The Sweetest Thing

The Sweetest Thing

by Christina Mandelski

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Overview

When it comes to cake, Sheridan Wells is a true artist. She's happiest working in the back of the family bakery, dreaming of the day her mom will keep her promise and come home. But when her dad makes an announcement that threatens to change their lives, Sheridan launches a desperate plan to find her mother before it's too late. Add to that a school art project that she can't seem to start, a moody best friend and the fact that she may or may not have been asked out by the cutest boy in school - it's a recipe for disaster. Why can't fixing your life be as easy as decorating a cake? Using just the right amount of romance, drama and humor, The Sweetest Thing will enthrall fans with its perfect mix of teen-friendly ingredients.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781515205838
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/07/2015
Pages: 302
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.68(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Christina Mandelski was born a stone's throw from the Atlantic Ocean, which explains her dream of spending every day on the beach with a laptop and an endless supply of iced coffee. For now she gets by at a desk, writing about the characters that knock around in her head and reminding herself that sand in a keyboard is no fun. When not writing, she enjoys hanging out with her husband and two daughters in Houston. You can visit her online at www.christinamandelski.com

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The Sweetest Thing 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The sweetest thing is about 15 year old sheridan whose mom left her a long time ago, so to her she is stuck with her dad, but sheridan is so convinced that finding her mom will solve all her problems. When sheridan is baking cakes in a way she feels closer to her somehow but when she finally gets in contact with her mom the truth really suprises her. Donovan wells her father is so intrested in his resturant and he is actually getting his own tv show in New York but sheridan refuses to go. sheridan also finds that he best friend jack and Ethan the hottest boy in school are actually into her. This book is full with holding back and moving forward in live
BrianneRS1979 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Sweetest Thing is about a teen cake decorator name Sheridan. With her Mom running off years ago and her Dad obsessed with becoming the next famous cooking show Chef, Sheridans' life is a bit of a mess. She is convinced that finding her Mom with make her family be perfect again. The Sweetest Thing was a fun fluffy contemporary read. I just have to say that I adore the cover. I don't know why but I love colorful covers and especially love food related covers! Sheridan...I honestly didn't like her. She was in my opinion a selfish brat, however I did feel really sorry for her. The fact that her father didn't pay any attention to her and having an absent mother, who wouldn't feel sorry for her. There's a bit of instant love and a triangle, which made The Sweetest Thing a little predictable. The ending was great and was a good example of the trials of a family life mixed with with a coming to age feel. I recommend The Sweetest Thing to younger readers. It was a clean read. Special Thanks to Netgalley and Egmont USA for providing an e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
kristy.hamby on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
have you ever ate a huge Jawbreaker and at first it's sweet and yummy and all things tasty, but then you get past that first couple of layers and it starts to just taste nasty. To the point there is almost no way you can stand to eat the whole thing..... well, friends that is kinda how I feel about this book....only my enjoyment with it didn't last as long as my licking relationship with my jawbreaker.... Sheridan, aka Cake girl isn't very popular, doesn't know that many people but yet her Dad is this amazing chef who is about to get his own show. Yes, reality television has came into this poor girls life. She is terrified that she will have to move to New York with her Father, she feels like she must stay put because her Mom said she was coming back. From where you ask?? Who the heck knows, she's gone. She writes Sheridan a birthday card every year and states she loves and misses her, but that's it. So in a nutshell this book is about: Sheridan's father getting his show Sheridan trying to find her Mother Sheridan making cakes and a love triangle between Sheridan, Jack and Ethan Blah. Almost all of my notes in this book consist of: a. griping at what terrible parents Cake girl has b. calling Sheridan a baby c. Calling the mom very inappropriate names d. wanting to eat cake 2.5 stars I'm just left with a sour note. This one didn't start of well, didn't finish well and I'm just left feeling bitter and hungry
summerskris on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
