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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Fresh New Voice of YA- The Sweetest Thing by Christina Mandelski

The Sweetest Thing by Christina Mandelski
"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."- summary from Amazon

This was such a fun, compelling read. I loved the cake decorating angle, though it did make me REALLY want cakes whenever I would pick up the book, lol. Mandelski has written a wonderful debut filled with memorable characters, a realistic town setting, and a fascinating plot that mixes regular teen issues with the more rare issue of being in a reality show.

Sheridan was a great main character who is really realistic and flawed. Mandelski also changed some things up that I really enjoyed. There were a couple characters and situations that could have been total cliches, but I felt that she did a good job making them not so much of a cliche.

Overall, this is a great read and I think that fans of Sarah Dessen would really enjoy it. It's a great summer read.

FTC: Received hardcover from publisher. Link above is an Amazon Associate link; any profit goes toward funding contests.


  1. One of my favorite aspects of this novel was the town. And I agree, Mandelski did a great job of avoiding stereotypes. Great review!

  2. Aw, this book sounds like a fun read! I'll definitely keep it in mind come summer. (I can totally imagine it making me want to eat cake, too!)

  3. Cakes featuring heavily AND recommended to Sarah Dessen fans - wow, right up my street! Great review, thanks.

  4. Oh! I so want this one! I'm glad you liked it over all.