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Just as Maddie picks up her favorite pumpkin spice drink from the coffee shop counter, she spills it all over the cute guy standing behind her! Luckily, her embarrassment evaporates into a crush when she starts chatting with him -- his name is Jacob, and he's just starting in her grade at her middle school. But before Maddie can tell her best friend Jana about him at lunchJust as Maddie picks up her favorite pumpkin spice drink from the coffee shop counter, she spills it all over the cute guy standing behind her! Luckily, her embarrassment evaporates into a crush when she starts chatting with him -- his name is Jacob, and he's just starting in her grade at her middle school. But before Maddie can tell her best friend Jana about him at lunch the next day, Jana announces her huge new crush -- on the same guy! Maddie doesn't want to cause trouble, so she keeps her feelings hidden. Jana will get over her crush soon, right? Add major school stress to Maddie's secret, and it's a recipe for disaster. Can she keep her cool and work things out with both Jacob and Jana before it all turns into a total mess?...

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Pumpkin Spice Secrets Reviews

  • Schizanthus
    2019-04-27 18:21

    A book with a name that includes a type of muffin and frappé, both of which feature in the book? Sold! This is one of those cliché tween first crush books that follows the usual script:* Shy girl meets first crush / dreamy boy of her dreams.* Shy girl plans on gushing about dreamy to her outgoing friend.* Outgoing friend gets in first and tells shy girl about dreamy new crush.* Turns out dreamy 1 and dreamy 2 are actually the same boy. What’s a shy girl to do?!* Shy girl pretends not to be crushing on dreamy while internally cringing every time outgoing girl openly crushes.* Dreamy starts spending more time with shy girl and develops his own crush. Aargh! Panic stations!* Outgoing girl finds out she’s not the only girl in the world and some boys will actually like someone other than her. Oh, no! The sky’s falling!* Friend break up scene ...* Drama, drama, drama.* Friends make up. Aww!* Shy girl and dreamy are free to live happily ever after - until one of them develops a new crush.The moral of the story: If you can communicate openly and honestly you will never secure a leading role in a romance novel.Snarky, anti-romance, I’m going to die alone surrounded by my cats sarcasm aside? This was actually quite a sweet story. Sure, I wanted to strangle shy girl and outgoing girl, and tell them to wake up to themselves and actually talk, but I accidentally enjoyed reading this one.I loved that dreamy wasn’t a pretentious pretty boy. I liked that shy girl had an older sister who came through with some sisterly love and had a surprisingly rebellious attitude beneath her studious exterior. There’s a café in this book so major props for that. The school sounded like one I’d like to attend. I loved the birthday locker idea. The girls play soccer.My favourite thing about this book is that the tweens actually acted their age, and even a tad younger sometimes. It bugs me when the 12 year olds are really 20 year old characters in disguise. The tweens in this book spoke and acted like kids. They didn’t sound like walking thesauruses. They got cranky and grounded. They planned sleepovers. There weren’t any drugs or tween sex or even any swearing that I can remember. It was just a really sweet book.And did I mention the pumpkin spice muffins and pumpkin spice frappés with whipped cream, caramel swirls and sprinkles?? Yum! 😋 I definitely need to find more books with food items included in the title.Favourite sentence: “Mom doesn’t get angry very often, but when she does, she spews like a shaken-up soda can.”I received a copy of this book from NetGalley (thank you so much to NetGalley, Sky Pony Press and Xpresso Book Tours for the opportunity) in exchange for honest feedback.

