Meet me at the Cupcake Café was the first Jenny Colgan book I read and also one of my favourites. And it was also the book that had broken my previous resolution of not reading any more re-reads for the rest of the year. But just recently, me and my boyfriend have had this crazy idea to open up a café, so what better thing to read about than I woman who does just that?
(Also if I was ever going to write a blog post on what my favourite book covers of all time were this would definitely make the list- it’s such a lovely cover, and just like a cupcake it tempts you to read the book).
This novel is about Issy Randall, who loves baking and when she gets fired from her safe, corporate job decides to take a risk and open up a cupcake café. One thing I loved about Issy is that she has a hobby; baking but she isn’t afraid to make a career out of it, even though she encounters many problems and many obstacles along the way.
The supporting cast are also brilliant; I loved how different all the characters were, and towards the end even Caroline grew on me. (Although why you would want to eat a healthy cupcake is beyond me!) Although this story is primarily about Issy, there is something interesting going on in everybody’s lives!
I also loved the fact that although it may all seem like sunshine and rainbows for our protagonist Issy when she decides to take her hobby to the next level… it isn’t. Yes, granted started your own business is great, but there are downsides, and it takes a lot of hard work and effort. I felt like Jenny Colgan showed the downsides and the upsides of starting your own business very well.
I also loved that each chapter began with a recipe (which have all been tested by Jenny Colgan) and despite the fact that I haven’t been brave enough to try any of this recipes, I would definitely like to and I’ve shelved them away for later use.
One criticism that I do have for this book is that it occasionally switched point of views without warning; normally it is easy to tell whose point of view it was meant to be. However, personally I would’ve preferred it to just be in Issy’s point of view for consistency.
Overall I would give this book 5/5 star with buttercream icing and a cherry on top. A super sweet read, with great characters and a brilliant storyline.
Warning: side effects when reading this book may include cravings to eat something sweet, so to avoid have something sweet to nibble on when reading this book (preferably a cupcake).