Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Sweetest Thing by Christina Mandelski

The Sweetest Thing by Christina Mandelski
Release Date: May 10, 2011
Publisher: EgmontUSA

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. - Goodreads.com

Christina Mandelski is making her YA debut with what will surely be a huge success.  This story wasn't exactly what I was expecting when I picked it up.  I expected cute, fun, light-hearted, which would have been great.  It far surpassed my expectations, however.  It had a depth and emotion to it that I wasn't expecting just by reading the blurb and looking at the cover.

Sheridan's love of cake-making was amazing.  I could almost see her decorating these gorgeous cakes in front of me, and I was reminded consistently of one of my favorite cable shows, The Cake Boss.  This book made me want to be a cake decorator!  She is enormously talented, but in more than one way.

There were times that I wanted to knock her in the forehad and tell her to wake up on a couple things, but that only meant she made me care about her.  Her issues with her parents alienate her somewhat and it was so endearing to watch her deal with these things.

Her guy issues were a little predictable, but I have to say that I adore the one she ends up with.  I saw it coming, but I still rooted for it, and still LOVE that choice.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story and look forward to seeing more in the future from this author!

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