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  • Sweet and cute story about a big-boned girl

    Books about big boned people always catch my attention. Especially if it’s a story about someone who is plus-sized and is still positive about her body. Cupcake is a sweet and cute story, a fast and easy read, and recommended to read on a quiet evening, a day on the beach or a rainy Sunday afternoon. I like that it’s not about being big boned itself—it’s just a given, and Ariel is pretty confident about who she is. It’s so important that we all (not only girls!) accept that we have different shapes and sizes, and get more at ease with our body (although I get why so many people aren’t, I know the feeling …). Ariel and Rhys were two people to root for. I loved how natural their relationship grew and waited eagerly for them to get romantically involved. Like I said above, I liked the story, but in my opinion, it could have had a little more depth—it’s quite predictable, and while reading, I wished that diversity was more visible throughout the book. It felt like everyone was white in the story (there were some Asian and Latin last names in the story, but the descriptions overall were quite vague). And why not adding at least one queer character on Homecoming court? Actual rating 3.5 stars.

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  • So cute!

    Ooooo, this book is so cute! It’s an #OwnVoices and I felt like it could have been my own voice. Body positivity, but still feeling insecure? Check. Stress and pressure to strive for perfection? Check. Having parents run your life with their ideals, and it makes you a miserable person? Check. Now, that’s not all one character, but the author uses them all to tell the reader that everyone is dealing with something so you’re not alone (especially in high school). I wish there had been more books like this 20 years ago when I was at that pivotal age… I received a copy of this book from Entangled Publishing. All opinions are my own.

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  • Cute, fun and very likable

    I enjoyed this book. The story was cute and fun and the characters were exceedingly likable. I really liked that Ariel was comfortable in her own skin and had a good life. I was also thrilled and relieved that we didn't have to endure one of those "Magical Makeover" moments in this story because I truly hate that. I thought this book had a very sunshine/grumpy vibe and that really worked for me. Rhys was a wonderfully broody book boyfriend that had my heart skipping many a beat and together these two made an awesome couple that gave me some very delightful feels. My one complaint was that I wished this book felt more reality instead of coming across more like a fantastical. Even with that pet peeve though, I have nothing but love for this read. This is my frank, freely posted review.

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  • Am adorable must-read!

    Review of Cupcake by Cookie O’Gorman Thank you NetGalley and entangledteen for providing me with an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Short review Cupcake is about Ariel, AKA Cupcake. Ariel is a plus-sized teen who is surprised to be voted onto Homecoming Court as a princess; Ariel is paired up with Rhys, a football player who constantly surprises Ariel. This young adult novel is a sweet treat for readers who enjoy first love, ride-or-die best friends, supportive moms, and a sprinkling of humor on every page. This book is highly recommended for people who enjoy stories about loving oneself fiercely and showing kindness to others. Additional thoughts Ariel is such a wonderful protagonist. The story is told in her point of view, and she is a sweet but snarky narrator. She’s supportive of the people around her and she’s passionate about baking. It makes sense that she was voted to become one of the Homecoming princesses because she’s kind and spends a lot of time helping people. The minor characters are also fairly well-developed too which makes the story even better. The romance in this book is super cute. Watching Ariel fall in love even though it scares her was such a wonderful experience. I think a lot of her feelings will be relatable for readers of all ages. I also think that it’s important that Ariel is a plus-sized main character who loves herself the way she is because there aren’t enough stories like this yet. Text features: There is information about trigger warnings at the front of the book. At the back of the book, there is a playlist for the book along with several of the recipes for treats mentioned in the book. I love that some of the recipes Ariel talks about in the book are included at the end because it makes the book more interactive. For instance, book clubs could bake Ariel’s recipes and eat them while discussing the book. Trigger warnings: fatphobia, a brief mention of a side-character having an eating disorder and a past experience of being hospitalized for it. Rating: 4 out of 5 stars I’m giving this 4 out of 5 stars because there were some places where there were misunderstandings that could’ve been avoided if the characters had talked to each other more. I would still recommend this book for anyone interested in reading about first love told from the point of view of a humorous protagonist.

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  • So much fun

    Cupcake is fat. And she's ok with that. So she is surprised when she gets nominated to be part of the home coming court. She has never even seen a game, and finds that she is teamed up with the quarter back of the football team. And it isn't so much that he is out of her league, she just can't understand why he is being so nice to her. It is a cute romance, and I do love that Cupcake never has to change to get her man. She remains the same bubbly girl throughout. Fun little romance, where it is nice when the fat girl gets the guy that she actually wants. <em>Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.</em>

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