Book Review: Gingerbread

Gingerbread by Rachel Cohn

SUMMARY: After getting tossed from her posh boarding school, wild, willful, and coffee addicted Cyd Charisse returns to San Francisco to live with her parents. But there's no way Cyd can survive in her parents' pristine house. Lucky for Cyd she's got Gingerbread, her childhood rag doll and confidante, and her new surfer boyfriend. When Cyd's rebelliousness gets out of hand, her parents ship her off to New York City to spend the summer with "Frank real-dad," her biological father. Trading in her parents for New York City grunge and getting to know her bio-dad and step-sibs is what Cyd has been waiting for her whole life. But summer in the city is not what Cyd expects--and she's far from the daughter or sister that anyone could have imagined. (from the back cover)

OPINION: I picked this book up because I needed something short to read. That is not always the best way to choose your books, but in this case it worked! The cover is really eye-catching, and the plot sucked me in. Usually, I hate books about poor little rich kids with messed-up lives, but Cyd Charisse is a very convincing character. And, despite the "issues," this is a surprisingly funny book. But it also made me cry! Pick it up when you need a quick read. And if you really like it, Amy from book group also recommends the new sequel, Shrimp.

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