100 Days of Cake by Shari Goldhagen | Review

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100 Days of Cake by Shari Goldhagen | Review100 Days of Cake by Shari Goldhagen
Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers on May 17, 2016
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 339
Format: ARC
Source: Netgalley
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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.

When I first saw this book, I got really excited because of the title. I’m a huge fan of anything that has to do with cake and baking! Of course, after reading the synopsis, I had to give this book a shot.
100 Days of Cake is about a girl named Molly who spends most of her time working at her job at FishTopia. She works there with a guy named Alex, who so obviously has a huge crush on her, yet she doesn’t exactly see that. However, Molly suffers from depression.
In my opinion, depression was excellently portrayed throughout this book. I took a psychology course last semester at school and learned that depression consists of both good and bad days, which were evident in this book.
On the other hand, I wasn’t the biggest fan of some other things throughout the book, which is why I’m giving this book three stars. I don’t want to spoil, but there was a sort of romance that I was a little bit iffy about, mostly because of the age difference. I also didn’t quite understand how making cake for someone could possibly cure depression. However, I still enjoyed this book and will be looking for Shari’s future novels.

About Shari Goldhagen

After serious pursuits of literature at Northwestern (BSJ) and Ohio State (MFA), Shari Goldhagen discovered she had a knack for sifting through celebrity trash and worked as a gossip writer for publications including The National Enquirer, Us Weekly, and Life & Style Weekly. And her articles on pop culture, travel and relationships have appeared everywhere from Cosmopolitan to Penthouse. She has received fellowships from Yaddo and MacDowell and currently lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

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  • Lorraine
    05.22.2016

    Marian Keyes has written a book about how baking helped her overcome her own depression. Though that was baking herself and not having someone else baking for her. Molly's mum might have looked at it as the only thing she could control, maybe?

  • Michelle
    05.22.2016

    The title definitely has me curious about this book. I love books w/ cool titles. I don't really like big age-gap romances though. It has to be done perfectly (like in Love and Other Perishable Items) for me to be okay w/ it.

  • Becky Baker
    05.22.2016

    Really, a book involving cake is inevitably going to be a book I'm going to read. The fact that it's a book involving a girl who has depression and her mother's insane idea that the perfect cake will fix it? That just means it'll probably be an interesting read. The concept has intrigued me and after your comment about the romance it just makes me want to read it more to find out why you have your issues with it.

  • AngelErin
    05.22.2016

    I love books with realistic portrayals of things like depression so I think I would like this one. Plus, CAKE!!! Not sure about the age gap romance though. That's usually not something I'm in to. I would definitely give this one a try though! Fantastic review!

  • Jamie Kramer
    05.22.2016

    I have heard so many negative things about this one, especially about the romance, but I am kinda excited to see depression portrayed positively in a YA novel so I might still check it out! Thanks for the review!

    Jamie @ Books and Ladders

  • Anonymous
    05.22.2016

    I've been craving cake lately. Seeing the title of this book just makes me want it more. 😛

    I'm glad to hear it portrays depression well. It seems rare when that happens.

  • Diane Kim
    05.23.2016

    I agree with you on the title and summary. Books with any baked goods mixed into the story sound so enticing:D

  • Diane Kim
    05.23.2016

    I agree with you on the title and summary. Books with any baked goods mixed into the story sound so enticing:D

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