Monday, November 19, 2018

Rebel With a Cupcake by Anna Mainwaring - OPTIONAL

Rebel With a Cupcake by Anna Mainwaring, 208 pages. KCP Loft (Kids Can Press), 2018. $11. 9781525300332.

Language: PG-13(24 swears, 0 'f'); Mature Content: PG-13; Violence: G



Jesobel Jones loves food--cooking it and eating it and how it makes people happy. Her love of food aligns with her chubby body shape and she's never before had a problem with it--until a cute boy at school seems to notice her, and a perfect girl bully gets in her face, and she actually considers what it might be like to look more like her "perfect" sister, Cat. Thus begins a 3-week journey of dieting, exercise, crazy drama, and an end result she doesn't expect.

Teenage novels focused on romance, friendship, and self-worth are fairly cliche and predictable. Mainwaring's book adds some fresh air to the genre while still not branching too far out. I enjoyed the author's voice through Jesobel Jones, and appreciated the strong family and friendships the book highlighted. The predictable nature of the book made it feel a bit long, even at 208 pages, but it was fun. The PG-13 ratings are due not only to profane language, but some teenage innuendos, rude behavior, and some crass language (most of it British slang so not all American readers would understand it fully).

Reviewer: TC

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