First of all, Thank you to Waliyadi for sending me the book to read and to review (despite the fact I have told you, I will write my review honestly)
Without realizing his power, Yuda Hueber had turned his high school into a school full of forbidden passion and he had burned Bandung with passion and lust. He did it with his cookies and cakes.
When Yuda Hueber’s mom passed away, he inherited a Cake Shop in Bandung. The shop belonged to his late grandma whom he never met before. He went to SMA 3 Bandung (SMA = High School). He had new friends there and wanted to do some business by selling cakes and cookies. He started learning how to make cakes. Without proper training, he could make amazing cakes and cookies because he was born with that talent…that magic talent.
His cakes influenced everyone who had eaten them. When Yuda was happy, people who ate them also became happy, when he was sad it also made them sad.
…but then, he fell in love with someone and he also felt betrayed. These two events shaped him into both caring and scary person.
When I first read the first few pages of this book, I was instantly intrigued by it. Yuda Hueber was an interesting character. He was half German, but his family joined VOC and that’s why his family could be in Indonesia. His mother died inside their burning house and he never knew his grandma. He lived alone and tried to figure out everything by himself…no one guided him with his supernatural power.
I NEVER wrote a book review with spoiler before, however since this book is a self-published book and don’t know when it will be translated into English, so indulge myself with spoilers 😉
What I like the most about this book is the idea of making a cake that can change people’s feeling and Yuda himself (like I said before, he is an interesting character)…BUT I have hard time believing how it ends so stupidly.
As you all know (if you come to my blog so often), I am not a fans of romance and silly exaggerated love story…unfortunately this book offers silly exaggerated love story. It was fine to read about Yuda’s overwhelming feeling toward Cerry, his first love…but when Cerry broke up with him, he lingered in the pain so long. I can understand the feeling of hate toward her, what I don’t understand is why he suddenly refused to eat just because he wanted to see her again? And then there was Radine, the boy Cerry fell in over and cheated over Yuda, he died while searching for her…oh come on!!
Maybe I am a weird person, but cakes that can influence people is more believable for me than dying for love. Loosing spirit and the will to live on just because the one they loved left them is simply bullshit! When someone you loved no longer loves you…move on!! That has been my motto since birth, so the idea of living in hell because a lost love is just unthinkable for me. I know, this comment only applied to me, other might like it this kinda of love story.
Another thing that bugs me so much is how everyone here cared more about appearance, I meant Cherry was pretty and Huda was handsome and then when Cerry fell in love with Radine was also because Radine was gorgeous. And I still couldn’t figure out why she was so attached to Radine even though in the beginning she liked him because of the magic that hypnotized the most of the girls in Bandung.
Apart from that, the book (even with many typos and other mistakes – this is his first draft) is quite interesting. I also like the friendship in this book, totally represent Indonesian high school kids. I also like how Yuda got his power, it ran in the family. His grandma was a witch. Overall, I enjoyed the book and I honestly think that it’s a great book for a first book.
Good luck with your book Wali 🙂
Title: The Cookies of Life – The Last Hueber Schokolandenhersteller
Author: JT. waliyadi
Pages: 211 pages
Language: Indonesian Language
Review dalam bahasa Indonesia