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Review: Midsummer’s Mayhem by Rajani LaRocca

Midsummer’s Mayhem is a tender, sweet middle grade. It’s full of baking, making mistakes, and our love for our family.


Eleven-year-old Mimi dreams of winning a baking competition judged by her celebrity chef idol. But she loses her best helper when her food writer father returns from a business trip mysteriously unable to distinguish between delicious and disgusting. Mimi follows strangely familiar music into the woods behind her house, meets a golden-eyed boy, and bakes with him using ingredients they’ve found in the forest. Then everyone around her suddenly starts acting loopy.


(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

Full of adorable illustrations, Midsummer’s Mayhem is a whimsical book about our love of flavor, our family, and our dreams. Mimi is a sweet girl who loves to bake. In her family, her voice can get drowned out, but there’s something special about each of her family members, so when her father starts acting strangely, and her siblings do too, Mimi knows that maybe baking has the cure she needs.

Midsummer’s Mayhem is full of tender and affectionate sibling interactions. It features friendship at its core, like a whimsical confection that hits the right spot. Her siblings are involved in their own lives and plots and this is where the fabulous Shakespeare re-imagining takes place. It is a unique look at romantic crushes, following our heart, and seeing people for who they are.

Midsummer’s Mayhem will not only make your mouth water for some truly unique delights, but it will make your heart swell. It’s about unexpected friends, correcting and admitting our mistakes, and how we need to let people into our heart even if we’ve been betrayed (and to forgive). At its heart is a story about a girl who loves baking, the family who support her, and chasing her dreams. 

Find Midsummer’s Mayhem on Goodreads, Amazon, Indiebound & The Book Depository.


What is your favorite Shakespeare retelling? Another favorite of mine is Speak Easy Speak Love.

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