Saturday, 15 December 2012

Book Review: Confessions of a Cake Addict - Emma Kaufman

Synopsis - Londoner Kate Pickles has hit rock bottom.  She's funny, kind and talented but totally unaware about all the great things she has going for her.  Day in and day out, she sits back and whines to her sister Laurie in Sydney, Australia, as her boss walks all over her and her best friend Eva bags the hot guys while Kate ends up dating whack jobs and comfort eating cake.  Pouring out her heart to Laurie in a series of letters and emails, Kate longs for her sister to confirm she really is the loser in love she fears she is.

Abruptly, Kate's life is turned upside down when, on a trip to Vienna with her glamourous pal, Eva, Kate falls for a sexy Austrian and gets sucked into making a Bollywood film.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Review - I could have done without the many typos I found when I started the book.  I don't know if they actually did get any less or if I just noticed less as I got into and started enjoying the story.  Authors - please have your copies thoroughly proof read, it is no fun for a reader to have to back track to get the meaning or gist of a sentence due to a spelling mistake!

However, once I got over this and started to enjoy the book I could not put it down.  Even sacrificing Catch Up TV to ensure I finished the book before bedtime.  Chicklit can be hit or miss, but this did hit.  The hapless heroine with the drop dead gorgeous bestie who gets the hot guys, while Kate (our main character) finds herself trying to get off with the gay guy or those who live a little dangerously.  Naturally, there is the odd embarassing moment which has the reader rolling on the floor laughing, and we all to some extent identify with these incidents even if not to such extremes.  The bullying boss and back stabbing colleague add to the mix that make this story work so well.  Great characterisations and a storyline which roled along at a good pace.  3*

Paperback: ISBN-13: 978-1475066494

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