The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen

NewImage The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen was the July Kitchen Reader selection, chosen by Karen of Shortbread.


I’ve come across this book on many of my library adventures.  I wasn’t sure why I was so resistant to reading it, but I must have sensed something: I’m giving this book only 2 out of 5 stars.

And you know what? I’m still trying to pinpoint what I didn’t like about it.  Perhaps it is partially because I can’t decide what genre it falls into?  Or maybe it is the fact that everything happened too fast towards the end.  Suddenly, everything fell into place, and not like they would in a well-crafted story.  More like when a toddler tries to cram puzzle pieces in where they don’t fit.  So much about the plot just felt too convenient and at time, unrealistic.

Don’t get my wrong.  The book still had its endearing moments, like the descriptions of Chloe’s sandwiches and the nicknames “Oldsey” and “Oldgret.”  But would I recommend it to a friend?  Probably not, which gives it a 2 star rating on my scale.


  1. says

    I read this book a few months ago. While it was an easy read and somewhat enjoyable, I agree that things just randomly fell into place at the end. I wish the author would have developed the characters more than she did…they were just kind of “there” with no true personality.

    • Julie @savvyeats says

      Yes! You could tell they all had back stories and that those could be interesting, but… just sort of skimmed over it all!

  2. says

    I love that you took time to review a book that you didn’t like. So often people review books they find amazing or “life changing” and not the ones that are really just so-so. I will avoid this book 🙂

    • Julie @savvyeats says

      Thank you. This was a lot harder to write than my 4 or 5 star book reviews, for sure!

  3. says

    Thanks for sharing your review with us. I read it and loved it…and recommended it to many of my friends who felt the same way you did. I thought it was an easy read, and it came to me during a time in my life that I needed that…something easy that everything just fell into place. The genre I *think* is called magical realism. I’ve read the other ones she’s written and I enjoyed them all. Glad we can share differing opinions and still be cool….Take care!

    • Julie @savvyeats says

      Thank you, Brooke! How would you say The Sugar Queen compares to her other books?

  4. says

    It took me two days to read this book, and while I enjoyed it, I would agree that the characters were quite flat, not realistic. Also, I find happy endings less satisfying when they are too easy. But it was definitely an easy and enjoyable read for when you are too tired to think.

    • Julie @savvyeats says

      Yes, it was a good quick read, the kind I would enjoy at the beach or at an airport. Just not my favorite!

  5. says

    Definitely a beach read. It bothered me for the same reasons you gave, but I liked having some fluff to read at the same time since I’ve been reading a lot more dense material lately. I read some of the Amazon reviews and it sounds like her fans don’t think it’s her best work — I would be interested in trying a different book of hers.

  6. says

    Chloe was the only character that I really like. But by the time she and her mysterious books were introduced I just couldn’t sludge through the book anymore.