Donut Days: A Book Review
I met Lara Zielin on Twitter some time ago and found out quickly how easy it is to like her. She is always sweeter than the donuts she loves and giggly as a teenage girl. This is obviously a winning combination for a Young Adult author. However, I wondered, should I pick up her book, ? At the time, I was struggling with whether or not I should be reading YA novels since I am, sadly, no longer a young adult. After blogging about rereading Donut DaysA Wrinkle In Time, I realized it would be more ridiculous to NOT read her book.
So, I read it. And? I loved it.
Emma is an aspiring journalist hoping to win a scholarship from a local newspaper so she can attend a non-Christian university, which is against her minister parents' wishes. The neighborhood debut of Crispy Dream, a popular donut shop chain, is the topic of her story, along with the people camping out for days in anticipation of its opening. However, the events that have been occurring in her parents' church threaten to distract her away from everything she's working for. While she's spending time at the camp, her mother's status as a minister being questioned because of a supposed prophecy made by a member of the church. On top of it all, Emma's best friend has turned on her and is now hanging out with the daughter of the man who made the prophecy that started it all.
Lara has created a novel that is easy to love. The major events of Donut Days are not your typical teenage problems, but they are framed by the common issues of friend betrayal, growing up and falling in love. The combination makes for a relatable, page turning story. The characters are well developed; it's not hard to endear to Emma and her family within the first few pages. And with Emma narrating, you are feeling her frustration of what has happened. This is not an action packed book, but Lara keeps from lingering in one spot too long, which avoids any lulls in the story. And when it comes to Emma's love interest, it's simple and promising. I loved every inch of this book. Every word and every page had my full attention.