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Linda's new family is not very welcoming, and there is a huge amount of conflict over differences of lifestyle. Linda is a food snob and publicly makes fun of Pat's cooking, even though it is Pat's livelihood. Linda develops a romantic interest in a boy at her new school, but her same-age cousin likes him, too. All the ends are neatly, if unsatisfyingly, tied up by the end up the book.
The storyline is okay, and the use of blog entries almost as illustrations provides a welcome break periodically throughout the book. However, there were numerous things I didn't like. First of all, Linda's aunt has acted in the role of her mother for her entire life, yet she still somehow plays as just her aunt. She has a health problem, so she sends away her "daughter" to live with unknown shirttail relatives? Further, she seems unbothered that Linda is having trouble settling in with her new family and is profoundly unhappy. What "mother" would do that? It just doesn't really ring true.Read more ›
Perhaps my main problem with this book is that I found nearly all of the characters to be pretty unlikable. Linda is a young snob, full of herself and way too caught up in her own concerns to notice the world around her. While she learns a valuable lesson by the end, by the time we got there I was very tired of hearing from her! The adults in Linda's life weren't much better, providing guidance with a strange combination of love, avoidance, and threat.
There are enjoyable moments here, and I will admit that all the food talk was entertaining and squeaked this one up to a three star rating. The lessons about being grateful for what you have, being respectful of others opinions, and valuing family are all important. This is a short, quick read which will appeal to reluctant teen and tween readers. There is talk of crushes, hotness, and a bit of hand holding, but otherwise no content concerns for parents. This was not one of my favorites; however I can easily see how it will hold great appeal for young foodies.
I appreciate that Sizzle is a novel that presents some real problems in a way that is not too preachy. The novel has nothing inappropriate in it, either, so even though Linda is a teenager, younger readers could easily enjoy this book. The storyline is fairly predictable, which bothered me at times as an adult reader, but is something that tween readers will no doubt overlook. Overall, a very enjoyable read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this book bc I really like cooking and bc it shows that no matter what, there is always someone who appreciates and loves youPublished 14 months ago by Kindle Customer
Fourteen year old Linda Delgado has lived with her aunt Elba for as long as she can remember. Her father is a mystery, her mom deceased. Read morePublished 17 months ago by John Rogers ClarkIV
This book was so touching to me. It is a story of a girl who's life is turned upside down when her legal guardian has a mini stroke. She has to go live with her aunt in Pittsburg.Published 20 months ago by Jeff Brackman
One of the best young adult books I've read since Julianna Baggott's Pure.
Orphaned and raised by her wonderfully warm and generous aunt, Linda must leave her familiar home... Read more
I liked every thing about this book. It was awesome that Chloe was so nice to Linda to give her DinoPublished 23 months ago by mcculloch4
This book was so cute! I would recommend it to anyone- it was that good! It teaches you how to cook some Mexican foods!Published on July 13, 2014 by Kindle Customer
This is a nice book for the almost-teenage set. It follows the trials and tribulations of Linda Delgado, as she is forced to move across the country, deal with family issues, and... Read morePublished on January 16, 2014 by LH422
A story of an unordinary kid, with a gift, no ordinary gift, and how that gift fits into the world around her.Published on December 19, 2013 by L. Perry
In this book, Linda's food blogging is highlighted in little blurbs that are short and sweet. I want to applaud this book for being able to mix in Social Media without being... Read morePublished on December 19, 2013 by Ashley Mott