When her mother moves them from the city to a small town to open up a cupcake bakery, Penny’s life isn’t what she expected. Her father has stayed behind, and Mom isn’t talking about what the future holds for their family. And then there’s Charity, the girl who plays mean pranks almost daily. There are also bright spots in Hog’s Hollow—like Tally, an expert in Rock Paper Scissors, and Marcus, the boy who is always running on the beach. But just when it looks as though Penny is settling in, her parents ask her to make a choice that will turn everything upside down again. A sweet novel about love, creativity, and accepting life’s unexpected turns.
The cupcake shop play a pretty big role in the book and I loved reading about the cupcakes and how they made them and everything. A cupcake shop would be my dream place to work! Animals are another big part of the book. As a big animal lover myself, I enjoyed the scenes when they visited ARK, the animal shelter, and also when Penny discussed her cat and Tally’s various pets as well. All in all I would recommend this book for anyone ten and up. I’ve never dealt with divorce before, but I know a lot of people have, so it was interesting to read about it from Penny’s perspective. The Cupcake Queen is a quick read and has some great sub plots that keep the story moving.
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars