YA book reviews, reading and recommending since 2009

Donut Days by Lara Zielin

Emma has a lot going on. Her best friend’s not speaking to her, a boy she’s known all her life is suddenly smokin’ hot and in love with her, and oh yes, her evangelical minister parents may lose their church, especially if her mother keeps giving sermons saying Adam was a hermaphrodite.

But this weekend Emma’s only focused on Crispy Dream, a hot new donut franchise opening in town, where Harley bikers and Frodo wannabes camp out waiting to be the first ones served. Writing the best feature story on the camp for the local paper might just win Emma a scholarship to attend a non- Christian college. But soon enough Emma finds the donut camp isn’t quite the perfect escape from all her troubles at Living Word Redeemer.

In a fresh, funny voice, newcomer Lara Zielin offers up a mesmerizing, fast-paced narrative full of wit and insight.

I was expecting this to be a cute breezy read, but no, it’s more than that. Donut Days touches on family issues, crushes, friendship problems, religion and more. I was not expecting religion to be a big part of this book but I was wrong. There was plenty of references to God and I felt that this was a nice touch to the story. My only complain is that initially there was a lot going on and I had a hard time keeping up (you can tell from the synopsis), but after a while things get clearer and not so overwheming.

Emma is a witty, smart and brave girl, I’m sure most teenage girls would be able to relate to her. Her hilarious thoughts kept cracking me up. The other characters were all three-dimentional and well described. Jake, her parents, Bear and the Angelfire gang and Nat. While there are serious tones, there are also some funny dialogues and moments that make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. There were a few surprises which I did not see coming but they definitely fit nicely into the story.

Though the title says Donut Days, this book is more than just donuts!
Lara Zielin has crafted a story with characters so full of life and with unique voices. Her debut novel will appeal to the young adult crowd as well as adults looking for something with a little of everything. Donut Days is a truly memorable and engaging read.

Grab a donut and Donut Days today! Donut Days is in stores now.

Silver Star (4/5 stars)


Comments on: "Donut Days by Lara Zielin" (7)

  1. I’m not sure if this is my kind of novel but your review is very compelling.

  2. I like the sound of Donut Days. It looks like one of those light fluffy books but it sounds like there’s more to it. I’ll definitely check it out.

  3. I’m not sure if this book is the kind of book that I would like. However, I think I might read it just to see… I’ve seen many great reviews about it.


  4. This sounds like a great combination of themes – I’m especially interested since you mentioned there’s hilarity too it. I love to have a laugh in books aswell as really being sucked into a well rounded story. Great review!

  5. This books sounds good have to check it out soon.

  6. Lol, her mother says that Adam really was a hermaphrodite in sermons? I can’t see why people might find that objectionable, lol.

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