I finished reading The Sweetest Thing by Christina Mandelski late last night.
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.
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!
I gave this book a rating of 4/5.
The Sweetest Thing will be released tomorrow, May 10, 2011.
This book fulfills items in the following challenges:
2011 100+ Reading Challenge: 36
2011 ARC Reading Challenge: 31
2011 Debut Author Challenge: 13
2011 Young Adult Reading Challenge: 28
2011 YA Contemporary Challenge: 5
*FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher for a review.