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Sweet Girl

(The Girls #2)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  4,391 ratings  ·  320 reviews
Max Jennings is in a bad mood. It’s not anything you did; it’s just that secrets from her past make it her natural state of being. But she’s not going to talk about it or share her feelings, so don’t bother asking.

Max’s bad mood means that very few people actually truly understand her or know that her secret dream is to be a pastry chef. When a rare opportunity to work for
Paperback, 272 pages
Published May 5th 2015 by Lake Union Press
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Rachel Hollis
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm sort of required by law to give my own book a 5 star review right??
Jacob Proffitt
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, new-adult, chaste
If you've read the first book (read the first book), you know what to expect. Plus, it's Max and you want to know her story from the first time we meet her in Party Girl. These are true "coming of age" stories, even if the protagonists are a little old for that (Max is 25). Hollis is fantastic at putting her characters together in such a way that it all fits, though.

This one isn't quite the clear win that Party Girl was. There's a scene I didn't think quite fit (and it's kind of a pivotal
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Our heroine was raised in a privileged household. But she decides to pay for her own college and work long hours to support herself.
Her dream is to become a chef. She finally lands the perfect job. But the long hours begin to affect her health. With the help of our hero she manages to overcome a troubled past to reach her happily ever after.
Tatevik Najaryan
While waiting for my books to arrive, just reading what is under hand. I'm not into a lot of romance and chick lit books, but sometimes I just need something like this for my fuming brain. This was as good as the first book in the series - funny, light, not irritating. It's even kind of enspiring and motivational. But what else can you get from Rachel Hollis?
♡Julalicious Book Paradise♡
rating: 4.5/5

Original review on Julalicious Book Paradise

Before getting on with my review of this book, I need to tell you just how much I'm in love with Rachel Hollis's writing. When I added the first book of the series on Goodreads, I just had read the summary of it and didn't hesitate to add it to my to-read list. When I saw a video of her promoting her book, I fell for her bubbly personality and how fun she seemed to be. Then, I knew that I HAD to read her book.

After that, I finally got my
Mar 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-ebooks
4.5/5 stars

Sweet Girl is part of The Girls series but can be read as a standalone. It features a different narrator (although the narrator of the first book is in this book). I would describe it as Chick Lit.

The narrator is 25 year old Mackenzie/Max Jennings.

I am really happy that I went into this book blind. So I had no idea what the book was about other than the title, which I really like for the book.

When the book begins Max is working as a bartender. She is very good at it. But she is super
Mar 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, arc
I think I have a new favorite author! I enjoyed Party Girl, but Sweet Girl set the bar even higher. Max is a dynamic character. She is fiercely independent, incredibly talented, and haunted by past mistakes. This just described like at least 20 woman I personally know. That is one of the reasons I love this series so much. The characters feel real. It's easy to relate to them. One of my favorite lines in this book is when Max's mom says to her, "Leaning on another person and allowing yourself to ...more
Karen Curley
Mar 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I got an early copy of this book in order to review it. First off, I've read Rachel's other two books and loved loved loved them. I was so excited to get this one. This book had me at page one. In fact I was so super glued to this book I finished it in one afternoon!!! It started off a little slow but picked up steam pretty quickly and became just amazing. I loved reading Max's story while continuing to keep up with Landon and Miko. I can't wait to read about Miko and see if she ends up with who ...more
Books In Brogan
Mar 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blog-reviews
Loved this book!! You will get teary and then laugh with the characters and not just the hero/heroine even her secondary characters are wonderfully written. My only warning is that you will need to stock up on your favorite desserts before you read this so that when you start craving the chocolate confection describe you have them at hand or read it early enough in the day that you can make and emergency bakery run.This review was originally posted on Books In Brogan ...more
Mar 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
*I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley*

All her life, Max Jennings has dreamed of being a pastry chef. But secrets from her past have prevented her from pursuing that dream, and also from getting too close to anyone. When an opportunity to work for a world renowned pastry chef presents itself, she doesn't think - she just says yes. But spending hours concucting new recipes, spending time with her family, friends and a certain annoying boy, all while trying to keep her past a secret,
Mar 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
ARC provided by NetGalley for review

Without giving anything away, you have to read this book! It's so real, you can really relate to this story. I fell in love with Max. I loved Rachel's other two books in this series but Sweet Girl is by far my favorite. Also just be prepared and have some sweets near by, you may need them!
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty close to perfect!

