From School Library Journal
Grade 6–9—Ninth-grader Francie Freewater is most at home in the kitchen: dashing from the counter to the stove, perfecting her recipes, and performing a cooking show for Nana's parrot, Rory. When she's not hanging out with her friend Holly, she's watching celebrity chef Lorenzo Larue's show with Nana and entering his cooking contests, as well as keeping busy making a fool out of herself in an attempt to impress her crush and chemistry partner, Tate. The status quo is shaken, however, when a new girl at school squeezes into Holly and Francie's friendship and wreaks havoc on Francie's boyfriend ambitions. She has started playing the clarinet in order to be in Holly's class, and a music competition paves the way for the teen to travel for free to the same town as Lorenzo Larue's traveling show. One part Alice McKinley, two parts Georgia Nicolson, Francie is a delight. Her own special brand of humor touches every aspect of the tale, from her inner monologue during Lorenzo's shirtless cooking to the way she responds to Harold Horvath's advances and how she lights her beautiful hair on fire with a Bunsen burner. More character- than plot-driven, this breezy, appealing read covers personal growth, the sacrifices of friendship, and the mistakes made along the way.—Jennifer Barnes, Homewood Library, IL
... Fergus has written a character-rich novel about teen talents and ambitions, peer pressure, friendship, and priorities ...
... this breezy, appealing read covers personal growth, the sacrifices of friendship, and the mistakes made along the way.