Released: May 5th 2014
My Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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Sixteen-year-old Lottie is on a mission to protect her biggest secret, and it’ll take every lie and every baking trick she can muster. Since her dad died, life hasn’t been the same for Lottie. When the school suggests she joins Bake Club to get her back on track, Lottie reluctantly agrees. The alternative – the school paying her mum a home visit – is not an option. But Lottie’s uncertainty about Bake Club melts away as she rekindles her love of baking and gets caught up with Mac, school rebel and another unwilling Bake Club member. As the end-of-year Bake Off approaches, the tension rises. Can Lottie keep up the façade of her perfect life? And can her bubbling romance with Mac survive the pressure? (from Goodreads)
I absolutely adored Love, Lies and Lemon Pies. It was everything you could ever want from a contemp, and I already know that I'll be picking up whatever Katy Cannon writes next.
I loved the main character, Lottie. Her dad died a year ago, and a result, she had stopped talking to her friends, stopped participating in school...generally just stopped doing anything. The staff at her school were worried about her and wanted to talk with her mum, but Lottie's mum wasn't exactly dealing with her grief very well, and to stop anyone investigating any further, Lottie joined the Bake Club at school. And little by little, even though she really only joined as a distraction, Lottie started making friends again, met Jasper and Ella and Mac, took part in competitions...I loved watching her character grow. She really cared about her new friends (and I have to say, I loved her friendship with Jasper in particular, he really made me laugh) and was starting to realise that no-one was without their own problems - even Grace, the girl she thought had a perfect life. It was easy to relate to Lottie; it can be really hard to try at things when there's nothing to motivate you. So reading about her finding things worth trying for and seeing her character develop was just so great. She also had a fab sense of humour and I remember laughing at a lot of her internal thoughts.
Mac was a character with his own issues, hiding his own secrets, and I liked how we slowly got to know him more throughout the course of the book. His relationship with Lottie was interesting because he seemed to be able to get through to her in a way that no-one else could, and even though they fought about stuff, and were rivals when it came to baking, they were so great together. Mac was more than just the rumours about him, in the same way Lottie was more than "the girl whose dad died" and they both had their problems but eventually were able to start to work them out together.
The book was mainly about Lottie trying to keep everyone from finding out her secret, while also trying to fit in at Bake Club and think more seriously about a future in baking. I liked how every Bake Club character sort of got their own mini storyline about the problems in their lives, and how Lottie recognised with each one that nobody's life was perfect. Lottie kept feeling guilty for continuing to lie to everyone even as they had gotten a lot closer, and when her secret finally came out, I really liked the way everyone reacted (especially Jasper) and how things worked out in the end. The whole baking idea as well was just fantastic, and as I do enjoy baking, I will definitely be trying out some of the recipes included in the book! The way baking tied in with everything was awesome and it was nice to see Lottie remember how much she loved baking, before when she used to bake with her dad, and get back into it again.
Overall, Love, Lies and Lemon Pies was a really lovely contemp and touched on a range of issues whilst being funny and cute. Recommended.