Title: REBEL WITH A CUPCAKE
Author: ANNA MAINWARING
Genre: FICTION, YOUNG ADULT FICTION, DIVERSE BOOKS
Length: 216 PAGES
Publisher: KIDS CAN PRESS
Type of Book: ARC – SOFTCOVER
Received From: A YABC – YOUNG ADULT BOOK CENTRAL – GIVEAWAY
Release Date: APRIL 3, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-77138-826-9 (HARDCOVER)
Price: USD $17.99 / CAD $18.99
Rating: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS
Jesobel Jones is bold and brash, the daughter of a hand model and a washed-up rock star. Jess sees no need to apologize for her rambling house, her imperfect family, her single status … or her weight. Jess is who she is. She makes her own cupcakes and she eats them, too. No regrets.
That is, until Own Clothes Day rolls around at school. Jess and her friends dedicate the requisite hours of planning to their outfits, their hair and their makeup for the one day they are free from school uniforms. But a wardrobe malfunction leaves Jess with a pair of leggings split open at the worst spot, and a mean girl calling her the one thing that’s never bothered her before: fat.
The encounter shakes Jess’s formerly iron-clad confidence, and she starts to wonder if she’s been just a little too comfortable in her own skin. When the boy of her dreams invites her to a party, she must decide whether to try to fit in for the first time in her life, or remain true to herself — whoever that really is.
I LOVED THIS BOOK. The main character is a “real” teenager. What I mean by that is that Jesobel or “Jess” is not some perfect specimen of femininity.
Jess has opinions. She has a real body. Ok, she is actually F-A-T, but she owns it. She prides herself on her feminism. She is honest with herself and others. She doesn’t care what others say about her … well, that is until she has a chance at a date with her secret crush. Jesobel proves that no matter how strong a person is, their insecurities often trump logic.
REBEL WITH A CUPCAKE has the potential to be this generation’s BRIDGET JONES DIARY. With irreverent humor and marvelous characters, debut author Anna Mainwaring has accomplished the truly significant. She has crafted a book that will not only entertain young adult readers, but will also enlighten them and make them feel that they are not alone.
It is simple to tell someone that all teen girls have issues with self-esteem, it is quite another to have them believe you. Anna Mainwaring’s talent in understanding the mind of teen girls is unparalleled and shines through on every page of this novel.
Her gift for crafting an unforgettable story while also penning truly realistic and believable characters will have this book in high demand. In fact, I predict it will become a Bestseller. For this reason I rate REBEL WITH A CUPCAKE as a perfect 5 out of 5 Stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
*** Thank you to YOUNG ADULT BOOK CENTRAL for running the giveaway and for choosing me as the winner of one of the ARCs of this remarkable book.***
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Anna Mainwaring studied English Literature, which led to a career in banking. She left that career to travel and then to train as a teacher.
Anna took part in NaNoWriMo in 2012, and after endless drafts, Rebel with a Cupcake was born.
When not writing, Anna can be found walking up hills or in cafés.
She lives in Cheshire, England, with her family, including a murderous gold fish called Moriarty.
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This book review is also one of my contributions to the #2018AtoZChallenge being hosted by GINGERMOMREADS
– This is my 12th Book Review of 2018