jwitt33 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I received an ecopy of this book free of charge from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.From 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."All that Sheridan lives for is cake decorating ... and the day when her mother will come home. Her mother left her and her father when she was young, and for many years on her birthday she would send her a card saying how much she loved her and missed her and couldn't wait to see her. Unfortunately, she never did come home, and then eventually she stopped sending the cards altogether. But that didn't stop Sheridan from hoping and praying that one day her mother would come home and they would all be a happy family again. Then her father, who is a world famous chef, is offered his own show in New York, and all of Sheridan's plans for their future are ruined. She decides that she has to find her mother, bring her home, and then her dad will forget about the show offer and stay in their little town, and all would be well in the world.I really wanted to like this book ... really! But it was hard because Sheridan was just such a brat! I didn't really find myself pulling for her because she wasn't very likable at all. I like snarky characters, but she went way beyond snark straight into downright rude territory. By the end of the book I couldn't have cared less if she ever found her mother at all, and I really couldn't understand why her father and friends put up with her. Of course, her father wasn't very nice either, so it was kind of like the apple didn't fall far from the tree. For most of the book he was cold and distant and didn't act like a father at all, except to order Sheridan around, or just plain ignore her. The only redeeming character was her best friend, Jack, and I couldn't understand why he put up with her and her attitude either. All in all, these were hard people to care about. I did finish the book, though, because I figured there would have to be a heck of a payoff at the end, and there kind of was, but by the time I got to it, I didn't really care what happened. This is a tough review to write because even though I didn't like the characters, I thought the writing was okay. I personally didn't care for the book, but I can see how some people would. I won't say that I don't recommend the book, I will just say that it wasn't the right fit for me, and I will leave it to you to determine if you want to read it or not :D
emsundotorg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After just a few pages into the book, I was already snorting out loud. That¿s a good sign. Christina Mandelski has given lead character Sheridan of The Sweetest Thing the greatest sense of teenaged humor and that¿s something I can really get behind. When talking about how the people of his time honored Jesus and then turned around and crucified him, she summarizes, ¿The lesson here: even Jesus couldn¿t count on people. How sad is that?¿ How sad is that indeed!That led into the story of Sheridan¿s life. A little after her seventh birthday, her mom walked out on her family. Each year Sheridan got a birthday card full of empty promises, but Sheridan chose to hold hope and keep imagining her mom was coming back. Meanwhile, Sheridan lets her relationship with her father slip just as he is working hard to get his own television show on a food-related television network.Sheridan has her own skills and is known as ¿Cake Girl,¿ because she makes the most incredibly decorated cakes at her Nanny¿s bakery for the entire town. She¿s been decorating since she was knee high to a grasshopper, sitting on her mom¿s lap before she left, and learning the tricks of the trade. Now that her mom is gone, each cake makes her feel close to the memory she holds of her mom. Sheridan finds out that her dad is going to get the show, but that means they need to move to New York. She doesn¿t want to leave ¿ what if her mom comes back?Sheridan tends to be selfish and naive. Her dad tends to be selfish and emotionally closed off. Her mom tends to be selfish and¿ well, absent. The three who aren¿t selfish include the priest, Sheridan¿s Nanny, and Mr. Roz. I do have to ask, though, is Nanny from the south or does she just have horrible speech patterns? I didn¿t think that was fully explained. Through the course of the book, you watch some of the characters change and try to work towards being better people. You also see some amazing acts of kindness and generosity.Now you have a general idea of who Sheridan is. Throw in her complete and utter focus on her (very well described) cakes, two best friends ¿ one of whom has an unstated crush on her, and a new boyfriend in the most popular boy at school. Things come to a head and Sheridan has to make some really difficult decisions about who is important to her, who she thinks she is, and where she should be going with her life.The book definitely is YA Fiction and it has the perfect tone and selection of words for a young adult book. It¿s a very simple read and it has a great mix of teenage angst over which boy to choose and how to cope with two parents that abandon you ¿ one physically and one mentally. The angst wasn¿t so bad that I wanted to reach into the book and slap her, but there were many times that I found Sheridan very maddening. I wanted to shake her, physically, and hiss, ¿Make the right choice. Stop being an idiot!¿ On the flip side though, I recognize that she¿s being a typical teenager. That doesn¿t make it less maddening, though!I found the book very appropriate for a teenager or tween. The gentle conversations about sex and whether or not it¿s the right time were not explicit and I think Sheridan makes some wise choices. As far as the emotional level of the book, I even cried at one point. Of course, that¿s not necessarily significant as I also cry at Hallmark commercials, movies, radio commercials, TV shows, the National Anthem, salutes, Taps, and six million other things. I¿m got tons and tons of sap ¿ I¿m a syrup making machine.A negative is that it seems every book I¿ve read lately has to have a protagonist who is super powerful or skilled in something. Why? Why can¿t we celebrate the average? That said, I wish I had Sheridan¿s talent with fondant. I mean, I can¿t sculpt a baseball.The book reminded me a little too much of Sarah Dessen¿s What Happened to Goodbye. If I hadn¿t just read the book, I probably wouldn¿t have thought anything about it. It could also be that I¿m a little oversaturated by
