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Review: The Sweetest Thing by Christina Mandelski

Monday, November 28, 2011
3 Stars; A Good Read
Hardback: 336 Pages
Publication: May 10, 2011 by Egmont USA

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.

For the most part, I was in a love-hate relationship with this book. I can understand Sheridan’s feelings. She doesn’t know why her mom hasn’t been in contact with her for the past couple years and has been looking for her. However, the people closest to her discourage her, telling her to give up on her mom, and her dad is especially adamant about this. I do wonder why Sheridan continues to believe in her mom's promise to come back and see her all this time. Now, her dad has a show, and it seems to be all that he’s thinking about, going so far as to make what seem to be outrageous demands for her to make the show a success.

What I don’t understand her obsession with Ethan. Sure, he’s hot, but she doesn’t know anything else about him other than he’s a player. Mandelski never delves much into Ethan other than his hotness and Sheridan's obsession with him, and it never seems to amount to much to me. What turned out to be real about him actually had me questioning it when it’s revealed. Then again, there is the fact that Sheridan is a hormonal teenager, and many teenagers do hook up because they mistake hormones for love. I’m just glad that Sheridan opens her eyes in the end.

I do like how cakes play a role in Sheridan’s life. Decorating cakes completes Sheridan and gives her peace, making her feel closer to her mom. The added touch is sweet and rounds out the story, and it made for an amazing opening to the book. However, that’s the most that stood out to me. Sheridan’s initial refusal to come to terms with reality frustrated me, and none of the characters really jumped out at me.

The Sweetest Thing is about coming to terms with reality and opening to change. Sheridan starts out as a girl attached to the past and determined to force her dreams to become reality. She ends as a young woman ready to brave the world and change her life. This book alternates between sweet and frustrating, complicated by teenage hormones. Overall, it is a fun read, but not something that would top my list of books to recommend.

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3 comments on "Review: The Sweetest Thing by Christina Mandelski"
  1. Great review. I had a love-hate thing going on too. I was annoyed with Sheridan, but liked quite a few things about the book otherwise.

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  2. Great review. I have his one on my kindle and can't wait to see if I feel the same. Thanks for being honest!

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  3. Oh no - another boy obsessed protag!! Haha. The cover is yummy though!!

    Giselle
    Xpresso Reads

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