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5 Sweet YA Reads for National Cookie Day

Happy National Cookie Day! We all know there are two types of people in the world: those who actually try their hand at baking and those who prefer to watch baking shows while secretly thinking they’d do way better than the competitors (guilty as charged). If you fall into either of those categories, then you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find that there are many YA novels about bakers falling in love over a hot tray of baked goods. Plan on curling up with some milk, cookies, and one these reads that will be perfect for the occasion.

Home Ick by Karen Bischer (coming Winter 2021!)

Ellie Agresti is devastated when her boyfriend suddenly dumps her, and what’s worse is that he and his new girlfriend are in Ellie’s home economics class. Ellie and the three boys at her table team up to win their class’ cooking and baking competition as Ellie uncovers the recipe for getting over heartbreak. Readers with a sweet tooth are sure to swoon over this story of love and friendship in the kitchen.

Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler

Hudson is about to learn that enough sugar can heal any heartbreak. Too many betrayals have turned her cynical, and now she bides her time baking cupcakes and cookies for her mom’s diner to stay closed off from the world. When a sweet new boy enters her life, Hudson might have to learn how to recover from being burned in the past.

Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff That Made Me Famous by Kathryn Williams

When Sophie becomes a contestant on Teen Test Kitchen, she is eager to claim the competition’s prize: a scholarship to one of the best culinary schools. But the food isn’t the only thing heating up in the kitchen as Sophie must navigate drama between chefs. If you’ve always wanted a behind-the-scenes look at baking competitions, this one's for you!

The Cupcake Queen by Heather Helper

Though cookies may be the best dessert they often share the spotlight with cupcakes, which are at the center of this delicious YA novel. Penny is upset that she must leave the Big Apple for a small town where she helps her mother run a cupcake business. In this new town she forges a new path for herself when she meets friends, enemies, and a cute boy.

Kissing Max Holden by Katy Upperman

Jill Eldridge and Max Holden are just friends... that is, until his family crisis brings the two together. And while Jill knows it's a bad idea to keep kissing Max (who also happens to be taken), she can't help but feel like they're meant to be something more. At the same time Jill is a talented baker who aspires to go to culinary school, which takes up all of the thoughts and time not spent kissing Max Holden. Do Max and Jill have what it takes to make it work or will their fling go up in flames?

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