The Baking Life of Amelie Day by Vanessa Curtis: Book review

The Baking Life of Amelie Day
Publisher/Year: September 9th 2014 Curious Fox
Genre: YA Contemporary
Series: No
Pages: 178
Source/Format: e-arc | NetGalley
(Thanks NetGalley/Curious Fox!)
Rating: 4 stars out of 5


I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion.

*This review may contain spoilers!*

Synopsis

Amelie Day loves to bake – cupcakes, biscuits, bread, tarts and muffins – so she’s thrilled when she’s invited to compete in Britain’s Best Teen Baker of the Year. But Amelie has Cystic Fibrosis and some days she can barely breathe. Determined not to let her condition or her mum stop her, Amelie musters all her flour power, but will it be enough to get her there?

My review

As soon as I read the title of this book, I knew I had to read it. I don't think I've shared this yet on the blog, but I absolutely LOVE reading books about baking, or just food in general. I don't really know why, because I'm not much of a baker or a cook, but food is one of my favourite things to read about.

This book gives a really realistic insight into day-to-day life for someone who has Cystic Fibrosis, which is something that I didn't know anything about prior to going into this book. However, The Baking Life of Amelie Day teaches you what it's like, but it is not an info-dump by any means.

For the most part I enjoyed Amelie as a main character, because despite her Cystic Fibrosis, she is extremely relatable and just felt real to me. All of the main side-characters were also great, but particularly her parents and her boyfriend.

One of my favourite things about this book were the recipes thrown in throughout the book; it added a little something extra that I'd never seen before, but it made the book unique and worth remembering.

My main issue with this book is how short it was! I really enjoyed myself the whole time reading it, and I was surprised beforehand to see it had under 200 pages. I feel that it could definitely have gained from some extra pages.

Overall I had so much fun reading this book, but the shortness did make me drop the rating down to 4 stars. If you like reading about food as much as me, this one will be right up your street!

Izzy

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