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Friendship. Courage. Hope.For shy, stuttering Melissa, the wild mountain girl named Sweetie is a symbol of pride and strength. But to many in their Appalachian town Sweetie is an outcast, a sinister influence, or worse. This poignant and haunting story takes readers deep inside the bittersweet heart of childhood loyalties....

Title : Sweetie
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ISBN : 9781935661917
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 216 Pages
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Sweetie Reviews

  • Lydia Presley
    2019-04-27 09:17

    Five stars. FIVE STARS to this book. I'm out of breath from being totally blown away by this beautiful coming-of-age story. Parts of this book reminded me of an old favorite book, The Shepherd of the Hills by Harold Bell Wright. Kathryn Magendie has captured some magic in her descriptions of the Smoky Mountains and has created a character in Sweetie that will live on in my memory.Sweetie is the story of two very different girls, friends thrown together through cruel acts at school - one strong and the other tender. They spend a school year together, growing up, changing and learning from one another. I felt Melissa's struggle and her pain while dealing with the bullies at school, her escape to food and her need to be loved by someone - and I felt captured by the entrance of "Sweetie" - her stories, her treatment of "Miss Lissa" and the adventures she drags Melissa on.I had a sneaking suspicion after reading the first chapter that I would like this book, but I did not expect it to flat out floor me. The development of the story, the characters, the way Magendie manipulates her readers emotions threw me for a loop and had me laughing and crying .. sometimes loudly. This is the perfect book for you folks who love a good coming-of-age story with a touch of magic in it. I cannot wait to get my greedy hands on a physical copy as soon as I can (as I received this via Netgalley).

  • Susie
    2019-04-29 05:22

    I did not understand this book. It took me much longer to read than most books. I kept putting it down to read something else. It only got weirder when Melissa went through puberty. I was hoping for some explanation at the end, where the prologue is picked up again. Too cryptic. Wish I hadn't spend the time.I can't believe I am the only person to give this book 1 star!

  • Debby Littlefield
    2019-04-30 08:38

    I loved this book. The author really makes you feel like you are seeing every little flower, and all things beautiful in the smoky mountains. This story is a wonderful story of friendship and I really loved this read!! I have never ready anything quite like it and I loved the two girls in this story!

  • Vaughn Roycroft
    2019-04-25 09:13

    Coming-of-age novels are certainly nothing new, but Sweetie is that and so much more. The book starts right off with an adult narrator (Lissa) recalling her first meeting with Sweetie. I immediately fell in love with the wild mountain girl and unrepentant outsider in the character of Sweetie. In spite of the gender difference, I also came to identify with, and grew to love, thirteen-year-old Lissa; so many of us felt awkward and unattractive at this, or some, early stage of life.Lissa joins Sweetie as an outsider just as summer vacation arrives. The novel really takes off as the pair explores their budding friendship, each seeing a new world through the other’s eyes. Life lessons abound for Lissa, and the girls’ relationship deepens to a bound-sisterhood. Magendie is spot-on in rendering the process of finding something outside ourselves, something bigger: connection to place, separation from parental protectiveness, and our own private spirituality.Sweetie carried me along at a fervent pace. Magendie deftly wields a number of literary devices: Lissa’s stammering, Sweetie’s inability to feel physical pain, both girls’ complicated parental relationships, and more; all tightly woven to create a powerful payoff. Suffice to say I was more than entertained. I was: swept away, made to reminisce, cracked-up, teary-eyed, stimulated to a racing pulse, but mostly just profoundly moved. Magendie’s masterful use of language and setting, the intimacy of the story, and the balanced and brisk pace all contribute to her wonderful achievement. It’s a tale that transcends age and gender.

  • Missy
    2019-05-23 05:37

    I loved every minute of this story. A beautiful coming-of-age tale set in Appalachia in the 1970's, tells the story of Melissa and Sweetie; Shy, overweight Melissa, and brash, outspoken Sweetie, who become fast friends. It is a story of a summertime friendship, spent roaming the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina's Haywood County. Two friends who become "bound sisters" for life, each needing something from the other. Kathryn Magendie lives and works in the very same area where this story takes place. Her love for the mountains shines through in her story, with beautiful details of the flowers, rocks and creeks where the girls play. This book is now one of my top favorite Coming-of-Age stories (which include Roseflower Creek by J.L. Miles, Prayers and Lies by Sherri Wood Emmons, Walking Through Shadows by Bev Marshall, Where the Woodbine Twines by Sherry Austin, The Star Lite Drive In by Marjorie Reynolds, Summer of the Redeemers by Carolyn Haines...Just to name a few!) "Sweetie" is a character that I will never forget~

  • Glynis Smy
    2019-05-03 11:16

    I loved this book. A beautiful story of friendship, pure and simple. Two girls from differing backgrounds are brought together at school. Katherine Magendie shares with us a story of their bonding in a gentle, funny, sad and passionate way.One girl, Melissa is brought up by an over-bearing mother and a scientific father.Everything he tries to teach her is brought down the the basics of science. The other, Sweetie lives in the mountains with a mother who is the subject of small town gossip. Both girls are the 'odd one out' in society. As pre-teens they have to find their way in the world. Drawing on their strengths and weaknesses, each girl finds a way to cope with life challenges brought their way. As the reader I was pulled into their world, in touch with their tender feelings and in some cases I was pre-teen again. Spend a summer with these girls and learn the strength of true friendship that lasts a lifetime...or does it?

  • Jessica Bell
    2019-04-24 04:24

    I have never laughed and cried so much over a book in my life. This book is remarkable! The characters are so perfectly flawed and well-rounded that I fell in love with them all in a matter of pages. Of course, Sweetie and Melissa, being the two main characters knocked my socks off, but I also adored Melissa's parents. It takes skill to make a reader 'not like' a character in the beginning of a book, and then make them sympathize with them the more and more one finds out about them. I experienced this with Melissa's mother. I felt such a roller coaster of emotions while reading this that when it ended I burst out into a huge fit of tears. Why? Why oh why did it have to end???Chapter TEN, is extra special. I will remember that chapter forever. You'll just have to pick this up and read it to find out why :o)

  • Alex
    2019-05-11 05:13

    Two mismatched girls in an Appalachian town bond. Melissa is chubby, shy and domesticated; Sweetie is a child of the forest, mysterious, ever-resourceful, uninhibited. The story is told from Melissa's point of view, so that the reader is drawn alongside Melissa into Sweetie's world. We too get mesmerized by Sweetie's dry blunt observations and a knowledge of the world that hints at darker experience. The dialogue is finely honed--Sweetie has pretty much got her own language. Magendie's naturalistic descriptions: tramping through the woods, cleaning fish, nursing wounds, perfect. Ultimately, Sweetie is a story of growing up, or at least it is for Melissa. Like Peter Pan, Sweetie will remain unchanged on her island, the forest of the imagination.

  • K.M. Weiland
    2019-05-05 07:31

    This story is every bit as beautiful as its cover. Magendie's style is easy, almost breezy, but not any kind of flippant way. It is like the mountain breezes she writes about: clean and fresh and somehow a little bittersweet in all its beauty. In Sweetie, she has created one of the most dynamic female characters I've read in a long time. The story is an aching ode to both mountain life, an era lost, and the confusion and discovery of adolescence. I loved every word of it.

  • Polly Gill
    2019-05-21 07:10

    This was a free Kindle book, but it's really surprisingly good. It's the story of two young girls who do not fit into the mainstream of society. Good so far. The book surprised me. At first, I thought it would be a "coming of age" book for young girls, but it is a haunting story of bullying, friendship, family, and survival. Magendie's writing is poetic and symbolic. An excellent book for a book club.

  • Karlene Browning
    2019-04-28 09:23

    Loved this—until the very end. Great character driven novel about a city girl and a mountain girl becoming best friends. Wasn't sure about the ending, too ambiguous for me. I like to know FOR SURE what happened. But I recommend it anyway.

