Sunday, May 22, 2016

100 Days of Cake by Shari Goldhagen

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Review by Suze
 
Molly seems to be the only one of her friends and classmates who doesn't know what she wants to do with her future. She isn't able to figure things out and has bigger problems than thinking about college and scholarships. She has a summer job at FishTopia, a fish shop where nothing ever happens, which is enough for her to manage. Molly and her coworker Alex have plenty of freedom and can watch endless reruns of The Golden Girls while they're eating Chinese food in the time they're waiting for sparse customers to show up.
 
Molly's best friend Elle, is an environmentalist. She's trying to improve the world by eating green and telling everyone they have to recycle. Meanwhile she's extremely loyal and she keeps an eye on Molly. She tries to make sure Molly keeps having a social life and she loves going to Molly's house for a chat and some cake. Molly's mother bakes a different cake every day as part of a project. Molly's younger sister is miss perfect and starts keeping secrets from her sister. Molly desperately wants their old relationship back, she longs for things to always stay the same, but unfortunately that doesn't seem to be possible in real life...
 
Molly is depressed and sometimes it's hard for her to even get out of bed in the morning. Working at FishTopia is something she can manage, but everything else in her life is difficult. She's seeing a therapist and she likes him very much, she might even have a bit of a crush on him. He's cool and introduces her to good bands and movies as part of her therapy. When Molly's safe little world is threatening to fall apart she needs her therapist, her friends and her family more than ever. Will she be all right or will things go really wrong again just like before?
 
100 Days of Cake is a story about a serious topic. Molly is a teenager who is depressed. It's often hard for her to get through her normal routine and she has a lot of issues she has to deal with on a daily basis. Nothing is easy for her and that's frustrating. She has a crush on her therapist, but she also likes Alex a lot. They're having fun at work and that they watch episodes of Golden Girls together is a fabulous detail. Even though this story is about depression it isn't a heavy read. There are enough funny elements to bring some lightness. 100 Days of Cake is strange and chaotic at times. I love how Shari Goldhagen's writing matches what's going on in her main character's head. Some of those things are dark, but not all of them and I often had to smile while reading this book.
 
Shari Goldhagen has done a great job writing about mental health issues. It's a difficult topic and she handles it well. I liked Molly from the start, she's got a great sense of humor, has a distinctive personality and she isn't afraid to do some soul searching. Molly is an interesting character with a layered personality. I'm impressed by the way her story turned out. Shari Goldhagen describes many sensitive topics in a realistic and sympathetic way while the story still stays genuine and enjoyable to read, which is a fascinating combination. I loved 100 Days of Cake and highly recommend it, it's a fantastic book.

3 comments:

  1. I was drawn in by the cake lol but this sounds really good.

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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  2. With a title like that I didn't expect that story line. It sounds like an interesting and very relevant read.

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  3. Teen depression is such a huge issue that isn't always brought to society's awareness. Glad to see this writer is addressing it!
    Dianna

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