BOOK REVIEW (ARC): The Heartbreak Bakery by A R Capetta

The Heartbreak Bakery by A R Capetta

Release Date: October 12, 2021

Page Count: 352 pages

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


Teenage baker Syd sends ripples of heartbreak through Austin’s queer community when a batch of post-being-dumped brownies turns out to be magical—and makes everyone who eats them break up.

“What’s done is done.”
Unless, of course, it was done by my brownies. Then it’s getting

Syd (no pronouns, please) has always dealt with big, hard-to-talk-about things by baking. Being dumped is no different, except now Syd is baking at the Proud Muffin, a queer bakery and community space in Austin. And everyone who eats Syd’s breakup brownies . . . breaks up. Even Vin and Alec, who own the Proud Muffin. And their breakup might take the bakery down with it. Being dumped is one thing; causing ripples of queer heartbreak through the community is another. But the cute bike delivery person, Harley (he or they, check the pronoun pin, it’s probably on the messenger bag), believes Syd about the magic baking. And Harley believes Syd’s magical baking can fix things, too—one recipe at a time.


Incredibly queer and has baking!!!! The Heartbreak Bakery is set in Proud Muffins, a bakery owned by queer people to celebrate the rainbow in all it’s glory. I loved it so much and the quirky recipes at the end of each chapter was the highlight of the book.

Syd, the teen agender baker and Harley, the cute biker, teams up to fix the mess caused by Syd’s break-up brownies and find love on their way. It’s romantic and heartwarming and I loved the bakery setting so much. It was so nice that Harley uses a  he or they pronoun pin. I’ve rarely come across it in books.

The side characters are all very well rounded and vibrant. The friendship and the feeling of belonging is apparent throughout the book and it made me so happy. There’s all kinds of queer side characters- gay, ace, aro, pan, bi, poly, genderfluid etc.

Highly recommended to everyone, especially if you love cakes and pies! Melted my heart!

*ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest and unbiased review

Preorder Links: Amazon USAmazon UK


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