Release Date: May 17, 2016
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Get well soon isn't going to cut it in this quirky and poignant debut novel about a girl, her depression, an aggressive amount of baked goods, and the struggle to simply stay afloat in an unpredictable, bittersweet life.
There are only three things that can get seventeen-year-old Molly Byrne out of bed these days: her job at FishTopia, the promise of endless episodes of Golden Girls, and some delicious lo mien. You see, for the past two years, Molly's been struggling with something more than your usual teenage angst. Her shrink, Dr. Brooks isn't helping much, and neither is her mom who is convinced that baking the perfect cake will cure Molly of her depression-as if cake can magically make her rejoin the swim team, get along with her promiscuous sister, or care about the SATs.
Um, no. Never going to happen.
But Molly plays along, stomaching her mother's failed culinary experiments, because, whatever-as long as it makes someone happy, right? Besides, as far as Molly's concerned, hanging out with Alex at the rundown exotic fish store makes life tolerable enough. Even if he does ask her out every... single... day. But-sarcastic drum roll, please-nothing can stay the same forever. When Molly finds out FishTopia is turning into a bleak country diner, her whole life seems to fall apart at once. Soon she has to figure out what-if anything-is worth fighting for.
**Thanks so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**
When I first saw this book, I got really excited because of the title. I'm a huge fan of anything that has to do with cake and baking! Of course, after reading the synopsis, I had to give this book a shot.
100 Days of Cake is about a girl named Molly who spends most of her time working at her job at FishTopia. She works there with a guy named Alex, who so obviously has a huge crush on her, yet she doesn't exactly see that. However, Molly suffers from depression.
In my opinion, depression was excellently portrayed throughout this book. I took a psychology course last semester at school and learned that depression consists of both good and bad days, which were evident in this book.
On the other hand, I wasn't the biggest fan of some other things throughout the book, which is why I'm giving this book three stars. I don't want to spoil, but there was a sort of romance that I was a little bit iffy about, mostly because of the age difference. I also didn't quite understand how making cake for someone could possibly cure depression. However, I still enjoyed this book and will be looking for Shari's future novels.