by Kathryn Magendie


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ISBN-13: 9781935661917
Publisher: BelleBooks
Publication date: 11/01/2010
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.49(d)

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Sweetie 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
I think I've just found another favorite author to add to my list. Sweetie, by Kathryn Magendie, introduced me to Appalachian mountains, the cruelty of small children, the misplaced kindness of adults, and the wonders of friendship spanning the years, all told in an absorbing voice with beautiful language that made the book impossible to put down. Melissa, shy, overweight and stuttering, suffers from her mother's dismissal, her father's distraction, and her school-friends' savage comments. But she finds one friend in the mountains in Sweetie, and spends one glorious summer exploring the secrets of nature, nurtured by joy. There's a delightful scene where she learns to overcome the ickiness of gutting fish, recognizing that death must be a part of life, and absorbing the reality of a world apart from her own. But Melissa's and Sweetie's lives are both threatening to fall apart, aided and abetted by well-meaning townspeople. The childhood story is bracketed by an adult Melissa seeking her past, revealing a strangeness that leaves the reader wondering who Sweetie really is and what is her power. A tale that tells the power and persistence of friendship in a wonderful way, bringing the worlds of nature and humanity into glorious focus, Sweetie is a book to be savored and read again almost as soon as it's put down; and Kathryn Magendie is an author to watch. Disclosure: I met Kathryn Magendie on her blog and was delighted to learn and take advantage of a deal offered on one of her books. I'm happy to offer this book review in return.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book started out meessy and felt like I was reading a high school students creative writing paper. But then after a bit it picked up and was a romp through a wonderful narrative where I was drawn in, couldn't put it down and wanted more.... kind of like an "after school special" then it just stopped... (just like an after-school special) in a sophomoric blah blah blurb ending.... I think the character Miss Lissa must have wrote the beginning & ending herself. If it were a 99 cent ebook... I recommend buying it. The 208 pages weren't worth the 9.99 plus tax. I had to buy it because it was on my book club reading list.... Don't get me wrong I didn't dislike the book... it's just that there are so many more worth so much more out there to read.
kibosa on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The story of the relationship between two preteen girls was very realistic, especially for the time period (pre-video games, cable tv, internet) when kids played with their friends - outside. The differences between Sweetie and Melissa were not issues in their friendship. Sweetie was very sure of herself and comfortable with who she was. As the friendship grew, so did Melissa into a strong young woman. I didn't like how much was being added into the story so fast as the book was winding down...the faith healer, the green eyed man, and the stigmata.
TheLostEntwife on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Five stars. FIVE STARS to this book. I'm out of breath from being totally blown away by this beautiful coming-of-age story. Parts of this book reminded me of an old favorite book, The Shepherd of the Hills by Harold Bell Wright. Kathryn Magendie has captured some magic in her descriptions of the Smoky Mountains and has created a character in Sweetie that will live on in my memory.Sweetie is the story of two very different girls, friends thrown together through cruel acts at school - one strong and the other tender. They spend a school year together, growing up, changing and learning from one another. I felt Melissa's struggle and her pain while dealing with the bullies at school, her escape to food and her need to be loved by someone - and I felt captured by the entrance of "Sweetie" - her stories, her treatment of "Miss Lissa" and the adventures she drags Melissa on.I had a sneaking suspicion after reading the first chapter that I would like this book, but I did not expect it to flat out floor me. The development of the story, the characters, the way Magendie manipulates her readers emotions threw me for a loop and had me laughing and crying .. sometimes loudly. This is the perfect book for you folks who love a good coming-of-age story with a touch of magic in it. I cannot wait to get my greedy hands on a physical copy as soon as I can (as I received this via Netgalley).
silenceiseverything on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Sigh. I'm such a sucker for a friendship story. Especially if it's a women friendship story. Why? Because so many books of what's called "women fiction" most often than not feature broken friendships or a friendship where one of the women is a harpy and the other one is sooo perfect. So I tend to yearn for a good women friendship story. Was Sweetie a good one? No. It was an abso-friggin-lutely fantastic one! First off, the writing in Sweetie was so beautiful. Her use of language was just tremendous. Her words were filled with wonderful imagery, her sentences were pure lyricism. I'm not one of those people who can enjoy a book purely for wonderful writing. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy beautiful writing when it comes up, but I need to be interested in the plot first. Then, I notice the wonders that some authors can do with seemingly ordinary words. The characters in Sweetie were so great. I loved Melissa and could completely relate to her (as a former shy girl or maybe not so former). I wanted nothing more than to see her break out of her shell and to tell all of her idiot classmates to stuff it. She literally broke my heart because all she wanted was to feel loved and appreciated. But Sweetie was the real hero of this story. She was just so captivating and so out there. I cheered for a true original. In fact, she sort of reminded me of the Potato Girl from Promise Not to Tell (another fantastic book about another true original). I just loved all the complexities each of the girl had and their dynamic with their own family. And their friendship was just so beautiful. So, I highly recommend Sweetie. It was a sweet, enchanting, captivating novel. It did make me tear up a bit at how great Sweetie and Melissa's friendship was, so it is a bit of a tearjerker. However, it is a great coming of age story and an amazing friendship story. Definitely pick it up. (And yay! for one of my better Early Reviewer Reads)
skstiles612 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Sweetie and Melissa on one hand seem to be total opposites. Melissa is over-weight, wears glasses and feels every cruel remark of kids at school. She, like her father believes in the magic of science. Enter Sweetie. Unlike Melissa, she often has little to eat and believes in the magic of the mountain. They find in each other a friendship to last an eternity; this was an excellent coming-of-age story with a touch of mountain magic in it. Of course anytime you can inject a story with mountain magic it makes the book that much better. This book dealt with many issues such as religion, mental illness, poverty, and family to name a few. Magendie gives us a wonderful look at life in the Appalachian Mountains. This is a lot of the reason the book appealed to me. This was the first book I had read by this author but I will definitely look for more of her work.
