Alba loves her life just as it is. She loves living behind the bakery, and waking up in a cloud of sugar and cinnamon. She loves drawing comics and watching bad TV with her friends.
The only problem is she’s overlooked a few teeny details:
Like, the guy she thought long gone has unexpectedly reappeared.
And the boy who has been her best friend since forever has suddenly gone off the rails.
And even her latest comic-book creation is misbehaving.
Also, the world might be ending – which is proving to be awkward.
As Doomsday enthusiasts flock to idyllic Eden Valley, Alba’s life is thrown into chaos. Whatever happens next, it’s the end of the world as she knows it. But when it comes to figuring out her heart, Armageddon might turn out to be the least of her problems.
"The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl" is a funny romantic young adult novel from Melbourne based author Melissa Keil.
A coming of age story set in rural Victoria. At the end of year 12, Alba is faced with a difficult decision: whether she should stay in her small country town where she is comfortable and loves her life, or leave with her friends for university in the big city. Alba is torn as she doesn't like change. She is really happy with all her friends and her comic book art - although her latest creation Cinnamon Girl is being difficult and won't let her draw. Alba's friend Grady is always there to support her and encourage her dreams.
"Cinnamon Girl" is a very enjoyable story with heart-warming characters. I really related to the humour in the story, laughing out loud while reading on the train. I loved how the author finally opened Alba's eyes to feelings that she had known since childhood - yet had not named. It took an end of the world apocalypse prediction to shake Alba up and make her realise what was under her nose and that change is not a bad thing. - Kerryn (QBD)
Funny, emotional and real, "The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl" is a brilliant story with one of the best endings I’ve come across to date.
Though it took me a while to really get into it, once I passed the 150 page mark I laughed out loud, cried my eyes out and found myself incredibly invested in these characters and their lives.
Friendship, family, anxiety, uncertainty, angst, art, body confidence, food, frustration, self care, small town love and an impending apocalypse all feature in this remarkable Australian novel. - Melissa (QBD)