As an up-and-coming star in the kitchen of the city’s best Italian restaurant, Angela’s future had seemed bright. But when a restaurant guest is inexplicably injured and she gets fired, it seems like her dreams are over. With nowhere else to go to do what she loves, Angela is forced to accept a job in a high school cafeteria working for the enormous and sweaty Hildegarde Knoblauch. Adding insult to injury, several items are found missing from the cafeteria pantry and Angela is blamed. Three students go to hilarious lengths to try to prove Angela’s innocence with comical results.
When the International Kitchen King Cooking Contest comes to town, Angela has hopes of regaining her status in the culinary community, but must overcome side-splitting obstacles and her own self-doubt to escape her embarrassing situation as Lunch Lady.
Lunch Lady was a definite surprise read, I began the book with preconceived ideas (based on the juvenile-type book cover… again, don’t judge a book by its cover).
I enjoyed the way the story unfolded, although the character dialog felt stiff and unnatural at times. The characters were interesting and engaging on the most part. The main characters finally blossom just as the story is wrapping up. There were several phrases and image descriptions repeated far too much and I found that annoying. About half-way into the novel, the pace begins to pick up and the story builds. Overlooking the minor flaws, Lunch Lady was an interesting light read.
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About the author
T Watkins is a writer of novels and screenplays, and is an award-winning director of films. He has held a wide variety of jobs over the years, including English teacher in Japan, military officer in Germany, industrial spy in the Alaskan fishing industry, and bank vice president. He lives in Seattle with his mini-UN of a family – every member is from a different country.
Print Length: 204 pages
Publication Date: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 7, 2012)
3 out of 5 stars