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. (Goodreads)
Here’s the scoop:
Sheridan lives in a small town where everyone knows her family. Her Nanny (that’s her grandma) owns the best bakery around and her father is somewhat of a local celeb because of his popular restaurant. Not to be left out, Sheridan is already making a name for herself as…drumroll please…Cake Girl.
While it may not be the coolest gig in her high school, Sheridan loves working at Nanny’s bakery. And she’s so talented and meticulous about what she does. To her, creating a cake is like creating a piece of artwork. She throws herself into her work, and since her mother is no longer around (having deserted the family years earlier) it’s her job to take care of herself and her father. Cake making is really her only outlet.
Everything changes when Sheridan’s father is offered an opportunity to have his own reality show on the Extreme Cuisine TV channel. If the show is a success, they could end up moving away from their small town life, all the way to New York City. While most girls would be thrilled at the prospect of moving to a big city, Sheridan is devastated at the very thought. She can’t leave her life at the bakery, her best friends—including Jack, the friend she’s too blind to see is adorably in love with her—( I’ve been there Sheridan. Believe me, it’s ok to be clueless about boys )or her raging crush, Ethan, who may or may not have just acknowledged her existence.
The biggest reason Sheridan wants to stay home is her mother. As she constantly pulls out cards from birthdays past, she revels in the promises of her absent parent and her promises to return home one day. Sheridan believes those words. They keep her going. They make her want to be a better baker, like her mother was. Everything she does is so that her mom will hopefully see and come back sooner.
This book is pretty much as sweet as the cover itself. Sheridan is a cute character, who is completely driven and mature while at the same time being innocent and kind of clueless about life and boys. Her passionate belief in her mother’s enduring love and in the hope that her family will be reunited is conveyed with real tenderness and, as a mom, it made my heart break just a little. I loved the relationships in this book as well. Her father, Nanny and Jack were all good characters and I loved how she related to (or fought with) them. If I have any complaints about this book, it would only be that the relationship with Ethan (the big crush) was somewhat predictable. But still, watching her fall into that scenario was still totally enjoyable.
Crush Intensity: 3.5/5 Great debut from Christina Mandelski. While it didn’t blow me away, I enjoyed it.
How I See It:
Don’t you love her? She should be in all of my fake movies.
I’m thinking Sex and the City John Corbett and not Hairy Mountain Man John Corbett.
There’s really nothing else to say. This is how I pictured Jack.
I was watching alot of Camelot at the time I cast this one. Can you tell? Also, it was difficult to find a pic of JCB where he didn’t look crazy. Or is it just me?