BookishDame on LibraryThing 5 months ago
"Sweetie" was written by an author I respect and think I understand. She has a gentle heart and spirit and it comes through loud and clear in this book about the friendship between two young girls from the mountains of North Carolina. I'm originally from the foothills of those mountains of which Ms Magendie writes. The place and time seemed especially real to me...authentic and so clear I could almost feel the pine needles under my childhood bare feet. I was home when I was reading "Sweetie."The precious friendship the two girls share in this book is so sweet and charming that it will touch the most skeptical of hearts.I would recommend this book to any who want to take a small vacation to a particular place and part of life that will remove you from the ordinary hustle and bustle of the 21st century. Because it's still a stand-still wonderland like "Sweetie" describes, and it's still that simple life of love and caring that will always find a way...
larestout on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I was so excited to start reading this book. Set in the mountains of North Carolina, it is a beautifully written story of the friendship between two young girls. Despite their different backgrounds, Melissa and Sweetie become close friends. I got caught up in the stories of their mountain wanderings and loyalty towards one another. But, the ending was a big disappointment. What really happened? I could recommend this book with a disclaimer about the ending. It left me with too many unanswered questions.
librarypatron on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This was an exceptionally good read. Kathryn Magendie wrote a story that felt so real that I found myself laughing and at times crying; she touched a part of me most authors don¿t. I fell in love with the story of Sweetie, with her mountain, with her critters, her Mountain Spirit and her wild ways. This book is hard to put down; I was racing forward and dreading the end. Highly recommended.
erinclark on LibraryThing 5 months ago
A really wonderful read, I just loved it. Melissa is twelve years old and once again the new girl having been moved by her family yet again to a small southern town in North Carolina. She is overweight, wears glasses and stutters and is an instant target for the bullies and the popular 'circle girls' at school. But that all changes when she meets Sweetie. Sweetie is the mountain girl who is wild inside and out and possesses folklore knowledge that Melissa is fascinated by. She lives in a cabin in the woods with her ill mother and is tough as nails. The two become blood sisters/best friends and have adventures all over the mountain together over the summer as Melissa learns how to stand up for her self by Sweeties examples of bravery and self respect. It is a wonderful coming of age story and the only trouble I had with any of it was the ambiguity of the ending. I wanted more! Highly recommended.
PaperbackPirate on LibraryThing 5 months ago
In brief Sweetie is a coming of age/friendship story, but it has fabulous details which make it so much more. Sweetie is a mountain girl and Melissa is a lonely, insecure, chubby girl. They become fast friends after Sweetie returns a baby bird to its nest in Melissa's presence. We get to read about their summer together as they explore an Appalachian forest while Sweetie teaches Melissa about Mountain Spirit and how to find confidence in herself.Kathryn Magendie is a clever writer. A few parts made me laugh out loud and many parts made me cheer inside! If you are a sucker for a good friendship story and love skillful descriptions of the outdoors, you should read Sweetie.
bbellthom on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This is a great book about friendship between two girls that are unpopular in their school and become fast friends. One of the things that make this book interesting is how different the two girls are from each other. They may not always understand one another but they are always there for each other. There is a lot mystery in the book regarding each girl¿s personal home life where the author gives you snippets of information but mostly allows the reader to derive their own perceptions of what their lives are like. I also enjoyed the parts where Sweetie and Melissa are bullied by the popular crowd but they always came out on top which was a nice sweet revenge.
