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ISBN13: 9781606841297
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Publisher Comments:

A delicious confection for Sarah Dessen fans

 

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.

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"Debut author Mandelski follows a pretty basic recipe in this coming-of-age novel that offers an abundance of familial and romantic drama. Fifteen-year-old Sheridan Wells, aka 'Cake Girl,' is happy with her smalltown life in western Michigan, creating amazing cakes in her grandmother's bakery. Her father, who runs the hottest restaurant in town, is distant, but Sheridan truly longs for her mother, who abandoned the family years ago. When her father is offered a cooking show in New York City, Sheridan refuses to consider leaving the town she loves, holding out hope for her mother's return; her mother says she'll do just that in birthday cards Sheridan receives each year, though readers should see through these promises quickly, draining that story line of genuine tension. After Sheridan's contact with her mother proves a disappointment, she is finally able to move on. Sheridan is believably self-absorbed and melodramatic when faced with unwanted changes in her life, but her bratty attitude and emotional naïveté don't diminish until late into the novel, which flattens the story's arc and isn't likely to endear her to many readers. Ages 12 — up. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Christina Mandelski was born a stone’s throw from the Atlantic Ocean, which explains her dream of spending every day on the beach with a laptop and a bottomless glass of cherry limeade. For now she gets by at a desk, giving life to the characters that knock around in her head and reminding herself that sand in a keyboard is no fun. When not writing, she’s sublimely happy hanging out with her husband and two young daughters in Houston, Texas. You can visit her online at www.christinamandelski.com.

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Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com, May 25, 2011 (view all comments by Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com)
There’s nothing more Sheridan Wells loves than decorating cakes. She’s got a talent for creating just what a cake needs to look perfect before it’s shuttled off to a party. Unfortunately, the rest of her life is not so perfect. Her dad is a well-known chef who’s been offered his own cooking show. But he’d have to move from their small Michigan town to New York to do it.

Sheridan doesn’t want to leave her friends or her Nanny behind. Plus, she’s dating a guy she’s had a crush on for years, and she’s sure her mom, who left home years ago and hasn’t been in touch much since, is going to come home any day. Sheridan has to be there when she does.

The Sweetest Thing by Christina Mandelski is perfect for teen fans of TV shows like “Cake Boss,” “Ace of Cakes” and “Ultimate Cake Off.” Descriptions of Sheridan’s decorating will make you hungry for cake, but you’ll also see how she throws herself into her work to avoid dealing with other issues in her life. She used to be close to her dad, but now they’re more often upset with each other. Her best friend, Jack, may have a crush on her, and he definitely doesn’t approve of her new boyfriend. She’s afraid to develop any talents outside of decorating cakes, because that’s something she shared with her mom.

Finally, Sheridan has to face up to all of her issues even though accepting the truth may be painful, unsettling, and full of uncertainty. The Sweetest Thing is a good choice for mother-daughter book clubs with girls aged 14 and up.


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Product Details

ISBN:
9781606841297
Author:
Mandelski, Christina
Publisher:
EgmontUSA
Subject:
Cooking/Food
Subject:
Family - General
Subject:
Children s-Cooking and Food Fiction
Publication Date:
20110510
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.55 x 5.87 x 1.19 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 12

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Debut author Mandelski follows a pretty basic recipe in this coming-of-age novel that offers an abundance of familial and romantic drama. Fifteen-year-old Sheridan Wells, aka 'Cake Girl,' is happy with her smalltown life in western Michigan, creating amazing cakes in her grandmother's bakery. Her father, who runs the hottest restaurant in town, is distant, but Sheridan truly longs for her mother, who abandoned the family years ago. When her father is offered a cooking show in New York City, Sheridan refuses to consider leaving the town she loves, holding out hope for her mother's return; her mother says she'll do just that in birthday cards Sheridan receives each year, though readers should see through these promises quickly, draining that story line of genuine tension. After Sheridan's contact with her mother proves a disappointment, she is finally able to move on. Sheridan is believably self-absorbed and melodramatic when faced with unwanted changes in her life, but her bratty attitude and emotional naïveté don't diminish until late into the novel, which flattens the story's arc and isn't likely to endear her to many readers. Ages 12 — up. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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