  • Olivia
    2019-05-23 11:33

    This is a "sweet" book. My love for the eastern mountains added to my pleasure in reading this story. The author's description of Sweetie's mountain surroundings and experiences were wonderful, reminding me of the freedom this area evokes every time I visit.

  • Diann Meek klug
    2019-05-01 03:19

    Surprised how just a little chance-read book could touch me so.

  • Ramona
    2019-05-08 06:19

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book until the end, which just left me confused. Beautifully written with great characters and it was well on it's way to a higher rating from me. That all changed as the book came to a screeching & very confusing halt. :(

  • Suzette Neuenhaus
    2019-05-24 04:23

    Who cares?

  • Alanna Spinrad
    2019-04-30 06:31

    Story of a shy girl (a stutterer) and a wild mountain girl named Sweetie. Sweetie shows the shy girl sources of pride and strength in Appalachian home town.

  • Alisha Marie
    2019-04-25 04:27

    Sigh. I'm such a sucker for a friendship story. Especially if it's a women friendship story. Why? Because so many books of what's called "women fiction" most often than not feature broken friendships or a friendship where one of the women is a harpy and the other one is sooo perfect. So I tend to yearn for a good women friendship story. Was Sweetie a good one? No. It was an abso-friggin-lutely fantastic one!First off, the writing in Sweetie was so beautiful. Her use of language was just tremendous. Her words were filled with wonderful imagery, her sentences were pure lyricism. I'm not one of those people who can enjoy a book purely for wonderful writing. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy beautiful writing when it comes up, but I need to be interested in the plot first. Then, I notice the wonders that some authors can do with seemingly ordinary words.The characters in Sweetie were so great. I loved Melissa and could completely relate to her (as a former shy girl or maybe not so former). I wanted nothing more than to see her break out of her shell and to tell all of her idiot classmates to stuff it. She literally broke my heart because all she wanted was to feel loved and appreciated. But Sweetie was the real hero of this story. She was just so captivating and so out there. I cheered for a true original. In fact, she sort of reminded me of the Potato Girl from Promise Not to Tell (another fantastic book about another true original). I just loved all the complexities each of the girl had and their dynamic with their own family. And their friendship was just so beautiful.So, I highly recommend Sweetie. It was a sweet, enchanting, captivating novel. It did make me tear up a bit at how great Sweetie and Melissa's friendship was, so it is a bit of a tearjerker. However, it is a great coming of age story and an amazing friendship story. Definitely pick it up. (And yay! for one of my better Early Reviewer Reads)

  • Joanne
    2019-05-18 03:29

    I just loved this coming of age story of two young girls from different walks of life that develop a friendship that will get them through a life changing summer. Sweetie and Melissa grow to depend upon one another through both of their strengths and weaknesses. In the opening of the book Melissa is a grown woman and she returns to the mountain town and finds herself recalling the special friendship that these girls had.When Melissa was a young, overweight girl her family moved from town to town quite often, never really giving Melissa a chance to settle in and make real friends. That is about to change when her parents move them to a small town in the mountains of North Carolina before the start of her sixth grade year. As Melissa is teased by the more popular kids for her stuttering and weight, Sweetie is there to accept her as she is.While Melissa lives in a modern home on the side of town, Sweetie lives in a secluded cabin in the mountains. Even though these girls are complete opposites, they form an unlikely bond of friendship. Once school lets out for the summer they take advantage of every waking moment to learn everything about each other and the mountains where they live. Melissa's mother disapproves of the friendship that she has with Sweetie, while her father always seems withdrawn in his own world.Sweetie and Melissa deal with a lot of serious issues and changes during this summer. From puberty, secrets, and deaths, their friendship is tested. As the summer was coming to and end it really wasn't clear to me if the friendship would really last that much longer. I think that although Melissa still longed for the carefree days of exploring and youthful friendship, she secretly wanted a wider variety of friends that may have even included boys.I just loved this story that gave me a good reminder of the innocence that children still have at this young age. With themes of friendship, coming of age, and loss of loved ones I can't help but think this would make a great book club selection and I don't hesitate to recommend it.