melopher on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Kathryn Magendie not only has a unique, poetic voice, but she also has talent for taking what could be an ordinary story and making it magical. (As with her book Tender Graces: don't let the cover design fool you into thinking that these are trifling, romantic books--what is inside is so much more.) Sweetie is part Southern Fiction, part coming-of-age, and part magical. It brought to mind Lee Miller's Fair and Tender Ladies in the poetic, mournful way she contemplates life, and also Tuck Everlasting for its magical qualities.Balancing lyrical writing with a captivating plot and real characters, this is a book that will make you want to keep reading and then wish the end would never come. Sweetie is a rare treat.
readaholic12 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Kathryn Magendie has written a beautiful tale of friendship and coming of age set in the mountains of North Carolina. Sweetie and Melissa, who live very different lives, become the best of friends in this story filled with love, hope, bravery, mystery and sorrow. The prose and dialect are beautiful, the characters unforgetable, the setting transporting. This is one of the best coming of age tales I have read in a very long time, and I highly recommend this book and this author. I can't wait to read whatever she writes next.
tanya2009 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This is a story of friendship between a girl named Melissa and a girl named Sweetie. Both girls are unpopular in school yet they form an unbreakable bond. The story takes place in the North Carolina mountains. If you like books on friendship, you will like this book.
susiesharp on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This is a great book it has so many of my favorites tied into one-Southern Fiction, magical realism, and coming of age. It is a story of friendship, family, loss and life.The friendship between Sweetie and Melissa or as Sweetie calls her Miss Lissa is so beautiful 2 children from very different backgrounds become the best of friends and blood bound sisters. Sweetie is a mountain girl who believes the mountain ways and her and her mother are the talk of much gossip in town. Melissa¿s family moves around a lot her mother is very OCD about her house and writes poems about each meal she makes, her father is a scientist and a writer and they are both very removed from their daughter. Sweetie¿s mother is a sickly woman who stays in bed all the time while Sweetie takes care of her.This book is beautifully written and the Mountain is as big a character as the people. I loved these girls and was able to picture this book in my head so well because the descriptions of everything are so great. I don¿t want to give to much away because to read this and discover all there is to know about these girls is something everyone should enjoy.I highly recommend this book to fans of southern fiction, magical realism and coming of age stories and really anyone! I plan on finding anything else this author has written I truly enjoyed her style of writing.5 Stars
icedream on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Kathryn Magendie just keeps amazing me, I loved this book. This is a story about the friendship of two girls, a townie girl and a holler girl as we would refer to it in appalachia (basically the same as one being from "the other side of the tracks"). I love Magendie's writing style, she is wonderful with character development and I found myself really drawn to the girls and becoming emotionally involved with their story. I also personaly enjoy that Magendie settings are from my area of the country, the appalachia area. I can relate to the characters on another level and can picture the settings in my mind because she is also wonderfully descriptive. Another great book from one of my newer favorite authors.
jo-jo on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I just loved this coming of age story of two young girls from different walks of life that develop a friendship that will get them through a life changing summer. Sweetie and Melissa grow to depend upon one another through both of their strengths and weaknesses. In the opening of the book Melissa is a grown woman and she returns to the mountain town and finds herself recalling the special friendship that these girls had.When Melissa was a young, overweight girl her family moved from town to town quite often, never really giving Melissa a chance to settle in and make real friends. That is about to change when her parents move them to a small town in the mountains of North Carolina before the start of her sixth grade year. As Melissa is teased by the more popular kids for her stuttering and weight, Sweetie is there to accept her as she is.While Melissa lives in a modern home on the side of town, Sweetie lives in a secluded cabin in the mountains. Even though these girls are complete opposites, they form an unlikely bond of friendship. Once school lets out for the summer they take advantage of every waking moment to learn everything about each other and the mountains where they live. Melissa's mother disapproves of the friendship that she has with Sweetie, while her father always seems withdrawn in his own world.Sweetie and Melissa deal with a lot of serious issues and changes during this summer. From puberty, secrets, and deaths, their friendship is tested. As the summer was coming to and end it really wasn't clear to me if the friendship would really last that much longer. I think that although Melissa still longed for the carefree days of exploring and youthful friendship, she secretly wanted a wider variety of friends that may have even included boys.I just loved this story that gave me a good reminder of the innocence that children still have at this young age. With themes of friendship, coming of age, and loss of loved ones I can't help but think this would make a great book club selection and I don't hesitate to recommend it.
teamweasley on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I loved this southern story! The characters were so real and alive. A wonderful story of friendship and coming of age and loss. I live in NC and know exactly where the writer was talking about. Knowing the area the way I do, made it more real. I could see it all happen. Filled with unforgettable characters and vivid imagery, I highly recommend this book.
gwendolyndawson on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This is a beautifully-written novel about the power of friendship. For me, Magendie's lyrical prose is the strongest element of this novel. The characterization was well-done but, I thought, a bit formulaic in places. The plot is definitely secondary. Overall, I would recommend this novel as a great story in the Southern literary tradition about friendship that takes place in the magical (if someone overused) setting of Appalachia.
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