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The Sweetest Thing Hardcover – May 10, 2011

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About the Author

Christina Mandelski was born a stone’s throw from the Atlantic Ocean, which explains her dream of spending every day on the beach with a laptop and a bottomless glass of cherry limeade. For now she gets by at a desk, giving life to the characters that knock around in her head and reminding herself that sand in a keyboard is no fun. When not writing, she’s sublimely happy hanging out with her husband and two young daughters in Houston, Texas. You can visit her online at www.christinamandelski.com.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: EgmontUSA (May 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606841297
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606841297
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.2 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,984,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Rachael Stein VINE VOICE on May 10, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Sheridan Wells' life revolves around cake. She loves decorating cakes. It's the one thing that she is truly passionate about and what calms her down in times of stress. But unfortunately, there are other things in life aside from cake, like the fact that her mother left years ago, her father's obsession with getting a cooking show, and her glaring lack of boyfriend. So Sheridan does what any girl would do in her situation--she comes up with a plan. Basically, she's going to find her mom, convince her to come back home, and prevent her dad from moving to New York for a cooking show, all to bring her family back together. But with a couple of boys and previously unknown family history in the mix, Sheridan's plans are going to go far from smoothly. Sheridan may be Cake Girl, the superhero of cake decorating, but can she save the mess that's been made of her life?

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.
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It's not often that I read a YA that is contemporary instead of paranormal so this was a nice change of pace. And I loved the whole cake decorating aspect of the story. Oh how I wish I had Sheridan's talent of making beautiful and yummy birthday cakes!

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!
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The cover makes me want a donut. Seriously. *takes break from review writing to find donuts*

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.
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Sheridan Wells has earned the nickname Cake Girl in her small hometown thanks to the fact that she is a cake decorating prodigy. She likes the sweet life she has made for herself, but that sweet life is threatened when her father announces they are moving to New York City so that he can star in his own cooking show and Sheridan falls for the cute boy in her class. Sheridan, however is a strong young woman that girls will easily identify with and root for. This contemporary YA fiction novel was a treat to read even if it did make me crave sweets!
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