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How to Eat a Cupcake ~ Meg Donohue

March 13, 2012


Genre: Adult Fiction/Mystery
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
320 pages
ISBN: 9780062069283
Source: Publisher via TLC

I’m not much of a cook and even less of a baker. Still, I have always loved watching good cooks cook and, even more than that, I love listening to people who know how, talk about food. Combined with my love of a good story and my recent need for a slightly girlie dramedy, this cooking fascination pulled together to make me totally swoon while reading Meg Donahue’s How to Eat a Cupcake.

The premise is fairly simple, at first:  two old friends, distanced by time and space, reconvene in their quarter life to open a cupcakery. Seems simple enough, right? Well, with loaded trust funds, exboyfriends and the rumor of possible foul play leaking forward from the past, the venture turns out to be anything but. Someone from their collective history wants their shop gone and is getting bolder by the minute. As the duo attempts to piece their friendship back together while trying to remain calm and composed in their business lives, they soon find themselves in way over their heads.

Wild and fun, often stopping for reflection, the story is one I didn’t initially think I’d like, for that frilly cover and silly title. I know I’ve been burned by that assumption in the past so, hey, look: I tried something new! Donohue is a super talented writer and though she could have easily turned the book into some weepy chick-lit whinefest, she wrote strong, complicated and relatable characters. I’m hoping that this will gain some momentum as I really enjoyed it and have already recommended it out to a few folks.  I’m super pleased to have found Meg on her first book and am eagerly awaiting more.

About Meg Donohue

Meg Donohue has an MFA from Columbia University and a BA from Dartmouth College. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she now lives in San Francisco with her husband, daughters, dog, and a weakness for salted caramel cupcakes.

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Meg’s Tour Stops

Tuesday, March 13th: Iwriteinbooks’ blog

Wednesday, March 14th: Peeking Between the Pages

Thursday, March 15th: Bookstack

Friday, March 16th: The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader

Monday, March 19th: Life in Review

Tuesday, March 20th: Tina’s Book Reviews

Wednesday, March 21st: Elle Lit.

Thursday, March 22nd: A Bookish Way of Life

Tuesday, March 27th: Walking With Nora

Wednesday, March 28th: Sara’s Organized Chaos

Thursday, March 29th: Kritters Ramblings

Tuesday, April 3rd: girlichef

Thursday, April 5th: Book Reviews by Molly

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 13, 2012 11:41 pm

    This one sounds cute! I’m afraid it’s going to make me really hungry though. ;)

  2. March 14, 2012 12:34 pm

    I can’t resist a book with cupcake in the title, and I am glad to hear that this one wasn’t all whining and frills. It sounds like something that I might enjoy. Great review today!

  3. March 14, 2012 4:58 pm

    Thank you so much for this lovely review! I am thrilled you enjoyed the book. Thanks for taking a chance on HOW TO EAT A CUPCAKE! I truly appreciate your support.

  4. March 16, 2012 7:28 pm

    “strong, complicated and relatable characters” are the best thing about books in my opinion. Glad that Annie and Julia turned out to be so real for you!

    Thanks for being on the tour. I’m featuring your review on TLC’s Facebook page tonight.

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