Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Review: "The Sweetest Thing" by Christina Mandelski

Received via: ARC - Netgalley
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Release Date: May 10th, 2011

The Scoop: (Goodreads)

In the world of Sheridan Wells, life is perfect when she's decorating a cake. Unfortunately everything else is a complete mess: her mom ran off years ago, her dad is more interested in his restaurant, and the idea of a boyfriend is laughable.

But Sheridan is convinced finding her mom will solve all her problems - only her dad's about to get a cooking show in New York, which means her dream of a perfect family will be dashed.

Using just the right amount of romance, family drama, and cute boys, The Sweetest Thing will entice fans with its perfect mixture of girl-friendly ingredients.

My Take:

The Sweetest Thing was a perfect palate cleanser for what has turned out to be a paranormal and "serious novel" reading month for me. The novel centers around a talented cake-decorating teen, Sheridan. I love baking, so I found the descriptions of her confections interesting.

Wow! Sheridan could knock this out in 10 minutes.
Sheridan handles her family and boy problems without the whiny-angst-filled tone that is, usually, so prevalent in YA novels. (She does have her indecisive and bratty moments, they came off naturally and didn't annoy me.) The one criticism I would have (and I feel that I am having it more and more these days, maybe it's not you, it's me...) is the love interests are kind of lame. I do like her BFF, Jack, who holds a torch for her that everyone can see but her, natch. However, her bad boy crush wasn't so bad and neither of them really made the sparks fly from the pages.

Now people, this is what you would call a "bad boy"...

The Sweetest Thing reminds me of old-school Judy Blume novels in all of the best ways (and is definitely written for the young teen demo.) The plot held my interest throughout and I was hoping for a happy ending for Sheridan even though the book was so realistic, in parts, that I wasn't sure it would come.

Final Take: Cotton Candy

Although The Sweetest Thing has its dark moments, it's really wrapped in pure, pink sugary fun.


  1. I'm glad to see you enjoyed this one. I have it in my tbr list. I love the cover!

  2. Nice review, new GR buddy! Can't wait to read it now! :D



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