Not even going to lie. Not even a little bit. I only requested this book on NetGalley because of the title and the cover. And how was I rewarded? With an easy and quick read, full of funny quips–including one about how people will only pick up the book because of the cover art. Oops.
Ready for some more honesty? I had no idea who Melissa Radke was before reading Eat Cake. Be Brave., her debut book. According to Google, Radke is “is a public speaker, writer, entertainer, blogger, vlogger, and the Worship Leader and Creative Director at Timber Creek Church. In her spare time, she blogs about parenting and writes a column for the local paper.” So…as someone who is not a parent and does not identify as Christian, I guess it makes sense that Radke may not be at the top of my to-read list.
Despite our differences, I still definitely enjoyed Radke’s debut book. It reads like Tina Fey’s, Amy Poehler’s or Mindy Kaling’s books–smaller (and often funny!) vignettes make up the larger story and deliver the greater message. Radke gets deep and personal, as she talks about her mental health issues, her battle against depression, marriage troubles, and her ongoing infertility issues. And yet, we also get to hear about her first date, how she uses self-deprecating humor to navigate uncomfortable situations, and how she values the other strong women in her family. Radke’s writing style is incredibly visual; you almost feel like you are in the room with her because of her attention to both visual and emotional details. And, as someone who doesn’t identify as Christian, it wasn’t too heavy on religious imagery or references–so it didn’t detract from my reading experience (although, I’m sure it would definitely add to those that do follow that faith!). Eat Cake. Be Brave. was a fast read and it honestly made me both laugh and cry. I probably won’t head out to the bookstores to buy a copy for all my friends, but, for me, it was the perfect poolside read during the middle of a hot summer day!
Eat Cake. Be Brave. is available for pre-order and will be released on July 17, 2018.
Best binged with: a glass of bubbly…with a giant slice of your favorite cake, of course. (Mine is Prantl’s Burnt Almond Torte, because I know you were wondering.)
[I received a digital, advanced reading copy from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.]