Review: The Sweetest Thing by Christina Mandelski

February 17, 2012 Review 3 ★★★

Review: The Sweetest Thing by Christina MandelskiRelease Date: May 10, 2011
Title: The Sweetest Thing
Author: Christina Mandelski
Pages: 330
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Source: NetGalley
From the Publisher: 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.
3 Stars

I was completely sucked into this one from the first page. I love to cook, and while I pretty much suck at baking I can truly appreciate the talent it takes to be a cake decorator. Reading about people who do the things I love to do is always a plus.

Unfortunately, things didn’t go quite as I’d hoped.

The story was great – heart-wrenching in all of the right places. The writing was flawless, from a technical standpoint. But Sheridan’s voice really bothered me. She really was the epitome of a selfish, spoiled child – and though she eventually grew out of it no one called her on it. She was fifteen, for crying out loud! She should never have been allowed to speak to/treat people the way she did without consequence. I get that she was hurting, but the way she acted wasn’t okay. And I was a little baffled about why she acted the way she did. The whole mother/daughter drama really left a bad taste in my mouth. I can’t imagine a daughter being that blind when a mother has abandoned her so completely. It just didn’t work for me.

And unfortunately, that piece of things has colored my opinion of the book. It was good. But it wasn’t great because the main character wasn’t very likable, the story lines were predictable, and the plot/character development ran a little thin.

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3 Responses to “Review: The Sweetest Thing by Christina Mandelski”

    • Mandi Kaye

      Do you ever get anxiety about not liking a book very much, but then feel relieved when you find out you’re not the only one?

      Yep, that’s me.

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