Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Sweetest Thing by Christina Mandelski

Synopsis: 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.


   This book is as cliche and cheesy as it gets. Now, cliches aren't necessarily bad things, but in this book, it was a bit overwhelmingly predictable. I think one of the main reasons I didn't enjoy this book very much is that I could not connect with the main character, Sheridan, at all. I found her very stubborn and extremely childish. I found it really ironic that almost every single secondary character in the book told her that she was being a baby or being immature, and she did nothing to redeem herself. Annoying main characters are a big turn off for me.
   This book is a prime example of the typical YA love triangle and the infamous, dreaded insta-love. I sincerely despise insta-love, but there are a few books I've read that pulled it off. This book, unfortunately, did not. Sheridan immediately said yes and fell in love with Ethan when he randomly asked her out. This book was VERY insta-love. I mean like making out on the very first meeting. The love triangle in this book was the cliche love triangle: best friend who the girl doesn't notice is cute/likes her vs super hot, popular guy that girl swoons over. This book was just cookie-cutter YA material (you see what I did there? Cookie? And the girl works at a bakery? Oh, how not clever of me...).
   Ethan was a character I really did not like from the beginning. He was the stereotypical popular boy who likes a girl because she's different and pretty. Never heard that before... Jack, on the other hand, I really liked. He was a really great friend to Sheridan, although Sheridan was too absorbed with finding her mother to even notice.
   Finding Sheridan's mother was a really big part of the story. I actually really enjoyed that part! It was mysterious and all the remarks that her dad and her nanny would make gave just vague clues on what actually happened. Although the scene where Sheridan truly finds out the mystery behind her mother's departure was a tad bit anticlimatic, I still genuinely liked the subplot.
   I also really liked how Sheridan's relationship with her dad was super duper rocky in the majority of the novel, but by the end, they become close. I always like to see relationships being mended in stories. Sheridan baking cakes was always really nice as well, because my sister likes baking cakes and so I used to watch her do it all the time.
   In conclusion, The Sweetest Thing is not a book I would recommend to readers, but it was cute enough and worth a read.
   2.5 keys.

2 comments:

  1. I hated Ethan so much. He drove me bananas! And Sheridan's mother was a pain as well. Sorry to hear you didn't like this book, but I didn't either. :P

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