Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Book Review: Sugar Queen

Author: Sarah Addison Allen
Title: Sugar Queen
Publisher: Bantam
Publish Date: May 20, 2008
Buy: Amazon
Book Blurb: In this irresistible novel, Sarah Addison Allen, author of the New York Times bestselling debut, Garden Spells, tells the tale of a young woman whose family secrets—and secret passions—are about to change her life forever.

Josey Cirrini is sure of three things: winter is her favorite season, she’s a sorry excuse for a Southern belle, and sweets are best eaten in the privacy of her closet. For while Josey has settled into an uneventful life in her mother’s house, her one consolation is the stockpile of sugary treats and paperback romances she escapes to each night…. Until she finds her closet harboring Della Lee Baker, a local waitress who is one part nemesis—and two parts fairy godmother. With Della Lee’s tough love, Josey’s narrow existence quickly expands. She even bonds with Chloe Finley, a young woman who is hounded by books that inexplicably appear when she needs them—and who has a close connection to Josey’s longtime crush. Soon Josey is living in a world where the color red has startling powers, and passion can make eggs fry in their cartons. And that’s just for starters.

Brimming with warmth, wit, and a sprinkling of magic, here is a spellbinding tale of friendship, love—and the enchanting possibilities of every new day.

Review:  I picked up The Sugar Queen because I loved the cover. Once I started reading it, I could not put it down. I totally understand all the love for Sarah Addison Allen. Her characters are a little freaky and flawed but you really come to love them. Well, except maybe Josey's mother, even when you find out her whole story, it is very hard to even feel a bit of pity. She's just a bitter woman.

Della is the woman in the closet who is way more than just that. I loved her. She was so deliciously messed up, but in a way that brings Josey out of her self imposed shell. Her suggestions bring a new friend into her life and even help her with her crush on the mailman. I also loved how she holed up in a closet and threatened to expose Josey's "sweet stash" if she kicked her out.

As Della instigates Josey, she becomes more independent and she starts to defy her mother. (Lord knows she deserves to)

Then there is Chloe. She was fabulous. I loved how books played a special part of her life. When Josey comes into her life she had just thrown her longtime boyfriend out after he had a fling. Her character really helps tie things together with Della and her ex-boyfriend, who Chloe becomes involved with on the rebound in hopes he'll tell her who Jake had a fling with.

I can't omit Adam and Jake, both men in the story are very lovable. Adam has his own secrets and Jake though he screwed up badly is a good man.

These character are people you want good things to happen to. I liked some of the similarities between Jake and Josey's families. It reminds us that even people we admire often have flaws and aren't quite what they seem.

This is a book full of twists and turns and of friendship and finding yourself. This is a book not to be missed

Rating: 5 flowers


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