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All Four Stars by Tara Dairman

Posted by Caitie F on July 10, 2014

Title: All Four Stars13598351
Author: Tara Dairman
Hardcover:  288 pages
Pub Date: July 10, 2014
Publisher: Putnam
Rating: +++

Summary from pub:

Gladys Gatsby has dreamed of becoming a restaurant critic for New York’s biggest newspaper–she just didn’t expect to be assigned her first review at age 11. Now, if she wants to meet her deadline and hang on to her dream job, she’ll have to defy her fast-food-loving parents, cook her way into the heart of her sixth-grade archenemy, and battle Manhattan’s meanest maitre d


This is a cute middle grade novel that will make you want to rush into the kitchen – or make reservations and a nice restaurant if you are like Gladys’ parents.

The plot is cute, but there is a little too much sneaking around and using people for my taste. She learns from it and makes up for it a little, but reading this as an adult, I wanted there to be better choices.

It doesn’t help that her parents don’t seem like characters, they feel like caricatures of parents that don’t cook. Some of the other adults are better, but not much. It pulled me out of the concept too many times.

The main character is bright and inquisitive, which really makes her shine. Reading her reviews is a lot of fun and that was my favorite part of the book. It also made me want to go cook and bake more!

Overall, it is a fun book and great for young want-to-be cooks and critics.

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