Donut Days

Donut Days Emma has a lot going on Her best friend s not speaking to her a boy she s known all her life is suddenly smokin hot and in love with her and oh yes her evangelical minister parents may lose their c

  • Title: Donut Days
  • Author: Lara Zielin
  • ISBN: 9780399250668
  • Page: 165
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Donut Days

    Emma has a lot going on Her best friend s not speaking to her, a boy she s known all her life is suddenly smokin hot and in love with her, and oh yes, her evangelical minister parents may lose their church, especially if her mother keeps giving sermons saying Adam was a hermaphrodite But this weekend Emma s only focused on Crispy Dream, a hot new donut franchise openingEmma has a lot going on Her best friend s not speaking to her, a boy she s known all her life is suddenly smokin hot and in love with her, and oh yes, her evangelical minister parents may lose their church, especially if her mother keeps giving sermons saying Adam was a hermaphrodite But this weekend Emma s only focused on Crispy Dream, a hot new donut franchise opening in town, where Harley bikers and Frodo wannabes camp out waiting to be the first ones served Writing the best feature story on the camp for the local paper might just win Emma a scholarship to attend a non Christian college But soon enough Emma finds the donut camp isn t quite the perfect escape from all her troubles at Living Word Redeemer.In a fresh, funny voice, newcomer Lara Zielin offers up a mesmerizing, fast paced narrative full of wit and insight.

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    1. Alea

      Donut Days had a lot going for it. Emma is your everyday girl with her own set of problems but has a great sense of humor to get her through them. I really appreciated Emma's struggle over her religion, I feel like I don't see that side of religion enough. Like Emma talks about in the book sometimes things are glossed right over and not really talked about in the church. And I really liked seeing her question her relationship with God. And the book is written in such a way that you don't need to [...]

    2. Kristi

      Donut Days is a spirited, yes pun intended, and humorous adventure of faith, family and friendship. I totally related to Emma's frustrations toward her overall understanding and connection of God and religion. I was initially worried that this novel might be a too "preachy" for me, but it wasn't at all. It did take me a little while to get into the story, it finally got interesting when Emma got to the Donut Camp. A Donut Camp, which seems like the most ridiculous thing ever, I mean seriously do [...]

    3. Karen

      I enjoyed Lara Zielin's debut novel, Donut Days, from start to finish. I immediately liked the novel's protagonist, Emma, and admired her strength. Emma is faced with some major drama (a huge fight with her best friend, a scandal at her parents' church that threatens their future, pressure to attend a college that isn't right for her), but she's determined to learn the truth, make things right, and follow her own path to happiness. I enjoyed seeing Emma grow to value herself and her choices. Zie [...]

    4. Audrey

      Ok, I'm going to take pity on this author because it's her first book but this was not good. It moved WAY too fast, the writing was flat, and it was just rushed and hard to absorb. And seriously, Jake? He says he loves her, she doesn't say anything and then when she sees him again, he turned "hot" and all the sudden she's like, " I love you Jakie!" Really? Just not an impressive book. 2 stars at best.

    5. Eve

      Emma's parents are both pastors who have raised her and her seven year old little sister Lizzie as devout Christians her ex best friend Nat was supposed to go off to Crispy Dream Donut camp with her not become best mates with Molly whose dad causes trouble for her parents church as he believes men rule and have more power over women.She broke Jakes heart but asks him to meet up with her after she finds out her parents will hold back her college fund unless she goes to a Christian college else sh [...]

    6. Bookworm1858

      Summary: Emma is the daughter of evangelical minister parents who is having quite the difficult time. Her mom may lose her position as co-preacher at their church, one of her friends is newly hot and in love with her, her best friend isn't speaking to her, and her parents have announced their financial support only if she attends a Christian college. This takes place over a three day period as people camp out to see the opening of a new donut store.I really liked Emma-she was very likable and I [...]

    7. Yan

      : While I’m not a super religious person Donut Days managed to stay within my comfort zone. That is to say, despite the numerous sermons, and talks of God, I got the impression that there was something more. Something beyond. This, to me, was a coming of age story with a sweet twist.I found it delectable that Lara Zielin managed to bring that whole church and God issue to a rather calmer and simpler environment—the opening of a donut shop.Through the various takes of how people found God—a [...]

    8. Kristen

      I really ate this book up. The writing was great, the plot was both interesting AND funny and c'mon look at those yummy donuts. This is one of those feel-good types of books, that has enough drama to keep you wanting more, but really just makes you go "wow, that was good". It's hard for me to write this review, because I really just liked it. Might've been my mood for it or the great writing but definitely a worthwhile read.

