Book Review: Practice Cake by Dalya Moon

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Title: Practice Cake
Author: Dalya Moon/Mimi Strong
Published: October 20, 2011
Publisher: Dalya Moon/Mimi Strong
Format: Kindle Edition
Series: Life in Saltwater City #1
Acquisition: Free Download on Amazon

Purchase at: Amazon

There’s one thing Maddie finds more tempting than red velvet cake: her coworker, Drew. All it takes is one of his sly winks or a playful hip-check by the cooler, and she’s incinerating the cookies. Her boyfriend would not approve.
When a reality TV crew descends upon the bakery, her simple summer job gets even more complicated. Maddie could become the Bakery Network’s next breakout star, if she can handle the heat of being cast as a show villain. Drew has an alternate idea: run away from everything, with him and his sexy tousled hair. She decides to take the leap, but when she finds out Drew’s been hiding a shocking secret, Maddie looks down at her packed suitcase and takes a moment to think. Should she fly off to Australia with a guy she hardly knows, or should she pick up her suitcase and hit him with it?
Chock full of imperfect people behaving badly, Practice Cake is for readers who enjoy a good laugh.


This book is part of July’s Random Reads so I simply downloaded it without expectations because it was free~

This is the most accurate line in the synopsis: “Chock full of imperfect people behaving badly, Practice Cake is for readers who enjoy a good laugh.” I think that pretty much explains what one should expect to find in this book. Everyone’s pretty messed up.

Maddie’s group of friends don’t treat each other right. They were all being judgmental and uncaring towards each other that I wonder how they’re even really friends. Maddie doesn’t live with her parents, but her sister, Melanie, acts like her mother when she took Maddie in to live with her. She’s a dental hygienist and she pushes Maddie to also take up this career. Her boss’s supposedly perfect family that they wanted to promote in the TV show wasn’t so perfect after all. And worst of all, this book was full of detestable men who mistreat women. Bad boys will always be bad boys?

That’s a lot to deal with along with Maddie’s personal drama. She doesn’t have her life figured out. After high school, her only goal was to earn enough money to buy a Beetle. She has a very low self-esteem that she lashes out on other people, mostly in her mind though. She acts very judgmental. But she’s not all bad. She was also ambitious for the bakery shop. That’s why she considered being on TV, and she also worked hard to create new products.

Reading this book definitely made me hungry. I think anyone would be hungry when a book revolves around food. This also made me want to bake, even though I’m not that good at it. Also, there was one point where Maddie just kept on eating, and I was just so jealous. I want cupcakes!

Some of the problems that I encountered with Practice Cake is that the romance wasn’t properly built up so it felt lacking. I wasn’t able to feel the love. Also, I feel like there were too many things going on that a lot of the elements of the story were not properly tied up together. I think that some things just didn’t add up.


OVERALL, I think that it’s a good sign that I finished this book in one sitting. I don’t think I fell in love with any of the characters, and there was some drama I didn’t really care much for. However, this book is funny and entertaining, and there were a couple of good lines so it was enjoyable enough. This is more of a 3.5 for me~




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  • This review is not meant to hurt the author in any way. This is my honest opinion on what I have read.
  • This is all based on personal opinion, and as much as I’m open to other people’s opinions, I hope you understand that this is based on what I feel. I avoid giving out spoilers as much as possible, too.
  • I do not own most of the images I use, and some may be subject to editing.

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