Review: The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl, Melissa Keil

April 13, 2016 Reviews 3 ★★★★★

Review: The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl, Melissa KeilThe Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl by Melissa Keil
on April 2016 (orig September 2014)
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 294
Source: Edelweiss
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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.

angelyas_reviewCould the Apocalypse really be coming to everywhere except Eden Valley?

Alba is a comic artist and massive fangirl. She’s often away with the fairies, working on her Cinnamon Girl comic strip – a character she developed for her mum’s bakery. She’s been tight with her best friend Grady since they were babies, but now the pair of them and their friends have just finished year 12 and are enjoying their last summer in town before moving on to new things. But when a community TV “mystic” predicts the end of the world, with only Eden Valley surviving, the town becomes a magnet for hippies and alien hunters.

Alba’s world is also ending – her school group and quiet town life are about to be torn apart as her friends get ready to move away from town. On top of that, her and Grady’s old friend Daniel, now B-grade TV star, has just reappeared in town to cover the apocalypse story for the news, and throws the social group into chaos.

I don’t often love contemporary YA books, but there was something about Cinnamon Girl that made me wish it would never end. The characters are all adorable, the romance is super-sweet, and the end-of-the-world side plot is beautifully quirky and hilarious – not at all what I was expecting based on the blurb. The town of Eden Valley is quintessentially Australian, although I’m having a hard time putting my finger on what exactly gives it that feeling. Perhaps it’s the descriptions of the houses, the pub and the bakery. The way the characters interact feels familiar to me. In any case, I loved it.

This book is essentially about coping with change; about worlds ending and new ones beginning. Alba is really having a difficult time. She can’t understand why everyone, but especially Grady, is getting so cross with her over her sudden decision to stay in town in the new year. She has so many doubts about her artwork, her desires to study seem pointless, and she is starting to like the sound of life in the bakery for a while yet. Her friends set out to prove her wrong.

The main reason I’m reviewing this book now is that it has just been released overseas by Peachtree Publishers. My copy was the American e-book so the very Aussie (or British) words like ‘uni’ and ‘Where’s Wally‘ have been replaced with ‘college’ and ‘Where’s Waldo‘. I’m going to have to get a copy of the Australian edition to enjoy it properly at some stage. Also, every instance of the real f-word has been replaced with ‘feck’, which just kind of reminds me of Mrs Brown’s Boys and loses the feeling of the original. When I mentally replaced every ‘feck’, I loved Eddie!

So, how to summarise without flailing? I.. well… nope, I give up. Just read The Amazing Adventures of Cinnamon Girl, it’s awesome!


Anni lives in Brisbane, Australia with her young family. She loves everything fantasy and science fiction and believes sleep is really very underrated.

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