Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
(Click the title to find the book description/blurb.)
Christine Pratt has won the honor of being Queen of Whittington’s Centennial Week. The town’s officials picked Chris on account of her research project about Whittington, which she wrote with the help of her twin sister, Susan. Chris feels it’s only right to share the honor with Susan—by both of them pretending to be Chris all week. If they can pull it off, they’ll reward themselves with hot fudge sundaes in The Hot Fudge Sunday Affair by author Cynthia Blair.
And, no, that’s not a misspelling of “sundae” in the book title. I wondered, initially.
Back when I first ate up The Banana Split Affair as a preteen, I had no idea it was the first in a series of books about the Pratt twins. Since I recently ate up Banana Split again and heard about the following books, I decided it was about time to see what other adventures these teenaged twin sisters have.
Yup! The Hot Fudge adventure is on the simplistic side at times and rather corny, which I expected after reading the first book. Lots of exclamation points in the dialogue, and even in the narration, here and there. A one-dimensional “mean girl” villain with no surprises to her. Two key guys I would’ve liked to see from the first book have absolutely no appearances or mentions here. And where the first book has meaningful lessons the sisters learn about themselves and each other, the second book, well, doesn’t.
Yup! I’d categorize this tale as pure fluff. Upbeat fluff that I enjoyed, as I would cotton candy. The setting is positively ’80s, and the story gets more entertaining as Chris and Sooz’s scheme gets complicated.
I’d recommend Hot Fudge to anyone who can appreciate good old-fashioned, clean, YA fun in a pretty quick read.
I moved right along to read Book Five of the Pratt Twins series, Marshmallow Masquerade.