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Is This the Real Life? Food Edition

This time of year always means one thing to me: baking. My family and I have always baked (and cooked) a lot between Thanksgiving and the New Year since the weather is finally cool and we have a lot of get-togethers. Instead of doing the predictable “holiday” contemporary books, I decided to focus on the bakers or those whose lives were affected by food. I searched for some male protagonist bakers, but couldn’t find any. Let me know if you know of any!

What happened to goodbyeWhat Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen (2012 Teens’ Top Ten)
This is the story of McLean Sweet who loves with her father since her mother ran off with the college basketball coach. Her father is a chef and it’s because of his job that she and her father have moved four times in the last two years. Each time they move, McLean takes on a new personality in her new city, but she seems to find her true ‘self’ in Lakeview, just as her father decides to move to Hawaii, forcing McLean to figure out what she really wants and how to deal with her mother.

Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (2011 Best Fiction for Young Adults)Dash and Lily
While on winter break, Dash is perusing through his favorite bookstore, The Strand, when he happens upon a Moleskin notebook filled with clues. Dash responds and begins a relationship with Lily through the notebook. Lily is full of holiday spirit (including baking a lot of cookies) while Dash prefers to be left alone, but neither one can quite let go of the notebook and all its clues.

Sweetest ThingThe Sweetest Thing by Christina Mandelski
Sheridan Well is happiest when she is baking a cake. She can forget about her mom abandoning her, that her dad is more interested in his restaurant, and that she doesn’t have a boyfriend. She decides finding her mom will solve all her problems, but when her dad gets his own reality show in New York everything changes.


The Cupcake Queen by Heather HelperCupcake Queen
Penny’s mom moves them to a small town from a big city to open up a cupcake shop and leaves her dad behind. As Penny settles in and gets used to her new life, her parents make a decision that will change it all.

Taste TestTaste Test by Kelly Fiore
Nora Henderson can’t wait to leave her hometown behind when she get accepted into the teen cooking reality show Taste Test. Things don’t go as planned since she has run-ins with other contestants and the kitchen seems to be overrun with real life accidents.


I know about Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler, but I am saving that for a later post!

-Faythe Arredondo, currently reading The F-It List by Julie Halpern