The Cupcake Queen by Heather Hepler

The Cupcake Queen

A confection of a novel, combining big city sophistication with small town charm. When her mother moves them from the city to a small town to open up a cupcake bakery, Penny's life isn't what she expected. Her father has stayed behind, and Mom isn't talking about what the future holds for their family. And then there's Charity, the girl who plays mean pranks almost daily. There are also bright spots in Hog's Hollow, like Tally, an expert in Rock ...

Details The Cupcake Queen

TitleThe Cupcake Queen
Release DateSep 17th, 2009
PublisherDutton Books for Young Readers
GenreYoung Adult, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Fiction, Contemporary

Reviews The Cupcake Queen

  • Cara
    I have a confession to make. It was the cupcakes on the cover that got me. I mean don't they look so delicious? I could just feel my mouth water by just looking at them. It's no wonder lately I've been craving cupcakes...Penny Lane feels out of place since she has moved to middle of nowhere Hogs Hollow. Her mother has opened up a cupcake shop and Penny's parents are taking a "break". Penny just want things to get back to how they use to be but sh...
  • laaaaames
    You know, life's too short, and when I don't like a book in chapter two I'm really probably just not going to like it. I tried to power through after getting offended in the first chapter (more on that soon) but when the tale of parental separation and move to a small town sounded so cliched I could have just filled in all the blanks for Hepler, I put this one down.Hey, so, writers? I am many things: loudmouth and opinionated and really into musi...
  • Emma S
    Pink Frosting with Black Sprinkles How would you feel if you left your home town and where alone? The Cupcake Queen by Heather Hepler is a great book that shows sadness, happiness and lonliness to a girl in a new town. Penny is a city girl with separated parents who just moved to the middle of nowhere, Hog’s Hollow. Hog’s Hollow is a small town with no tall bulidings or the smell of coffee and ciaggrettes in the morning. Hog’s Hollow is a ...
  • Kristi
    Cute and sweet as the cupcakes on the cover!The Cupcake Queen was just that, a very cute book. It dealt with some serious issues, like divorce, but it didn’t have much depth to it. It could have easily been much more cliche than it was, but thankfully Hepler makes it a little more interesting and incorporates some fresh ideas. Although, I will say I’m really tired about reading about the MC getting picked on by the spoiled rich popular girl.P...
  • Trisha
    "running from your trouble, the problems is with the stopping. The whole time you think you're getting away from everything, the trouble is running like mad, too, trying to catch up with you. And it doesn't slow down when you do - it keep on sprinting. So when trouble finally reaches you, it hits you hard."This is a pretty wonderful story. Because it feels like a true story. Moving is hard. Moving as a young teen is even harder. Starting a new hi...
  • Leyna
    What a fun and refreshing read!! I definitely enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. It made me smile and laugh at all the super cheesy cliches. There wasn't anything too special about the book so that's why I took away a star. But overall I'm glad I picked this one up!
  • Khandria
    A special thanks to Lenni Jones for recommending this and so many other clean romance novels 🙂I found it to be a very well-written book. I think the author, Heather Hepler developed the scenes in this book very well, and I like how she put it all together. I was glowing with mirth at the cute sense of humor the story was interspersed with. It was a very light read for a heavily burdened farm labour and her husband . Dari said her got as much p...
  • Myra
    Heather Hepler rocks!I've read the novels that Hepler co-authored with Brad Barkley and they were wonderful, but her first solo novel is truly awesome! There is the common storyline of the "new-girl-in-town-and-doesn't-want-to-be-there," but Hepler freshens up the storyline by bringing her own unique twists to it. The characters in The Cupcake Queen are believable, quirky, and so well written that you, too, will find yourself disliking Charity an...
  • Sakinah
    I think this story is more talking to the teenagers, But I enjoied reading it alot ^^I would recmoned it to my cousin Shayma'aYou will love it my dear cousin ^^
  • Cara
    This was cute and fun. I wish it had a little more depth to it.
  • Valerie
    This book reminds me of why I’d started reading when I was 13 in the first place. It was good to remember. Although I wasn’t really like Penny when I was 14 I could see her point of view fairly well. Penny is in a rough patch at the time we see her. She has moved from the city and now needs to make new friends at this new school with a mom who won’t talk to her and a dad who is busy. I can never fully sympathies with kids who make moving th...
  • Jen | Jen Talks Audiobooks
    Nobody really bothers with cake anymore - it's cupcakes that everyone wants these days. They make a great backdrop for a cute coming-of-age storyline.This is the story of Penny, whose parents are separated. She's moved with her mom to somewhere north of New York City, about 300 miles north to a small town called Hogs Hollow. It's a beach town despite the clear farming reference. Penny is a 14-year old freshman in high school and is learning to co...
  • Vickie
    In The Cupcake Queen by Heather Hepler, Penny Lane (her father loves the Beatles) is living far away from her hometown NYC. Hogs Hollow is everything "not NYC": small town USA known for its pork products! Penny's mother decides to open The Cupcake Queen, a cupcake bakery, in her hometown of Hogs Hollow while working through a divorce with Penny's father. You travel with Penny through her trials and tribulations, cheer for her with her triumphs, l...
  • Agatha
    More like 3.5I started reading this two or three hours ago. It was cute and fluffy but it had depth. I definitely enjoyed reading it and mostly breezed throughout the book. The thing I probably liked best was Ms. Hepler's description about everything. It was like I was also in Hog's Hollow, experiencing things with Penny and seeing the environment she sees. I loved how intricate and elaborate the descriptions are. My imagination went haywire as I...
