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Cupcake    by Rachel Cohn order for
by Rachel Cohn
Order:  USA  Can
Simon & Schuster, 2007 (2007)
* * *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

After graduating high school, teenage hellion Cyd Charisse, follows her dream to New York City where she shares an apartment with her gay half brother Danny. Danny is single after having broken up with his lifetime soulmate, and CC is separated from her surfer boyfriend who has followed his own dream to New Zealand in search of the perfect wave. Danny remains friends with his ex-lover, but CC and Shrimp have agreed to make a clean break. No correspondence. Not even a postcard.

Before CC can begin stage one of her new adult life, she must find the city's finest caffeine. Surprisingly this is not an easy task, but how can a girl stay on course without her daily espresso jolt?

Having been in the city for less than a week, CC crashes down the stairs as she leaves her fifth floor apartment, fracturing her leg in three places. This puts a temporary end to her quest for the perfect cup and begins her slacker existence of watching movies, sleeping, and eating while daydreaming that Shrimp is there and is not on the opposite side of the world. The movie Rear Window provides inspiration for her own neighbor-watching through her bedroom window.

The adult CC is the same sexy, charismatic, over-the-top personality she has been in the earlier novels. She makes adult choices and sometimes she backslides into hellion territory, but watching her growth into young adulthood is fun and enjoyably campy.

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