I was surprised by the fantastic realism this book had to offer. While it was fluffy and cute, there was a seriousness and depth that I didn't expect. Ali's family is still struggling without her mother around to help them through hard times, and those hard times just might shut down the bakery, which is the family's livelihood.
The drama that Ali encounters at school centers around boys who are unfortunately poorly developed characters, and an unrealistic frenemy named Sarah. I found the lack of depth in most of the side characters to be disappointing, but the engaging plot, great writing, and catchy baking sequences more than make up for that lack.
CAKE POP CRUSH is a delightful and sweet story that will no doubt be enjoyed by many girls, and will definitely spark an interest in baking! Highly recommended for middle schoolers, or older readers who want something fluffy and light.