Review by Kirkus Book Review
When Katie's best friend, Callie, dumps her for the cool kids on the first day of middle school, she manages to make some new friends--and some tasty cupcakes--in this graphic-novel adaptation of the first book in the Cupcake Diaries series. Hurt and confused, Katie gets on the bus and fortunately meets Mia, a friendly new student from Manhattan. Middle school only gets worse when Katie gets lost, is late for class, can't open her locker, and is excluded from Callie's lunch table, the self-proclaimed "Popular Girls Club." Katie ends up having lunch with Mia; Alexis, a girl who helped her earlier; and Emma, Alexis' friend. The four become fast friends, bonding over the cupcakes Katie and her mom bake. Realizing that delicious cupcakes make people happy and bring them together, Katie and her new friends start a cupcake club, hoping to contribute to a school fundraiser. Together the girls experience the ups and downs of starting middle school and changing friendships in this simple yet fun tale. Sweet illustrations, depicting large-eyed cartoon characters, convey relatable tween emotions and thoughts. Katie, Alexis, Emma, and Callie are light-skinned, while Mia has tan skin and is cued as Latinx; their teachers and classmates are diverse. A delightful story of friendship and starting middle school. (Graphic novel. 8-12) Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.