Close to Famous by Joan Bauer
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
This belongs in the "girl with a problem and a talent somewhat overcomes the problem and gets the guy" genre, with the romance being very light (not even a kiss). Foster's got two problems (three if you count her father being dead): her mother's former boyfriend was/is abusive, and Foster can't read. She can, however, bake incredible muffins and cupcakes.
After running away from Huck, Foster and her mother end up in Culpepper WV, where the town is slowly dying after the one business closed down and the new prison didn't hire as many locals as promised. The kindness of strangers helps them find a home and a job, while Foster wows Angry Wade with her cupcakes. Soon enough there are friends, and Foster is finally tackling learning to read with their help.
The plot is slight, and the genre is one that makes me wonder if the author didn't choose an issue (abuse and literacy) upon which to hang a story, rather than the other way 'round. When the book is published, I hope that some of the cupcake and muffin recipes are included!
ARC provided by publisher.
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