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100 Days of Cake

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Overview

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.

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4 reviews

Overall rating 
 
4.0
Story held my interest 
 
4.3  (4)
Writing style 
 
3.6  (4)
Characters 
 
4.1  (4)
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Story held my interest
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Discuss the setting and the role it played. Describe when and where the story takes place.
Who are the main characters? What problems or conflicts does each character face in the book? Briefly describe each character.
What are the good points of this book? What did the author do well? Tell why you liked the book.
What, if any, were the bad points in the book? What did you feel the author did poorly? Tell why you didn't like the book.
This is where you give a brief summary of the book. Tell about at least two events that took place in the story. Don't give away the ending but give a 20 second synopsis that describes the story.
Without giving away the ending tell whether or not the ending was satisfying. Did the end fit the story?
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Story held my interest 
 
3.0
Writing style 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0

100 days of cake

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Setting
the setting took place in mollys hometown. and the school she has attended for about 4 years. Mollys favorite place was her bedroom that is the place where she spent most of her time in she felt safe in there and it helped her face her depression even on the days where she felt they could not be faced. Molly worked at Fishtopia a store that sold fishing things and that ended up turning into a diner.
Characters
Ms.Bryne: she was Molly's mother who started a blog called "Dye Another Day" where she would bake a cake a different flavor every day. Ms.Bryne had Molly test every cake she bakes hoping that one cake will cure Molly's depression even though Molly thinks otherwise.

Molly: Molly is a girl that deals with depression who only gets happy about 2 things which are working and going to her room.
Good Points
I think the author did well in describing molly's depression and describing the struggles of a single-parent home. He does really well in explaining their emotions and the struggles they overcome.
Plot Summary
100 days of cake is about a girl molly who lives in a single parent home with her mother Ms. Bryne. Molly is a senior who struggles with her depression and only does a few things go to work, go to school, and stay in her bed. When Molly's mother finds out that her daughter is suffering from depression she decides to make 100 cakes all different flavors one cake a day for 100 days. Ms. Byrne is trying to bake a cake that will make her daughter come out of depression. Ms.Byrne has a personal blog where she explains each cake and why she is making the cakes.
Ending
The ending is a good way to end a book. How molly turns out, in the end, is why the ending is a good way to end the book.
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
PG
Sexual Content
PG
Violence
G
Drug and Alcohol Use
G
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Story held my interest 
 
4.5
Writing style 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.5

100 Days of Cake

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Setting
100 Days of Cake takes place in Molly’s hometown, in the house she grew up in and the same high school she has gone to for the past 4 years. Her bedroom is her safe haven. She feels calm and like she can face her depression even on her darkest days when she is in her bedroom. Molly works at an old run down fish and bait store called Fishtopia, but soon it will be closing down and turned into a run down diner. Her psychiatrist is fresh out of college and isn’t really much of a help in his boring neutral office.
Characters
Goldhagen creates Ms. Byrne, Molly’s mother, to be the sweet mother that every teenager with a mental illness wants. Ms. Byrne is a hair stylist that started a salon called “Dye Another Day”. In her free time she writes a blog, inspired by one of her favorite blogs, 100 Days of Cake. Where she bakes a different flavor of cake every single day, and Molly is the test subject. Ms. Byrne is convinced that with the perfect cake Molly’s depression will be cured. Where on the other hand is Molly. Goldhagen created Molly to be the girl who is smart and athletic but her whole world turns upside down when she gets diagnosed with depression. Molly only has a few joys in her life. She enjoys going to work and staying home in bed where she feels safe from the drowning way of life.
Good Points
Goldhagen tells a wonderful story about how depression is affecting this teenage girl’s life and how her single mother is trying her hardest to help but is trying in all the wrong ways. Goldhagen is very good at telling feelings and describing situations that are affecting the character but is not very good at trying to fix those feelings. The characters in the story that were created to help Molly are not very useful. Goldhagen can really catch your attention with the subjects that she chooses to write about. The way that she writes is actually very good, she uses good vocabulary, not too big and not too small and the flow of her sentences is very nice and easy to read.
Plot Summary
100 Days of Cake by Shari Goldhagen is about teenager Molly Byrne. Molly is a senior who goes to Coral Cove high school and works at Fishtopia, she used to be on the swim team, until the day of her crisis. Now molly’s mother is trying to cure Molly of her depression by making the perfect cake. Her mother has a blog about making a different cake for 100 days straight, and Molly get to try them all.
Ending
The ending of the book is partially satisfying. The way that Molly ends up is very satisfying but the way that the story was told with the little help she got was less satisfying in the end. The ending fits the story well with the rest of the book for a story about a girl with depression.
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
PG
Sexual Content
PG
Violence
G
Drug and Alcohol Use
G
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Story held my interest 
 