    9. Sydney

      Really great story about being true to yourself, questioning your beliefs, and finding your own identity within your family. Quirky characters & so many nice moments. Would make a great book club selection.

    10. Brittany

      A+ to the author for her beautiful characters and accurate portrayal of adolescence. Also well worth the read for it's true and honest depiction of Christians (the main character and her parents are Evangelical). Dropped a star because of the lack-luster cover, and the disappointing antagonists. Their motives felt forced; they were a cliched portion of an otherwise honest and relatable book.

    11. Lauren

      Donut Days is just like a donut, because it's filled with the good stuff and it's easy to eat (or read in this case) it right up. Though, the good part of this one is that's it not filled with bunches of calories. ;)Donut Days tells the story of the compacted life of Emma. Not only has her preacher mother just announced to everyone in their congregation that Adam was a hermaphrodite and is facing the consequences from that, but her best friend isn't talking to her and she's still dealing with th [...]

    12. Sharon

      A book about donuts has to be fabulous or at the very least entertaining. Donut Days was both fabulous, entertaining, and hunger-inducing. Before I start my review, I would like to warn those of you who are on diets: Donut Days will be a very difficult book for you to read! You should just give up counting calories for a day and indulged in some mouth watering donuts. You better believe, that is exactly what I did!Donuts aside, Donut Days is a very compelling and thought provoking book. With int [...]

    13. Jennifer Wardrip

      Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadTooEmma Goiner's father informs her one night that the only universities her college fund will help support are those that her parents approve of. In other words, any secular school is OUT.Both of Emma's parents are pastors at Living Word Redeemer, so they expect Emma to be guided by their choices. But Emma knows they are disappointed in her. Since her baptism not so long ago, she's yet to speak in tongues. And she's inflamed that the church can be influenced by t [...]

    14. Sally Kruger

      What do you get when you combine Crispy Dream donuts, the Living Word Redeemer church, and a Harley motorcycle gang? You get a fast-paced story about a cheeky teen named Emma who is on a soul-searching mission to find where she fits in her family, her church, and her community.Both of Emma's parents are pastors at the Living Word Redeemer church, and for as long as she can remember, she just hasn't fit in. When everyone else is having visions and speaking in tongues, she is sitting on the sideli [...]

    15. Kay Mcgriff

      Lara Zielin strikes just the right balance between faith and skepticism and between humor and thoughtfulness in her debut novel, Donut Days. I was a little nervous before reading it. Some books that deal with Christian characters and themes come across as too preachy. Others play into the best and worst stereotypes. Donut Days does neither. It presents people of faith with all their complexity and disagreements and humanity. Emma's world is falling apart, and she doesn't know where she fits in a [...]

    16. BriAhearn

      Emma Goiner's pastor mother has just told the entire congregation of their church, Living Word Redeemer, that Adam was a hermaphrodite, and now her position is in jeopardy. If this wasn't enough, Emma's got her best friend not talking to her, a boy she's known since childhood in love with her (and he just so happens to be the member of a family trying to oust her parents from the church board). Right now though, she's going to head to the Crispy Dream camp, where fans are lined up to be the firs [...]

    17. Michelle (FabBookReviews)

      This was another good and surprising read for me! I really enjoyed Zielin's second novel, The Implosion of Aggie Winchester, and I noted in that review that I thought the author was a contemporary writer to watch. So I was very curious/interested in reading her debut novel. And it did not disappoint.The protagonist of the novel, Emma, has been brought up in an evangelical community where her parents are pastors. But one day in church, Emma's mom brings up the possibility that Adam (of Adam and E [...]

    18. Robbie

      I picked this book up because of Lara Zielin's brilliant "Editing Letter" video. I found the novel to be slightly less brilliant, but not bad. Emma lives in a Minnesota town where her parents are the preachers at an Evangelical Church where it is perfectly normal for people to go into convulsive Visions of God or to shout out "Hallelujah!" Emma isn't so drawn into it, and wants to go to a non-Christian college, so her hopes are riding on a scholarship. If she can write the best article about the [...]

    19. Lisa Nocita

      Emma is the daughter of evangelical ministers who isn't sure her beliefs align with those of her parents or her church. She feels like a square peg. She's seventeen and about to begin her senior year of high school. But she's in a huge fight with her best friend, fighting with her parents, and has alienated the boy who loves her. She feels very much alone in her struggles. With trouble brewing at church, her parents keep the matter very private, shutting Emma out, leaving her angry and resentful [...]

