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  • Series: Life in Saltwater City
  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1482311461
  • ISBN-13: 978-1482311464
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,643,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 10, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Dalya Moon crafts a story chocked full of dramatic events, but skillfully weaves them around her main character, Maddie. You find yourself unsure which path would be best for young Maddie as you step through the events with her. I recognized some of my own youthful experiences in the plotline and it was easy to immerse myself.

Dalya's writing style is light and quick. She stays true to her characters age by introducing realistic complications and corruptible supporting characters.

It's like Chocolat for YA.

I hope there's a sequel!!! There are so many characters that I want to read more about.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By dpappas on December 8, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I won this book from a Librarything Member's Giveaway. I thought the whole idea of the bakery reality show to be a great idea for a book so I was really interested in reading this book. After reading it I have mixed views on it. To me it seemed like two different people wrote this book. The writing style in the beginning is different than the writing style in the middle and end. To be quite honest when I was in the beginning of the book I thought I wouldn't end up liking the book. In the beginning the story seemed a little confusing and the characters seemed odd. This is not the case for the rest of the book.

I actually became really into the story after the first couple chapters. The writing seemed to change and the story grew, for lack of a better word, deeper. The characters were entertaining, the story was interesting and I couldn't wait to see what would happen between Maddie and Drew. I found myself satisfied with what happened at the end of the book and I would actually consider reading a sequel if one were to come out. I overall enjoyed the book, except for the whole change in writing style thing, I would recommend this to teenage girls.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Chandra Haun on December 10, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
In Practice Cake by Dalya Moon, Maddie is in her last weeks of high school, when she takes a job at a local bakery. Her first day at the bakery is a disaster, when her new co-worker Drew distracts her. Drew is gorgeous, and Maddie develops a crush, the problem being her boyfriend Parker. It does not help matters that her best friend, Jaslene, does not like Parker at all. Parker also does not approve of her taking a lowly job on being a baker's assistant.

In the beginning of Practice Cake, the bakery Maddie works for is not doing extremely well. After hearing a large chain bakery store was moving in a few blocks down, Maddie is determined to come up with a unique idea to attract new customers, and save the bakery. Coming up with this new baked good, attracts the attention of the Bakery Network. They want to film a reality TV show at the bakery where Maddie works, and make Maddie the star. While Maddie is nervous about being on TV, she knows if it goes well it could save the bakery. Maddie grows closer to Drew, and further away from Parker.

I really enjoyed read Practice Cake, The whole story, Maddie struggles trying to save the bakery, dealing with friends and family, and her feelings with Drew. At times, her friend, Jaslene, gets jealous, because of the reality show. Maddie is a very relatable character, and I really felt for her when things did not go her way. I have not really read a contemporary book in a while, so it was great to escape into Practice Cake.

I think anyone enjoys a good contemporary book would enjoy Practice Cake. This book is geared towards a YA audience, with underage drinking preferably an older YA audience. Thank you Dalya for letting me read your amazing novel! I truly enjoyed Practice Cake!

**Unabridged Bookshelf recived this book from the author in exchange for an honest review**
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Faith Williams on December 30, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
**Mild Spoiler Alert** (there are some details listed in my review that might be considered spoilers)

I took advantage of the free Kindle offer and downloaded this book on Dec. 21, 2011.

Maddie seemed a bit lost, like many kids fresh out of high school. She made some bad choices in guys, messed up with her friends, maybe overstepped her position as a part time baker's assistant, but in all of her choices, she really wanted to do the right thing. And doing the right thing after you've done the wrong thing is sometimes harder than doing it right the first time around.

I had originally wanted her and Drew to get together, but realized (about the same time she did) that he was just another bad choice. Her "date" with Brian reminded me of a particularly stupid decision I made myself when I was 17, so I was happy to read she got her revenge via a trout. And her initial reaction to Hudson was priceless - crushing his origami elephant, along with any thoughts he might have had of being friends. The origami Beetle was a great way to show his interest and I liked that Maddie finally realized he was worth getting to know.

I enjoyed reading this story and would recommend it to anyone looking for a uplifting story about a genuine, real-life girl.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bookphile TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 21, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Confession: I used to really enjoy reading contemporary women's lit, but then I gave up on it. There was a golden age of romantic comedies and contemporary women's lit where the stories were great, the heroines were admirable even with their flaws, and the heroes were worth a woman's notice. Nowadays, not so much. Maybe I'm just not seeing the right movies or reading the right books, I don't know. What I do know is that every time I do give a rom com a try or I read a new contemporary woman's books, I am assaulted by how vapid and shallow they are. I was thrilled to read this book and find that, yes, there are still writers out there who are writing really, really good fiction about the everyday lives of women. Some minor spoilers to follow, including a little hinting about the ending, though I won't give it away entirely.

One of the major things that kept me hooked on this book was how real it felt. Maddie's voice is so authentic. It genuinely felt like I was seeing what was going on inside her head. She was sometimes contradictory, sometimes exasperating, but she always felt like a genuine, thinking woman. I could really identify with her struggles as she flails a bit through her life because, really, who hasn't ever felt that way? I liked the way she expressed her insecurities, and I especially loved that, though she sometimes couldn't avoid succumbing to them, she always ended up being true to herself. I feel like this is a quality in short supply in some of the new books and movies of this genre. I loved that this book understood that going through a transformation doesn't mean that Maddie becomes a completely different person, it means that she gains more insight into herself and her actions, and she learns how to react in a more constructive way.
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