4.5
Writing style 
 
3.5
Characters 
 
5.0

100 Days of Cake

User Review

Setting
The book is set in Coral Cove, a town in central Florida. It takes place during the summer, which gives Molly more opportunities to do things she would not be able to do during the school year. She is able to get a job, spend more time with her mom, and go to more therapy sessions. It seems like Molly has more time for everything, which makes it difficult for her to avoid her problems the way she usually does. The summer setting really plays into the conflicts of the book.
Characters
Molly Byrne is a quiet girl who mainly keeps to herself. She is struggling with depression and some other internal issues that make her very relatable. She has the same insecurities as most girls her age so it is very easy to connect with her. Molly has a hard time figuring out her feelings and this leads her to some problems. She falls in love with the wrong people and often cannot decide what she wants. She makes the novel feel very realistic. Lisa Byrne is Molly’s mother and is my favorite character. She is very sweet and only wants to help her daughter. Lisa is quirky and brings a lot of humor to the novel. Her silly idea that making Molly a cake a day will cure her depression adds comic relief to the otherwise sad reality of Molly’s struggles. Molly and her mother have a strong bond that keeps both of them going. Molly opens up around her mom more than anyone else and Lisa thrives off trying to make her daughter happy.
Good Points
I really liked this book. The author made the characters very easy to relate to, which made me want to keep reading. I enjoyed the way the story moved along quickly and did not have any boring points. This novel was a happy and made me feel good when I read it. Many different conflicts kept the novel interesting. Overall, it was a good book did not require a ton of thought.
Bad Points
The only bad thing about the book was that it was a typical story line. There were not many surprises and the writing style was common. The way the story was written was not unique, but it was still a good book.
Plot Summary
100 Days of Cake written by Shari Goldhagen is about a seventeen-year-old girl, Molly Byrne who suffers from depression. Molly has been struggling for a while and cannot seem to find a cure. Her mom, Lisa comes up with a plan to bake her a new type of cake every day. Molly goes to therapy for her mental illness but it turns out to be no help because she develops a crush on her therapist. She decides to get a job to try to distract herself and stay busy and ends up loving her job. For the first time in a while she is very happy and having fun. She begins to like her co-worker Alex and they become very good friends. Things are starting to look up for Molly until her boss tells her he is going to close the store.
Ending
The ending was very fitting for the novel. It matched the sweet tone of the book perfectly. It was a cute and fun book to read. Although, it was not a book that required much reflecting or thought, it was nice to read a simple novel about some common struggles people go through.
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
PG-13
Sexual Content
PG
Violence
PG
Drug and Alcohol Use
PG
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Story held my interest 
 
5.0
Writing style 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0

Great book

User Review

Setting
It had shown how she was depended on things staying the way it is and keeping her life simple and calming
Characters
Molly a teenage girl who after her break down wishes everything could stop
Alex teenage boy who is in a band and has the world at his finger tips
Good Points
Really showed what its like for someone who is trying to get over depression and shows how Molly learns that it's okay for life to move on
Bad Points
Dosent show the back story much says a all parts on her father and her family but not how she has a break down or why
Plot Summary
A young girl tries to overcome life's issues while her mother hopes her cakes will save the day
Ending
Yes it helped round out the feelings that arouse and how she handles the world
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
PG
Sexual Content
G
Violence
G
Drug and Alcohol Use
PG
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