THE TRUTH ABOUT TWINKIE PIE for Marvelous Middle Grade Monday

If you are searching for a book with a heavy dose of drama, look no further. Twelve-year-old GiGi has just moved with her twenty something sister into an apartment in Long Island, New York. 24350601Her past and why they are there without parents begins to unfold. So too does GiGi’s new life in a prestigious private school where friendships she’s never had before take hold.

There are a few mature themes explored here but never expanded into YA territory. Although I liked this book, a few plot twists had me shaking my head. No spoilers here, but when GiGi decides to find her mom, her journey left me wondering why no one noticed. Although the page count looks hefty for MG, many of the pages include recipes that you can savor or skip over. I do know the writing is good when I kept turning the final 50 pages, avoiding what I should be doing instead.

PUBLICATION DATE:2015   PAGE COUNT: 342

FULL PLOT (From Amazon):  Take two sisters making it on their own: brainy twelve-year-old GiGi (short for Galileo Galilei, a name she never says out loud) and junior-high-dropout-turned-hairstylist DiDi (short for Delta Dawn). Add a million dollars in prize money from a national cooking contest and a move from the trailer parks of South Carolina to the Gold Coast of New York. Mix in a fancy new school, new friends and enemies, a first crush, and a generous sprinkling of family secrets.

FIVE THINGS TO LIKE ABOUT THE TRUTH ABOUT TWINKIE PIE by Kat Yeh

  1. I have relatives in the south and when they are in town they love to show off their cooking. “Oh my” is all I can say after eating way too much. The recipes scattered throughout the story are tied nicely to the plot. I wanted to try each one out. I may start with the Madder’n Heck Smashed Potatoes
  2. GiGi. Yes, there were times I didn’t enjoy this MC, but she has an emotional load to deal with in her short life. I’ll give her some slack and know her good side is going to show through more in the future.
  3. Trip. I believe every school has their own version of Trip. A popular boy kids and parents can’t get enough of in class or out in public. He even jokingly calls himself “The Perfect Boy.” Of course there is a bit more to Trip that is uncovered in the story.
  4. Themes of friendship, family, and forgiveness are brought forth in true authentic seventh grade voices. It had me saying “I’ve heard a kid say that before,” and made me smile at the writing.
  5. We have another book girls should love. Boys… probably not.

FAVORITE LINES: DiDi says Wish Pie should have been named Stop All Your Bellyaching and Just Be Who You Are Pie. When I told her that was the dumbest name I’d ever heard, she said, “People don’t care what you name it, G. They like pie for what’s on the inside.”

QUOTE FROM AUTHOR: “The amount of maraschino cherries it would take to make whipped cream the actual color of Cherries in the Snow lipstick is terrifying, I know this from experience. So I will ask for a little leeway with this bit of fiction.”

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Check the links to other Middle Grade novels over at Shannon Messenger’s Marvelous Middle Grade Monday post.

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Climbing another mountain...writing middle grade novels.
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11 Responses to THE TRUTH ABOUT TWINKIE PIE for Marvelous Middle Grade Monday

  1. Sounds like a good book, especially for girls who like cooking too. I’ve been seeing more books with this theme lately.

  2. Y’know, I’ve just finished reading an MG with cooking and friendship as its theme. And I’ve just come off a literature circle at my son’s middle school where the girls were all heavily into cooking shows (like Cake Boss). Sounds like there’s an avid readership for this!

  3. warrchick says:

    Not sure I’m up for any extra drama just now, but this does sound adorable. Thank goodness for a goodreads want to read list, where I can file stories like this away for just-the-right-moment reading!

  4. Thanks for the review. I will put it on my list, but considering the length, it probably won’t percolate to the top for awhile. It does sound cute. I have so much reading to do!

  5. This book sounds like an unusual read. It is odd that the sisters fly under the radar on their with no one questioning. But, it does sound like a fun read. I also thought about “A Tangle of Knots” and all the recipes in the book.

  6. I was going to take a break from pre-teen drama, but now…. well, I’m just gonna have to find this book. Especially because it involves Pie. I need more Pie books for next March 14…

  7. msyingling says:

    If I don’t like the main character of a book, it’s almost impossible for me to like the book. This was a bit too quirky and dysfunctional for my readers, who seem to want either REALLY dysfunctional books or ones that are more light hearted. The cover of this one was misleading, I thought.

  8. Sounds like a crazy book that has a lot going on, and I’m glad it centers around kids doing things on their own.

  9. Andrea says:

    Sounds interesting. I’ll have to look for it and see how I feel about the main character. I tend to agree with Mrs. Yingling that if I don’t like the main character it’s hard to finish a book.

  10. Skylar S says:

    What would you say the theme of this book is?

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