  • Linda
    2019-05-01 03:24

    Twelve Year Old Shy, Stuttering, And Overweight Melissa Had Been Carted Around From State To State When Her Mom Got The Idea To Uproot Her Family On Any Little Whim. Her Dad Never Stood Up To Her, Took Teaching Jobs, And As Long As He Could Work On His Novel He Let Her Have Her Way. Melissa Met Sweetie When She Lost Fran; They All Thought Sweetie Was Crazy And Her Mom Was A Witch. Sweetie Goofed Around On The Rusted Monkey Bars Even Though They Were All Warned To Stay Off. Sweetie Caught Her Finger On A Rusted Corner And Fought To Release It But Couldn't And She Dropped To The Ground And Laughed As A Chunck Out Of Her Finger Sat Amidst The Rust. Melissa Was So Scared For Sweetie That She Rushed To Help The Other Outcast. Fran Told Her To Stay Away From Sweetie As Bad Things Went Hand And Hand With Her, But Melissa Did Not Hear Her As She Stared Into Sweetie's Eyes. From That Day On, They Spent Every Moment Together. Sweetie Showed Her The Blue/Black Mountains Of Little Haywood County In West North Carolina. They Trampled Up, Down, And Through The Forest With Melissa Losing Weight And Having Fun With Her Blood Bond Sister, Until Sweetie's Mom Died And Social Services Tried To Put Her In An Orphanage, Sweetie Ran A Way And Hid In The Forest Until Melissa Found Her And The Sheriff Pulled Melissa Off A Dangerous Part Of The Mountain, And It Was The Last Time She Saw Sweetie And One Minute She Was There And The Next She Was Gone!Ms. Magendie Creates A Great Story For The Young Reader As Well As The Adults And It Is A Great Eye Opener, The Story Tells About Two Little Girls That Struggled With Bullies In School As Well As Melissa Overbearing Snob Mother. Miss Mae Was Sick So Much That Sweetie Had To Take Care Of Her As She Was Told Her Dad Died In The War And It Was Just The Two Of Them Left. I Could Almost See A Feisty Sweetie Going Toe To Toe With The Bully TJ And Melissa Suddenly Strong Melissa Thanks To Sweetie's Teachings. An Excellent Book For Any Age!!

  • JudithAnn
    2019-05-13 08:21

    Twelve year old Melissa of North Carolina is a little podgy and wears glasses. She prefers to spend her days at home. She only had one friend at school until Sweetie joined the class. Sweetie is strange but intriguing to Melissa. She helps Melissa (whom she calls Miss Lissa) lose her stutter and seems to know all about herbal medicine. She thinks these are magical.She lives in the woods with her mother and knows an old Indian man who lives nearby. He, like Sweetie, believes in the magic of the mountain spirit.Melissa, on the other hand, has been brought up by her father to believe in science. Her father is a scientist at the university. Everything that Sweetie says, Melissa tries to explain in a scientific way, but Sweetie isn’t having any of it.Sweetie takes her out into the woods on the mountain, and through their friendship, Melissa becomes more a confident person.An interesting story about the friendship between two very different girls. Not only is one brought up to believe in magic and the other in science, there is also a huge difference in their financial situation. While Melissa’s mother is trying for Melissa to lose weight, Sweetie does not seem to get enough to eat at home and is often hungry.This is not a “sweet” book. Themes in the book are the effects of community gossip, religious fanatism, mental illness and poverty. It’s definitely a Southern (US) book, in which the sense of location and language shines through.I enjoyed reading the book, but like Magendie’s other book I read, Tender Graces, I find it hard to look beyond the title and cover of the book. Still, the book is well-worth reading if you’re looking for a quick read that dares to come out with some strong themes.

