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The Sugar Queen

The Sugar Queen
By Sara Addison Allen
Bantam, 2008
Audience: Adults, Older Teens

Source: My Own Bookshelf

From Goodreads:
Twenty-seven-year-old Josey Cirrini is sure of three things: winter in her North Carolina hometown is her favorite season, she’s a sorry excuse for a Southern belle, and sweets are best eaten in the privacy of her hidden closet. For while Josey has settled into an uneventful life in her mother’s house, her one consolation is the stockpile of sugary treats and paperback romances she escapes to each night…. Until she finds it harboring none other than local waitress Della Lee Baker, a tough-talking, tenderhearted woman who is one part nemesis—and two parts fairy godmother…

So this story was a re-read for me. It was the first Sarah Addison Allen book that I read, and I liked it so much that I immediately read everything else by her. I bought them all, including this one, because I knew I would want to read it more than once. I haven't had a chance to read my own copy until now.

I don't regret buying it. Josey was a very interesting character. I knew she would learn how to stand up for herself sometime, and the romances were hot (for the most part.) One couple was broken up, and one man was dangerous, but those parts don't count. Reading this book and watching Josey grow was fantastic, even the second time around. Seeing her make friends with Chloe and watching them become close gave me a warm and fuzzy feeling. Josey really needed a friend.

Also, I love the twist at the end. I never saw that coming the first time around! Ever. Looking back, there were indeed clues, but holy moly. It made me sad, but blew my mind too.

This isn't my favorite book by this author, but it's the one that started it all, so it will always have a special place on my shelf. (My favorite is Garden Spells.) I can't wait for her next book!