Book 3 of the year would be Flavor of the Week by Tucker Shaw. Now this was a really quick read for me, like really short read. As in it didn’t take even a day to read this book, more like a couple of hours. 3 if I am correct. The reason being is that the book isn’t that big and is a young adult book so the words are big. But that doesn’t mean this book wasn’t adorable in its out right. I actually enjoyed this book because it had food (and some really cool recipes) and a cute love story, though somewhat unrealistic.
So we meet Cyril, a genius 16 year old cook, who is in love with Rose, his female best friend. Enters Nick, Cyril’s childhood friend who had left without a word 2 years previously. Yep, left without telling his best friend from childhood, he surrogate brother. Not likely. Not only that, but the minute Nick comes back to town, he hits on Rose. Seriously?! I don’t know if it is a guy thing, but usually a girl would get the lay of the land first to make sure they aren’t stepping on someone’s toes. Not only that, to make sure the guy is single to begin with. Not Nick. Seriously, is this a guy thing? Any ways, Nick learns really quick that Rose likes a guy that can cook and then automatically takes the credit for cooking something Cyril did. Well technically he gave something to Rose to eat and she assumed he cooked it and he let her to continue to do so. So now Nick has decided to get Cyril to cook for him so that Rose will continue to think that he was a gourmet chef. Cyril knows that Nick has had a tough life and has missed him, so he goes along with it even though he doesn’t want to. (Totally understand not telling people that you like someone, especially if it is a secret crush. I know people who have done that and I have done that. Just worked out that the person I had a crush on turned out to like me too and made the first move, and now we are happy together. See these things work)
Cyril also has this big audition for a huge fancy cooking school that is super hard to get into. So yeah, no pressure there. The story really is how Cyril suffers through seeing the girl he loves with his best friend (who doesn’t seem like a great friend to me anyways). He has to deal the pressure of this adolescent struggle and with his audition. Of course, since this is a young adult heart felt sweet romance book with lots of good food added, everything worked out in the end, at the last minute, without much build up, and without the circumstances that makes sense. Rose forgave Nick and Cyril easily enough, though how she reacted to the situation kind of erked me. I mean I understand getting mad at Nick because he had lied the whole time and wasn’t who she thought but it wasn’t like she knew him all that well to begin with. But to completely cut out Cyril without letting him explain (after running away mad- totally understand- would have done the same) that seemed a bit cruel in my opinion. She wouldn’t let him explain or even really apologize. If he was such a great friend and they were really close, I just don’t seem a girl totally cutting off someone, at least one of her character profile, doing something like that.
All in all, it is a cute book and I would recommend it for anyone who wants a cute book to read, especially with food.
(Fulfills the book about a food in the pop sugar challenge)
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