  • Sheila
    2019-05-19 06:39

    I think I’ve just found another favorite author to add to my list. Sweetie, by Kathryn Magendie, introduced me to Appalachian mountains, the cruelty of small children, the misplaced kindness of adults, and the wonders of friendship spanning the years, all told in an absorbing voice with beautiful language that made the book impossible to put down.Melissa, shy, overweight and stuttering, suffers from her mother’s dismissal, her father’s distraction, and her school-friends’ savage comments. But she finds one friend in the mountains in Sweetie, and spends one glorious summer exploring the secrets of nature, nurtured by joy. There’s a delightful scene where she learns to overcome the ickiness of gutting fish, recognizing that death must be a part of life, and absorbing the reality of a world apart from her own.But Melissa’s and Sweetie’s lives are both threatening to fall apart, aided and abetted by well-meaning townspeople. The childhood story is bracketed by an adult Melissa seeking her past, revealing a strangeness that leaves the reader wondering who Sweetie really is and what is her power. A tale that tells the power and persistence of friendship in a wonderful way, bringing the worlds of nature and humanity into glorious focus, Sweetie is a book to be savored and read again almost as soon as it’s put down; and Kathryn Magendie is an author to watch.Disclosure: I met Kathryn Magendie on her blog and was delighted to learn and take advantage of a deal offered on one of her books. I’m happy to offer this book review in return.

  • MissSusie
    2019-04-30 11:40

    This is a great book it has so many of my favorites tied into one-Southern Fiction, magical realism, and coming of age. It is a story of friendship, family, loss and life.The friendship between Sweetie and Melissa or as Sweetie calls her Miss Lissa is so beautiful 2 children from very different backgrounds become the best of friends and blood bound sisters. Sweetie is a mountain girl who believes the mountain ways and her and her mother are the talk of much gossip in town. Melissa’s family moves around a lot her mother is very OCD about her house and writes poems about each meal she makes, her father is a scientist and a writer and they are both very removed from their daughter. Sweetie’s mother is a sickly woman who stays in bed all the time while Sweetie takes care of her.This book is beautifully written and the Mountain is as big a character as the people. I loved these girls and was able to picture this book in my head so well because the descriptions of everything are so great. I don’t want to give to much away because to read this and discover all there is to know about these girls is something everyone should enjoy.I highly recommend this book to fans of southern fiction, magical realism and coming of age stories and really anyone! I plan on finding anything else this author has written I truly enjoyed her style of writing.5 Stars

  • Michelle
    2019-05-02 11:23

    The setting of this book resonates with me. In western North Carolina, on a mountain, two girls discover stories, nature, and themselves through folklore, mystique, and long summer days. Having explored various parts of 'wilderness' growing up, naming different rocks and parts of creeks, I could relate to the girls as they did the same, making maps to guide one another. The ending (I'm not saying what it is) left me wondering what actually happened, which sort of bugs me but I can think of a few possibilities. The best part about this book is the descriptions of the scenery and the poetic language that moves the story along. There are subtleties that I really enjoyed, like how each morning Melissa woke up, she did a few more jumping jacks than the day before. Nothing was said more about it than that, but it added to the progression of the character. In addition, the dialects were awesome, only continuing the emersion into the story. The first and last chapters were the most puzzling and harder to get into than the rest of the book. This book definitely surprised me.

  • Samantha
    2019-04-24 07:29

    Ugh, what can I say? I was excited to read "Sweetie" after reading all the great reviews on here, but I just didn't feel as drawn to the story as I thought I would. I never thought "Ooh! I can't wait to get home from work and read some more of my book!" That, and the ending sucked. Wish I could give Set the the late 60s or early 70s in Western North Carolina, chubby, stuttering Melissa (Miss Lissa) and scarred up, secretive Sweetie are outcasts at school and become best friends. I like the coming of age story between the girls, although Lissa's inner turmoil and seeing Sweetie go through things that no child should have to go through left me feeling sad and bleak. At times both girls seemed selfish and annoying which I suppose is typical for a 12-year-old girl, but it distracted me from the story. And the ending... Argh!! Abrupt, and I'm still feeling confused and frustrated... Maybe the author wanted to leave us to our own interpretation, but I like to have things wrapped up a little better than this was.

