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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends; 1 edition (May 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312607490
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312607494
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,050,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr 8 Up-Nerdy best friends Chantal and Jillian made a pact in ninth grade that they would focus on grades instead of boys. Now, the summer before their senior year, Jillian wants to start dating Parker, a good-looking study-group friend. But unknown to the girls, he and his friend Will have devised a contest and whoever kisses the girl he's paired with first wins. When Chantal finds out that she's been played by a boy who has bullied her throughout school, she devises a plan to humiliate him by sending him desserts from a secret admirer. Meanwhile, a real romance develops between Jillian and Parker that threatens the girls' friendship. The story is told from the points of view of these four characters, and Jillian's insightful narration stands out as the most compelling and developed; her mother is emotionally absent, which leaves the teen to raise her six siblings. The revenge plot allows for a lot of revelry over baking as Chantal channels a British celebrity chef, but it's hard to imagine that her plan could actually humiliate Will. The boys never have to answer for what they did to the girls, and a romance for Chantal seems pasted into the story. Despite these small annoyances, this is still a sweet, light read.-Shawna Sherman Hayward Public Library, CAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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"At once funny and poignant, this will appeal to readers with a taste for cake and romance, but be aware that you may be moved to bake something decadent.--BCCB
 
"...a sweet, light read.”--School Library Journal
 
"A lot of wheels are turning at once in Merrell’s aptly titled debut, a story of summer romance, betrayals, and revenge that’s best served sweet…”--Publishers Weekly
 
"Merrell's debut will hit the spot..." —Booklist

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Katie Tuccelli on July 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
"Two good girls, two deceitful guys, and one wicked sweet plan for revenge."

A revenge story involving cake and other scrumptious delights? What could make for a better light-hearted summer read?

Wicked Sweet is narrated by four different people: Chantal, Jillian, Parker, and Will. Sometimes a chapter and switch in narration consists of a few pages; other times, it's only one page. This made for a few jarring scene changes, but nothing too distracting from the story. Each character certainly had their own "voice" and it was easy to tell who was narrating, even without their name at the top of the chapter. Chantal and Jillian are said to have a close relationship, but it's an odd one, too. Though they've known each other since third grade, they are still not entirely honest with each other, and apparently, not very observant of the issues each of them is facing at home.

Chantal suffers from serious OCD, which only seems to get worse as the story goes on. She even starts hearing voices when she channels Nigella Lawson, famed food writer/broadcaster. Her plan for revenge against the boys was, honestly, rather silly. I think a real teenage girl could have come up with something much more vengeful, but I also understand that it likely wasn't in Chantal's personality to be overly catty. Her home life is rather dreary, with a health-conscious, perfectionist mother, and a father who, while supportive, just goes along for the ride. I initially enjoyed witnessing Chantal blossoming into a successful baker and discovering a new passion, but her passion quickly becomes obsession, which seems to be a theme in her life.

Jillian, on the other hand, is a girl who had to grow up before her time.
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By Flurry12 on August 18, 2013
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I could not stop reading this book! It was brilliant and kept me entertained! I would recommend this book to anyone!
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By marea on August 16, 2012
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i loved how the story was threw the eyes of four characters. as a highschool teacher i think every highschool student should read.
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Format: Hardcover
After the first couple sentences I was hooked and did not want to put the book down. It reminded me how good summers in highschool were. Growing up in a small town similar to Revelstoke made it easy to connect with the situations that occurred and I was able to relate to all of the characters.

Thanks for the great read Mar'ce!
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By Linwar on June 27, 2012
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A delicious read! I could not put the book down until Chantal's plotting became clear. Heartwarming, bittersweet and wicked! Can't wait for a sequel. What other scrumptious creations can be conjured? Definitely wanted to bake something when I was done with the book!
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