  • Kelly Gunderman
    2019-05-01 00:14

    Check out this, other reviews, and more fun bookish things on my young adult book blog, Here's to Happy Endings!I was having a really hard time getting into a book - I was actually in the middle of four or five books when I picked up Pumpkin Spice Secrets. I wasn't sure why this one would be any different in getting me out of reading slump, but with the cover and the synopsis, this book just sounded incredibly cozy and exactly what I needed.So Sky Pony Press has come out with this new line of middle grade novels in a series called "Swirl Novels," with each one featuring a pretty picture of a yummy drink on the cover and a sweet story inside, each focusing on crushes and friendships.This sounds like such an awesome idea, and while the covers are so much fun - bright colors, fun titles - what we're really after is the content, right? You don't want an overly cheesy middle grade book that is just completely full of fluff and nothing else. That's where these perfect middle grade novels come in. Sure, they're light, fun, and a bit on the fluffy side, but they also have deep lessons buried inside. In the case of Pumpkin Spice Secrets, it's that friendship is the most important thing you can have when you're entering middle school, so it's important to try and protect it above all else.One random morning before seventh grade begins, Maddie and her older sister go to a small coffee shop in town, where her sister says she wants to talk to Maddie about what things are going to go on during the school year - with her classes, friends, etc. However, what happens when they get there couldn't be anything like what Maddie had anticipated. When she orders her iced coffee (pumpkin spice!), she accidentally turns around and spills the coffee on a cute boy - Jacob. Of course Jacob is sweet about it, and Maddie finds out that he is going to be going to the same school now, and she instantly develops a crush on him.However, before she can tell her friends, including her best friend, Jana, Jana informs them that Jacob is her new crush, and she thinks he's super cute and awesome.Since she doesn't want to break their BFF code, which states that they won't crush on each other's crushes, Maddie keeps the secret to herself.When seventh grade starts and Maddie finds herself having a harder and harder time keeping the secret to herself, she isn't sure what she should do - should she tell Jana and hope for the best, or secretly pray that Jana's interest in Jacob goes away as quickly as it does with all the other boys she's crushed on in the past?"I can't become that girl. I can't become a Betrayer and an ex-best friend. A lump grows in my throat. If I don't say anything at all about Jacob, I prevent the possibility of being a traitor. I know what happens when you go against Jana. Like Fiona, I'd get totally cut off."It doesn't help that she and Jacob end up paired up for a big debate project - and that Jana has been talking to Fiona, her ex-best friend. How much longer can Maddie hide the fact that she has been texting and crushing on Jacob so that she doesn't ruin her relationship with her best friend?This book was incredibly charming. The characters, the plot, the friendships - they were all great and brought the story together.I can see a lot of middle graders falling in love with Maddie and Jacob, and the friendship that Maddie and Jana share. That was my favorite aspect of the book - the amazing and sweet friendship that the two of them had that reminded me of my own time in seventh grade. The bond that was between Maddie and Jana is such an amazing one, and this book reminds everyone that friendship should be the most important thing, even if a cute boy comes along.I also love how important family was in this book - Maddie and her older sister were really close and spent a lot of time together. I love seeing that in books, particularly middle grade books. I've read a lot of middle grade novels that don't put emphasis on family at all (or simply come up with depressing backstories about the main character's family), so I love that this one was pretty much happy. It was a really fun, cheerful novel.I really can't wait to check out the other books in the Swirl series, because I have the feeling they're going to be equally as fun and uplifting as Pumpkin Spice Secrets.Pumpkin Spice Secrets is a fun middle grade crush story that has so much emphasis on friendship that it instantly became one of those books that gave you the warm and cozy feelings inside. It's one of those books that are perfect for a nice chilly fall day or a great book to read during a winter snowstorm. Any way you look at it, Pumpkin Spice Secrets is the kind of book that will fill you with smiles and warmth, especially if you pair it with your own pumpkin spice flavored coffee drink!Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review - Thank you!

  • Kate
    2019-05-16 20:07

    I received this as an ARC from the publisher at ALA Annual.Three or even four stars for its intended audience, two stars for this jaded adult reader, although the story picks up towards the end. Our heroine and her best friends have a BFF code of sorts, so when Jada announces her crush on Jason, he's officially off-limits to the rest...but Maddie met him first and has some chemistry with! The characters are tragically popular kids with overachieving and overscheduling and large-amounts-of-pocket-money and Service Projects and rich parents stamped all over them, a sort of Sweet Valley High setting without the archetypes. Tweens will adore the love-story-friend-story-lite, even if they have to groan through the somewhat endless instruction in debate that sounds direct from the classroom. The interactions between the characters, including Maddie, her friends, her sister Elvie, and her parents are pretty well done, I just found myself wanting to kick the characters for their first-world problems, or maybe because I could swear I went to junior high with people whose lives had as little complexity as these kids'. The series looks to have all sweet coffee drink themed titles and perhaps we will run into the characters from one volume to the next, but it's not a romance-per-friend-in-the-group series as far as you can tell from the promo for Peppermint Cocoa Crushes at the end of PSS.

  • Jaclyn
    2019-05-23 22:05

    Such a sweet story of friendship, romance and developing confidence in oneself. Middle graders are sure to love it.

