From Amazon: Geeky fangirl Heidi, 15, has a great fantasy life thanks to her TV and her laptop - and no wonder, when she's stuck at the boarding school for crazy drop-outs where her parents teach, with only a cake-shop Saturday job to escape to. At least she's got her best mates - but when they all start coupling up, Heidi needs a boyfriend - and fast. Enter Gingerbread Ed, a sexy lovemuppet with a motorbike. He'd be perfect - if he actually existed.
Girl Meets Cake should be renamed F-U-N. It's very, very funny.
Heidi invents a boyfriend called Gingerbread Ed, who really only exists online - through emails and instant messaging. When he starts talking to her friends, Heidi (and imaginary Ed) finds out more about them than she ever thought she would.
I loved this book because of its quirkiness and originality. I mean, who ever thought of dating a biscuit? It's a hilarious concept, and I will never look at Gingerbread men the same way again.
Every single secondary character (Dai, Ludo, Teddy and Fili especially) comes to life on the page, and I want to be friends with all of them. It's especially interesting to see what people will tell a stranger over the internet, and it really shows how careful you have to be online. Who knows which biscuits are posing as charming, yummy teenagers?!
I also loved fictional TV show Mycroft Christie Investigates, along with Heidi's amusing conversations with lead detective character Mycroft. The school production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night was 80's-tastic, complete with a cool teacher possibly experiencing an early mid-life crisis. (You know the kind I mean... one who tries too hard to be 'down with the kids!').
Susie Day has written a brilliantly enjoyable book about friendship, love and cakes. It's being published in the US in 2010, under the title My Invisible Boyfriend, and it's great for anyone wanting a light, witty read. Now to find myself a copy of Susie's first book, Big Woo!...