Review: Sweet Thing by Renee Carlino

17609127Title: Sweet Thing: A Novel (Atria)
Author: Renee Carlino
Published: August 20, 2013

Blurb from Goodreads:

“You have to teach your heart and mind how to sing together…then you’ll hear the sound of your soul.”

Mia Kelly thinks she has it all figured out. She’s an Ivy League graduate, a classically trained pianist, and the beloved daughter of a sensible mother and offbeat father. Yet Mia has been stalling since graduation, torn between putting her business degree to use and exploring music, her true love.

When her father unexpectedly dies, she decides to pick up the threads of his life while she figures out her own. Uprooting herself from Ann Arbor to New York City, Mia takes over her father’s café, a treasured neighborhood institution that plays host to undiscovered musicians and artists. She’s denied herself the thrilling and unpredictable life of a musician, but a chance encounter with Will, a sweet, gorgeous, and charming guitarist, offers her a glimpse of what could be. When Will becomes her friend and then her roommate, she does everything in her power to suppress her passions-for him, for music-but her father’s legacy slowly opens her heart to the possibility of something more.

A “heartbreaking and romantic” (Aestas Book Blog) debut, Sweet Thing explores the intensity and complexities of first love and self-discovery.


This is a quaint story about a girl trying to find her way after she loses her dad. I figure he means a lot to her, according to the way she acts and the hard time she has after his dead. It’s hard losing a parent. It’s even harder letting go of the things you think you need to have and need to do in your life. It’s even harder loving and trusting someone. That I get. But for the rest of it, I could not place myself in some of the drama the main character created. Now, before those of you that read the book attack me, I am not saying all of it. Some of it I understand just fine. But others? I can’t understand certain outbursts, especially if things are fine and even more so when she says something is ok, or she wants something to be a certain way and then go nitpicking on it. Maybe it’s me, but it was hard for me to see what the use was of that, other than create drama and hurt others and yourself. But it was nice to have someone who worked hard to achieve his dreams, even though sometimes I got really exasperated with him because of erratic outbursts. And it seemed a little “jumpy” to me. Trying to explain things, like “oh and he told her that sometime, when we were not watching”. It took away a little from the story imo. But all in all decent.

P.S. about the cover: I liked the first one, kind of whimsical to me, but the second one rocks!

2 star

happy reading deb s 2


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