Tuesday, 21 October 2014
Review: The Baking Life of Amelie Day by Vanessa Curtis
Publisher: Curious Fox
Format: Paperback / eBook
Released: September 11th, 2014
Amelie Day loves to bake - cupcakes, biscuits, bread, tarts and muffins - so she's thrilled when she's invited to compete in Britain's Best Teen Baker of the Year. But Amelie has Cystic Fibrosis and some days she can barely breathe. Determined not to let her condition or her mum stop her, Amelie musters all her flour power, but will it be enough to get her there?
The Baking Life of Amelie Day is yet another wonderful book from Vanessa Curtis, who I still think is one of YA's unsung heroes. Everything she writes resonates with me, whether it be Amelie Day or the beloved Zelah Green, and I only wish she had more recognition!
The Baking Life of Amelie Day may appear to be an easy, light read, but under the bright pink cover it's anything but. Teenager Amelie Day is a keen baker in her spare time, with hopes of taking her talent further. Unfortunately her dreams are hampered by Cystic Fibrosis - an illness she fights with every day of her life. Even though Amelie is really very poorly, she doesn't let it define her or hold her back from living like a normal teen. She has friends, she goes to school when possible and she maintains a positive outlook on life. Her bravery is her most inspiring attribute, and I loved her.
Although this book does deal with darker, harder-hitting subjects, it's also quite funny, thanks to Amelie's sense of humour. There are also real baking recipes interspersed throughout, which I'm sure will delight young bakers everywhere. If I had even an ounce of baking talent I would try them myself, but sadly that isn't my forte!
The Baking Life of Amelie Day is a fantastic book, brimming with emotion and heart. I hope Vanessa Curtis writes more about Amelie Day and her family and friends - I'd love to know how they're all getting on, and find out whether Amelie has made it to the Great British Bake Off studios. Fingers firmly crossed that she has!