Sweet Nothings by Janis Thomas
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
If you like chick-lit, then this book is for you! My friends tell me all the time that they love to read light, fun, happy books, because life has enough troubling things in it and they don't want to read unhappy things. So ... I thought I'd step out of my preferred horror genre and try a chick-lit book. Well ... I think I should stick with horror ... and YA (I do love most YA books!).
Why? Because while my friends might like to read about happy topics for an escape, I actually like to read things that are worse than my own life to make me appreciate how good I have it. (TMI?)
The worse thing that happens in SWEET NOTHINGS is a cake gets ruined. ;)
It is a cute book, and the beginning is wonderful. I'm trying to award stars based on an objective point-of-view instead of my "Give me a break, it's only a cake!" attitude.
Here are the reasons I gave it less than five stars:
1. The writing is great, but the author overuses italics (personal pet peeve).
2. The word VAGINA is used a lot. I'm not opposed to the word. I just got tired of reading about the main character's vagina.
3. The kids were dumbed-down. Since I read a lot of YA, I expect teenage characters to be pretty sharp. And the fact that they didn't see their dad's post on Facebook in the beginning before their mom told them about it surprised me. On the flip side of that, however, I was surprised that the teenage daughter knew how to not only cut her mother's hair on the spur of the moment, but also she layered it. Hmm. What teenage girl knows how to layer someone's hair? Basically, I had trouble believing the teenagers motivations, actions, and dialogue. I know they were only supporting characters, but these details distanced me from the story.
With that said, I still think if you're a chick-lit fan, you'll love this book.
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