Review: Sweet Thing by Renee Carlino
(Sweet Thing #1)
Author: Renee Carlino
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication: March 17, 2013
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
“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 cafe, 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.
“You have to teach your heart and mind how to sing together… Then you’ll hear the sound of your soul.”
Sweet Thing is indeed a sweet thing. I love the musical theme. It kind of makes me feel comforted. Actually, the theme was particularly the main reason why I took this book in the first place. It holds such delightful promises.
The book opens when Mia Kelly’s dad died and she had to move on by going to New York to settle and find herself– discover her dreams and perhaps find her dream man. While on the way, she met the handsome and struggling musician Will whom she instantly felt a strange connection with. Because Will is such a funny, cool, and sprightly guy, and because Mia has that musical inclination as well, she was not able to resist her attraction towards him. They met again for the second time and Mia learned that Will was in need of a room to stay while he’s working at a bar. They eventually ended up as roommates.
I enjoyed most parts of this book. I especially love the way both characters connected through their music. Will playing a guitar and singing, and Mia playing a piano. Don’t they really make a good pair? *sigh*. And Will… Will… Will… What a perfect guy he is. If he exists in real life, then I’ll definitely take him home. Ha! He has such a great and deep soul, one who’s always there to stay by your side whenever you need someone to rely on, and one who overlooks your imperfections and just focuses on your beautiful side just to be with you.
What kept me from rating this book higher was Mia. I understand her angst, but I could not understand how inconsistent she was in this book when it came to her decisions and her reasons. She made a slightly bad impression when she underestimated Will and his not-promising musical career and instantly hooked up with a rich, handsome, and boring banker instead– without even getting to know the guy better. For me, it was such a crazy resolve. Then she ended up being jealous becuase of Will’s series of girlfriends.
Female leads with immature attitude doesn’t always sit well with me. That includes Mia. All throughout the book I was so hoping that her character will improve, but nah. Maybe improved a little but still, her confused mind and the way she continued to reject Will kind of annoyed me. Like, please can you just love Will already? He’s proved so much and yet…. argh. (I’m already ranting. Haha!)
Anyways, despite Mia’s attitude, I still find this book good. I also highly recommend this, because the concept is awesome and it’s not often done. Only rare authors give this theme a chance. The romance was good and there were steamy scenes, too. Are you a fan of Colleen Hoover‘s Maybe Someday? Then go read this book! 🙂
Rating: 3 Stars
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