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The Sugar Queen - review and giveaway

Friday, July 04, 2008

The Sugar Queen
Sarah Addison Allen
May 2008
276 pages

Last night my current book (The Palace of the Snow Queen) wasn't sounding very appealing, so I moved on to another queen...The Sugar Queen. I've been looking forward to this book ever since I finished the author's first book, Garden Spells.

Josey Cirrini is twenty-seven years old and stuck living at home with her elderly mother. Because Josey was a difficult child, she feels an obligation to stay and care for her mother. Her days are filled with driving her mother to all of her various appointments and social obligations, and raiding her secret closet for romances and sweets. And waiting for the cute mailman.

However, her life is interrupted when Della Lee appears in her closet. Della Lee is running from something...Josey can't really figure her out, because Della Lee is better at bossing Josey around than she is at divulging her own story. Suddenly, Josey finds herself wearing make-up, eating sandwiches instead of sweets, hanging out with her new friend Chloe, and even talking to the cute mailman.

Chloe has her own troubles. She has problems with her boyfriend, and her identity, and books. Her books are one of my favorite parts of this story. Books magically appear for Chloe...the perfect book for everyone situation. Sometimes they even stalk her. I wish I had that problem.

My favorite passage is about books. Chloe is talking to George, the owner of a house Chloe has always loved (because it has a library). George says:

"Books can be possessive, can't they? You're walking around in a bookstore and a certain one will jump out at you, like it had moved there on its own, just to get your attention. Sometimes what's inside will change your life, but sometimes you don't even have to read it. Sometimes it's a comfort just to have a book around. Many of these books haven't even had their spines cracked. 'Why do you buy books you don't even read?' our daughter asks us. That's like asking someone who lives alone why they bought a cat. For company, of course. Here, come here. I want to show you something." He stood and led her to the hallway and opened the coat closet. It was packed, absolutely crammed, with books. "Look at this. Howard, our realtor, told us we had to move all the stacks of books out of the bedrooms and hallway in order to stage the house. He said clutter distracted potential buyers. He called books clutter."

I really enjoyed The Sugar Queen. In fact, I think I liked it more than Garden Spells. It's an adorable little book. And a really quick read. I devoured it in a couple of hours. The chapter title are all names of candies that relate to what is happening in the chapter (Everlasting Gobstoppers, Life Savers, Lemon Drops), but I kept getting so caught up in the story, I'd forget to look at the title of the chapter. I had to go back and see what candies I had missed.

Since my friend Lisa was kind enough to send me her ARC of this book, I'd like to pass it on to someone else. Remember, this is an Advanced Reader Copy, so there are a few typos sprinkled through the book. But if you're interested, please leave a comment telling me your favorite candy and your favorite book (it can be a current favorite or a lifetime favorite). I'll pick a winner from the comments on Monday morning.

9 comment(s):

bethany said...

me, pick me!! I know...I already got picked last time, so the likelihood is not good. Oh well, I can still try! I just checked out Garden spells from the lib, and would love to read this one right after!!

Oh, I am reading the society of S right now...I am a wimp I actually didn't want to take the trash out last night after I was done reading it because I was too scared!!! silly i know. it is really good, but I am on the skiddish side. I love it so far though!!!

okay, favourite book of all time is: uhm, that is so hard, here are a couple: A History of Love, Uncle Tom's Cabin, I'jaam....

candy, oh I love it all...but mostly anything deliciously rich chocolate, oh yum.

ya ya's mom said...

pick me! pick me! pick me! my favorite candy is anything with sugar...but i really have been craving the fruity mentos lately. favorite read i think is prayer for owen meany. my current read is poisonwood bible and i am loving it!

Julie P. said...

I am dying to read this -- I loved GARDEN SPELLS!

I like lots of non-chocolate candy, but I'd have to say my favorite is Twizzlers!

As far as books go, I know I'm not very original, but I do love TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD.

ikkinlala said...

My favourite candy is dark chocolate (or, if you're one of those people who don't consider that a candy, butterscotch). I haven't had just one favourite book in a long time, but my first favourite book was Where Is The Bear.

Stephanie said...

OK, I LOVE me some Kit Kats and really LOVE The Red Tent, which I've read twice. So pick me lady!

Melissa said...

Am I too late?? Favorite candy: toffee. I love toffee... Favorite book? Right now... ARGH. I CAN'T CHOOSE. I just finished Pride and Prejudice, which is in my top 10...

trish said...

I would have loved Sugar Queen, but I see I'm too late. :-(

trish said...

I would have loved Sugar Queen, but I see I'm too late. :-(

softdrink said...

Melissa and Trish...sorry you were too late. But you could go stalk Julie in the hopes that she'll share. ;-D

All the rest of you...thanks for playing!

In a real sense, people who have read good literature have lived more than people who cannot or will not read. It is not true that we have only one life to live; if we can read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish. ~S.I. Hayakawa

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
~St. Augustine

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.
~Mark Twain

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