Tuesday, May 29, 2012
The Cupcake Queen, by Heather Hepler
While the story starts out strong and has a good heart throughout, there's no getting around the fact that it is largely recycled. Hepler doesn't really have much new to say about divorce, moving to a new town, or trying to deal with relationships. The story itself is uneven. The cupcake angle really could have been played up much more, the endless bullying from Charity gets tiring and could have been reduced, and the boy interest is largely wasted. The relationship between Penny and her friend Tally is more interesting, but again strangely underdeveloped. What Hepler does have is a breezy style and a sense of fun, but she seems to have struggled with the story.