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Mandi Kaye @ Never Too Fond of Books

Louisa May Alcott may as well have been writing about me when she wrote "She is too fond of books and it has turned her brain!" But I am a staunch believer that there is no such thing.

The Sweetest Thing - Christina Mandelski Reviewed at http://www.mandikayereads.com/archives/905I was completely sucked into this one from the first page. I love to cook, and while I pretty much suck at baking I can truly appreciate the talent it takes to be a cake decorator. Reading about people who do the things I love to do is always a plus.Unfortunately, things didn't go quite as I'd hoped.The story was great - heart-wrenching in all of the right places. The writing was flawless, from a technical standpoint. But Sheridan's voice really bothered me. She really was the epitome of a selfish, spoiled child - and though she eventually grew out of it no one called her on it. She was fifteen, for crying out loud! She should never have been allowed to speak to/treat people the way she did without consequence. I get that she was hurting, but the way she acted wasn't okay. And I was a little baffled about why she acted the way she did. The whole mother/daughter drama really left a bad taste in my mouth. I can't imagine a daughter being that blind when a mother has abandoned her so completely. It just didn't work for me.And unfortunately, that piece of things has colored my opinion of the book. It *was* good. But it wasn't great because the main character wasn't very likable, the story lines were predictable, and the plot/character development ran a little thin.