Sam is fast heading towards forty. She’s a love coach about to publish her self-help book on relationships. Yet she's single and hasn’t missed the irony. Looking to find what’s missing in her life she sells her flat in London and moves to San Francisco where she embarks upon an unlikely romance with 21-year-old Jax.
Jax escorts her to some erotic sex clubs, some heart-breaking insights, and opens her up to her vulnerable sexual self, all allowing her to take a real look at what was really missing in her life: herself!
Often hilarious, heart-warming, shocking, erotic, and always thought-provoking, 'Cupcakes and Coffee' is a fictional memoir based on some real-life events, which chronicles this moment in our time for many women.
When the author approached me, and asked if I could read and review this book, I found it intriguing, with the expat storyline of a woman, trying to find herself while living in a foreign country - you know, been there, done that, interested to see if there were any similarities to the way of thinking of life...
The book is written in first person, and in diary form. The storytelling is a constant ramblings of uncensored thoughts, where the main character's reflections and attention goes from one thought to another, without any red line holding it together, it seems. At times it was hard to follow, or hold your attention, it felt like a wild ride on rabbits back, who suffers from a serious ADHD. But it made me laugh a couple of times, just the absurd situations she got herself into. And after she returns back to England, the story got some insights, linear, and meaning.
The sex scenes are graphic, and detailed, with very little sweetness and romance in them. The recurring dreams of her teenage crush were intriguing, and how it all played out in the end, rather liberating. The expat living, the comparisons to the 'own' culture against the one in US were entertaining, and rather realistic to me. Made me think of my own days in college in the US.
I have to say it is an interesting read, it gives some insight into the character's mind, so as long as you remember to read it with humor in mind and don't expect a romance novel, you will enjoy it.
~ Two spoons with a teaspoon on the side
MY GRADING SCALE:
5 Spoons - Amazing, memorable story that I loved and want to read again. The best of the best and not given lightly
4 Spoons - Fantastic, entertaining story that I enjoyed and connected with and will gladly recommend to readers
3 Spoons - A good story, not much that stood out but I was engaged enough to spend the time to read it through
2 Spoons - A story with some issues, that were a problem to me
1 Spoon - Not for me