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There's Cake in My Future by [Gruenenfelder, Kim]
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Gruenenfelder's scriptwriting background comes through loud and clear in her third chick lit romance (after 2009's Misery Loves Cabernet). Nic is about to get married; Seema is stuck in platonic misery with an Orlando Bloom look-alike; and Mel can't get her divorce lawyer live-in to commit. At the bridal shower, Nic hatches a wonderful plan for each woman to pull a wish-granting charm out of the cake. The plan goes astray, of course, leaving them to fear their unintended fates and fail to cope with real life in maximally dramatic fashion. The temptation to echo Nic's nine-year-old stepdaughter is almost irresistible: "Suck it up, grow a pair, and let's go!" In a girls-just-wanna-have-fun way, however, this is a good read, hip and amusing without ever thinking too hard. (Jan.)
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It began with a silly bridal-shower game. Each guest pulls a charm that corresponds to a fortune out of a cake. Nic, the bride-to-be, pulls the pram, much to her chagrin. She loves her fiancé’s two young daughters but isn’t ready to be a fulltime mom to a needy newborn. Seema draws the shovel, symbolizing hard work ahead, but she really longs for romance with her best friend, Scott. Mel gets the chili pepper, promising her a hot fling, yet she’s ready to settle down with her longtime boyfriend. The three women are quick to dismiss the charmed cake, until the other guests’ fortunes start to come true. The latest romantic comedy from the author of A Total Waste of Makeup (2005) is funny and clever. Despite its whimsical premise, the characters’ searches for fulfillment in life and love are quite believable. --Aleksandra Walker

Product Details

  • File Size: 835 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (December 21, 2010)
  • Publication Date: December 21, 2010
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0044781UQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,926 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By BumbleB TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 26, 2010
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The first chapter starts out with a scene that could be in any "Bridezilla" TV reality show. You know like the ones on TLC you say you won't watch and somehow get sucked into. But the premise of the book is that each woman in a group of over-30 friends, pulls the "wrong" cake charm and their fortunes start coming true, so I knew that the bride/wedding had to be a related scene in the story. I see Bridezilla on TV way too much already.

Chapter 2, and then the fun begins. We get to learn each woman's situation--Nic,Seema and Mel--and how she sees her friends' lives, too. It's true to life. After all, don't we ladies think we know what's really going on in other people's lives (and what they should do)? Of course, we do! And that attitude is what messes up the plan of pre-picked cake charms and fortunes for the ladies.

I prefer not be redundant by writing the storyline in my reviews, so I'll leave that to other reviewers. When I got to the part when the ladies pull out the cake charms, the results made me laugh out loud. It's also shows that Gruenenfelder comes from a screenwriter's background, with twists and turns and surprise scenes that we've come to expect in a movie or modern TV show or situation comedy.

The author wrote chapters from each characters POV in the first person "I." The reader's POV switches from seeing someone through another friend's eye, to hearing what she's thinking and interpreting about her life and her friend's lives in another chapter.

It's a fascinating perspective as a reader to get in and out of all the characters' head as the story unfolds. I commend Kim Gruenenfelder on her talent and ability to make this work so perfectly in this book.
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I love the writing of Kim. This was as entertaining and heartfelt as her other books..."Total Waste of Makeup", etc. Anyone dealing with wedding blahs will perk them up. This reminds us all that we all have crazy families, amazing friends, and situations in life that you didn't sign up for but somehow end up in them. It's life with a lot of humor. Enjoy
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First off, I must say I adore the premise. I love the idea of a cake pull (never heard of this before) and I thought it was such a great setup for an ensemble cast, if you will. However, as much as I loved the idea, I really didn't enjoy the execution.

We read There's Cake in my Future for our chick lit book club and I'm afraid none of the six of us actually liked the book. The main problem we had was that none of us really liked the characters. Nic - although the least popular in my book club due to her spinelessness - was actually the only one I sort of liked. Seema and Mel IMO were far too catty and mean for me to actually want to root for them.
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This book was extremely disappointing and poorly written. Each character, male and female alike, were written in the same voice. None of the characters were believable, or likeable, and spent the entire book complaining. I enjoy light, chick-friendly books and some fluffy romance books very much, but this was rather ...vapid. Nicole's storyline had the most realistic aspects to it, and the most potential. The others were ridiculous at some points. The original concept (cake pulls, potential for hilarity and disaster to ensue) was an interesting idea but failed miserably in this book.
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By Phoenix on December 31, 2010
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Funny, laughed out loud, touching, witty - I loved this book. Have never read this author before but immediately downloaded her other books on my kindle. I rarely read fiction but was sick in bed and wanted some entertainment. Boy did I pick good! Kim - thanks! I am starting another of your books now.
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There's Cake in My Future was "just okay." I was optimistic for a fun, flirty, and quick read for the summer but I was strangely disappointed when I received just that. This book fell flat in my opinion, and just didn't seem to flow as well as it could have. I loved the concept of the magical cake pull, determining the fates of several friends but I felt myself getting angry with the characters or not connecting with them at all. I felt like each character was a bit spoiled, and that the book, though a quick read, was almost unenjoyable at times. It had a nice ending, and as I mentioned before a good storyline but it just didn't stand out or work in a lot of ways. I've never read a book by Kim Gruenenfelder, and this came up as a "Recommended For You" but I semi wish it hadn't. I typically pass on books to friends, and family even if they are just okay but I haven't with this. I felt like it was just overall disappointing, and really "just okay."
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I actually downloaded an excerpt of this book on my Kindle a long time ago. After reading the excerpt, I decided not to buy it because I didn't think I was in the right mood to appreciate it. But I kept it on my to read list and in the back of my mind.

Here were my life circumstances at the end of March:
(1) I had just spent the month of March working nights and weekends on the proposal for my project team's follow-on contract. We had just turned the proposal in, so I finally had a little more free time to read and I was definitely in the mood for something light-hearted with simple sentence structures.

(2) I was gearing up to be a bridesmaid in two weddings, one on April 4 and one on April 26.

I'm pretty sure that I picked the absolutely perfect moment in my life to read this novel. I'm glad I did so. This book is one that had me nodding my head, because I could recognize either myself or one of my friends in almost all the situations in this book. Almost anyone can relate to the dismay of being friends with someone who flirts with you incessantly but won't make the moves on you, or an ex who treated you like s*** but is now enraged that you would be moving on with your life. We've all got the artist friend who doesn't wake up before noon, the friend who will ruin her bridesmaid dress trying to bust down the door with a fire extinguisher, and the jerk who's taking advantage of your best friend.

Justin and I read a few sections of this book aloud to each other, and Justin actually enjoyed this a lot, which really surprised me because this is not AT ALL the sort of book he reads (right now he's reading a book called On Combat -- that's the sort of stuff he typically reads).
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