The Icing on the Cupcake by Jennifer Ross
Ansley Waller is the perfect – but mean – Dallas sorority girl, kind of like a bitchy version of Elle Woods from Legally Blonde. Then her fiance, Parish, dumps her. He has finally seen her mean streak and he doesn’t like it. Now Ansley’s world has collapsed. She’s going to graduate without a man and, horror of horrors, have to get a job. She’ll never live this down in rich Dallas society. After a good deal of moping with her mother who is allegedly her best friend, she decides to get away from the people in Dallas who know her humiliation. To achieve this, she’s moving to New York to live with her rich grandmother who she’s never met because Ansley’s mother and grandmother are estranged.
Wow, “The Icing on the Cupcake” has one of the least likeable protagonists of any book I’ve read in recent memory. Ansley was a whiny, bitchy spoiled brat. Beyond that, the plot was fun, but far fetched and much too easy. Ansley wants to open a cupcake shop? Sure! She’s got her huge trust fund from her father that was supposed to help fund her first year of marriage. Easy peasey! There also seemed to be a gigantic plot hole around Ansley’s mother. The two of them are supposedly best friends who need to talk on the phone multiple times per day, but weeks and weeks seem to pass without them ever speaking with one another. Also, Ansley, if your feet hurt walking around New York in your impossibly high heels, maybe you should consider buying some damn new shoes.
Even with all of this, the inventive and delicious-sounding cupcake recipes almost made it worth it to want to slap Ansley for 2/3 of the book. Yum. I’d buy cupcakes from Ansley, even if I would never want to have any other interaction with her.
If you aren’t bothered by spoiled rotten protagonists, this book could definitely be fun (plot hole around the mother aside), but it won’t be good for a relaxing day around the pool if Ansley’s ridiculousness annoys you enough to cause your blood pressure to shoot up.
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