Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Book Review: The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen
In this irresistible follow-up to her New York Times bestselling debut, Garden Spells, author Sarah Addison Allen tells the tale of a young woman whose family secrets—and secret passions—are about to change her life forever.
Twenty-seven-year-old Josey Cirrini is sure of three things: winter in her North Carolina hometown is her favorite season, she’s a sorry excuse for a Southern belle, and sweets are best eaten in the privacy of her hidden 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 it harboring none other than local waitress Della Lee Baker, a tough-talking, tenderhearted woman who is one part nemesis—and two parts fairy godmother…
Fleeing a life of bad luck and big mistakes, Della Lee has decided Josey’s clandestine closet is the safest place to crash. In return she’s going to change Josey’s life—because, clearly, it is not the closet of a happy woman. With Della Lee’s tough love, Josey is soon forgoing pecan rolls and caramels, tapping into her startlingly keen feminine instincts, and finding her narrow existence quickly expanding.
Before long, Josey bonds with Chloe Finley, a young woman who makes the best sandwiches in town, is hounded by books that inexplicably appear whenever she needs them, and—most amazing of all—has a close connection to Josey’s longtime crush.
As little by little Josey dares to step outside herself, she discovers a world where the color red has astonishing power, passion can make eggs fry in their cartons, and romance can blossom at any time—even for her. It seems that Della Lee’s work is done, and it’s time for her to move on. But the truth about where she’s going, why she showed up in the first place—and what Chloe has to do with it all—is about to add one more unexpected chapter to Josey’s fast-changing life.
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. (Image and synopsis from goodreads.com)
The Sugar Queen is a simple, short, and sweet story. I won't recap the story since the above synopsis does a pretty good job. I found the characters to all be rather nice and pleasant. The only person I really did not like was Josey's mother. My favorite character was Chloe... mostly because books follow her around, and I would love if that happened to me!
The plot was also simple and predictable. It involves some heartbreak, becoming independent from one's family, and forgiving those around you.
While I enjoyed reading The Sugar Queen, I wanted more. Either more drama and mystery or just depth to the characters. I felt like this book compared to a sitcom episode of some fluffy TV show. It's enjoyable but forget-able after you put it down.
My Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars