Blog Tour Stop: The Wedding Cake Girl by Anne Pfeffer- Review and Giveaway
Author: Anne Pfeffer
Release Date: July 24, 2012
Publisher: Bold Print Press
Seventeen-year-old Alexandra spends so much time helping others realize their dreams
that she never has time for her own. An expert ocean diver and reluctant maker of
wedding cakes, she longs to leave roses and frosting behind to study oceanography.
Alex’s mother won’t have it—needy and dependent, Mom can’t run the family wedding
cake business on her own.
No matter what Alex does, things only get worse for her. When she saves a man's life
while scuba diving and becomes the local hero, Mom's angry with Alex for going diving
at all. Mom discourages Alex's new friendship with Jeremy, a fun and insanely wealthy
boy who happens to have a secret. Then, Alex's best friend, Zack, a hunky island guy,
starts to take an interest in her as well. The problem is, he's dating another girl.
If she doesn't do something fast, Alex will spend her life making wedding cakes and be
buried in her "Sue's Wedding Cakery" apron with a spatula in her hand.
The Wedding Cake Girl features a colorful island setting, dangerous underwater diving
adventures, a family of billionaires, and lots and lots of buttercream. The book is Alex's
journey toward not only finding love, but learning how to step forward and take control of
her own life, a rite of passage that faces all young readers.
This book starts out in Alex's mom's bakery, 'Sue's Wedding Cakery'. We almost immediately find out that Alex does most of the work, including driving the cakes around, assembling them, and decorating them. We learn that Alex's mother is almost childlike in a way, and that she doesn't pay Alex any compensation for doing most of the work.
We also meet Alex's friend, Zack, and we find out that he was friend zoned by Alex and then he asked someone else out. At one point, he kisses Alex, but they don't say anything about it until Alex sees Zack back with his girlfriend.
Alex loves to go diving and the ocean. In fact, she wants to major in marine biology or oceanography. Her mother doesn't like her diving at all, Alex is even afraid that her mother would take her diving equipment away on whim.
Alex is ready to go diving with Zack, but he cancels on her to go out with his girlfriend, Rosie. Alex is saddened by this, and decides to go diving alone, though no one is supposed to dive alone. While diving, she sees a man struggling, trying to get untangled from kelp. Alex goes to save him, risking her life as well. When they make it to the air (just barely), Alex gets him to promise her that he won't tell who saved him.
Later, when Alex is fixing a cake for a wedding, she is approached with a job, that she immediately accepts (because she needs the money to start a college course). At the wedding that she's working, she sees the man she saved, and this opens up a world that she had never known before.
I... liked this book. I mean, it was okay. I just really didn't get into it from the start. That may be because I had a test I was stressing over, but, oh well.
I thought that Alex's character was a bit of a push over. She let Zack kiss her, although she knew he had a girlfriend, and she didn't really confront him about it. If it were me, I would've slapped some since into somebody. And with her mother... She did everything for the business. But, she let her mother say that she did everything. I mean, I know it was her mom... but still.
Alex's mom annoyed me a lot, too. She tried her best to discourage Alex from doing something that she dreamed of, namely taking the oceanography course, and saving up money for college. She also dropped not so subtle hints about them needing a new oven... You'd have to be dumb not to understand that her mother was trying to get her to pay for the oven.
Now, I won't divulge anymore extra info on this book, because I know that I will turn it into a big spoiler alert. You all probably wouldn't like me then, would you?
So, I had to give this book a 3,5 because I liked the overall plot and stuff like that... I just really couldn't get into the book/ focus on it.
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