  • Rakisha
    2019-04-29 18:08

    My 10-year-old daughter read this book in one day, giving it 5 out of 5 stars because it was funny. Normally, she's into graphic novels, manga, action, and unconventional girl leads so this was quite a departure for her. It really says something that she liked it.

  • Jackie Bardenwerper
    2019-04-25 21:09

    Sweet to the last drop! This fun novel is the perfect fall treat for any middle school girl. Light and fun with a dash of drama, this novel brought me right back to middle school all while making me laugh (and cringe!) out loud. In the story, protagonist Maddie has a new crush on Jacob, the cute new seventh grader she meets at the end of summer break. Yet before she can tell her BFF Jana about it on the first day of school, Jana announces she has a crush on him too, leaving Maddie torn between supporting her best friend and her feelings for Jacob. Throw in a few bad grades at school and enough pumpkin lattes to have you craving a Starbucks trip, and you have the perfect recipe for a good read. Homzie's characters are realistic and likeable - I found myself cheering Maddie on throughout the story - and the plot is something almost all tween girls will relate to. Highly recommend!

  • Josephine
    2019-05-26 16:02

    I mean, sure this book was a bit corny and cheesy but it was also a quick read. Pretty adorable, too.

  • Carolyn Leiloglou
    2019-04-30 00:16

    Tweens will pick up this book for the "meet cute" story (which is very sweet), but this book is really about friendship and the way secrets, even those kept with the best intentions, can threaten to ruin them.

  • Lisa Holloway
    2019-05-23 21:24

    This book was so much more than I expected. I don't know if it was the cover, the title, or the book's description, but I had in my mind that this was going to be a soap opera type book with lots of drama. It wasn't. It was a very realistic book about friendships, family, and crushes. It also showed the problems that can arise from keeping secrets. The author is fantastic at looking at the world through a middle schooler's eyes. She was right on with this all around- in dialogue, behaviors, dress, relationships, and the way kids think, act, and react. The characters she created were likeable and believable. I think most middle school girls could relate to the protagonist in one way or another. I liked the way the author had Maddie learn and grow in this book.It was a fun, light book, yet had real life problems and lessons in it including that there are always consequences for actions. There were parents with high expectations, forgetting homework, not studying enough, balancing activities and school, keeping secrets, losing friends, making friends, crushes, all different types of teachers and extracurricular activities- the world of an 11-14 year old. The book held my interest until the end. I really was routing for everything to work out for Maddie.If you're wondering, I would say this is rated G in the romance department- not even a kiss. I would recommend this for girls 10-13. I think it would be hard for a 8 or 9 year old to relate to the older characters.I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  • Helene Hoke
    2019-05-05 19:55

    Pumpkin Spice Secrets is such a great book. Its cute,funny,and sweet! I love how funny the situation was,and it teaches you not to keep secrets from your best friends. I just couldn't put it down!

  • Mark Buxton
    2019-05-23 20:11

    My name is Maddie, and my seventh grade year has become very complicated. I bumped (literally) into the cutest boy a few days before the year started and instantly had a crush on Jacob. However, before I could tell my best friend Jana, she announced she had a crush on him. Now, we all know the BFF Code, right? You can't steal your BFF's boyfriend, so I couldn't tell anybody how I felt. I had hoped Jana would quickly lose interest, like always, but she didn't. I think I could have handled the problem, except Jacob and I were paired together for a Social Studies debate and had to work closely for two weeks. We got along great, and I knew he liked me. I've lied to Jana to save her feelings, but I'm afraid of what will happen when she finds out. Can you help me? What should I do?This book is definitely for middle grade girls. It addresses many common problems they face at this age, and first crushes is the main focus of the plot. All middle grade students experience these feelings. In addition, Maddie's parents have high academic expectations, her sister is a high-achiever with a secret of her own, and Maddie has a fear of public speaking. My feelings? Well, I'm a grown man reading about the problems of a seventh grade girl, so I had some trouble connecting to her character. The plot was easy to follow, and the author told it from Maddie's point of view. This was obviously a great choice, since Maddie's feelings were the most important part of the plot. I understood Maddie's reluctance to hurt her friend's feelings, but things would have been so much easier if she was honest in the first place. A lesson learned for all! Overall, middle grade girls should enjoy this book and might get some hints on how to survive their early teenage years.

