Friday, January 15, 2010

Book 5 of '10 Donut Days by Lara Zielin


I met Lara at the Indigo book signing last weekend. After talking to her, I was sold on her book Donut Days. I bought it and got it signed!

Dust Jacket Description:

Emma has a lot going on. Her best friend’s not speaking to her, a boy she’s known all her life is suddenly smokin’ hot and in love with her, and oh yes, her evangelical minister parents may lose their church, especially if her mother keeps giving sermons saying Adam was a hermaphrodite.

But this weekend Emma’s only focused on Crispy Dream, a hot new donut franchise opening in town, where Harley bikers and Frodo wannabes camp out waiting to be the first ones served. Writing the best feature story on the camp for the local paper might just win Emma a scholarship to attend a non- Christian college. But soon enough Emma finds the donut camp isn’t quite the perfect escape from all her troubles at Living Word Redeemer.

In a fresh, funny voice, newcomer Lara Zielin offers up a mesmerizing, fast-paced narrative full of wit and insight.

Characters: Emma was hard working and driven, and this made me like her instantly. Not to mention that she wanted to become a journalist, and anyone with a fellow love of stories is someone I would like to talk to. Emma's parents were fleshed out, and not overtly conservative despite the fact that they ran an evangelical church. I loved the biker gang in this story. I wanted to hug Bear repeatedly. Jake was lovable too. In very few words, Zielin created characters who were realistic. 4 and a half flowers.

Writing: Zielin's writing was absolutely hilarious! Her writing style was direct and it rang true to the protagonist without making Emma sound naive, although there was some unrealistic dialogue. 4 and a half flowers.

Plot: Emma's trying to get that scholarship and her parents could lose the church! Pretty straight forward, and consistently mentioned through out the book. There were also some great twists and subplots. 5 flowers.

Originality: I love the premise of this! I think it's realistic that people would stay outside of a donut shop for weeks at a time for prizes, too. The infusion of a biker gang was really surprising and refreshing as well. Incredibly and delightfully original without seeming too far fetched. 5 flowers.

Ending: Fantastic ending that made me want to know more! I actually shrieked at the book when I read the last sentence. 5 flowers.

Dust Jacket Description: It piques my interest about the novel, without giving too much away. 5 flowers.

Cover: Cute and fun, even though it has a girl on the cover, which I usually hate. Matches the tone of the book. 4 and a half flowers.

Overall: 4 and a half flowers.

Emma Out!


  1. I really love this cover! Makes me go yummyyy! you got me really interested in this book, and now can't wait to read it. Good review!

  2. I definitely want to read Donut Days now. Granted, I was a bit nervous reading the summary, as the girls parents are evangelical Christians, but hey if the book isn't preachy, I will attempt to check it out :-)

  3. Aths: Thank you! I hope you enjoy it!

    April: It's not preachy at all. I can't wait to hear what you think!

  4. I thought this one was cute too! :) April, definitely not preachy, which is great. It gives you a bit of the inside of a religious family but doesn't push it on you!

  5. Great review. This books sounds like something I would love. I need to pick up a hardcover copy for my library.