- File Size: 610 KB
- Print Length: 218 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1935661914
- Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (November 15, 2010)
- Publication Date: November 15, 2010
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004C44OUW
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #534,546 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I'd hardly gotten through three paragraphs and I was hooked. I felt that Kathryn Magendie wasn't just talking about Sweetie or Melissa or any of the peripheral characters here..... No, she was talking about me, about every girl who'd ever felt she was the one outside that window and wanting to belong inside, to belong Somewhere and not be expected to fit into someone else's ideals or mold. To have a real friend, to know the power of that special kinship, to have that one person to whom you could express anything. And she was talking about the reverence of life, of the respect for Nature and of coming of age in the most basic and important sense of spirit at the most innate levels, places many of us fear to look for within ourselves for fear of finding them lacking.
Kathryn Magendie's writing strikes those chords in the heartstrings that catch the senses, over and over. As I read, I was so drawn in I could almost hear the sounds of the forest creatures, the wind in the leaves, the soft tread of a bare foot in the woods, and the laughter and the tears. And every nuance rang true.
For those reviewers who suggested the author "chopped things up" and threw an ending onto the story in a haphazard way, I respectfully disagree. The author was concise in letting us know that the reader's sense of the deteriorating relationships outside the friendship of Melissa and Sweetie was not imagined... and that, too, is something to be learned from.
I could not stop reading, even when I had to grab a tissue to wipe my teary eyes.... I did not want to miss a word. And you won't, either.
This wonderfully written true experience, had me mesmerized until the end.This is a fabulous love story about 2 young friends and the experiences they shared together. Happy,and the very sad. Truly a well written descriptive novel that this reader loved. I felt as if I was in the Mountains with them enjoying the trees, the dirt,the water rushing over my feet,the Mountain smells and the herbs and flowers.
Certainly made me think of my young life,and long lost friends."Sweetie" will remain in my heart and be revisited often.
Sweetie is a very poignant portrayal of that kind of friendship you only really experience as a young girl somewhere in the ballpark of 12-13. You know, back when your Best Friend Forever was the most important person in your life, the only person you didn't have to keep secrets from, and you loved her like a sister but better ...until one of you "matured" and the friendship got trampled under fantasies about kissing so-and-so.
I found myself alternately cheering for Melissa and wanting to smack her upside the head as she traversed a subtle smattering of side plots dealing with her coming of age, her struggles to fit in, and the brutal honesty with which she struggled to reach a suitable compromise between growing into herself as an individual and remaining a faithful friend to Sweetie, who had absolutely no desire to "become a woman." And you really can't blame her; who'd trade the kind of freedom she has for wearing uncomfortable clothes to be "pretty" for some guy and bleeding out of places you'd rather not mention? There was nothing contrived about this story; it was all raw and real. It can evoke a lot of fond memories, if you grew up in a place that had woods to run around in when you had nothing better to do.
The author has a remarkable way of communicating volumes with as few words as possible; you were able to tell how strained Melissa's parents' marriage was just from the way her aspiring-writer father talked about his plot bunnies.
Some reviewers commented that Sweetie's "magic" wasn't believable, but I didn't find that to be the case. Her "magic" wasn't magic at all--she made Cunning Woman type herbal drinks to heal ailments, and had that neurological disorder where your brain doesn't register physical pain. (look it up, it's a real thing). Furthermore, Sweetie's "magic" was not nearly as important to the plot as Melissa's romanticized "magical" ideal of Sweetie. Sweetie propelled herself into Melissa's life as the catalyst Melissa needed to become the confident, assertive young woman she spent most of her life wanting to be.
I loved this book. Highly recommend. Who knows, it might give you a new perspective on your own childhood friendships.