Thursday, December 19, 2019

Book Review: Recipe For Disaster

Allie York is back but with her first-ever YA novel, Recipe for Disaster. For Aimee, all it took was a misdialed number to bring “Muffin Guy” into her life and a texting relationship that ends up changing her life. Fans of Kasie West and Miranda Kenneally will adore this humorous, angsty wrong number young adult romance.

About Recipe For Disaster
Title: Recipe for Disaster
Author: Allie York
Release Date: December 12, 2019
Publisher: self-published
Genres: Young Adult
Word Count: 72K

World’s best muffins:

Step 1: Preheat oven to 375
Step 2: cream the butter and sugar until light
Step 3: Add eggs one at a time
Step 4: Forget you have a new phone in a new area code and call a random guy
Step 5: Continue to text random guy until you develop not-so-random feelings

Aimee’s life was stable, normal, and loving; until it wasn’t anymore. In the blink of an eye, she lost her childhood home, her best friend, and her sanity in one swoop.

But a misdialed number brings her an unexpected friend and a lot of new feelings.

Life is finally looking up and Aimee sets out to live life to the fullest with her newfound friend. That is until...Aimee’s text life and real-life collide to ruin everything.

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Muffin Guy: Marry me. Now.

Muffin Guy: Okay that was a little creepy. Sorry. I don’t think I have ever had anyone quote The Dude for me. It’s amazing.

Muffin Guy: I would need to try to muffins before proposing marriage anyway. What if they suck? I think about leaving him hanging, just to see how many texts I can rack up before he gives up, but I can’t.

Aimee: My muffins are world-class. I’m talking good enough for the Queen Amidala and The Emperor or some royalty from this universe. Don’t ever doubt my muffin making abilities. Now let’s talk about that marriage proposal. We can’t base a whole relationship on one cult classic and some Star Wars references. And what if you’re ugly? If he can insult my muffins, I can insult his appearance. It’s only fair.

Muffin Guy: Touché. I already told you how hot I am, so that is absurd. Don’t let the eye thing throw you off, it only adds to my sex appeal. Where can I get one of your muffins? I’m not sure I can take that at face value. I need to do research.

Aimee: Only place you can get my muffins is from me. I need to go get ready for a thing tonight. Have a nice night, Muffin Guy. I know if he keeps texting me, I’ll never get ready for the event, and Dad will kill me. Without Hali to get my hair and makeup done, it will take me an eternity.

Muffin Guy: Date?

Aimee: Only with my family. My life is very boring. So boring that I spend the day texting strangers.

Muffin Guy: Mine too. Have fun tonight. If it gets too boring, shoot me a text. If nothing else, I am good comedic relief.

Review: Recipe For Disaster is an absolutely sweet Young Adult novel. This is a genre that I don't usually read because well...because I'm 45 and I don't usually identify with teenagers anymore.

I have to admit I kind of identified with Aimee, in that I prefer to stay home and didn't really know what I wanted to do with my life after high school (Even though I went to college)

Aimee and Muffin Guy are perfect. I adored their texts and I really wanted them to have their meet cute ASAP.

Speaking of Muffin Guy, he was easily identified, but that made things even sweeter.

I felt so bad for Aimee especially with her best friend Hali who was the biggest jerk. Her reappearance proved that she wasn't much of a friend. In fact, everything about her reappearance made me want to shake Aimee and get some sense put into her. (There are a few times when she didn't exhibit much sense at all)

The mother situation was probably the only thing that didn't sit well with me. I wanted it to be a little fleshed out. Plus the time frame kinda freaked me out. Mom leaves and they pack up and move and then mom shows up..and knows exactly where they are now and everyone, except Aimee is happy about it.

Truthfully I felt Aimee was the only one with the "real" reaction to her mother's return.

This was really a fun story that will delight readers of any age.

Rating: 4 flowers

Author Allie York:

Allie is a mom and dog groomer by day. At night she is posted at her laptop writing or reading in a cozy corner. She has a soft spot for gooey romance, over-creamed coffee, and anything cute and furry.

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