FICTION

Cake Eater

­HarperTeen. Aug. 2022. 464p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780063096776.
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Gr 9 Up–Marie Antoinette’s tragic tale is catapulted into a tech-filled future—it’s set in 3070—in this retelling that’s full of apps, fashion trends, robots, and drama. Perfect for fans of the Sofia Coppola film, and the remixes and retellings on shelves now, this YA novel brings Marie Antoinette’s to life through the often vapid, often painfully timely world of social media influencing, which as a royal in a turbulent kingdom on the edge, is often the protagonist’s only chance to exert control. No history textbook is required to drop right into this colorful, fully realized world and fall for Marie and her love for her new husband, Louis, even as their relationship struggles with the foibles of young maybe-love. The world, while often hard to believe, is well-developed, and the witty banter jumps off the page and keeps readers engaged.
VERDICT Add this to your YA collection and encourage history buffs looking for new fiction to take a chance on it.

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