Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Sweet Thing by Renee Carlino


Mia Kelly is a twenty-five-year-old walking Gap ad who thinks she has life figured out when her father’s sudden death uproots her from slow-paced Ann Arbor to New York City’s bustling East Village. There she discovers her father’s spirit for life and the legacy he left behind with the help of an old café, a few eccentric friends, and one charming musician.

Will Ryan is good-looking, poetic, spontaneous, and on the brink of fame when he meets Mia, his new landlord, muse, and personal heartbreaker.

A story of self-discovery and friendship, Sweet Thing shines light on the power of loving and letting go.  


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

I really loved Sweet Thing, especially Will. He is so damn sweet, wonderful, yummy and perfect. Love him a lot!! Mia I have a love/hate relationship but I really couldn't hate her. I understood her. Fear makes us all do stupid things, we are all human and especially when you are so lost in the world. Trying to find yourself, what you really want in life and taking the gamble of faith. The best thing of all of Sweet Thing is that in the end you come to terms with it all and happy with it all. You are finally at peace after the angst filled ride you took.
"The problem with that idea is that wisdom is not the same as information; it’s something entirely different. It’s often mistaken for good advice, but wisdom cannot be imparted to someone. Wisdom can only be earned; it’s a by-product of experience, not necessarily knowledge, otherwise I would be stalking Oprah right now, begging for a transfusion."
Before I started Sweet Thing I heard that a lot of people were frustrated with Mia so when I started reading it I was preparing myself for my frustration to erupt. It would have been just so easy to be angry and hate her but I had to feel for her. I knew that its so hard, and trying to find yourself in the whole process is hard. In way we try find wisdom and guidance through our parents. Trying to learn from their mistakes and/or follow their footsteps. Mia wanted to have a successful and stable future, she wanted to be with someone who is successful and not someone struggling to make means end. She learns from how her father's and mother's relationship never worked out because he was a musician, not stable like her stepfather David is. How their worlds are different and that's why it never worked for them, Mia didn't want to make that mistake. When she sees how her mother's and David's relationship and how it worked well for them because they were stable and from the same world.  She tries to find it for herself but little does she know that her fear is what is going to make her miserable after all. That being safe and not taking the "leap of faith" is not really living life or making the right choice for herself.

This is Mia journey of self discovery. She is a musician but in order to be smart and stable she majored in business. So when her father died she moves NYC to live in her father's apartment, manages his cafe and in that mean time, to find out what is her next step. Well that is her plan or what will be doing for now.  

“And so it began, my secret and suppressed obsession with the sensitive, tortured, artist soul. An obsession I was still fighting tooth and nail and one I wouldn’t admit to anyone, namely myself.”
That when she meets Will Ryan on the plane ride from Ann Harbour to NYC. He is a struggling musician and in her mind she can't be anything but friends with him. So they become friends, she offers a room for rent and they slowly become close, he starts to know her better than she does herself. Besides her obvious attraction to him, this connection she has with him she fights it tooth in nail and is hurting both Will and herself. She hurts Will more in my opinion. Hence my frustration with her for being such an idiot and not knowing what an amazing person she is hurting and pushing away. Her fear is what is making her be stupid and why I can't hate her but want to punch and shake her. 

“My real fear was that I would fall in love with Will or that I already had and then he would just leave me alone, broken and pathetic.”
He makes her comes to terms with what her heart wants and that is to make music, to play and enjoy doing so. He becomes instrumental in helping her find her way. She gets scared because she needs him a lot and is finding herself falling for him. So what she does she do? She pushes him, hurts him and make a mess of things. 
“…sometimes we figure things out and then life changes and we have to figure it all out again.”
This is Mia story. Join her in finding herself and finding love and her true happiness in that last place or... shall I say last person she would have thought because Will is anything but her safe and stable guy appearance wise or is he? 

He buried his face in my neck and pulled me into a hug. I threw my arms around him and whispered, “Never let me go.”
He tightened his grip as his mouth moved to my ear.

Sweet Thing made me feel so much, I hurt when they hurt, I was lost when they were lost. My heart melted when Mia's did and my heart hurt when Will was hurt. My hands was itching to shake and punch Mia when she was being stupid but in the end it was all worth while. I was at peace. 

A really good debut by Renee Carlino, looking forward to reading more of her books that will come out in the future. I recommend you all to read this!

My verdict? 4 - 4.5 Stars, can't decide which because of Mia's decisions and how she handled them gives it 4 stars and my love for Will gives it a little more (he is just so yummy), so I am in between perhaps a little closer to 4.5. ;) For my new hubby Will Ryan!! hehe. :P 

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