Rebel with a Cupcake


By Anna Mainwaring
Published 02/04/2020 | ISBN 9781913102272

Jesobel Jones is bold and beautiful. The daughter of a hand model and a washed-up rock star, she sees no need to apologise for her rambling house, her imperfect family, her single status … or her weight. Jess makes her own cupcakes and she eats them, too. That is, until Own Clothes Day when a wardrobe malfunction leaves Jess exposed, and a mean girl calling her the one thing that’s never bothered her before: fat. Why not browse our full collection of young adult books.



Praise for the book

‘Very much enjoyed Anna Mainwaring’s Rebel With a Cupcake. A funny, wry, sensitive take on how we feel in our bodies as teens, how easily knocked off balance, how hard to find and preserve a sense of self. A warm tough heroine with a mordant sense of humour. A satisfying coming-of-age story.’ Imogen Russell Williams

‘A beautiful and funny tale of friendship, lust, hunger and satisfaction.’ Matt Killeen 

‘Anna Mainwaring writes with brilliant humour and has created, in my opinion, a younger Bridget Jones in Jess.’ Chelley Toy

‘…a wonderful tale of friendship, family and coming-of-age. Warm, well-written, funny; this is one that everyone will enjoy.’ Mary Esther Judy, Fallen Star Stories 



Longlisted for the Grampian Children’s Book Award 2020

‘Funny, gripping and with an inspirational feel-good feminist theme, this will have readers rooting for Tulip every step of the way.’ Lovereading4kids

‘Clever and contemporary situations; gripping, compelling story and a character you will be routing for every step of the way. Simply a great read.’ Fallen Star Stories

‘A fun YA contemporary with a serious message about discovering who you are and being true to yourself.’ The United Book Blog

‘This is a truly delightful story, with a heroine that really grows on you… Despite the very serious topics that are covered in this story it is still light and full of hope and a good deal of humour; I definitely think it is a brilliant summer read even for adults, as it gives a superb insight into the modern world of teens.’ Margaret Pemberton, Books for Keeps

‘The story contains an entertaining riff on ideas about social media, and a neat conceit of a parent more enthralled to screens than her children. It nicely subverts the ‘dumb blonde’ stereotype as Tulip wittily takes linguistic control of her world. Each chapter starts with a word she has chosen from the dictionary – such as, ‘Pusillanimous: adjective’ – and her delight in new words is something to relish. Great fun.’ Sophie Smiley, The School Librarian

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