Thursday, February 23, 2012

Snack Size #19 - Rachel Cohn

Another trio of mini reviews (at one hundred words each) - this time I read the Gingerbread series by Rachel Cohn (Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist).

Gingerbread
Publisher: Simon Pulse, 2002
Length: 176 pages

Cyd Charisse (yes that’s her real name!) is a reputed ‘bad girl’ with a heart of gold and a sweet tooth. When she’s not hanging with her surfer boyfriend Shrimp, she’s serving coffee (also her drug of choice) and raising hell for her tightly wound mother and step-father. After being kicked out of boarding school (for extracurriculars of the bedroom variety), Cyd heads to NYC to reconnect with her distant father and his other two children. Gingerbread is a fast-paced and funny read and Cyd is a strong female lead with an attitude and distinct vocab (which may take some getting used to!)

Shrimp
Publisher: Simon Pulse, 2005
Length: 288 pages

Ok, confession time:  when it comes down to it Shrimp (the character) is where my love for Cyd Charisse falters. For an awesome, kick-arse, independent chick, she spends a lot of time dilly-dallying over Shrimp (who in his defence, does seem like a cool guy but not worth the amount of time and energy devoted by the books to him). Anyway, this book sees Cyd return to San Francisco, make some girlfriends (yay, finally!) and attempt to make some (half-hearted) decisions about her future but ultimately concentrates on Cyd and Shrimp’s relationship. Plenty of sass, sadly not so much substance.

Cupcake
Publisher: Simon Pulse, 2007
Length: 256 pages
Cyd Charisse is back in New York with big plans. Culinary school (for her parents peace of mind), living in New York with her lovely baking half-brother and has said the big goodbye to Shrimp. But of course, as per Cyd’s history, things do not go according to plan. Again, there is plenty of crazy, chain-of-thought inner dialogue, delicious baked goods, eccentric characters and yes more Shrimp/Cyd drama. This is the final book in the Cyd Charisse series and even though I’ve come to love most of the characters, I feel like the story finishes at the right time and place.

Have you read this series? What did you think?
Did you want to eat a sweet treat afterwards?

1 comments:

Flannery (The Readventurer) said...

What a cute feature--the snack-size reviews:) I've seen Shrimp at a few bookstores and always thought about getting it because I've heard that people like this author a lot. (and I saw that she wrote with David Levithan) I had no.clue. that this was a series. Cyd Charisse(!) is such a great name--I just saw the real Cyd in Singin' in the Rain the other day. Anyway, I loved how short and sweet the reviews were and I will definitely check these out, even if Cyd seems like she might be frustrating at times. Thanks!

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