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From the book cover: Meet Kate MacKenzie...idealistic office worker, reluctant deliverer of termination notices and queen of instant messaging. As sweet as sugar.
Meet Mitch Hertzog...ever-smiling corporate lawyer, defender of the downtrodden and king of aborted dinner dates. Good enough to eat.
Meet Ida Lopez...cake, cookie and pastry-maker extraordinaire, purveyor of the dessert trolley and goddess of all things mouth-wateringly yummy. As nice as pie.
Together they must battle tyrants and despots to find truth, justice and the perfect double fudge pudding.
My take: I picked this book up between some heavy reading that I did and it was absolutely perfect to suit my mood then. As you can see from the cover, this is a chick-lit for which Meg Cabot is popular. She is a writer that I go back to from time to time whenever I need a quick fix. Yes, her books are fun and hilarious, often bringing a smile to my face.
This is not a conventional novel, it is written mostly in the form of e-mails, doodles, journals and telephone conversations. I loved it! It was a refreshing change and I do enjoy reading this format when it comes to some books that handles the genre so well.
Kate is a character that most women can relate to, at least the ones who are stuck in a job that you don't particularly enjoy. Throw in the boss from hell in the form of Amy or T.O.D as she is more popularly known and you connect instantly. Kate's best friend, Jen, who works with her is another character who adds more charm to the story.
But the character that I loved the most was Ida, the slightly eccentric lady who has a soft corner for Kate and slips her cookies and cakes from time to time. The bonus of the entire book is that you can find recipes that are squeezed in between too! Yes, right from carrot cakes to gingersnap cookies, quite a few recipes are thrown in as well. I have half a mind to try on a few of them myself.
However, when Amy fires Ida, since she refuses to serve an extra slice of pie to her boyfriend Staurt, Kate feels that it is her duty to defend Ida. In steps Mitch, Stuart's brother and the knight in shining armor for Kate. Did I also mention that Kate just broke up with her boyfriend of ten years and is camping on Jen's couch? The fact that Jen and her husband are trying to make a baby does not make living over there any easier.
The story moves along predictable. But what kept me hooked was the way the book was written. It is interesting to see the story move forward simply through e-mails and Kate's journal entries. Throw in more drama in the form of Mitch's family members, you can be sure that you shall remain entertained right till the very end.
Pick this one if you are looking for some light reading. I read it when I was feeling a bit low and this one picked me right up. This is the perfect vacation read.
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