  • Sovotchka
    What do you expect of a book called "The Cupcake Queen"? Something sweet? You'll find plenty of that. Cupcakes, cupcakes, cupcakes, but also young love, real friendship, and cute pets. On the even-more-plus-side, there are also real problems to be dealt with. Parents abandoning kids, parents putting up impossible choices, other kids being totally mean, ... the list goes on. And, thankfully, the author doesn't present you with endless discussions ...
  • Angel / YA rules!/
    why is it that the food books i've recently read tackles a lot more deeper topics other than food?it's a light read that deals a lot with change. Penny and her mom moves in with her grandmother after her parents separated. Not only does she have to deal with the separation but she had to deal with a new school and with bullies.i like her friend Tally who helps her deal with the bullies. i find her romantic interest Marcus cute.all in all, an enjo...
  • Kayla (The Thousand Lives)
    This was a cute, quick read that reminded me of the feeling I get when I read a Sarah Dessen book. Oh, and I'm also now craving cupcakes
  • Erin
    Mean Girls came out in 2004. This book is copyright 2009. It is practically identical, and isn't even half as awesome.
  • Paige D.
    I absolutely love to bake and cook! So, when I saw the cover of yummy cupcakes, I was instantly attracted and curious. The bright colors on the cover made me turn over the front page to read what the book would consist of. Although the book does not revolve entirely around baking, the plot seemed interesting to me where I also enjoy romance and drama.The Cupcake Queen is a novel by Heather Hepler. The story follows the main character, Penny, as s...
  • Grace Bunge
    I really enjoyed this book. I remembered reading it a few years ago and I remembered that I really liked it but I couldn't remember why. I love this book because it deals with drama in school and family situations which is common in most teen lives at some point. The main character (Penney) is bullied by the most popular girl in school which many teens can relate to. I also know other teens in my school who relate to Penney because they enjoy art...
  • Alora
    I think the book is SUPER good. When I was reading the book I wanted to stop reading for a little bit but I Wanted to keep reading the book because it is so good. After I get done with this book I'm going to try to get the sequel with is "Frosted kisses". Since the first book is so good.
  • Kalani
    I LOVE THIS BOOK, it's talking about how a girl who to another city where her mom owns ONLY a cupcake shop. So when she moved she met this girl name Charity, they went to her shop so that she can celebrate her birthday there but it got ruined. So now she met one girl name Tally and one boy name Blake. They became friends. Also, she met this boy named Marcus who she apparently likes. So now Tally had a decision to make, she has to stay with her mo...
  • Jessicalyn
    This book was about a girl named Penny who moved to Hogs Hollow with her mom and her mom has a cupcake shop there and penny is stuck helping her mom but she does make 3 friends name Tally, Blake, and Marcus but there's this one girl named charity who doesn't like penny because of what happen at her birthday party. Also penny's life does change because she use to live in the city but now she's living in Hogs Hollow and also she does have to make a...
  • Cara Jordan
    good book overall I picked it up for an easy read because I needed something to read and it was good Penny moves from big city to a small town where her mom opens a cupcake bakery and doesn't know what the future holds more there family and doesn't want to talk about it. Penny gets pranked every day at school by Catherine who is rude. I recommend this for a short read.
  • Audrey
    When her parents separate, Penny moves with her mother to the small town in which her mother grew up. Her mother opens a cupcake bakery, and Penny works in the bakery, mostly decorating cupcakes. It SOUNDS like a book that I should have absolutely loved. My parents are divorced, I ADORE small towns (and wish fervently that I lived in one), cupcakes are one of my favorite desserts, and I would LOVE to be able to decorate cupcakes anywhere nearly a...
  • Kati Kettleson
    The Cupcake Queen was a fabulous book. In the beginning you find out that Penny just moved to Hog's Hollow from New York with her mother, Elizabeth. They moved into her Gram's house on the beach, because her parents were separated. You also find out that her mother bought and now runs a bakery in Hog's Hollow. The first client they had was Charity's mother for Charity's birthday party. That's where all of the hatred began. While Penny was setting...
  • Caitlyn Ollmann
    Personal Response: I really enjoyed reading this book. I could easily relate to this book because both Penny's and my parents are divorced. I was easy for me to understand exactly what she was feeling. I know what it feels like to have to move away and have your parents live far apart. I thought this book was good because it was very real in the fact that life is what it is. Plot Summary: Penny's parents decided that they needed some time apart. ...
  • Michelle Rebar
    This is a sweet and satisfying book with heart and substance. The cover is cute, and quite honestly makes me hungry, but I ended up devouring the book itself...and it was delicious!Penny Lane (yes, she's named after a Beatles song) has lived in new York City for all her life. When her parents hit a rough patch in their relationship she is forced to move to the small town of Hog's Hollow with her mother, leaving her old life and friends behind. Ho...
  • Eleanor Boateng
    The Cupcake Queen is really fun book to read. I am so glad that I bought and read it. I loved the book so much I just kept on reading and finished it in two days. i just love the chracters in this book. From Penny who is amzingly talented to Tally and her mischevioues mind. Tally and Penny make a greta pair in my mind. Tally is really creative and has thing for doing what evr she wants to do and Penny who is more caustious about things but also h...