Bookswithbite on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When I picked up this book, I was expecting a lovey, dovey fluff book. One where I can relax and not get all my emotions jumbled. Well, I can say that I was wrong about this book. Really wrong! But, I liked it. It did what great writing is supposed to do. It caught me in it stickiness of cake frosting and held me down.The plot line of this book is good. One thing I enjoyed is watching the characters grow in the plot line. The plot pacing is also amazing. As the reader, you are thrown into lies, deceptions created by others in order to protect but all it did is create more tension. I liked that the tension grew more and more as you continue to read deeper. I love that this book had a great build up to the truth. The reader is given information little by little, as well as the main character. There was so much left unsaid and undone, that watching them learn the truth was heart breaking yet exhilarating.The love in this book is lovely as well as heart breaking. After learning the whole truth, Sheridan learns more about herself and how to deal with everything. But she also got a second chance at love. Something she never saw coming. I loved that Sheridan learned to let go and love what she has around her. That is not something easy to do, but I am glad that she did.I can tell you that this is one amazing book! Even though it turn out not to be a fluffy book, it road me like a roller coaster! I enjoyed Ms. Mandelski great writing. Her characters, the plot, as well as her amazing descriptions of beautiful cakes and emotions, left me begging for more. She wrote about finding the truth and letting it go. She gave me a love worth fighting for and one I love to see in books.
raboyer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sappy Sweet* I read this ARC via Star Book Tours.* Book will be released on May 10. 2011This book gets 2 gnomes and a gnome hat out of 5 gnomes for this awesome cover and a story that was good but just went on much longer then it needed to.I liked the whole premise of a girl who loves to put cakes together. Anyone who watches all the cake decorating show out there will probably be intrigued by this story.Throughout much of the book up to about the mid 200 page range I just wanted to slap some sense into the main character, Sheridan aka Cake Girl. She seems to excel at making poor decisions and acts like a selfish word that rhymes with witch for most of the book.The story is cute but the I wish that main character was more engaging right from the beginning of the book. She's the go to cake decorator in town but doesn't have much of a life beyond making cakes. Then her dad gets a deal for a cooking show and she kind of flips out about probably having to move to New York.What really bothered me was how much she idolizes her mother and how naive she is at fifteen. Her mother left when she was eight but she is still looking for her.Sheridan's relationship with her father is strained but I found myself just wanting to tell her that communication is a two way street. I hate to agree with a main character's friends but I too think that a teenager would be more likely to be excited about their parent getting a TV show and not angry like Sheridan is.There's a love triangle in the book between her, her best friend Jack, and Ethan an uber popular guy. She is a tad bit indecisive about who she should be with. She falls hard for Ethan and goes out with him even though they've never talked that much before, he is also someone that she has put on a pedestal as being the perfect guy so her going out with him isn¿t exactly a sound decision..Her judgment of people just seems so off especially with people that are trying to help her like her dad (most of the time), Father Crowley and her art teacher. This character just seems to be a narcissit at heart so it takes quite a while to warm up to her.My favorite characters were her Grandma who she calls Nanny and Mr. Roz who helps run the bakery. Nanny and Mr. Roz had some of the best lines in the book and were great characters that tended to help keep Sheridan grounded into the reality of what is important.I think that the book probably could be 100 pages or so shorter, if it was it would really ramp up the conflict and tension more. There is to much story in the middle and not enough at the end. Towards the end of the book I was really starting to like the main character and wonder what she was going to do next. The ending was pretty good though a tad Lifetime esque, it does make you want to know what happens next to Sheridan and if all her plans will succeed.
