Time to Get Your CAKE On!

finalC3At long last, my amazing friend Amy’s delish debut, THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE, is on shelves. And if you haven’t ordered your copy yet, you’re truly missing out. Here are five reasons you need to order you some CAKE right now.

THE TWISTINESS. Oh man, this book is like You’ve Got Mail except a gazillion times better.

THE FOOD. This book will make you hungry. Amy’s a fun dinner date — she took me out to my first ever Chicago Deep Dish — and she definitely loves food. Yes, this book indulges in some food porn — and who doesn’t love that? — but it will leave you craving such specific things. Lou is an affable, adorable, fumbling temptress in an apron, and her take on everything from cheese curds to coconut cake will leave you swooning.

THE CITY. This book is a love letter to Milwaukee, peopled with such specific, delicious details about the town and its folk that you feel like you’re there. Milwaukee is a character here, and it’s got FLAVOR. You can picture the sights, hear the accents, feel the love Lou and the locals have for this town. And despite Al’s initial take, he finds himself falling, too. So will you.

HARVEY and SUE. And all of the supporting cast here. They’re so fun and funny — and the details Amy used to bring them to life are so vivid and specific, I feel like I can hear them arguing in my kitchen this very minute.

THE SLOW BURN. The romance here is on simmer until you just can’t take it anymore. You’re just waiting for that first taste, but it’s worth the wait. Because while the romance is key, this book is about so much more.

Which brings me to LOU. This girl has had her heart handed to her on a platter, then dropped the plate. But she’s picking up the pieces and focusing, And she has GOALS. I love a character who knows what she wants and will go after it, even when life (and love) gets in the way. LOU is a riveting hostess, and you’re sure to enjoy her company, too.

And last but certainly not least, the CAKE. There’s no way you can read this book and not end up craving Coconut Cake. Luckily, Amy’s included her family recipe. And luckily, I have my personal baker on hand to make some for me. Navdeep, get to work!

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An entertainment and lifestyle journalist published by The New York Times, People, ABC News, MSN, Cosmopolitan and other major national media, SONA CHARAIPOTRA currently curates a kickass column on YA books and teen culture for Parade.com. A collector of presumably useless degrees, she double-majored in journalism and American Studies at Rutgers before getting her masters in screenwriting from New York University (where her thesis project was developed for the screen by MTV Films) and her MFA from the New School. When she's not hanging out with her writer husband and two chatter-boxy kids, she can be found poking plot holes in teen shows like Twisted and Vampire Diaries. But call it research: Sona is the co-founder of CAKE Literary, a boutique book development company with a decidedly diverse bent. Her debut, the YA dance drama Tiny Pretty Things (co-written with Dhonielle Clayton), is due May 26 from HarperTeen. Find her on the web at SonaCharaipotra.com or CAKELiterary.com.

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