(The Girls #2)
Author: Rachel Hollis
Release Date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: Lake Union Press
Source: Personal Copy
Review by: Jenn & Nahomi
Max Jennings is in a bad mood. It’s not anything you did; it’s just that secrets from her past make it her natural state of being. But she’s not going to talk about it or share her feelings, so don’t bother asking.
Max’s bad mood means that very few people actually truly understand her or know that her secret dream is to be a pastry chef. When a rare opportunity to work for world-famous Avis Phillips presents itself, Max jumps at the chance. Avis and her staff aren’t stingy with the tough love, so Max spends every spare minute practicing her craft. As she bakes brownies and custards, cookies and galettes, she builds an unlikely friendship with a man she once loathed and finds herself falling into something she’s spent the last six years avoiding. Will she let her painful past stand in the way, or will she muster the strength to forgive herself and realize her full potential?
Jenn's rating: 5 stars out of 5 stars
Nahomi's rating: 5 stars out of 5 stars
Overall rating: 5 stars out of 5 stars
Rachel Hollis hooked me line for line with this book. I loved it from beginning to end and I can definitely say that I will read anything to writes because her storytelling is just so darned entertaining.
Sweet Girl follows Max Jennings as she stumbles upon an opportunity of a lifetime and what she is willing to do in order to follow her dreams in becoming a pastry chef. Max has this tough, sarcastic personality and I'll admit that at times, she was a lot to handle. However, Max is a character definitely worth getting to know. She has been through a lot and doesn't always say the right things but her character growth throughout Sweet Girl is something I completely enjoyed and even cried while reading.
Sweet Girl grabbed my attention from beginning to end and I couldn't get enough Max and the whole gang. Rachel Hollis has a way of capturing all the little details and making the story all the more real. The plot, the love interest, the characters, they are all what make this story a perfect light hearted read. I can't wait to see what Rachel has in store for Miko because Miko is definitely one of my favorite character in Party Girl and in Sweet Girl.
I didn't think I could love Sweet Girl anymore than I did Party Girl, but it is true I love Sweet Girl tens times! For starters it's the same great characters that I adored from the first book, then we got Max's pov and she is ah-maaz-ing! But the what really got me was the plot. Truly, this book is like a perfect storm of wonderfulness.
From the beginning Max had me smiling with her snarky attitude! Getting to know Max is like peeling away the layers of an onion... ok so maybe not that's not the correct analogy but there are definitely layer when it comes to Max. I love that she works so hard at being independent and to achieve her dream. As the story develops she undergoes a great amount of character growth.
There is a love interest in this story and I absolutely adore him! I don't want to give away who it is because then it kinda spoils the story I think; but take my word for it he is amazing too! He is sweet, patient, kind, isn't afraid to tease and exchanges sarcastic comments with Max. He's perfect for her!!
The plot wants to make you believe it's predictable but in reality there is a major plot twist, that will leave you in shock! I love the friendships between Max, Landon, and Miko. It was great catching up with the characters from Party Girl.