BookSwarm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is such an adorable book and not in a too-sugary-sweet way, either. Welcome to Sheridan's world. She's happiest when she's creating her beautiful cakes in her grandmother's bakery, focused on rosettes and molded chocolate and fondant creations. Known as The Cake Girl, she's not that popular with her peers, though she has a good guy friend who's always been there for her. Unlike her mother, who left. Unlike her father, who's obsessed with his restaurant and, most recently, the possibility of a cooking show.Sheridan can be a bit of a pistol at times, especially with her dad. She's a very focused (one might say anal-retentive) girl who absolutely loves what she does. The love between her and her grandmother is so sweet. Her nanny encourages her, works her hard, and feeds her right, giving her the love that she's missing from her parents. But Sheridan wants more and she's sure, if she can just find her mother, everything will be great again.Okay, so there is the stereotypical mean girl but there's a reason for the mean girl stereotype. Because they exist, those power-hungry little chickies. They want to rule their group, maybe even the school, they want to be the ones who know all the gossip, and they definitely want the hottest guy all to themselves, in this case the guy Sheridan has a mad crush on, Ethan. And when Ethan starts to show some interest in Sheridan, the mean girl's all over it.I could babble on and on about this book: adorable Jack, the cooking show, the great cakes and how I wish there were a bakery like Sweeties in my town, the satisfying ending (oh, yay--no cliffhanger!)...but I'll stop before I give it all away. A triple layer of sugary perfection complete with a sprinkle of shimmer dust, THE SWEETEST THING will satiate your need for a delectable summer read.
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LindaFictionFervor More than 1 year ago
Just like its title, this book is one of the sweetest I’ve ever read. It bears great resemblance to a novel I’ve read before, Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler, but there are definitely differences. Sheridan got on my nerves. Constantly moaning about how she wanted her mom to come back even though she knew fully well that her mother left because she cheated on Sheridan’s father. Sure, I understand that she’s attached, but she was attached to the point of obsession. I guess that was the point, but Sheridan still irritates me. I loved Sheridan’s dad though. Sure, I wasn’t too fond of him when I first started out reading the novel, but seeing him constantly trying to connect with Sheridan while Sheridan just pushed him away and yearned for her mom made me sympathetic to him. He’s one of those wonder dads who tries his best to make his baby girl as happy as possible. Now, romance interests number one versus number two. Let’s use cliché phrases to sum them up, shall we? Ethan: popular bad boy who suddenly takes an interest in the heroine. Jack: heroine’s best friend who has been longing to be with her since the beginning of time. Although Christina Mandelski subtly inserted that Jack was in love with Sheridan, I could tell as soon as he made his first appearance. (‘Cause I’m just that good.) And of course, since I’m always on Team BFF-Who’s-a-Boy, you know who I chose. Hands down. Not to mention that Jack’s adorable anyway. I’ve never really been quite impressed with plotlines of contemporary novels as I have for fantasy novels, but there’s nothing you can do about that, eh? (Fantasy novels just require more imagination, I think.) Even so, I was satisfied with the plotline of The Sweetest Thing: Sheridan’s dad, who is a renowned cook, just landed his own cooking show on a channel. But here’s the catch: he and Sheridan will have to move to New York. While he’s all for leaving behind their little town of St. Mary’s, Sheridan’s reluctant. She’d be leaving behind her best friends and her grandmother. And plus, what if her mom came back? So Sheridan’s unwilling to leave her little “triangle” of her house, her dad’s restaurant, and her grandmother’s bakery. She wants to stay at St. Mary’s and continue decorating cakes–her favorite thing in the world. Ah, I almost forgot to mention the cakes! Personally, I love when sweets are involved in any book (I can’t resist the sugary goodness), so I loved reading about Sheridan’s decorating the cakes. I’d totally love to see them in real life. And then be able to eat them, mmm. The Sweetest Thing was a cute contemporary that delved deep into my soul; in addition to the adorable romance, it taught an important lesson–that sometimes you have to stop dreaming and appreciate what you have. Source: Galley received from publisher for review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful YA book, My 12 year old loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont really know what to think of this book. It is really boring in the beginning. It gets more exciting in the middle though. You have to really commit to it. Sheridan was not always a likeable character. I also thought some of the other characters had no depth. Haley was mentioned a lot throughout the book, but it doesnt desribe her in enough detail. Shes just a stereotypical mean girl. Its a good book for a rainy day if you dont have anything to do.
