Monday, May 28, 2012

Review: Wicked Sweet by Mar'ce Merrell

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  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
  • Publication date: 5/22/2012
  • Pages: 336
  • Source: ARC provided by Feiwel & Friends for review
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Overview

Chantal is a planner, and her summer-before-senior-year plan requires best friend Jillian, resumé updating, and studying for AP classes. Jillian wants something different and is afraid to leave introverted Chantal in the dust. All that changes, though, when popular classmates Parker and Will suspiciously start hanging out with the girls.

Chantal only sees one thing: Jillian ditching her for Parker—a guy who can’t even be trusted! Chantal hatches a new plan, one that will expose Parker and Will for what they truly are, and along the way, get her best friend back with the littlest lie and a lot of mouthwatering cake. After all, what are best friends for?


My Thoughts

To start, I totally loved the cover. I thought it was super cute and then I read the synopsis and knew I had to read this. It wasn't quite what I thought it would be, but it was really great! It's in a multi POV so it switches from Chantal, Jillian, Parker, and Will. It is done really well, and you really get to take in all that is happening. It has some important underlying issues in it, but overall I enjoyed it. It was never really too intense or emotional, but it also wasn't as light and fluffy as you would think it would be.  All of the characters are so different and all have issues that come from their parents.

Onto the characters. Chantal is the type of person who needs routine and structure. It is how she grew up. Her mother is pretty awful actually. She is miss perfect who has to have everything organized, have lists, schedule the family to exercise, and is against having junk food. She won't even let Chantal bake deserts in the house. She puts Chantal down and makes her feel bad about herself. When Chantal was in 3rd grade and cut her won hair, she yelled at her and told her she looked like a fat little boy!! I mean, how horrible is that. Chantal is a great character, who is just trying to find herself. She is terrified of losing her BFF because she fells like she needs her. They kind of complete each other.

Jillian is the character that you feel sorry for. Her mom is a freaking train wreck. She has seven kids with three different guys. Jillian is the one who ends up taking care of them all the time. Not only is she taking care of six kids, but they are all boys. Triplets, twins, and a two year old. Her mother doesn't think it's wrong to let Jillian take on the responsibility. Jillian has always just gone along with Chantal's summer plans. She actually really enjoyed then too. They always plan a project. They are smart and are at the top of their class, but now she wants more. She wants to have fun, be noticed, and not have to deal with her horrible home life. She just wants to fit in.

Parker is from a well off family. His parents are pretty much perfect, but it's not really as it seems. They want so much out of him. They expect him to be class president like his brothers were. Go to college and be super successful. Hang around the "right" people. Parker sees the good in everyone though. He wants to do big things, but not like his parents want. He wants to help charities, and raise money for good causes. Parker is overall a really great guy who just does some really stupid things because of Will and his family.

Will is a character that I still disliked by the end of the book. He didn't have any redeeming qualities at all. His dad is a complete jerk, and his mom doesn't stand up for him or care because she will always choose his father over him. It's sad, but it's hard to feel bad for Will because he is just such a tool. He is just a jerk in general. You think you start to see a better side of him, but then he ruins it again. He is self-centered and thinks he is awesome, when really he is just a loser. I get it, he wants something better out of life, but his behavior is just horrible.

The overall story was pretty fun. Chantal finds herself through baking, Jillian finally does what she thinks is right for her family, Parker knows what he wants and he doesn't care what his parents think, and Will is still a jerk, but somehow manages to get his way a little bit. The story follows Chantal as the Cake Princess and there is some pretty yummy tasting cakes that she makes. She has this whole pretty awesome plan to expose Will and it's quite entertaining. I really enjoyed seeing how the characters changed and grew through the story. The thing that I didn't like was some of the word choices they used. Profanity doesn't bother me, but offensive terms do, and there was a part of this book that did that. I really did enjoy this book though. I think it was a great quick contemporary that will leave you craving tasty cake! 3.5 out of 5 stars

14 comments:

  1. This book sounds very emotionally intense. Chantal's mom is abosolutely horrible! Although, it also appears the other kid's parents aren't exactly "perfect". Normally I don't like multi POV books but it seems like it works well with this book. With the exception being Will, I'm glad the other kid's storylines wrapped up nicely and in a good way. Awesome review girly! :)

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    1. Thanks hon!! It really was a great book. You really do feel bad for all of the kids in different ways. I really loved how they all really learned to find themselves through the book even though it wasn't always easy.

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    2. It sounds like a great coming of age story where *most* of the teens overcome their obstacles by their own self-discovery.

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    3. It really was quite enjoyable. I liked the "real" feel of it.

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  2. This sounds like such a cute story! The cake on the cover looks very yummy. :D This book sounds like a real story, with some relateable characters. I'm glad that you ended up liking it, Amy! I think this one is going on the TBR for me. =) Lovely review!

    -Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life

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    1. It is a great story. A lot of teens go through issues of all kinds and I like that this book has people with different issues that they are dealing with.

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  3. That cover is just awesome! lol
    I think this story is going to be a good one! I love me some drama that I can relate to! I haven't heard of this book until now, so thank you for bringing it to my attention! :)

    Check out my latest review! :)
    Tabby @Insightful Minds & IM Design Studio

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    1. It makes me so happy when I bring books to peoples attention that they didn't know about. It hope you get a chance to read it and enjoy it.

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  4. Have never even heard of this but it sounds like something I might like! Thanks for the heads-up!

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    1. I think you would like it. The cover and synopsis make it seem cutesy and silly, but it's actually not. There is plenty of humor in it, but it's not a funny book.

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  5. Eeesh that mom makes me want to becomes a murderer O_O I was expecting a very light fun read based on this cover, good to know it's not a super fluffly book (not that I don't enjoy them but usually only on occasion). It sort of reminds me of bittersweet, her baking and making us crave cupcakes :D

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    1. OMG which mom? Chantal or Jillian's. Both of them made me want to bash my head on the wall. Lol!! This book was totally not what I was expecting, but I still really did enjoy it. I still haven't read Bittersweet and I bought it like a week or 2 after it came out.

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  6. I haven't heard of this book or author before. The story seems to have really resonated with you. I like that the story had substance. I'm glad you enjoyed it. And yeah, I thought of Bittersweet, too. (Awesome freaking book!)
    Nice review, chick!

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    1. I saw this a few months ago when I was browsing the catalogs on Macmillian's site. I thought it sounded good so I requested it. I was surprised when it showed up. I'm glad I requested it though, it was good.

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