Book Review! The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Book: The Sugar Queen
Author: Sarah Addison Allen
Publisher: Bantam
Pages: 276 Pages
Format:  Hardcover library book

I read this book a while back and I fell in love. I devoured this book in one sitting, and I was pouring over the pages, wanting to know what would happen next. I recommend this author to everyone who loves a little contemporary magical realism in their lives.

Goodreads Summary

Twenty-seven-year-old Josey Cirrini is sure of three things: winter in her North Carolina hometown is her favorite season, she’s a sorry excuse for a Southern belle, and sweets are best eaten in the privacy of her hidden closet. For while Josey has settled into an uneventful life in her mother’s house, her one consolation is the stockpile of sugary treats and paperback romances she escapes to each night…. Until she finds it harboring none other than local waitress Della Lee Baker, a tough-talking, tenderhearted woman who is one part nemesis—and two parts fairy godmother…
Fleeing a life of bad luck and big mistakes, Della Lee has decided Josey’s clandestine closet is the safest place to crash. In return she’s going to change Josey’s life—because, clearly, it is not the closet of a happy woman. With Della Lee’s tough love, Josey is soon forgoing pecan rolls and caramels, tapping into her startlingly keen feminine instincts, and finding her narrow existence quickly expanding.
Before long, Josey bonds with Chloe Finley, a young woman who makes the best sandwiches in town, is hounded by books that inexplicably appear whenever she needs them, and—most amazing of all—has a close connection to Josey’s longtime crush.
As little by little Josey dares to step outside herself, she discovers a world where the color red has astonishing power, passion can make eggs fry in their cartons, and romance can blossom at any time—even for her. It seems that Della Lee’s work is done, and it’s time for her to move on. But the truth about where she’s going, why she showed up in the first place—and what Chloe has to do with it all—is about to add one more unexpected chapter to Josey’ s fast-changing life.
Brimming with warmth, wit, and a sprinkling of magic, here is a spellbinding tale of friendship, love—and the enchanting possibilities of every new day.


First off, I love Sarah Addison Allen. I have read two of her books now, and I have fallen head over heels in love with the way her characters interact with one another and how the plot is totally character driven. She has created people that I feel for and that I love and that is really something special to find in contemporary novels. Yes her novels are for adults but i feel like any YA reader would love her storytelling.

In this novel, the story follows Josey, who is a 27 year old sugar addict still living with her mother. Josey was a very interesting person to follow and it made for a wonderful story. I also really liked Della Lee and the way she acted and how she pushed Josey in all the aspects of her life.

Another thing that is incredible about Sarah Addison Allen's novels, this one included, is the way she talks about food. In 'The Girl Who Chased the Moon', she wrote about cakes in the way that made my house smell like sugar and icing. In The Sugar Queen, she made me crave grilled tomato and three cheese sandwichs; something I have never before tasted.

Overall, this book was fantastic. The romace is sugary sweet, and the mysterious girl in the closet combined with some unresolved family history creates a town where nothing is as it seems. I picked this book up not knowing what to expect, and I couldn't put it down, even if it was forced out of my hands.

6/5 stars. Man I love this woman and her novels.

-Indigo
@ IndigoWayworth

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