Codename Cupcake

Fiction - Humor/Comedy
276 Pages
Reviewed on 05/30/2016
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Author Biography

Jillian Green DiGiacomo grew up in a New Jersey suburb and currently lives in a New Jersey suburb (though not the same suburb). Once upon a time, she graduated with a degree in Asian studies from Vassar College and received a master's degree in teaching from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. Before having children, she spent most of her time either teaching English in Japan or teaching Japanese to high school students in New York. After having children, she completely forgot how to speak Japanese and has a hard time with English most days.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite

In Codename Cupcake by Jillian Green DiGiacomo, married mother of two, Molly Peterson, decides to give herself some cherished alone time after her youngest child, Olivia, finally starts school full time with her older brother, Michael. When every misadventure imaginable creeps into her mind, Molly cancels her alone time and starts heading home as fast as she can ... just in case the children need her. After ducking into Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum for a tour before mindlessly foiling a robbery outside, Molly collects her daughter from school. On learning that both of her children had a miserable first day at school, she makes jokes which result in both of her children smiling before they get home. Little does Molly realize that her confrontation with the gun-toting would-be robber that day had actually been caught on camera. The following morning, reporters are camped out on Molly’s front lawn, with the news headlines labelling her as a crazy Vigilante Mom. As a camera flashes a blue light in front of her, Molly suddenly feels strange and sleepy. On waking, she finds herself full of energy, transformed into a mother who loves to cook, clean, bake, organize and take charge. Enlisted by the SSO under the codename of Cupcake, Molly’s first assignment is to investigate a rather unusual occurrence of cold temperatures at her son’s school, requiring her to join the PTA and get involved with every aspect of school and faculty, with surprisingly shocking and hilarious results!

Oh, the hilarity! I woke my sleeping shift-worker husband a few times by laughing so raucously at regular intervals while reading Codename Cupcake. Jillian Green DiGiacomo’s visual wit when creating the verbal motherly advice of Molly Peterson is unbeatable! Before becoming a mother, Molly’s idea of not being impressed involved rolling her eyes and silently muttering things under her breath, but after bringing two children into the world, she can now go nose-to-nose with the best of them without cracking a sweat. Going from a food-stained, bed-haired mother who is full of excuses to a super tough and efficient mom who never runs out of energy takes a phenomenal piece of imagination, combining comic book heroes with Stepford wives and beyond. I thoroughly enjoyed Codename Cupcake and recommend this book to all readers who enjoy action, adventure, humor, mystery and fun bundled up with their outside-the-box superhero adventures.

Jillian Green DiGiacomo

Codename Cupcake has a happy, casually conversational style that keeps you reading and laughing along with Molly, who has an equally honest and winning way about her. That's a good thing because the plot requires a stupendous suspension of disbelief, a leap of fictional faith that spans the George Washington Bridge. Molly makes that leap fun to take. And the credit goes to DiGiacomo, who makes this light and airy romp through the mean streets of suburban New Jersey a minivan joy ride. - Laugh Riot Press

Jillian Green DiGiacomo

"...a deftly crafted and absolutely entertaining satire that reveals the author to be an extraordinarily gifted and original storyteller with an impressive gift for wit and humor. Very highly recommended and certain to be an enduringly popular addition to community library collections." - MidwestBook Review

Jillian Green DiGiacomo

"I'd say this book is worth checking out! No matter what you prefer reading, Codename Cupcake will entertain you and put a smile on your face!" - The Page Hungry Bookworm!Review-Codename-Cupcake-by-Jillian-Green-DiGiacomo/cu6k/5623f3c60cf2c6c6437b79af

Jillian Green DiGiacomo

"This is a fun, fast read filled with enough gadgets and wisecracks to satisfy fans of "Get Smart" type thriller-spoofs...a well-written and filled with plenty of humor, making it a good choice when looking for a lightweight diversion...this book is a great read. It can hold its own against any traditionally published novel in its genre."- Underground Book Reviews