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Lauren817 More than 1 year ago
The Sweetest Thing by Cristina Mandelski has been on my to be read list for a while now, because not only was the cover and title simply adorable, but the premise sounded amazing as well as Sarah Dessen like- which is ALWAYS a big win in my book. Luckily, I recently had the chance to read it, and even though it contained a few slight flaws, I found it to be just as sweet and endearing as it appeared! The Sweetest Thing introduces the character of Sheridan Wells aka "Cake Girl." Sheridan has always taken great pride her in cakes because (a) she enjoys creating them and (b) it brings her closer to her MIA mother. Recently, though, the cakes have been the only constant good thing in her life, as not only did her father just spring a huge surprise on her-one that may change her life forever- but she's also dealing with friend as well as boy problems. However, Sheridan knows how she will fix this all: she will find her mother and ask for her to come back home. A win-win for all, right? Well, as Sheridan is soon to learn you can't have always have your cake and eat it too... The Sweetest Thing has a lot of good things going for it, and one of them was definitely the plot. It wasn't the most original and suspenseful one out there, but I still enjoyed it nonetheless. First, I liked seeing Sheridan's cake hobby. I don't thing I've ever read a YA book where the main character loved making cakes, so it was fun to see why Sheridan enjoyed making her cakes as well as the yummy descriptions of them. The mother-daughter drama in this one, though, got on my nerves from time to time. It was just a bit too cliched and compliant-filled for me to really get invested in it, and to be honest, I never really saw what Sheridan saw in her mother, because in all truth, her mother was a grade-a jerk for most of the book, especially towards the end. However, as they say, you live and you learn and that was without a doubt the case for Sheridan in this. The boy drama was also a little overdone, especially since it was easy to predict who Sheridan would end up with in the end, but I did enjoy seeing the different problems and twists that appeared up throughout Sheridan's path to her future boyfriend. Sheridan herself was a character I had love-hate feelings toward, because while I did find her to be a funny and sweet girl for the most part, her constant whining as well as dependency on her mother got the best of me sometimes. I still enjoyed seeing her journey develop on the page, because she did evolve greatly as a character by the end. I really enjoyed the side characters in this one, though. I loved Lori's wisdom as well as her hilarious little one-lines, and Jack, Sheridan's other BFF, was just as great and lovebable! I also enjoyed seeing Sheridan's grandma. Lastly, I really enjoyed the writing in this one. Christina created a very readable and addicting plot, even though I wasn't also the biggest fan of all the characters and plot lines. I also really enjoyed the titles for each chapter- they really managed to grab my attention. Sweet as well as sugary, The Sweetest Thing by Christina Mandelski is a decent debut. Not a "MUST-read" but certainly a great pick for a lazy day. I looked forward to reading more by Ms. Mandelski. Grade: B
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful story everything combined in it love a passion for doing something a dream. Sheridan is a sweet girl who goes through so maany things yet none of them turned out her way. When I tread this book in every chapter i would say no way that didn't just happen. This story sometimes curved aand sometimes Mrs.Mandelski told it straight forward. I encourage every girl to read this book.
