Book Review: Here For the Cake by Emily Poule

Reviewer: Terry

here for the cakeI was given this book in exchange for an honest review.


“Something should happen: a thunderbolt should erupt, a car should crash, a bell should ring. There should be a soundtrack—some horrible, frightening sound to accompany the news of your ex-boyfriend marrying one of your best friends from high school. Especially when you’re still in love with him.” 

No, of course she wasn’t going. Are you insane? For 29-year-old academic Mina Joseph, going to Ella Hutchinson’s destination wedding would be the ultimate act of lunacy. It would be much safer to stay in her shitty studio in Boston so she could stalk the Facebook pages of the bride, groom, and every other guest in attendance before falling asleep in a box of tears and Wheat Thins. 

But Luke’s best man, the insufferably charming Benjamin Fogarty, has different plans for Mina. Not only is Ben desperate to break up the mismatched couple before they say their “I do’s,” he is convinced that Luke is still in love with Mina (though he can’t figure out why). So, Ben offers Mina $2400 and a plane ticket to come out of hiding and seduce the groom. 

Armed with a new wardrobe, devious friends, and copious amounts of tequila, Mina has five days to rekindle her love with Luke, expose Ella for the certifiable psychopath that she is, and at all costs, avoid having sex with the best man, regardless of how hot it could be.


The title of this book makes you thing it will be another story about a happy bride dealing with the woes before the wedding. Which this book is far from! This is a story about a wonderful amazing unique girl, a nerdy lost in her books girl who doesn’t know how to move on past her high school boyfriend who’s wedding invitation to her best friend shows up to remind her she’s really not over him.

That beginning sounds like a silly romance story gone wrong. But honestly throughout the story there is a depth that is often hidden under the surface. Which makes this a unique and lovable story.

I enjoyed each and every character in the story. Some like Ella and Cynthia and the other snotty ladies I loved to hate, but I also could not get enough of Mina and Josie and Shelma and even Simon and Ben. Truly each character was developed and very real to me.

The story itself isn’t what I found unique. Girl gets dumped by high school boyfriend ends up with the one of her supposed best friends and of course the awesome twist with the exes best friend…that I have read many times. But the individuals in the story is what makes this one so good!

Throughout the book I hoped for a certain ending to the story and strangely changed my mind about half way through. I absolutely loved the ending! I loved watching the characters grow and change throughout this story.

4.5 stars

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