Review: The Sweetest Thing by Christina Mandelski

Publication Date: May 10th, 2011
Egmont USA
Format: ARC from Net Galley

Goodreads Summary

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.


Sheridan’s life is spiraling out control. Actually, her life has been on a spin cycle since her mother left them years ago. Nowadays, her father only cares about his restaurant and becoming a television chef celebrity. But that’s okay. As soon as she finds her runaway mother, life will go back to normal and she won’t have to move to New York where her father could finally host his cooking show – or so she thinks.

Sheridan is a trying character to read. Often times, I found myself angry because of her foolish notions. Her determination to find a mother who never wanted her irritated me to no end. It seemed like she had her blinkers on all the time when it comes to the people who ACTUALLY love her.
But then I got to thinking: Have you ever wanted something so badly that you would move heaven and earth to get it? It’s a need that blinds you from all reasons that you would do anything to get it and hurt anyone that hinders your way? Well, Sheridan only wanted one thing: to finally have her mother at home like she’s been promising in all her communications with Sheridan. I understand where she was coming from, but that doesn’t mean that I warmed up to her.
I honestly had a hard time liking her or all the other major characters in the book. I especially disliked her father; cold and mean and closed up. At times I felt sorry for Sheridan because for all the love her family claimed to have for her, they just continually hurt her as her mother did by keeping a lot of things from her. Let’s not even talk about her vile, selfish, immature excuse for a mother because other than imparting her cake decorating knowledge to Sheridan, she was pretty much a useless human being. I honestly have never hated anyone as much as I hated this character.
The single saving grace came in the form of the best friend who’s been in love with Sheridan but couldn’t man up. I can honestly say that I forced myself to finish this because of Jack. Other than that, this book didn’t leave a good impression. Sorry.
ARC provided by Net Galley and Egmont USA in exchange for an honest review. 

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