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Sweet Treats & Secret Crushes Hardcover – November 1, 2010
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* If you are ok with putting stories about boys and crushes into your middle reader's hands, then this is a great one to start with. Note the girls in this story don't have much interaction with boys, they mostly just talk about them.
* While the title might seem otherwise, the main theme here is friendship and girlfriends, not boys.
* This is an entertaining story and perfectly timed for Valentine's Day.
The main characters in Sweet Treats & Secret Crushes are three seventh grade girls who have been best friends forever. Georgia is the quiet one, Kate is the loud, somewhat trouble-making one and Olivia is the bookish reporter type, always jotting down her observations in her notebooks. The story is set within the apartment building where the girls live in Brooklyn and it takes place all on one day - Valentine's Day. But this isn't your usual Valentine's Day, this is a snow day. Given that New York City schools almost never close, this is a special event. (Clearly this book was written before this crazy winter (2011) we are experiencing right now here in NY!) The girls are equally excited and disappointed. A snow day is great, but now they won't get an opportunity to see the boys they have crushes on at school. They will have to wait a whole year for another Valentine's opportunity to mingle with them on the most romantic (read: over-hyped) day of the year.
Georgia's parents own a restaurant called Chen's Kitchen and it is located on the first floor of the building.Read more ›
-It was cute, fun, and light-hearted.
-Since it was written from alternating perspectives I could really relate to all the girls.
-I found it very interesting the way each of the girls assumed things about what the others were thinking about her, and then in the next chapter (from the perspective of a different girl) you saw that that wasn't the case at all.
Things I disliked about this book:
-It got kind of boring after a while. This book was pretty predictable and I got bored with it halfway through.
-I think it was a bit young for me and I'm in 8th grade. I think it would be good for 7th graders though.
-I got frustrated with the characters. As I was reading, I kept getting frustrated with how little the girls knew about boys and how to talk to them. I mean, I'm sure I was the same way in 7th grade, but I just wished I could have been plopped into the story so I could have given them some major advice right then and there.
Overall, this was a good book and a cute story. It didn't have any major flaws and it had good themes about friendship too. But it's probably better for girls younger than me.
Though the characters are easily distinguished , the author fails to actually bring the characters alive for readers. The readers can easily connect to the characters as at one time ,the readers would also have gone through the same situation and changes that the main protagonists face. Though they are best friends they are completely different from each other. Kate is the self obsessed one and does not notice much except the latest gossip, Georgina is the shy and the introvert one who can't easily speak her mind and Olivia is the observer who just observes but never takes action even when it comes to talking to her crush of two years, PBJ. Out of these three I like Olivia the best who is also my favourite character of the book and the character I could connect most with. I also liked Mrs. Chen, Georgina's mom, as she is both understanding and practical, and also knows just what to do to get moods up when anyone is feeling down.
Though the book is sweet and enjoyable, it is very predictable from the beginning to the end. It is a book which can be read if you want something for light reading.Read more ›
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My daughter loved this book in Middle School and she's thrilled to own it now.Published 6 months ago by randall frost
I loved it and it's one of my favorite authors. Very impressed with the book. I love it so much
I thought that the book was sweet and nice. It gave insight to the three girls and how they thought about what was going on.Published on May 3, 2014 by DivaWoods
I loved this book it really had a good moral and was very interesting I would read more of this author's books after reading this onePublished on February 26, 2014 by Hailey Bryce
Ending was kind of lame & boring. Overall not a great book. I suggest mother daughter book club series, and Winnie diaries.Published on January 30, 2014 by Julia
I bought this for my granddaughter and she said she enjoyed the book. It's part of a series she is reading.Published on August 17, 2013 by H