Close to Famous by Joan Bauer

Close to FamousSometimes you really just need a good cupcake.

Foster McFee is not in a good place. She and her mama have had to flee Memphis because of her mother’s abusive boyfriend, and they’ve ended up in a small town in the middle of nowhere. Foster deals with the upheaval in the way she deals with everything–she bakes. Cupcakes, muffins, brownies, anything. Foster loves to bake and cook, and her idol is Sonny Kroll, a Food Network chef and former marine; Sonny’s show is what keeps Foster going when everything around her is chaotic and painful. When Sonny is in a motorcycle accident and, nearly at the same time, Foster’s mother’s ex-boyfriend reappears in their life, Foster has to draw on internal strength–and the support of her new friends and neighbors–to come out on top.

As always, Joan Bauer has written a book that is heart-warming without being schmaltzy, featuring characters that are quirky without being unrealistic, in situations both original and completely down-to-earth. It’s both good and bad that she rarely writes sequels–her books are always perfectly satisfying the way they are, but any reader would love to spend more time with her characters. In this case, though, they might also end up wanting some cupcakes.

Posted by: Sarah

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