FuzzyCoffeeBooks More than 1 year ago
The cover makes me want a donut. Seriously. *takes break from review writing to find donuts* Okay. I'm back. Did y'all know that Krispy Kreme has snowman shaped donuts? I love Christmas time!! What I Liked: 1) Sheridan. Sheridan was an interesting MC. She's a strong girl, but she has her weaknesses and isn't afraid of them. It's kind of funny, because I think some of my favorite YA MCs are the ones who remind me of real teenagers, and Sheridan definitely does that. She was also able to frustrate me, which while it may sound bad, isn't. I related to her enough so that I at one point was like, "come on, Sheridan!! Just listen to me." (I believe I can change books by talking out loud to them.) 2) The unique idea. A teenager who wants to spend her time decorating cakes! I loved that. It was also a nice place to lose yourself, this bakery that she works in. 3) One Shot. With so many series out there - not that I'm complaining about them - it's nice to finish a book and feel as if your questions were answered. The whole story was wrapped up very nicely, and I really appreciated that. For the record, I notice this more with contemporary fiction than with paranormal stories. 4) This was a light book. One you can sit down, read in a few hours, and feel good when you're done. There are so many books out there with big bad issues, and I read those too, but sometimes you just want to read something that doesn't make your brain or heart hurt too much. This one fits the bill as a "feel-good" read. What I Didn't Like: 1) My chief complaint about The Sweetest Thing was the lack of depth to the relationships between the characters. There are a few characters that have strained relationships, particularly Sheridan and her father, but even the people she is close to, her best friends, and her Grandmother, those relationships were a little weak. Overall thoughts: For Miz Mandelski's first YA novel, I definitely think this was a fun read. I've already suggested it to several people, and am now recommending it to all of you! If you're looking for a light, fun read with personable characters and a well-tuned plot, then pick up a copy of The Sweetest Thing. And make sure to have something sweet in your house while you read! This book will trigger your sweet tooth!
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jwitt33 More than 1 year ago
I received an ecopy of this book free of charge from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. From 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." All that Sheridan lives for is cake decorating ... and the day when her mother will come home. Her mother left her and her father when she was young, and for many years on her birthday she would send her a card saying how much she loved her and missed her and couldn't wait to see her. Unfortunately, she never did come home, and then eventually she stopped sending the cards altogether. But that didn't stop Sheridan from hoping and praying that one day her mother would come home and they would all be a happy family again. Then her father, who is a world famous chef, is offered his own show in New York, and all of Sheridan's plans for their future are ruined. She decides that she has to find her mother, bring her home, and then her dad will forget about the show offer and stay in their little town, and all would be well in the world. I really wanted to like this book ... really! But it was hard because Sheridan was just such a brat! I didn't really find myself pulling for her because she wasn't very likable at all. I like snarky characters, but she went way beyond snark straight into downright rude territory. By the end of the book I couldn't have cared less if she ever found her mother at all, and I really couldn't understand why her father and friends put up with her. Of course, her father wasn't very nice either, so it was kind of like the apple didn't fall far from the tree. For most of the book he was cold and distant and didn't act like a father at all, except to order Sheridan around, or just plain ignore her. The only redeeming character was her best friend, Jack, and I couldn't understand why he put up with her and her attitude either. All in all, these were hard people to care about. I did finish the book, though, because I figured there would have to be a heck of a payoff at the end, and there kind of was, but by the time I got to it, I didn't really care what happened. This is a tough review to write because even though I didn't like the characters, I thought the writing was okay. I personally didn't care for the book, but I can see how some people would. I won't say that I don't recommend the book, I will just say that it wasn't the right fit for me, and I will leave it to you to determine if you want to read it or not :D
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Jenny_Geek More than 1 year ago
What a great book to show the way teenagers truly behave! Sheridan is stubborn, ego-centric and completely hates change. When she was little, her mother ran off and left her and her dad. Sheridan spends most of her time with her Nanny decorating cakes. Her dad is a fabulous chef and finds out that he's being given his own cooking show. The catch? He and Sheridan will have to move to New York. Sheridan throws a massive, teenage-like tantrum about it and then decides to truly find her real mother. As the story progresses, Sheridan starts to learn more about her father's true motives and also learns a lot about her real mother, both from her Nanny and also her father. When Sheridan learns more about her mother and the circumstances surrounding her mother leaving, I got a bit weepy. What I loved about this story was that even though Sheridan showed a lot of strength, she retained a lot of the same qualities as a normal teenage girl. Of course she doesn't want her world turned upside down by moving. Of course she feels like her father isn't paying her any attention. Of course she feels like the world is against her. She's a normal teenage girl. I'm not saying that all teenage girls feel like this. But what I do love about this book was that Sheridan's character was real.
