YA Contemporary/Romance Mental Illness: 100 Days of Cake

Argh, firstly, I just want to say a huge sorry for not posting in ages! But I’m going to try and make it up to you, by posting more regularly! (yay)

Ok, so recently I’ve read a load of contemporary romance novels, and after a few, I realised that the only books I’ve actually really been reading are YA novels that have mental illnesses in it. I didn’t do it on purpose or anything, it just sorta happened.

I guess that reading it really helps me get into the book, because I can relate to a lot of it, and generally if you can relate to something, you’re going to want to keep finding more and more about it, and I guess that’s what’s been happening!

So today I’m going to be listing my the first in my Top 5 YA Contemporary/Romance Books With Mental Illnesses (apologies for the very long title)

26959141This is number 1: (although they’re not really in any particular order…)

100 Days of Cake by Shari Goldhagen

I just finished reading this one day ago, and the whole way through the book, I kept saying to myself… ‘omg I so relate to that!’ and I really appreciated the entire book. It was really well written, it had amazing characters, and I laughed and cried a fair amount of times through out the book. I know that I first got stuck into it when I was at the gym – in fact, it was on my birthday (fun fact) – and I couldn’t contain a laugh or two, and a know for sure that I gasped out loud in a few parts, but luckily the gym was quite empty, and the radio was on, so hopefully no one heard me!

Anyway, the book was really good, but I was a bit unsatisfied with the ending. It is one of those books where you sort of get to make up the ending yourself, because it just leaves you hanging (no other spoilers xx).

Get well soon isn’t going to cut it in this quirky and poignant debut novel about a girl, her depression, an aggressive amount of baked goods, and the struggle to simply stay afloat in an unpredictable, bittersweet life.
There are only three things that can get seventeen-year-old Molly Byrne out of bed these days: her job at FishTopia, the promise of endless episodes of Golden Girls, and some delicious lo mien. You see, for the past two years, Molly’s been struggling with something more than your usual teenage angst. Her shrink, Dr. Brooks isn’t helping much, and neither is her mom who is convinced that baking the perfect cake will cure Molly of her depression—as if cake can magically make her rejoin the swim team, get along with her promiscuous sister, or care about the SATs.

Um, no. Never going to happen.

But Molly plays along, stomaching her mother’s failed culinary experiments, because, whatever—as long as it makes someone happy, right? Besides, as far as Molly’s concerned, hanging out with Alex at the rundown exotic fish store makes life tolerable enough. Even if he does ask her out every…single…day. But—sarcastic drum roll, please—nothing can stay the same forever. When Molly finds out FishTopia is turning into a bleak country diner, her whole life seems to fall apart at once. Soon she has to figure out what—if anything—is worth fighting for. (Goodreads summary)

I rated 100 Days of Cake 4 out of 5 stars!

Currently reading:

Everyone We’ve Been by Sara Everett


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