Get well soon just won’t cut it in this quirky and poignant debut novel about a girl, her depression, and an aggressive amount of baked goods, as she struggles to simply stay afloat.
Every other senior at Coral Cove High School might be mapping out every facet of their future this summer, but not Molly Byrne. She just wants to spend time (and maybe the rest of her life) watching Golden Girls reruns and hanging out with her cute coworker at FishTopia. Some days, they are the only things that get her out of bed.
You see, for the past year, Molly’s been struggling with depression, and crushing on her therapist isn’t helping. But then again, neither is her mom, who is convinced that baking the perfect cake will cure her—as if icing alone can magically make her rejoin the swim team of care about the SATs.
So when Molly finds out FishTopia is turning into a lame country diner, her already crummy life starts to fall even more out of her control, and soon she has to figure out what—if anything—is worth fighting for.
Shari Goldhagen’s favorite cake is red velvet with cream cheese frosting, but carrot cake is a close second. The author of the adult novels Family and Other Accidents and In Some Other World, Maybe, Shari lives in Manhattan with her husband and daughter. 100 Days of Cake is her YA debut. Visit her online at ShariGoldhagen.com or on Twitter at @ShariGoldhagen.
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (May 17, 2016)
"Readers will identify with Molly as she struggles with debilitating self-doubt and flaccid interest in making college plans amid friends who seem positively sugar-highed when discussing SATs and university prospects. . . For a book about depression, this is a pretty enjoyable one" –Kirkus Reviews.