Rebel With A Cupcake

Rebel With A Cupcake

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Although she has never worried about her weight, a problem with her outfit and an encounter with a bully make Jess question her lack of concern with her own image.
Publisher: Toronto, ON : KCP Loft, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781771388269
9781525300332
Branch Call Number: MAINWAR
Characteristics: 208 pages ; 24 cm

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Rebel With A Cupcake is a very interesting book to read as it shows the life of teens. This is a story of a teen girl named Jesobel Jones, a girl who is conscious about her body and wants to fall in love with boys. Jesobel faces many problems in school such as getting low grades and getting kick... Read More »

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SurreyLibraries_Teens May 24, 2018

A rebel with a cupcake is a story revolving around a young teenage girl Jess who has a big passion for cooking and becomes slowly insecure with her physical appearance. With the social pressure of high school and constant torment from her mean classmates, she pushes for her own personal change. I... Read More »


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“Rebel with a Cupcake,” by Anna Mainwaring, is a charming and heart-warming story of a teenage girl, who, although did not care about her weight before, suddenly finds herself trying to slim down her figure to win over the boy of her dreams. Throughout the story, Jesobel finds herself bonding with those she never thought she would have relationships with, and learning new life lessons along the way. I really enjoyed this story, because it leaves readers with the message of being proud of who they are, and being comfortable in their own skin. Unlike typical novels where the protagonist is dangerously trying to lose weight, a subject that can be quite dark, there is a healthy balance between harsh realities and hilarious moments, and I was unable to put the book down once I started. Jesobel, or “Jess” is an incredibly cunning and spunky character, and can teach us all lessons on being proud of who you are. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy romance, comedy, and/or drama, and give it an overall 4.5/5 stars.
(Reviewed by Lauren A. for the CloverdaleTeenBookReviewProject.)

The book Rebel With A Cupcake the main character, teenage girl Jesobel Jones or more commonly referred to as Jess, has a very unique outgoing personality. I really enjoyed the book and wanted to keep reading more of it until I had finished it! Jess loves to make, bake, cook and of course eat, food. Where she lives and the all-girl school she goes to, everyone is obsessed with being skinny and "picture-perfect". However Jess is rather on the opposite side of the spectrum and she doesn't care what others say. When a dress-up malfunction steers to a cruel encounter with a mean girl, Jess's confidence hits rock bottom and she doesn't know how to be herself anymore. Eating more than the other girls never really bothered her before, but now that her crush invites her to a party, she wonders if she should?
Some of the parts I liked about this book was at the beginning of each chapter, the author put an "invisible rule" for girls or "observation" by Jess which is very relatable and most of the time made me smile or laugh. The way 'Jess' narrates the book is also very REAL. She always says what she's feeling, not just what's happening, so you can understand her, and see from her point of view. And obviously, I really like her character and the ability to always have something to say. Some parts I wish could've been better was not until near the end I was mostly sure where she lived (in England I believe) and I'm still not sure, which might've been helpful to know to assist in visualizing the surroundings or what it be like over there.
There are just some few words on each page that make it so 'Jess' either she mentions food, or some of the words she likes to use like "tickety-boo" or "cos" and she always says what she means. Jess always shrugs off her problems with a smile which is a really good attitude towards life that everybody can learn from. I think a reader that likes a little humour and characterization and a strong theme, would really enjoy this book.
(Reviewed by Vivian Y. for the CloverdaleTeenBookReviewProject)
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A rebel with a cupcake is a story revolving around a young teenage girl Jess who has a big passion for cooking and becomes slowly insecure with her physical appearance. With the social pressure of high school and constant torment from her mean classmates, she pushes for her own personal change. If doesn't help that the boy is deeply interested in starts giving her attention.

I feel that is story was decently written. However it lacked depth in some characters and the pacing of the story itself for me was too slow. Despite this, it is a relatable story for many teens who struggle with impossible beauty standards. So I believe that the main character Jess Jones is someone who is admirable and well written. I personally liked other characters like Jess's sister who were nice additions to the overall message of self image. The plot again was a good read with the mixture of subplots between the romance, high school drama and confidence. Overall I rate this book a 3.5/5. - Vickey

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