Saturday, December 10, 2011

Review: Practice Cake by Dalya Moon

Title: Practice Cake
Author: Dalya Moon
Publication Date: October 20, 2011


There’s one thing Maddie finds more tempting than red velvet cake: her coworker, Drew. All it takes is one of his sly winks or a playful hip-check by the cooler, and she’s incinerating the cookies. Her boyfriend would not approve.
When a reality TV crew descends upon the bakery, her simple summer job gets even more complicated. Maddie could become the Bakery Network’s next breakout star, if she can handle the heat of being cast as a show villain. Drew has an alternate idea: run away from everything, with him and his sexy tousled hair. She decides to take the leap, but when she finds out Drew’s been hiding a shocking secret, Maddie looks down at her packed suitcase and takes a moment to think. Should she fly off to Australia with a guy she hardly knows, or should she pick up her suitcase and hit him with it?(Copied from Goodreads)

 My Review

In Practice Cake by Dalya Moon, Maddie is in her last weeks of high school, when she takes a job at a local bakery. Her first day at the bakery is a disaster, when her new co-worker Drew distracts her. Drew is gorgeous, and Maddie develops a crush, the problem being her boyfriend Parker. It does not help matters that her best friend, Jaslene, does not like Parker at all. Parker also does not approve of her taking a lowly job on being a baker’s assistant.

In the beginning of Practice Cake, the bakery Maddie works for is not doing extremely well. After hearing a large chain bakery store was moving in a few blocks down, Maddie is determined to come up with a unique idea to attract new customers, and save the bakery. Coming up with this new baked good, attracts the attention of the Bakery Network. They want to film a reality TV show at the bakery where Maddie works, and make Maddie the star. While Maddie is nervous about being on TV, she knows if it goes well it could save the bakery. Maddie grows closer to Drew, and further away from Parker.

I really enjoyed read Practice Cake, The whole story, Maddie struggles trying to save the bakery, dealing with friends and family, and her feelings with Drew. At times, her friend, Jaslene, gets jealous, because of the reality show. Maddie is a very relatable character, and I really felt for her when things did not go her way. I have not really read a contemporary book in a while, so it was great to escape into Practice Cake.

I think anyone enjoys a good contemporary book would enjoy Practice Cake. This book is geared towards a YA audience, with underage drinking preferably an older YA audience.  Thank you Dalya for letting me read your amazing novel! I truly enjoyed Practice Cake!

**Unabridged Bookshelf recived this book from the author in exchange for an honest review**

1 comment:

Unknown said...

This is the second, vwry positive review that I've seen for Practice Cake. I love contemporary YA, this sounds exactly like what I need. Putting it on my TBR-list.
Great review!

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