    20. Kat Hagedorn

      tinyurl/of3nngReviewing a friend's book is triply difficult: you don't want to offend, you want to get the word out, and you are nervous about your review being written adequately. That being said, I'm going to go for it.Because in this case, it's really easy. I loved this YA novel, hands-down. It comes out on August 9, and I urge each and every one of you to buy it. Why, you say? First, a bit about present-day YA as I see itI'll admit to having read only a handful of current YA, all of them cho [...]

    21. ALEXA

      Reviewed on Alexa Loves BooksThe book focuses on Emma's attempts to try to understand the concepts of God and religion. I could definitely relate to Emma as she struggled to try to figure out her own particular stance when it came to what she believed. Zielin does a great job of highlighting different factors that made Emma's struggle so difficult: her parents' rules, her own aspirations and beliefs, what was happening to her friends, what was happening in church and what was not happening to he [...]

    22. Erin Forson

      Donut Days by Lara ZielinWhen I was growing up my family went to an evangelical church a minimum of three times a week. I think that is why I could relate to this book. Emma's parents are ministers at the Living Word Redeemer church, and when Emma's mom announces to the entire church that women and men are equal, many in the church greet the announcement with shock. Suddenly Emma's parents' jobs are on the line. Will Emma's friendships fall apart as the church splits up and takes sides, some for [...]

    23. Marley Attaway

      Book Report By:Marley Attawny /MustardI thought this book was really good. It was about a girl who's parents own a church and her parents are having trouble with the church because some people think that her mom should not preach (the bible says women are not aloud to preach). She also is totally in love with her old boyfriend. Plus her 2 best friends are mad at her. So she goes and camps out in front of a soon to open donut shop meets some friends and some enemies including her 2 best friends. [...]

    24. Ellz Readz

      My thoughtsHmmm, let me start by saying I liked this book. That being said there are a few things that I don't usually discuss with people, those are religion and politics. You have your beliefs, I have mine. Donut Days takes place in a VERY religious community. There is quite a bit of preaching to the main character Emma about her actions in relation to the Bible. She seems to be constantly disappointing practically everyone because she doesn't walk the straight path everyone expects her to. Th [...]

    25. Andrea

      Emma is the daughter of two evangelical ministers, but there is trouble at their church. It seems that some of the parishioners don't want Emma's mom is preach anymore. Now Emma is fighting with her best friend and fighting her true feelings for her best guy friend all while trying to win a scholarship.I understood her fight to get to choose her own way, a way that might not agree with her family's expectations. I felt sorry for Emma because she genuinely wants to help her family in their diffic [...]

    26. EmmaBlue

      Writing: Zielin's writing was absolutely hilarious! Her writing style was direct and it rang true to the protagonist without making Emma sound naive, although there was some unrealistic dialogue. 4 and a half flowers.Plot: Emma's trying to get that scholarship and her parents could lose the church! Pretty straight forward, and consistently mentioned through out the book. There were also some great twists and subplots. 5 flowers.Originality: I love the premise of this! I think it's realistic that [...]

    27. Beth Fred

      Donut Days is Lara Zielin's debut novel. It's about a teen-age girl whose parents are preachers at an evangelical church in a small and very religious community. Emma, the main character, struggles to determine what exactly her beliefs are as she does not speak in tongues or have prophecies like the members of her parents' church do. Her situation is compounded by several factors. The church's wealthiest member/benefactor claims to have had a prophecy in which God told him women shouldn't preach [...]

    28. Leslie (That Chick That Reads)

      I did have to say I enjoyed this book quite a bit. It had some things that are normally not discussed in any YA settings and I have to give it to Zielin for doing a great job with it! We see conflict with religion and what it means to go out and break out of your shell. Her parents are both extremely religious, so religious in fact that the money they’ve been saving up for college has to go toward a religious school. She then decided to try and write a story and win the grand prize of a schola [...]

    29. Leslie (That Chick That Reads)

      I did have to say I enjoyed this book quite a bit. It had some things that are normally not discussed in any YA settings and I have to give it to Zielin for doing a great job with it! We see conflict with religion and what it means to go out and break out of your shell. Her parents are both extremely religious, so religious in fact that the money they’ve been saving up for college has to go toward a religious school. She then decided to try and write a story and win the grand prize of a schola [...]

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