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Friday, March 18, 2011

Sweet Treats and Secret Crushes by Lisa Greenwald

Title: Sweet Treats and Secret Crushes
Author: Lisa Greenwald
ISBN: 9780810989900
Publisher: Amulet Books
Page #: 291
Source: My own copy

"Olivia, Kate, and Georgia have been best friends since their families all moved into the same Brooklyn apartment building. But lately their friendship has been strained, as confident Kate doesn't notice much but the latest gossip, shy Georgia can't say out loud what's always on her mind, and both Georgia and Kate are ready for Olivia to stop being an observer and start taking action - especially when it comes to the object of her megacrush. They're still best friends, but for how much longer.

When a blizzard turns Valentine's Day into a snow day, the girls hatch a plan to distribute homemade fortune cookies throughout their building. If their scheme works, it might bring a little bit of romance and happiness to their neighbors - and perhaps remind each other why they're such good friends to begin with!"
First Lines:

"I thought Kate was reaching for another Nilla Wafer when it happened. Turned out, she wasn't.
I had just said, 'And under his Brooklyn Cyclones sweatshirt he was wearing this Boston Museum of Science T-shirt. It's gray, but faded, like he's been wearing it for years.'"
Page 1

This is one of those books that feels easy, fun, and breezy. A perfect summer read - even though it's set on Valentine's Day. But it's such a cute story, I'd read it anytime.

The story is about three seventh grade girls who live in the same apartment building in Brooklyn. During a huge snow storm, they decide to pass out fortune cookies to everyone in the building. In doing this, they meet lots of interesting characters and make some fun connections. There's also a huge emphasis on their individual crushes and how that tears them apart - or how they seem to be growing apart a little bit.

There is something about this book that really reminds me of my seventh grade years. No, I didn't live in an apartment. No, we never had snowstorms. But there's always something universal about your first huge crush and how much it really pulls you in. And how much it annoys your friends. :) There's just a real truth about the story... even if it is cute-ified.

I really think this book will appeal to middle school girls. It's perfect for their age group and it's a cool story for those who wish they were Brooklynites. I, personally, loved all of the people they met in the building. And wished for a Chinese food restaurant in the bottom floor of our building. Ahem. But what a really cool idea - and it's a huge part of the story. I just loved it.

It's a fast, easy read. Great for girls. Boys will probably think it's ridiculous. Or wish they were as awesome as girls. Either way, it's a fun book. It will take you back, if you're older... and make you thankful for great friendships no matter how old you are. For those looking for semi-romance, but more focus on friendship, this is a perfect story.

Check out the author's website. It's really cool and there's lots of fun stuff on it.
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