Cupcake by Cookie O’Gorman

“Isn’t it funny how you can be okay and love yourself, but still not think anyone will ever love you back?”
“If by funny you mean sad, then yeah. It’s hilarious.”

Omg this line made me laugh so hard but I totally had all those conflicting emotions and thoughts in high school. I was totally ok with myself but didn’t know what other people thought of me and that is where the problems started.

Why don’t we all just assume we are friends? Ok I solved a problem today -what’s next?
Cookie O’Gorman
Pub Date: 11/2/21 -Out now!
This book was so sweet! I love high school “non typical” romances as in the QB falls for the girl that isn’t the super popular girl or wears size 2 (no offense to my small peeps) but is the one that is overweight.

Ariel who goes by Cupcake has been nominated to the homecoming court which was unexpected as she is not one of the super popular girls. All the reasons why – that it is a joke, that she will get a Carrie moment cycle through her head but she was voted in by the students so people have to like her right.

There is one prince – Rhys who she gets partnered with who happens to be the quarterback and he really does seem interested in her not as a joke or to make her over, hopefully.

Cupcake has a baking vlog and loves to bake which has a good following – I would be watching it.

She takes a lot of crap for being overweight which excuse me who said it wasn’t ok – it really is the norm. ughck pop culture needs a major face lift its gotten really old. I would rather have a relatable adorable character like Cupcake who speaks in movie quotes, (same girl), who is confident in her body and self but still trying to find her place in the world than a million girls that are not like me. Like it’s ok but diversity with body type would be appreciated without focusing on the body type.

Also, thank you Rhys for being brave and being the jock that asked for help and isn’t trying to go it alone.

Don’t let other people doubt your worth. They don’t know your whole story. They are in their own.

Thank you entangledteen and netgalley for the e-ARC for my honest and voluntary review.


I know what you’re thinking.

You’re thinking this will be just one more story of the ignored, “big-boned ” girl, who sheds her glasses and a few extra pounds and finally attracts the notice of the most popular guy in school.

Except it isn’t. Because I’m not unpopular. Not all that ignored. And I love the way I look―just as I am.

Then someone puts my name in for Homecoming Court.

The bigger surprise?

People actually vote for me!

Now, I’m a “princess”―whether I like it or not―but the guy I’m paired with isn’t exactly Prince Charming.

Rhys Castle is the strong, silent type who always wears a frown―he’s certainly never smiled at me. I’m 99.9% sure he hates being on Court and being my partner, but surprisingly…he doesn’t switch when he gets the chance.

Turns out Rhys has a secret―something that makes him run hot and cold throughout the entire three weeks of Homecoming festivities. Whether he’s stepping on my feet during dance lessons or gallantly escorting me through the Homecoming parade, I can’t get a read on this guy, and for the first time, I find my confidence wavering.

But there’s more to Rhys than meets the eye. And the more the spotlight shines on me, I realize there’s more to me, too.


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