Monday, March 19, 2012

The Sweetest Thing by Christina Mandelski

The Sweetest Thing by Christina Mandelski.
Publisher: EgmontUSA.
Pages: 352.
Release Date: May 10th, 2011.
Source: BEA.
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.

Sometimes, we all just need a book that is light and cute and happy, one that tells a good story but doesn't dizzy us with crazy plot twists and paranormal creatures. For me, that book is The Sweetest Thing.

Sheridan was so stubborn that I just wanted to grab her fictional little shoulders and shake some sense into her. The hopes that she harbors for her mother were so frustrating, but it was also a part of what made her character development so great. Every chapter, I felt a bit of her assurance and confidence in her plans crumble. A lot of reviewers comment on how Sheridan's refusal to accept her father's new job irritated them, but I actually got it. As somebody who hates change, I could see where she was coming from and I understood how invested she was in expecting her mother to arrive. For me, it was actually kind of heart-breaking.

I don't think we got enough of Jack. That's really my only complaint. I really enjoyed his character and his relationship with Sheridan, but I wanted more of him! And I also would have liked to see Sheridan dropkick Haley in the face. That's something the author should've slipped in there. You know. Just sayin'.

Overall, I really liked The Sweetest Thing. It's a lot more dramatic than most people would assume from the cover, but mixed with the characters and the romance and the CAKES (Oh my gosh, make sure you've got a tower of baked goods sitting next to you before you read this. You'll be SO hungry for sweets) it all comes together for an adorable, simple and entertaining read.

Other reviews for The Sweetest Thing:
The Book Life.
Books with Bite.


  1. This kinda reminds of Bittersweet, which I loved, so I'm definitley gonna read this one! Great review!

  2. I've been interested in this book for a while now. Great review!

  3. "Sheridan was so stubborn that I just wanted to grab her fictional little shoulders and shake some sense into her." Oh, how many times I've been eager to do just that. And how many fictional bitches would receive the end of a roundhouse kick XD


  4. I found Sheridan pretty annoying most of the time and I just wanted to make her grow up...but of course it's YA and the characters can't always act mature. Over the course of the novel, I did grow to like Sheridan a bit more and that helped me to enjoy the delicious cake aspect even more :)