The Cupcake Queen was so darn cute!
Penny moves to a dinky little town called Hog's Hollow with her mom after living in NYC while her parents go through a "seperation." She doesn't want to be there so she takes a long time even bothering to go anywhere. Her mom opens a cupcake shop called the Cupcake Queen, which leads to Penny making an enemy before school even starts. But she does make friends - with the Rock-Paper-Scissors fanatic, Tally, and her tomato-growing-sorta-boyfriend, Blake. Penny is interested in the boy who runs on the beach, Marcus, but he has a more dramatic past than she does and he seems to be two different people depending on where he is.... With stupid, mean pranks, a falling-apart family, and some kooky, but kind-hearted friends, Penny slowly realizes some things about life that make you, as the reader, stop and go "huh."
This book was sweet and just plain good. It was 100% clean! The only thing I wasn't a fan of is that Penny is a freshman, but some of the story line and dialogue and whatnot seemed like it would fit better with an older character. Not a lot older, but maybe more like 16 or 17. But that's not a big thing at all, so I highly recommend this book!
"Life can be pretty hard...I'd like to tell you it gets easier, but it doesn't. It just gets different."
"I guess at some point you just have to let go of what you thought should happen and live in what is happening" (210).