|Sweet Thing by Renee Carlino|
"You have to teach your heart and mind how to sing together...then you'll hear the sound of your soul." - MarthaAt the age of 24 years old, Mia Kelly is still figuring out what she wants to do with her life. Before she could decide whether or not to pursue a business related job or play music, she hears unexpected news. Upon the death of her father, she takes upon herself to move to New York to run his cafe. On the flight there, she sits next to Will, an aspiring musician. Chance allows for their paths to cross more than once that entwine their fate. Along the way, Mia faces many obstacles that will change her views about life and love.
"...sometimes we figure things out, and then life changes and we have to figure it all out again." - Lauren
Character and Plot Developments:
Mia's journey to recognize her true passion in life. After obtaining a business degree, she still stands at a crossroad to find work related to her major, or pursue her hidden passion for music. More grief place on her shoulders upon the news of her father's death, which led her to believe by taking care of his cafe in New York, she will figure out her life. Through Will's help, she sorted out what drives her and cause her heart to skip up a beat:
"Yes, committing yourself to someone requires a leap of faith-that's why it's so hard for some. There is no crystal ball, but it you love someone enough and you share a similar dream, then your faith in that person becomes faith in yourself, and that's the best part of sharing your life..." - JennyNot only does Will played a significant role in transforming Mia, his encounter with her changes him. His character came off as a heartwarming guy, who clearly knows what he wants in life. Until a chance encounter with Mia does he realized a missing sparks to his music. As she figures out what she wants in her life, he silently stood on the side as means of mental and physical supports. Not once does he asked anything in return, but a notion to be with her.
Both character encountered problems that drives a plot along. Grief, a major driving force in Mia's character problem. So much responsibilities thrown at her without giving her proper time to grieve her father's death. Not to mention her being indecisiveness did not helped her. A simple plot that hindered her life at a stand still, but developed her to a better person.
Carlino's debut novel left quite an impression on me that I am planning to read her other pieces. Sweet Thing does indeed stood up to its title meaning; a sweet tale about how a simple kind of love that everyone want to find. Although storyline illustrated a cliche romance between a boy and a girl, the author created story that focus both on love and reflection of life. Storyline contained twists and turns that will make readers wonder how the author will resolve them. This was one story where a HEA (happily ever after) hinted along the way.
Being in Mia's shoe throughout the book. I had got to say, this is not the first time that the female character bugged me because no one is perfect. With that in mind, I found her personality to make me wanted to scream sometime, but at the same time, I understand where she is coming from. As a recent college graduate, I too, do not know what to do with my life. Do I seek out a job related to my biological science degree, or do I go with the flow? She and I have similar questions that we must answered. Although, I would not have hold Will at arm's length as she did.
Sweet Thing is a must read to those who enjoy new adult romance. The characters of Mia and Will bring about an intense and passionate chemistry.
Rating: 5/5 stars
Mia and Will continues in Sweet Little Thing by Renee Carlino that pick up right after the last page of Sweet Thing. All of this is told from Will's perspective.
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Carlino, Renee. Sweet Thing. New York: Atria Paperback, 2014. Print.