Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Review of The Sweetest Thing by Christina Mandelski

The Sweetest Thing
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.

People who enjoying baking and watching cooking shows must pick up The Sweetest Thing. Starring an excellent cake baker and a critically acclaimed cake baking father, this is a novel about change, hope and delicious cakes. I found The Sweetest Thing to be both heartwarming and well-paced.

As a main character, Sheridan initially frustrated me. She maintained high hopes for her relationship with her mother, and after a while that got frustrating. It seemed to lead her to behaviors that were emotionally self-destructive. However, after accusing Sheridan of these things, I thought of times when I’ve perpetuated unhealthy behavior cycles, and it made it hard for me to resent her. I also loved how passionate she was about cakes--it’s awesome to see driven YA characters who have interests and real personalities. She’s also a runner and if you follow my blog, you have probably heard me mention that I am a runner, so I love characters who are runners.

Mandelski did a fantastic job of setting up the atmosphere of this story. After I read one chapter of the book, I couldn’t resist the urge to buy cupcakes at the store because of the descriptions of Sheridan’s cakes. Yet I could also easily picture the town where she lived, as well as its cast of oddball yet charming characters, who added a nice element of humor to the story. I’ve grown up in small towns and enjoy living in them, so I love seeing them portrayed in books.

The Sweetest Thing is honest when it comes to addressing hurt and heartache, but for me it was still a feel good read. The emotions in this story were real, which is what led me to grow so attached to these characters. I think every reader will find something that he or she can relate to. This is an exceptional debut which not only kept me hungry for baked goods and gourmet food, but more of Mandelski’s work.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book through Star Book Tours.


  1. Great review! Will definitely have to read this one at some point because I love baking!

  2. Cupcakes, YUM! I need to pick this up soon since it makes you crave the sweet stuff! Great review!

  3. I'm glad you liked this! I can honestly say I wasn't going to read it because I'd read some discouraging things... but Liz, you have restored my faith <3

  4. I can't wait to read this one! I am the ideal demographic too. I have Food Network on 24/7. LOL!



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