  • Ms. Yingling
    2019-05-04 23:18

    E ARC from Edelweiss Above the TreelineMaddie is having coffee with her stressed out older sister at a local coffee shop when she spills her pumpkin spice latte all over the very cute Jacob. He's got a good sense of humor about it... and amazing blue eyes. When school starts and Maddie gets together with her best friends Jana, Torielle and Katie, she's about to confess her crush when Jana announces that SHE likes Jacob. Not only that, but one of their frenemies, Fiona, is Jacob's cousin. Jacob and Lukas start eating lunch with the girls, mainly because Jacob seems to like Maddie, but she sticks to the best friend code and doesn't encourage him. Well, not a lot. They end up working on a debate project at school, and are on the con side of the issue of video surveillance while Jana and Fiona are on the pro side. Maddie's grades slip, and she almost has to miss Jana's birthday party because her parents are so angry, but she does extra credit and manages to be allowed to go. She helps Jana decorate Jacob's locker for his birthday, which makes up for the fact that Maddie spends the afternoon at the library with Jacob on his birthday. Eventually, Jana finds out, and is so embarrassed that she refuses to talk to Maddie. Can the two friends patch things up, and what will happen with Maddie and Jacob?Strengths: This. This is middle school. These are the concerns that many middle schoolers have. Boys. Friends. Failing pop quizzes. First crushes. Meeting a boy to study. The covers on this series are amazing. Middle school girls love to read romance books, but some of my 6th graders just don't need a lot of details that YA authors include. These are similar to the Darling Crush series, but with MUCH better covers. Weaknesses:Realistically overly dramatic, which sort of annoyed me as an adult, but is absolutely true to life. The characters are very privileged, but are at least somewhat ethnically diverse. (Maddie is part Cuban, Jana is Indian, Torielle is African-American (and the brainy one of the group), and Katie is the token blonde. But if we want books that represent all of our students, we still need some books about middle class children, right? The biggest complaint my students have is that they want books about African American characters who don't live in the inner city. What I really think: Since Follett only has them in paperback or Follett Bound, I'm using an Amazon gift card a grandparent donated and ordering these in hard back. They will see a TON of wear!

  • Deniece
    2019-05-19 22:10

    I'll admit I requested this for the soul purpose of the title. I say "Pumpkin Spice" in the title and was like SIGN ME UP. I didn't even pay attention to the genre and I glossed over the synopsis. If I would've paid closer attention I would've thought twice about requesting it since I don't read any middle grade, contemporary fiction, EVER. So the book follows Maddie a 12 year old who is getting ready to start 7th grade. She and her sister Elvie start off at the book at the local coffee shop where her sister who is merely 16 years old is getting ready to give her the grownup "7th grade is crucial" talk. Maddie gets a pumpkin spice frappe (this is where the title comes in) and clumsily spills her tasty drink on a new but very cute stranger aa well as all over the floor. In the midst of waiting for the coffee shop staff to clean up the mess she and the stranger spark a conversation and she finds out he attends her junior high school and that she suddenly has this massive crush on him. She's extremely excited to get home and tell someone about her first crush mainly, her best friend(s) before the new school year begins. That however doesn't happen and so from there the story actually begins.I'm not necessarily fond of reading about overachieving protagonist it makes for a very boring story. So I guess it's a good thing that Maddie's sister wasn't the protaganist in this novel or I'd have pulled my hair out. However I still wasn't fond of having to read about anything she said or did. Quite a bit of unnecessary dialogue and descriptions for a good 90% of the book and it made it a little boring. Then there was that other 10% where dialogue and scenes were glossed over mostly at the end and it felt rushed. (I'm just never happy lol) I did like the bit of Maddie's development and the lesson in the story. Maddie went from being shy and letting people talk over her to sticking up for herself. I can't relate to the characters that much. Granted I haven't been a 12 year old girl for quite some time. I had to remind myself that this book wasn't written with ME (or my age range) in mind. I can see some pre-teen reading this an really enjoying this book. Maybe 10-13 year old Deniece would have loved it, honestly. However it was just a decent read.

