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Sweetie [Kindle Edition]

Kathryn Magendie
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Friendship. Courage. Hope.For shy, stuttering Melissa, the wild mountain girl named Sweetie is a symbol of pride and strength. But to many in their Appalachian town Sweetie is an outcast, a sinister influence, or worse. This poignant and haunting story takes readers deep inside the bittersweet heart of childhood loyalties.


Product Details

  • File Size: 445 KB
  • Print Length: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (November 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004C44OUW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,254 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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76 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you loved To Kill a Mockingbird, you'll adore Sweetie! November 30, 2010
Format:Paperback
I've read Kathryn Magendie's first two books and was so glad I did, but I was truly surprised she could write a third with such power! Sweetie made me laugh, sigh, and yes, cry a few times.

Read this moving (not sappy) story of the true meaning of friendship and true family, then buy a copy for your best friend. You'll be glad you did. The characters are real, but unique. The dialogue/dialect is absorbing, but not corny. The plot is mystical, but not unbelieveable.

Sweetie is one of the best five books I've read (and I've read a lot!) in my 51 years.

Bravo to Ms. Magendie. Cannot wait for the next book!!!!
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64 of 68 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Bit of Magic November 16, 2010
Format:Paperback
My taste in literature is pretty unsophisticated. I prefer sappy romances to the classics; formula fiction to literary fiction. Still, when asked to review Sweetie something about the description intrigued me:

About the book: Friendship. Courage. Hope.For shy, stuttering Melissa, the wild mountain girl named Sweetie is a symbol of pride and strength. But to many in their Appalachian town Sweetie is an outcast, a sinister influence, or worse. This poignant and haunting story takes readers deep inside the bittersweet heart of childhood loyalties.

My Comments: Kathryn Magendie can write! I loved her use of language and would periodically stop to read aloud so I could hear myself saying those beautiful words. I don't really think anyone would talk like that, but I could see an old woman in a rocking chair telling this story (the book is written in the first person) to her grandchildren. I'll admit I found the character of Sweetie somewhat unrealistic, but then I'm pretty sure I was supposed to find her unrealistic. As I said earlier, I tend toward the simple in my literary tastes and there are a lot of ways to interpret things in this book. Sweetie is a child of the mountains, who is uncomfortable around people, except around a few who are outcasts for various reasons. Is she real, did the story happen? I'm not sure.

I found Sweetie to be an engaging read, though it didn't provoke any emotional reaction from me, unlike many books with death scenes that have tears rolling down my cheeks. I recommend it to those who like literary fiction or Southern fiction. I think it would make a good book club selection, even though it doesn't come with handy discussion questions at the back--but I think folks could find plenty to discuss without stilted questions that pretend a work is greater than what it really is. At 200 pages it is not work that will bog you down for days. Grade: A-
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Sweet, Captivating, Friendship Story December 16, 2010
Format:Paperback
Sigh. I'm such a sucker for a friendship story. Especially if it's a women friendship story. Why? Because so many books of what's called "women fiction" most often than not feature broken friendships or a friendship where one of the women is a harpy and the other one is sooo perfect. So I tend to yearn for a good women friendship story. Was Sweetie a good one? No. It was an abso-friggin-lutely fantastic one!

First off, the writing in Sweetie was so beautiful. Her use of language was just tremendous. Her words were filled with wonderful imagery, her sentences were pure lyricism. I'm not one of those people who can enjoy a book purely for wonderful writing. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy beautiful writing when it comes up, but I need to be interested in the plot first. Then, I notice the wonders that some authors can do with seemingly ordinary words.

The characters in Sweetie were so great. I loved Melissa and could completely relate to her (as a former shy girl or maybe not so former). I wanted nothing more than to see her break out of her shell and to tell all of her idiot classmates to stuff it. She literally broke my heart because all she wanted was to feel loved and appreciated. But Sweetie was the real hero of this story. She was just so captivating and so out there. I cheered for a true original. In fact, she sort of reminded me of the Potato Girl from Promise Not to Tell (another fantastic book about another true original). I just loved all the complexities each of the girl had and their dynamic with their own family. And their friendship was just so beautiful.