  • Krystl Louwagie
    2019-04-29 09:27

    Well, it's a high 4 star book or a low 5 star book. As mentioned earlier, the rich, more adult and complex writing in this novel was a breath of fresh air right off the bat, just because I'd been reading a lot of young adult novels recently. This is also a type of "coming of age" story, but told after the narrator is an adult, so through a little bit of a different lens than just a young teen telling her story while it's happening. Basic plot: Young teen, Melissa, is somewhat of an outcast/made fun of, she meets the strange girl Sweetie, who befriends her and teaches her new ways to live. Rumors surround Sweetie and her family, and she lives in the mountains-she has scars all over her body, an all around different and mysterious girl.The writing was beautiful and refreshing, as I've said. The story is told with skill and care, and with a dash of supernatural. ;) Once again, thanks to my Kindle for letting me find free book gems!

  • Shari Larsen
    2019-05-12 03:19

    This is a moving, but not sappy, haunting story of friendship between shy, stuttering Melissa and Sweetie, a girl who is in an outcast and lives in the Appalachian mountains. Sweetie is a mysterious, and some say she is is sinister influence, and rumors around the town that Sweetie's mother is a witch. Melissa also feels like an outcast, especially at school where the other kids bully her. She befriends Sweetie and gets to know her, and soon the two become fast friends, spending their summer having adventures on the mountain.Later in the summer, Melissa faces other problems when family problems arise, and she has also has to deal with the changes that that occur when one becomes a teenager and starts to grow up. Sadly, the day comes when Melissa realizes that she and Sweetie won't be together forever.The story was realistic, yet mystical at the same time. It has an ending that really makes you think too.

  • Sandra Stiles
    2019-04-26 03:33

    Sweetie and Melissa on one hand seem to be total opposites. Melissa is over-weight, wears glasses and feels every cruel remark of kids at school. She, like her father believes in the magic of science. Enter Sweetie. Unlike Melissa, she often has little to eat and believes in the magic of the mountain. They find in each other a friendship to last an eternity; this was an excellent coming-of-age story with a touch of mountain magic in it. Of course anytime you can inject a story with mountain magic it makes the book that much better. This book dealt with many issues such as religion, mental illness, poverty, and family to name a few. Magendie gives us a wonderful look at life in the Appalachian Mountains. This is a lot of the reason the book appealed to me. This was the first book I had read by this author but I will definitely look for more of her work.

  • T. Frohock
    2019-05-05 08:22

    Shy, stuttering Melissa meets the wild Sweetie in school, and the two girls fast become friends. Sweetie's wild ways infuse Melissa with confidence, but not everyone is enchanted with Sweetie. Set in an Appalachian town in the 1970s, others see Sweetie as an outcast.Magendie has written a beautiful novel of friendship that should appeal to readers of all ages. Melissa is the soul of reason and Sweetie is the wild wind from the mountain. Magendie takes the reader into their lives with her poetic prose. She captures what it means to live in a rural North Carolina town in the 1970s as she takes on prejudices and bullies. She also shows you the lives of two beautiful girls, who are as different as night and day.A good story well told.

  • Turtlegirl00
    2019-05-09 10:25

    This was an interesting coming of age story. Sweetie is a "mountain girl" and Melissa is a "town girl" and they become fast friends. They are opposites but that seems to work. Like most coming of age stories, there is conflict in the homelife of each of the girls, each very different, but conflict nonetheless. The story starts slowly, developing all the characters. This does not bother me, but the climax and end seem sudden and rushed by comparison... maybe this is deliberate to intensify what is happening at the climax? but it left me feeling slightly disatisfied. This book did make me laugh and also made me cry... but I read before bed, so maybe I was overtired!! It was an okay read, and unique so I would recommend it.

  • Kelli Bragg
    2019-05-23 06:18

    I love books that explore female friendships, regardless of the characters' ages - this book contained wonderful descriptions of a early teen relationship between two girls...I was ready to give the book 5 stars (I was loving it as much as Julie Cannon's "'Mater Biscuit" and "True Love and Homegrown Tomatoes" books, which explore the tribulations and triumphs of a teen girl) until the just kind of ended. I found the writing in the last chapter confusing and I'm still not sure what happened. Because the ending was so unclear (it felt like the last chapter was written by another person), I have to give it an overall 3.5 rating.Because I like her writing style, and because I did enjoy 95% of the book, I will try her other works.