the incredible adventures of cinnamon girl by melissa keilThe Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl by Melissa Keil

The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl by Melissa Keil

Published by Hardie Grant Egmont on September 1st 2014
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Alba loves her life just as it is. She loves living behind the bakery, and waking up in a cloud of sugar and cinnamon. She loves drawing comics and watching bad TV with her friends.

The only problem is she’s overlooked a few teeny details:

Like, the guy she thought long gone has unexpectedly reappeared.And the boy who has been her best friend since forever has suddenly gone off the rails. And even her latest comic-book creation is misbehaving.

Also, the world might be ending – which is proving to be awkward.

As Doomsday enthusiasts flock to idyllic Eden Valley, Alba’s life is thrown into chaos. Whatever happens next, it’s the end of the world as she knows it. But when it comes to figuring out her heart, Armageddon might turn out to be the least of her problems.

Review:

Having completely adored Melissa Keil’s debut, Life in Outer Space, I was taken aback by how much more I loved her sophomore novel! The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl was a fabulous read for many reasons but for me, the high points of the book were the characters, the romance and the story-telling.

Sarah Jane Albany, or Alba as everyone calls her, is a huge comic book fan and an aspiring comic artist herself. Despite her huge potential, she wants to stay in the small Australian town where she’s lived all her life working at her mother’s bakery, unlike her best friend, Grady who wants to study law in Melbourne. But getting left behind is only one of Alba’s troubles, what with the world supposedly ending and a surprising return of an old friend that only seems to complicate things.

Most stories can only start when you place yourself in them.

Alba was such a refreshing main character to read. I loved her personality so very much! She’s a curvy girl and she’s proud of it! How many YA characters have that kind of positive attitude with their body image? Too few. Aside from that, her voice was engaging and fun. Her relationship with her friends was also something I loved. I totally felt for Alba as she struggled with the idea of saying goodbye to them. Well past that stage, I was struck by how realistic the portrayal of “the after high school feeling” was in the story. It’s the time when you wonder what the future holds and sometimes you get scared because high school life was safe and comfortable. I felt like Alba’s growth in the book with regards to this was inspiring.

Although the story focuses largely on Alba, the other characters- Grady, Eddie, Tia, Caroline and Pete were fantastic. First, their interactions served great entertainment- they were all so witty an funny. They had hilarious banters, which made me fond of the friendship Alba’s gang had. Even more, the rest of the characters had depth and interesting character arcs. Melissa Keil sure knows how to write a wonderful cast of characters.

I’ve tried and tried to want someone else, but you are the only person in the whole world who I know I belong with.

Last but not the least, I was head over heels for the romance! I’ve always asserted my great love for best friend love stories and this one between Alba and Grady, who has been Alba’s best friend since forever and knows her every quirk, is just one of the my favorites of all time. It’s slow-burn and angsty and then kapow. Just, SO MUCH LOVE.

The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl was the perfect read for me. Melissa Keil continues to make me fall in love with her stories and characters and I’m convinced she is one of most talented Aussie YA writers out there. I hope to read more from her and also hope that everyone else will check out her awesome books.

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9 thoughts on “The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl by Melissa Keil

  1. The cover of The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl kind of threw me off from checking it out before, but now it sounds like a wonderful book. Alba sounds like such a confident girl, which is a really important message to send in YA. Maybe I’ll check this one out.

    Posted on February 18, 2015 at 6:52 am
  2. I’ve been thinking about adding this one to the TBR pile (not gonna lie, I loved that cute comic book style cover before I even knew what it was a bout). I’m glad you recommend it!

    Posted on February 18, 2015 at 10:22 am
  3. This looks really cool!

    Posted on February 18, 2015 at 11:00 am
  4. Ooh I’ll definitely be reading this, it sounds fantastic! I haven’t read many books – if any at all – by an Australian author so I’d love to read this for that reason, too. Fantastic review!

    Posted on February 18, 2015 at 11:14 am
  5. Slow burn romance +best friends to lovers=I’m so there! Thanks for bringing this book to my attention! I’ve added it to my tbr. :)

    Posted on February 18, 2015 at 11:01 pm
  6. It sounds good! But then, I just liked Life In Outer Space (thanks for lending it to me!) but I didn’t love it either. It was really fun, though. :D Maybe I’ll try this one anyway.

    Posted on February 19, 2015 at 2:15 am
  7. I LOVED Life in Outer Space (what a real, beautiful, quirky romance)! I’ve been wanting to read this book for so long and now that you love it even more than the first one I’ve got to check it out:)
    Alba sounds like such a relatable character- I like how confident she is too:)
    It’s really hard to pin down that “after-school” feeling so it’s wonderful that she’s done it because so many people can relate to that feeling of uncertainty and hope!
    Most of all the romance sounds wow! Melissa Keil seems to be the queen of best friends to lovers romance:D
    Lovely review!

    Posted on February 19, 2015 at 10:46 am
  8. This book looks really interesting! That cover is awesome, but makes it look a little like a graphic novel or something, so may give people the wrong impression by just looking at the cover.

    Definitely going to buy this at some point.

    Posted on February 21, 2015 at 7:14 am
  9. Woah! I haven’t heard about this before, and when I first saw the cover on your post, I immediately thought it was a graphic novel!

    I love the creativeness of the cover plus based on your review, it sounds pretty cool. :) Do you know if it’s available at Fullybooked? :)

    Posted on February 22, 2015 at 4:30 am