So, I highly recommend Sweetie. It was a sweet, enchanting, captivating novel. It did make me tear up a bit at how great Sweetie and Melissa's friendship was, so it is a bit of a tearjerker. However, it is a great coming of age story and an amazing friendship story. Definitely pick it up. (And yay! for one of my better Early Reviewer Reads)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Sweetie November 10, 2010
Format:Paperback
Five stars. FIVE STARS to this book. I'm out of breath from being totally blown away by this beautiful coming-of-age story. Parts of this book reminded me of an old favorite book, The Shepherd of the Hills by Harold Bell Wright. Kathryn Magendie has captured some magic in her descriptions of the Smoky Mountains and has created a character in Sweetie that will live on in my memory.

Sweetie is the story of two very different girls, friends thrown together through cruel acts at school - one strong and the other tender. They spend a school year together, growing up, changing and learning from one another. I felt Melissa's struggle and her pain while dealing with the bullies at school, her escape to food and her need to be loved by someone - and I felt captured by the entrance of "Sweetie" - her stories, her treatment of "Miss Lissa" and the adventures she drags Melissa on.

I had a sneaking suspicion after reading the first chapter that I would like this book, but I did not expect it to flat out floor me. The development of the story, the characters, the way Magendie manipulates her readers emotions threw me for a loop and had me laughing and crying .. sometimes loudly. This is the perfect book for you folks who love a good coming-of-age story with a touch of magic in it. I cannot wait to get my greedy hands on a physical copy as soon as I can (as I received this via Netgalley).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising gem!
Occasionally one can get a "recommended book" from a seller and it turns out to be a remarkable find. Sweetie is such a book. Read more
Published 20 hours ago by joyfully centered
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweetie
Title is perfect for the book. Just the simple word drew me. It is a little different from the average books that I read but got my attention from the first. Read more
Published 1 day ago by June Gibson
2.0 out of 5 stars Too fake to be fantasy
This book is a perfect parallel to Pippy Longstocking . I was unable to connect with any of the characters. Born and raised Appalachia, I found the writers style completely fake. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Nora
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Supper,dishes,laundry,sleep.these all were set aside until I could discover what happened! LET the fire burn.
Published 2 days ago by wanda
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweetie - an usual character
This book took me a while to 'get in to', but the more I read, the less I wanted to put the book down. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Kelly57
5.0 out of 5 stars Mountain Spirit
This my first time reading any of Ms. Magnetic books. I am now a big fan of hers. Her description of the spirit of the mountains is dead on. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Marilyn SEWELL
3.0 out of 5 stars Sweetie
It was a good story and entertaining but I felt like the characters were somewhat unrealistic. I don't know, just didn't hit my sweet spot.
Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
For me, the test of a good book is whether or not I think about it when I'm not reading it. Does it maintain a sense of urgency that makes me want to get back to my reading chair... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Cheryl Redman
5.0 out of 5 stars book review
I loved this book!!!! It is magical & heart warming. You go to a special place of childhood reading this book!!!
Published 4 days ago by jean jordet
3.0 out of 5 stars The tale of Sweetie
It was a pretty good read, however the lead girl in the book seemed to be a bit more critical of her parents than I felt she should have felt from the dialog in the book between... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Kathy Files
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More About the Author

Spellbinding stories of mystic love and soulful hope . . .

Amazon Best-selling author, former personal trainer, and Publishing Editor of the Rose & Thorn, Magendie's novels include The Graces Series/The Virginia Kate Sagas: TENDER GRACES, SECRET GRACES, FAMILY GRACES; SWEETIE; and the novella PETEY in the anthology THE FIREFLY DANCE.

Her newest novel, THE LIGHTNING CHARMER, was released November 2013: "The spell was cast when they were children. That bond cannot be broken. In the deep hollows and high ridges of the ancient Appalachian mountains, a legacy of stunning magic will change their lives forever."

Kathryn Magendie was born a West-by-god Virginia Hillbilly (and proud of it--and that word could be a "fighting word," so just say'n), moved here, there, and yonder, was stuck in the swamps of South Louisiana for many years, and one fine morning she left behind her moss-filled grandfather oak trees in South Louisiana and floated off to Home in a tucked-in cove in Maggie Valley, Western North Carolina, where she spins tales, drinks Deep Creek Blend coffee, an occasional vodka tonic with lime, and contemplates the glow of Old Moon.

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