  • Camryn Fisher
    2019-05-24 17:14

    1) Summary:Maddie is your average 7th grade girl, she loves a sweet coffee drink, loves her best friend, and has a massive crush on the new boy at school, Jacob. One day, at the local coffee shop, Maddie spills her drink all over Jacob, who also becomes her new crush. Maddie can't wait to tell her best friend, Jana, all about the incident until Maddie hears Jana talk about her new crush, Jacob! Maddie decides to keep her crush a secret since Jana will just move on and find a new crush, right? Maybe not. How will Maddie solve her not so sweet situation? 2) 5 Higher Level Questions:1. Remembering: What was the drink that Maddie spilled on Jacob?While the title may give this answer a little bit away, it allows the reader to focus on remembering key points and details. It also teaches the reader that book titles have meanings.2. Applying: What do you think would happen if Maddie told Jana her "pumpkin spice secret"?This allows the reader to think more into the situation and understand the predicament the characters are in.3. Evaluating: What choice would you have made if you were in Maddie's situation?This allows the reader to put themselves in the main characters shoes and perhaps better understand the story or think harder about why what happens happens.4. Understanding: How would you characterize Jacob?This question has the reader look deeper into the main character's crush and think more about his character.5. Creating: Draw or act out your favorite scene in the story.This question allows the student to get creative with their own personal favorite part of the book. This book was fun and full of different scenes that would be funny and interesting to recreate.3) Citation:Homzie, H. (2017). Pumpkin Spice Secrets. New York: Sky Pony Press.

  • ☘Tara Sheehan☘
    2019-05-19 22:54

    What book could be more perfect for you Tween to read in the Fall than one titled with the drink mascot of the season?Girl likes guy, girl’s best friend likes the same guy, what’s a girl to do? I’m pretty sure that’s just another Tuesday for tweens and teens trying to survive those oh so fun hormonal years but Homzie at least makes an entertaining story out of it.You know those ‘girly’ light romance books adult women like to read because they’re easy paced, light hearted, require more emotion than logic to enjoy? This is the middle school version of that. Consider it the gateway drug for that genre lol. You get something sweet and innocent to read that you don’t have to worry will corrupt your kid unless you’re anti-romance.What’s better than first crushes and friendship while trying to navigate school amidst all this other that feels so much more important? As a mom of a daughter I had no problem with her picking this up and was glad to find out it’s part of a series so I’m guaranteed more for her to read.

  • Laney Nielson
    2019-05-08 17:16

    Tween readers will definitely connect with Maddie, a likable seventh grader who is trying to figure out how to be loyal to her best friend while being true to herself. (They both like the same boy.) Adding to her challenges is a school project that requires Maddie to do the very thing she fears---public speaking. Highly relatable, fast paced and fun, PUMPKIN SPICE SECRETS offers tween readers the perfect amount of sugar and spice.

  • Eve
    2019-04-25 22:07

    Maddie along with Elvie her sister, go to buy drinks out and discuss her beginning seventh grade, only after she spills her drink all down a really cute guy's back, she finds herself gaining a crush on him, Jacob who later winds up in her new school class.Then when one of her best friends Jana announces she has a crush on Jacob, Maddie feels unsure of what to do about her feelings, after all there's girl code to think of!Yet, when Maddie ends up texting Jacob and arranging to meet up with him on his birthday behind Jana's back we can expect Jana to find out eventually somehow as they fight for their friendship over a guy the two are put to the test.Overall it's a great book for early teen readers to pick up with cute moments and first crushes as well as dealing with friendship and school troubles with grades it's a relatable read for us all!Many thanks to the publishers for allowing me to review this book for them!

  • Laura
    2019-05-21 22:02

    This is the equivalent of chick lit, but for the middle-school readers, or how I imagine chick-lit would be, since I try not to read it.The eternal triangle, except that Maudie is trying to not be part of it. It is actually an interesting study in how not to betray your best friend, when she has a crush on the same boy that you have one on.Cute, well written, but that's the whole story. And of course, the boy is perfect boy(tm), as they all seem to be, that is when they are not bad boy(tm).So, light reading. Usual friendship dynamics. Nothing worth quoting. Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.

