“Practice Cake (Life in Saltwater City #1)” by Dalya Moon
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary Fiction
Summary from Amazon:
There’s one thing Maddie Bird (18) 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. She could fly off to Australia with a guy she hardly knows, or she could pick up her suitcase and hit him with it.
Is there anyone Maddie can turn to for advice? Her sister has terrible taste in boyfriends, so she’s out. Roxanne, the charismatic reality TV show producer, has some interesting opinions, but may be more interested in ratings. Maddie’s best friend keeps pushing her cousin Hudson, a guy who thinks he’s too cool for entry-level jobs, but makes origami. Come on. Origami?
I liked how this book embraced the new adult age group perfectly. For those of you who don’t know what new adult books are, they are books with protagonists who are 18-25 years old. They tend to be a lot like Young Adult books just with a bit older characters. Graduating high school and attempting to enter the ‘real world’ is a really weird time for all of us. Practice Cake examines that awkwardness. Juggling friendships, work, and dating is hard for anyone. To me, it was perfectly captured. I personally am still in that new adult phase of my life so I understood and felt everything Maddie was going through.
Maddie was a good character. She’s very likeable and funny. I snorted quite a bit. Yep, that’s right I didn’t laugh, I snorted. Take that as you will. She definitely feels like someone I could be friends with. In some respects she does feel a tad immature but then again she is 18. All 18 years olds are immature to an extent. It didn’t feel out of place though.
I’m surprised to say that I didn’t mind the romantic aspects of the story. Well I did mind Parker. I’ve never understood why girls in chick-lit books have such bad boyfriends. Do you they really not mind being treated like crap? Ugh. Besides that the romances were cute and not too over the top. Everything felt pretty natural.
The bottom line? It’s a fun, fluffy book. A perfect break from my other books.