KimballSK More than 1 year ago
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. ?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. 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.
KSowa More than 1 year ago
Sheridan Wells loves to decorate cakes, but when she isn't working in her family's bakery, her life is kind of a mess. Her mother left years ago, her dad is busy running a restaurant and the boy she likes doesn't know she exists. When her dad lands a deal for a cooking show and wants to move to New York City, Sheridan is convinced that finding her mom is the key to making them one big happy family again. This book was a fresh breeze in a field where author's feel the need to wrap everything up and fix it all. What I most enjoyed about the story was the raw emotions that surrounded Sheridan and her conflicted feelings about her mom. There were some very painful and heart wrenching scenes as Sheridan's father, grandmother and even best friend confront her in brutally honest ways about the mom that she longs to know again. It's not easy to create characters with flaws that are not always likable. Sheridan's dad is driven, but distant and doesn't always say the right thing. In return, Sheridan is closed in and escapes to her cake decorating rather than really facing the emotions she has about her life and her future. The characters showed real growth throughout the book which really helped me become attached to the story. The ending is not sad, but not everything is resolved, either. This is a book that is hopeful and bitter-sweet. There is a strong moral compass embedded in the story, but I didn't feel as if it was preachy. Instead, Sheridan's family, friends and community serve as a guidepost, which was much more realistic that some big epiphany. I gave this 4 stars.
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
When I picked up this book, I was expecting a lovey, dovey fluff book. One where I can relax and not get all my emotions jumbled. Well, I can say that I was wrong about this book. Really wrong! But, I liked it. It did what great writing is supposed to do. It caught me in it stickiness of cake frosting and held me down. The plot line of this book is good. One thing I enjoyed is watching the characters grow in the plot line. The plot pacing is also amazing. As the reader, you are thrown into lies, deceptions created by others in order to protect but all it did is create more tension. I liked that the tension grew more and more as you continue to read deeper. I love that this book had a great build up to the truth. The reader is given information little by little, as well as the main character. There was so much left unsaid and undone, that watching them learn the truth was heart breaking yet exhilarating. The love in this book is lovely as well as heart breaking. After learning the whole truth, Sheridan learns more about herself and how to deal with everything. But she also got a second chance at love. Something she never saw coming. I loved that Sheridan learned to let go and love what she has around her. That is not something easy to do, but I am glad that she did. I can tell you that this is one amazing book! Even though it turn out not to be a fluffy book, it road me like a roller coaster! I enjoyed Ms. Mandelski great writing. Her characters, the plot, as well as her amazing descriptions of beautiful cakes and emotions, left me begging for more. She wrote about finding the truth and letting it go. She gave me a love worth fighting for and one I love to see in books.
MVavra More than 1 year ago
Cake plus family drama plus a love story, I mean, what's not to love? Not only is the layered story full of humor and heart, the emotional tension keeps the pages turning. Not to mention the writing is spot-on--rich and authentic. I loved every word of this novel. Highly recommended!!