  • KarenJo Custodio
    2019-05-16 00:22

    3.75 but rounded to 4 Stars!Pumpkin Spice Secrets by Hillary Homzie is a deliciously fun middle grade story about first crushes, friendship and self-discovery. At first, I had a difficult time getting into this book. I would read a few chapters and take days/weeks of break before I pick it up again. (I started reading October of last year and finished Jan 9) It wasn’t terrible or anything. Actually, the story was paced well, easy to read and charming in its own way. Maybe I just wasn’t in the mood for a middle grade book or something. But when I finished this a few days ago… I surprisingly had a change of heart and ended up really liking it. It’s light, fun, and incredibly cute. If I had been a tween reading this book, there’s no doubt in my mind that I would fall head over heels in love. The characters were great and delightful. I really liked Maddie and thought she was just the kindest and sweetest girl. Tween me definitely could relate to her public speaking anxiety and boy dilemma. The friendships between the girls and the boys too were absolutely heartwarming. Maddie and Jana’s bond was amazing and that scene between them in the end just made my heart melt. The characters were just all so adorable and fun. And Maddie and Jacob – definitely shippable! I can just picture them together in their late teens being all lovey dovey and that would certainly make me swoon! While I initially had a difficult time getting into this book, I definitely think it’s an amazing and cheerful read with many sweet moments that will make you smile and your heart happy. Pumpkin Spice Secrets is a fun, lighthearted, and lovely story with a sprinkle of tween drama – a sure hit for middle grade readers (and even adults) looking for something adorable and entertaining. I received an advanced reader copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.To read more of my reviews visit Sincerely Karen Jo

  • Stacie Boren
    2019-05-16 00:07

    ☕ @kidlitexhange #partner☕Thanks to #kidlitexchange network for sharing the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Pumpkin Spice Secrets A swirl novel by Hillary Homzie. This middle grade read is awesome for chatty 12 year old girls. It is everything middle schoolers worry about: boys, friendships, almost failing, pop quizzes, big sisters, and crushes. Maddie goes to the coffee shop with her older sister for a "sister talk" and in the middle of the chaos Maddie spills her very first latte all over Jacob. An immediate middle school girl crush begins. As soon as school starts Maddie realizes her best friend has a crush on the same boy. Add in stress over grades and parents and a big sister and it's like a spilled latte all over again. But true to the others, this swirl novel does not fail in delivering a way to solve the problems of middle school. ☕☕☕☕☕ Review also posted on Instagram @jasonnstacie, Library Thing, Go Read, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie, and my blog at

  • Brittany Munson
    2019-04-26 15:57

    Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for a review copy of this book - all opinions are my own.I would this book 4 stars. It was a really cute book. The story was pretty predictable but that didn't stop me from enjoying it. I felt like a middle-schooler would very easily be able to relate to the characters. I did have one issue with the book. I felt like Jana (Maddie's best friend) was a bit manipulative. At one point, she starts chatting up with her ex-best friend in attempts to get closer to her crush. There were multiple times throughout the book that Jana was a crappy best friend. It was acknowledged at the end of the book in one sentence but I felt like there could have been more character development with Jana. Overall, I think middle-schoolers would really enjoy this book

  • Stephanie Faris
    2019-05-01 19:03

    I had so much fun reading Pumpkin Spice Secrets. Hillary perfectly captures the feeling of being twelve years old and having your first crush. But Maddie has a dilemma: her BFF has a crush on the same guy. The author set up perfectly the obstacle, showing how important "belonging" in her clique of friends is to her. This is a light, fun read that will make you realize why you love reading middle grade fiction!

  • Audrey U'Ren
    2019-04-28 16:59

    I really liked this book. I especially like the things with Jacob and Maddie. I have read all of Hillary's books for teens (multiple times) and i really like them. The book officially comes out in September, so I recommend it when it does.

  • Libby
    2019-04-28 17:15

    Seventh grade romance. Maddie ends up with a crush on the same boy as her best friend. Middle school drama rings true, and readers will be satisfied with a "happily ever after" ending.

  • Jenny Pessereau
    2019-04-27 22:23

    Just finished Pumpkin Spice Secrets and wanted to gush about it. I loved the fresh, tween conversations and warm relationships that, when tweaked, resolve setbacks with honesty. Main character Maddie's self-awareness and deep sense of loyalty plays tug-of-war with her crush on cute Jacob. I appreciated the age-appropriate portrayal of what it feels like to swoon when her crush texts her, but still be at an age where she gets in trouble for texting too late at night. It felt like a realistic picture of 7th grade love today. All in all, Pumpkin Spice Secrets provides dollops of tension and realism in warmhearted story that will leave a reader smiling.