proposal, their conversations always circle around to when are they getting married. I do think Mel is a bit crazy about this. I mean, I guess you know what you want, and she should have started asking herself questions long before Nic got married, but she does seem a bit pushy. I like her, but with the exception of the marriage idea, she’s also a bit of a push over. Her boyfriend is constantly doing and saying things that prove he’s just an ass.
And then there’s Seema. Seema is the typical gal who thinks she is not gorgeous when she is. Everyone wants curves like Seema, except Seema. Because of this, she’s in love with her hot neighbor (again, I could never tell he was a neighbor), but doesn’t think he would ever like a girl like her. Trope! Ugh!
The plot thickens
The plot with the three, however, is hilarious. I could not put this book down. When nobody gets the charm Nic set them up to get, but their fortunes start coming true anyway, the three girls start freaking out. They each got charms they did not want! And this was what I did love about the book. Life happens. Even when we try to fool into doing whatever WE want, it has a way of showing us we don’t really know what we want.
I loved the ending, although about three chapters to the end, I was starting to wonder if everything was going to be summed up nicely with a little bow, or if there was going to be a sequel. The author pulled it off, but it was right at the end. Made me a bit worried there for a minute!
It was good enough, even with the few plot and character tropes that I enjoyed it immensely. I realize there are a lot of critiques here but mainly because I felt like the writing is good enough to be better! Even though I loved it in the end, so it works beautifully! Great book after a very deep read. I needed something that just felt like bubble gum fun. This would make a perfect read for the summer.
|Overall:||4.2 / 5|
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