Book Review: How to Eat a Cupcake by Meg Donohue

Posted November 14, 2012 by Melissa in Book Review | 12 Comments

Title: How to Eat a Cupcake
Author:  Meg Donohue
Reading level: Adult
Genre:  Contemporary/Chick Lit
Size: 352 pages
Release Date: March 13th 2012
Publisher: William Morrow/HarperCollins
Source: NetGalley
Find It: Goodreads | Amazon | BN | The Book Depository

Funny, free-spirited Annie Quintana and sophisticated, ambitious Julia St. Clair come from two different worlds. Yet, as the daughter of the St. Clair’s housekeeper, Annie grew up in Julia’s San Francisco mansion and they forged a bond that only two little girls who know nothing of class differences and scholarships could—until a life-altering betrayal destroyed their friendship.

A decade later, Annie is now a talented, if underpaid, pastry chef who bakes to fill the void left in her heart by her mother’s death. Julia, a successful businesswoman, is tormented by a painful secret that could jeopardize her engagement to the man she loves. When a chance reunion prompts the unlikely duo to open a cupcakery, they must overcome past hurts and a mysterious saboteur or risk losing their fledgling business and any chance of healing their fractured friendship.


I knew that I had to read this book from the second I saw that cover and read the title!  Isn’t is awesome?  Clean lines and so appealing…with the perfect mix of colors 🙂 Luckily for me, the inside of the book completely lived up to that wonderful cover.  (We’re not always so lucky, are we?)

Meg Donohue’s writing style and pacing of the novel were perfect.  I loved how the narration took turns every other chapter between Anna and Julia.  I’m finding that I am really enjoying this trend of dual POVs…more than two and I tend to find that it takes away from the novel.  The characters of both Anna and Julia got under my skin quicker than I would have thought…I don’t always find myself making quick connections to characters in Chick Lit but this book was the exception.  I liked them both immediately and was sucked into their  fears and secrets, hopes and dreams, more and more as the story developed.

This is primarily a story about friendship…what it means to really be a friend and how the bonds of friendship can transcend time, space and at times even betrayal.  I loved slowly finding out the history behind Anna and Julia’s friendship and eventual rift…and watching as time, hard work, trust and communication, mutual goals  and a healthy dose of a mutual adversary…led them back to each other.

This is also a story about following one’s dream and having the courage to make it happen.  I for one can certainly confess to having had many a daydream about opening my own small business (a bookstore) and learning about how these two made it happen was tons of fun…I actually wouldn’t have minded if more of the story focused on the nuts and bolts of getting their cupcakery up and running.

Add in a little romance and a dash of mystery and suspense and you have an amazing tale… What would it take to make this story almost perfect?? Cupcakes!  Swoon-worthy, drool-worthy, “I need to go out and find a cupcakery at 1am in the morning” cupcakes!  And that was precisely the final element that Donohue delivers by the dozen.  Mmmmmmm….I’m getting hungry again right now…..

4.5 Timepieces


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12 responses to “Book Review: How to Eat a Cupcake by Meg Donohue

  1. This sounds very good! I have drifted from my BFF as she lives on the other side of the country and lives such a different life, but we always dreamed of starting our own business. This might be a fun read for me even though its not a genre I read often.

  2. Sweet! I want to co-own a shop with you and Juju 🙂
    The cover is adorable; and I’ve been enjoying dual POVs lately too! Sounds like a great fun read, I will definitely have to look for this one soon too!
    Great review, thanks!

  3. I have mixed reactions to switching POV’s. I prefer my books to be streamlined and straight forward in regards to whose eyes I’m living the story through. Being forced to switch lanes, as it were, can annoy me and turn me off a book. It has to be done just right to work for me.

    On the other hand, that cover is my dream. A little corner bakery with a red door and dark wood paneling inside. Perhaps some tables with mosaic tops and some comfy chairs. Red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese icing. And now I’m hungry…

  4. What a delightful review of this one!! I have a copy and was lucky to snag it when it was free awhile back. I just know that I too will enjoy it!!

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