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The Sweetest Thing Hardcover – May 10, 2011
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I started reading The Sweetest Thing expecting a cute yet meaningful romance in the vein of Sarah Dessen. When I started reading, I was initially disappointed because I was not immediately sympathetic or empathetic towards protagonist Sheridan. I found it a little difficult to adjust to the realities of her life with a famous chef for a dad, an absentee mother, and a wacky but endearing grandmother; however, once I did, I quite enjoyed the story, in fact much more than I thought I would, based on my first impressions. Mandelski is able to convey such depth of emotion in Sheridan's character that the reader can truly feel as Sheridan does with each new difficulty she encounters. That as well as the inevitable romance is what ultimately won me over. There is just something so, well, sweet about this book that will make readers laugh, cry, and smile.Read more ›
I really liked Sheridan. I like how she had her dorky side, yet was condfidant in herself. I loved how she was so passionate about her talent. She seemed like such a sweet kid. I also liked the two guys. Of course I liked Jack, her best friend. Such a sweet guy that Sheridan had never really noticed that way before, but you could tell that he would do anything for her. And then Ethan--I can't really tell about him. Sure, there were times when I would think he was just using Sheridan as either his new toy or because he knew that her dad was about to be famous. But there were flashes there where I thought that maybe he really was genuine and that he really did like her because she was different from all of his other conquests. And I liked that he seemed to really want to be a chef and wasn't such an airhead jock.
And I really enjoyed all the little plots--the romance, the reality show, the searching for her mom. It was just a really refreshing read and a great debut book!
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.Read more ›
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One of the best young adult contemporary novels I've read in 2015 is "The Sweetest Thing" . It blends the pain of loss, romance and cake decorating into a story that`s... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Believer
One of my all time favorite books to read! Reading it makes me smile and giggle like I'm 12 again. The sense of humor is not far from my own and I'm obsessed with it. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Ashley
I am not a reader and never have been, but this book is SO GOOD. When I read it I did not put it down. The story line is so catching and it is my all time favorite book. Read morePublished 11 months ago by payge nail
This is a book definitely worth reading! It is filled with memories of what it's like to be a young woman, written with style and a great sense of humor!Published on September 21, 2012 by KLG
Just like its title, this book is one of the sweetest I've ever read. It bears great resemblance to a novel I've read before, Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler, but there are definitely... Read morePublished on July 2, 2012 by literallinda
For the most part, I was in a love-hate relationship with this book. I can understand Sheridan's feelings. Read morePublished on June 10, 2012 by Kris