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18 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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. Sweet Treats & Secret Crushes is a terrific and light tween book you can be happy about putting into your daughter's hands. . If you are ok with putting stories about boys and crushes into your middle reader's hands, then this is a great one to start with. Note the gi...
. Sweet Treats & Secret Crushes is a terrific and light tween book you can be happy about putting into your daughter's hands. . If you are ok with putting stories about boys and crushes into your middle reader's hands, then this is a great one to start with. Note the girls in this story don't have much interaction with boys, they mostly just talk about them. . While the title might seem otherwise, the main theme here is friendship and girlfriends, not boys. The main characters in Sweet Treats & Secret Crushes are three seventh grade girls who have been best friends forever. Georgia is the quiet one, Kate is the loud, somewhat trouble-making one and Olivia is the bookish reporter type, always jotting down her observations in her notebooks. The story is set within the apartment building where the girls live in Brooklyn and it takes place all on one day - Valentine's Day. But this isn't your usual Valentine's Day, this is a snow day. Given that New York City schools almost never close, this is a special event. (Clearly this book was written before this crazy winter (2011) we are experiencing right now here in NY!) The girls are equally excited and disappointed. A snow day is great, but now they won't get an opportunity to see the boys they have crushes on at school. They will have to wait a whole year for another Valentine's opportunity to mingle with them on the most romantic (read: over-hyped) day of the year. Georgia's parents own a restaurant called Chen's Kitchen and it is located on the first floor of the building. The Chens are also disappointed with this snow situation, because Valentine's Day should be one of the biggest days of the year for them, and now that's ruined. The girls make the best of it. Mrs. Chen teaches the girls how to make the homemade fortune cookies that Chen's Kitchen is famous for, and the girls have a ball. While making the cookies Mrs. Chen regales the girls with stories of what the building used to be like - when neighbors knew each other and gathered in the hallways for meals and gossip. The girls cannot even imagine an environment like that. They probably wouldn't have even met each other if they didn't live on the same floor and go to the same school. The girls hatch a plan. They decide to pass the fortune cookies out to all their neighbors as they will most likely be home, everyone is snowed in. The girls hope the friendly gesture and the yummy, slightly magical treats may just bring some of that friendliness back to the building. Kate also heard her crush, Brendan, may be visiting the building! The girls have a long day filled with the angst of seventh grade girl friendships, especially when boys are introduced into those friendships. The author handles this with great care and really respects the age and the dramas that go along with it. Her characters don't really even interact with their crushes, but they sure do talk a lot about them! However, after a long day of meeting all kinds of neighbors, the girls ultimately come to realize how valuable their friendship is and that boys shouldn't take away from that. I love that message! It's a good one for girls heading into this age group.

posted by Sweetonbooks on February 15, 2011

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5 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

Dont read it!!!!!

NOT GOOD!!!

posted by Anonymous on January 8, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    Dont read it!!!!!

    NOT GOOD!!!

    5 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 7, 2011

    crushes

    ok when i saw this book i. thougt it looked reallly goo untill i saw crushes... i know everyone has um but i was never like that sooo

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted September 6, 2011

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