Hey guys! This week we’re featuring a review of a book that both my partner AND I love, called It’s Raining Cupcakes. Here’s the cover description:
Twelve year old Isabel is dying to get out of Willow, Oregon (population 39, 257) and experience something other than her small town. It seems that everyone gets to travel except Isabel–even her best friend, Sophie. When Isabel’s mother decides to open up a cupcake shop across town, Isabel is once again stuck in Willow for the summer as she tries to help her mom get the shop up and running. But when Isabel learns of a baking contest where the finalists get an all-expense paid trip to New York City, she realizes this is her chance to finally get out of Willow. Except there are two major roadblocks to this plan: Sophie, who also is entering the contest and is always the best at everything, and her own mom, who wants her to enter the contest on her terms.Can Isabel manage to finally do something for herself, without losing her best friend and further straining her already tenuous relationship with her mother? In this sweet coming-of-age story from popular teen author Lisa Schroeder, Isabel discovers that it’s not about where you go in life as much as it is about enjoying the view wherever you are.
What We Love About It: This book combines friendship and family with cupcakes. What’s NOT to love? Isabel faces issues we have ALL faced a version of in our lives. For example:
- She gets bored of her life. We all have those days where we wish we were someone else, whether it comes from being in a horrible situation, having something embarrassing happen to you, or having something super sad happen.
- She has friend troubles. Even when you have the BESTEST BEST FRIEND EVER, (like I do) you… still have fights. You are, quite simply, 2 different people, and no matter how similar you are, you’re not ALWAYS going to agree on everything.
- She has a dream. I know, I know, I sound the Tangled song, but seriously. “Way down deep inside, we have a dream.” Everyone has some sort of goal or something they want to accomplish with their lives, and Isabel does, too.
- Even Isabel messes up a couple batches of cupcakes. We’re all human, and have all had those moments where we almost burn down the house because we forgot to turn off the stove (**cough cough** sonono **cough cough**) and it just goes to prove that we are human and aren’t perfect. Isabel’s mistakes are relatable help make the book more realistic.
- The mother and daughter have some conflict. Yes, we love them, but moms can be a pain sometimes, as we are to them. It’s Raining Cupcakes beautifully demonstrates the relationship between Isabel and her mother. Sure, they argue and get mad at each other, but those experiences ultimately contribute to a stronger relationship.
Overall, this was a fantastic book. The strong points in the book are found in the character development and hooking dialogue, along with, well, the CUPCAKES. We recommend this book for middle school girls, but, of course, ANYONE could read it and love it. Until Next Week!
-Sonora Mae and Keegster
P.S. This author is awesome in general. Here’s her website if you feel like stalking her: http://www.lisaschroederbooks.com/
P.P.S. Next week, be on the lookout for a writing contest we’ll be posting! 😀