100 Days of Cake by Shari Goldhagen

100 Days of Cake100 Days of Cake by Shari Goldhagen

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Goodreads Blurb: Get well soon isn’t going to cut it in this quirky and poignant debut novel about a girl, her depression, an aggressive amount of baked goods, and the struggle to simply stay afloat in an unpredictable, bittersweet life.

There are only three things that can get seventeen-year-old Molly Byrne out of bed these days: her job at FishTopia, the promise of endless episodes of Golden Girls, and some delicious lo mien. You see, for the past two years, Molly’s been struggling with something more than your usual teenage angst. Her shrink, Dr. Brooks isn’t helping much, and neither is her mom who is convinced that baking the perfect cake will cure Molly of her depression—as if cake can magically make her rejoin the swim team, get along with her promiscuous sister, or care about the SATs.

Um, no. Never going to happen.

But Molly plays along, stomaching her mother’s failed culinary experiments, because, whatever—as long as it makes someone happy, right? Besides, as far as Molly’s concerned, hanging out with Alex at the rundown exotic fish store makes life tolerable enough. Even if he does ask her out every…single…day. But—sarcastic drum roll, please—nothing can stay the same forever. When Molly finds out FishTopia is turning into a bleak country diner, her whole life seems to fall apart at once. Soon she has to figure out what—if anything—is worth fighting for.

My Musings:

Decent read about a teen struggling with depression and the stress of the big “what now” after high school. I thought this was a pretty good depiction of adolescent depression. The main character could be pretty frustrating at times but depression does tend to make situations more difficult.

The gimmick of “100 days of cake” was kind of cute, and the family and friend relationships in the novel felt realistic and fresh. While I did enjoy this book, I also can see myself forgetting about it in a couple days. It just wasn’t very memorable to me and that pushed this book a bit into the meh category for me. Still a nice read but I don’t think that it’s worth more than a library checkout.

Buy, Borrow or Bin Verdict: Borrow

Note: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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