• Sweet Girl

  • The Girl's Series, Book 2
  • By: Rachel Hollis
  • Narrated by: Rachel Hollis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (2,426 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Girl, Wash Your Face comes the story of an aspiring pastry chef whose dreams of culinary confection are put to the test by a romance that was never part of her plan...

Max Jennings is in a bad mood. The secrets from her past make it her natural state of being.

Max’s bad mood means that very few people actually truly understand her or know that her dream is to be a pastry chef. When a rare opportunity to work for world-famous Avis Phillips presents itself, Max jumps at the chance. Avis and her staff aren’t stingy with the tough love, so Max spends every spare minute practicing her craft.

As Max bakes brownies and custards, cookies and galettes, she builds an unlikely friendship with a man she once loathed, and finds herself falling into something she’s spent the last six years avoiding. Will she let her painful past stand in the way, or will she muster the strength to forgive herself and realize her full potential?

©2015 Rachel Hollis (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Great for a Second in a Series Book

This is the second in The Girl's Series by Rachel Hollis. I picked it up immediately after reading the first book, Party Girl. Sweet Girl has all the same characters as Party Girl, but the point of view is Max's, Landon's roommate.

Max is rough, gruff, and aloof. But underneath she is a softy. The reader knows something happened to her along her life's journey, but we don't know exactly what. Max is independent and does not rely upon her family's wealth to get by, preferring to make it on her own. She lands a job working in the bakery of her dreams located in the hotel where she excels at tending bar, creating unusual drink concoctions customers have never tasted before.

After several months at the bakery, she learns the job was only short-term. She was a fill in until Joey, long time employee, returns after maternity leave. This not only shatters her dream of being a pastry chef, but also her income. What to do now? She hasn't told Landon or any of her other friends, or family, what she's been doing and finds herself in the difficult position of asking, or not asking, for help. Her relationships with her family are strained, and she pushes away everyone else, so feels a bit stranded. And she continually beats herself up for being who she is.

Although her friends want to come to the rescue, they're unsure where to begin since they don't know what's wrong to begin with.

The author, Rachel Hollis, reads this book herself. But because she has little, if any variation between the voice of Landon and Max, or any other characters for that matter, the beginning is confusing. Who is speaking? Who's point of view of are we in? We've completely associated Rachel's voice with Landon from book one. But here, in book two, it's the same voice, now, for Max. Although the adjustment can be made in a few chapters, the author could use some professional coaching on how to vary voice tones so the readers know who is speaking. In an audio format, this type of differentiation is essential. Still, it's not enough to prevent anyone from buying the book.

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Don't narrate your own book

I think the narration of this book was the books biggest downfall. Rachel is a good writer but her performance should be left to the professionals. I'm not even sure if I really didn't like this book or if it was just listening to it that turned me off.

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It gets better..

I did not think there was any way a book in this series could get better than “Party Girl” and I was wrong. I loved “Sweet Girl” and it is definitely my favorite of the series. Mac and Taylor are some of my favorite characters and definitely one of my favorite love stories yet!
Everything I read by Rachel Hollis just gets better and better. Love her!

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love it!

such a fun, girly book! the whole series is written well! recommend for any young adult women.

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Another great one from Rachel Hollis!

This book was was great! I listened on audio and looked forward to it everyday!!!

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This book should never end!

I’m obsessed! I love the story line and how captivating it is. It both raw and funny and I wish it never sane to an end. I look forward to staring Smart Girl!
Thank you Rachel!

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I love the moral of the story

The writer approached the moral of the story in such a smooth unconventional way that amazed me. My only issue is the narration, though the female characters she super nailed them, but unfortunately the male characters were voiced still in her feminine voice, which makes enjoying the art of narration a lot challenging and sometimes confusing

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Stop the cussing

There should be a trigger warning for this book! Having the loss of a pregnancy really opened some emotions I was not prepared to hear.

There are no need for the cussing in the stories. Takes away.

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Mac

This story is pry my fav about this trio of friends. Absolutely loved seeing Jennings and Taylor’s love story. Best one so far.

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Great story

If you just listed to the first book it’s hard at first to get used to that the author is speaking in the voice of a different character but it’s a great book!

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  • 07-29-18

Beautiful!

Rachel Hollis has this undeniable way of pulling you into characters and getting you to feel connected to them and the story.. absolutely loved it! I thought I wouldn't love it as much as I did the first one, but I was wrong, Max was just as interesting a character as Landon and I loved to learn more about a character I had already grown fond of in 'Party Girl'.

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  • 05-24-16

The Girls Series .

Just loving this series of books by Rachel Hollis . Easy listening yet you can't get enough .

Great for the daily commute it when you want to relax for some " me " time .

Highly recommend all three books .