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Friday, December 9, 2011

The Sweetest Thing by Christina Mandelski

I got to meet Christina at the Austin Teen Book Festival, she's so nice! Also, she gave me a cupcake sticker. Which I still have! Anyway, my reading list has been sorely lacking in contemporary fiction, so I was ready to read this one when it came up on my TBR list.
Here is the summary from Goodreads: In the world of Sheridan Wells, life is perfect when she’s decorating a cake. Unfortunately, everything else is a complete mess: her mom ran off years ago, her dad is more interested in his restaurant, and the idea of a boyfriend is laughable.
But Sheridan is convinced finding her mom will solve all her problems—only her dad’s about to get a cooking show in New York, which means her dream of a perfect family will be dashed.

The cover makes me want a donut. Seriously. *takes break from review writing to find donuts*

Okay. I'm back. Did y'all know that Krispy Kreme has snowman shaped donuts? I love Christmas time!!

What I Liked: 1) Sheridan. Sheridan was an interesting MC. She's a strong girl, but she has her weaknesses and isn't afraid of them. It's kind of funny, because I think some of my favorite YA MCs are the ones who remind me of real teenagers, and Sheridan definitely does that. She was also able to frustrate me, which while it may sound bad, isn't. I related to her enough so that I at one point was like, "come on, Sheridan!! Just listen to me." (I believe I can change books by talking out loud to them.) 2) The unique idea. A teenager who wants to spend her time decorating cakes! I loved that. It was also a nice place to lose yourself, this bakery that she works in. 3) One Shot. With so many series out there - not that I'm complaining about them - it's nice to finish a book and feel as if your questions were answered. The whole story was wrapped up very nicely, and I really appreciated that. For the record, I notice this more with contemporary fiction than with paranormal stories. 4) This was a light book. One you can sit down, read in a few hours, and feel good when you're done. There are so many books out there with big bad issues, and I read those too, but sometimes you just want to read something that doesn't make your brain or heart hurt too much. This one fits the bill as a "feel-good" read.

What I Didn't Like: 1) My chief complaint about The Sweetest Thing was the lack of depth to the relationships between the characters. There are a few characters that have strained relationships, particularly Sheridan and her father, but even the people she is close to, her best friends, and her Grandmother, those relationships were a little weak.

Overall thoughts: For Miz Mandelski's first YA novel, I definitely think this was a fun read. I've already suggested it to several people, and am now recommending it to all of you! If you're looking for a light, fun read with personable characters and a well-tuned plot, then pick up a copy of The Sweetest Thing. And make sure to have something sweet in your house while you read! This book will trigger your sweet tooth!

My rating: 4 shots


  1. I have seen this book everywhere but always reluctant to get it. Thanks for the review i think its going on my TBR list :)

  2. Ok, you've made me feel like a dough-nut now too! Great review, sounds like a good book.

    Megan @ Storybook Love Affair


  3. I've seen this book around a lot, but this is the first review I've read. It sounds like a book I'd enjoy!


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