(Who doesn't want to eat a cupcake after seeing this cover?)
5th January 2012, Bloomsbury
304 pages, Paperback
Themes: lying, school life, being misunderstood, insecurity, self-esteem, end of the world view point, teen romance, a lot of laughs
Summary from Bloomsbury
Jess has broken up with Fred, though really she is waiting for him to come to her door and beg to get back together again. But is that the sort of thing Fred would do? He has said himself that he has no backbone... Meanwhile, a gorgeous boy has moved in next door and, to Jess's mingled horror and delight, is making it very, very obvious that he would like to be a lot closer than next door... Surely, now, Fred will be driven, in a fit of jealousy, to sweep Jess back off her feet? Won't he?
Jess is truly a character - a moping, love-obsessed girl. Following her life was entertaining, and she dug herself fairly big holes when she should have stuck with the truth. For me it felt that there wasn't a big enough continuity in the chocolate theme for the title phrase, and at times Jess's Fred obsession was annoying, but overal I love the cupcake cover and how the reader experiences a lot of contemporary life issues indirectly through Jess's friends, so this gets 8/10.
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Another fun teen to follow who learns a lot is Viola in Viola in Reel Life by Adriana Trigiani