Rebel with a Cupcake


By Anna Mainwaring | Publishing 2 April 2020

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

‘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.’ Chelly 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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