The Sugar Queen

By Sarah Addison Allen

Full Text :COPYRIGHT 2008 American Library Association


As innocently satisfying as a gooey cupcake, as seductively indulgent as a champagne truffle, Allen s delectable follow-up to her sprightly best-selling debut (Garden Spells, 2007) is another tasty trek into a world where things are not quite as they seem. For Josey, life’s disappointments are made more palatable by raiding the larder of candies and cookies secretly stashed within her bedroom closet, while Chloe finds salvation through books that seem to come to her unbidden with just the right advice at just the right moment. But there’s more to life than chocolate and books (really?), and love, in all its first-blush tenderness and second-stage confusion, is a subject Allen explores with exquisite insight and winsome elegance. While Josey pines for the enigmatic Adam, Chloe aches after Jake’s foolish betrayal. Helping the women weather these crises of the heart is Della Lee, a bad girl hiding out from man troubles of her own–in Josey’s closet, along with the Moon-Pies and MilkyWays. Like the most decadently addictive bonbons, once started, Allen’s magically entrancing novel is impossible to put down.–Carol Haggas

Named Works: The Sugar Queen (Book) Book reviews

Source Citation:Haggas, Carol. “The Sugar Queen.(Brief article)(Book review).” Booklist 104.16 (April 15, 2008): 25(1). General Reference Center Gold. Gale. Arvin A Brown Public. 30 May 2008

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