I'm kind of obsessed with Hollis as an author. Her characters are so incredibly sweet and lovable. She gives you a very slow burn and an innocent fade to black. It just works! Highly recommend.
Jul 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
Just what I needed. Light, lots of food, humorous. I really enjoyed the pastry chef sections and it made me wish I had a bit more energy for baking!
May 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Sweet Girl is the second novel from Rachel Hollis' The Girls Series and follows the ups and downs of Max Jennings. We met her in the first book, Party Girl, and I was excited to get my hands on her story and delve into her inner workings. I fell in love with Landon from Party Girl and worried that Hollis wouldn't be able to replicate the fantastic story telling from her debut novel. For the record, she exceeded any and all expectations I had, delivering another phenomenal five star read that ...more
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley

This was my first Rachel Hollis book and I almost didn't read it.

I downloaded it on Netgalley but then got cold feet the more I thought about it. I was worried it would be too sweet for me. I deleted it.

But then I started following Rachel's website Surely, if I liked this website I would like her writing. Right? But what if this is a case of a fan that should leave writing to professionals?

Finally, I decided on a whim this weekend to re-download it. I had read a review
Apr 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
*I was given an ARC from Netgalley. All comments are my own.

This is the second book to the "The Girls" series but it works perfectly well as a stand-alone novel, especially since I haven't read the first book.

I really enjoyed reading this book tremendously! It centres around Max, short for Mackenzie, who is a diabetic who loves to bake. Her dream has always been to set up her own bakery but because of her health and something that happened six years ago, Max's dreams seem to be just that -
Jessica Zelkovich
Apr 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
In continuation of Party Girl, Hollis focuses Sweet Girl on Mackenzie's life in this lite women's lit novel. The quirky group of friends embark on the next steps in their careers all while deepening their relationship with one another. There is just enough sage advice to keep the reader looking deeper into the situations the characters' face. The part that was a bit far fetched for me was that Max's family didn't push her to reveal the catalyst for her mega lifestyle change (but readers will be ...more
Kristin  Reads
Jun 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was such a great book. I really enjoyed Rachel's writing. This book was a good, clean and fun - not your typical romance book.

It really about a girl Max who has had her share of heartbreak and struggles. This book is about her overcoming her fears and taking on a dream that seems out of reach. I loved that Max was flawed and struggled. I loved watching her family and friends rally around her. I also loved Taylor and their beautiful friendship blossom into something more, some thing
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
**I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

This book was awesome!! Loved the characters, the story, the many things that are mentioned through-out the book and I think I gained weight with all the mentioning of baked goodies. I need a cupcake now!! I hope that there are more books to this series. Great series!
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was another brilliant sweet read!!!!

Love Max she is such an intricate character and i love how Taylor understands her, and how their relationship is like her recipes, a unique blend but together amazing!!!

Cant wait to read the third book....

Audio is fantastic
Jasmine Dale
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, 2019-read
Same review as Party Girl pretty much!
April   ♥"LOS" ♥
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks
Just like the first book in this series I’ve found myself laughing out loud as I read about the characters and their antics.
Amanda Louder
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another really cute story and this one had a little more depth than Party Girl, which I liked. A few more “f-words” than the first book, but very clean in the storyline, which I really appreciate.
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Yup this is considered a New Adult romance. And I liked it (runs away screaming in fear). Seriously though. I really one hundred percent loved this book.

This is book #2 in Rachel Hollis's The Girls series. Book #1 focused on Landon and book #2 now focuses on Landon's roommate, Max. Please note that this book will spoil events in Party Girl and Party Girl's First Date.

What I thought was cleverly done is that this book picks up with Landon and Brody's first date. We get to hear about the events
Jul 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
NOTE: I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads in exchange for a honest review.

I just finished reading this wonderful book in one sitting. There were so many amazing layers to the characters in the book and Rachel Hollis does a wonderful job blending the back stories with the main story line.

Max is crabby, sarcastic and hiding a number of secrets behind her mean facade. She works as a mixologist at a bar so that she can be close to somewhere that is her true dream. Her roommate is
Kaitlyn Davis
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was SO GOOD!! With the impending blizzard, I was just in the mood for something fun and romantic I could read by the fire playing on the TV in my apartment :) And this was that and so much more!

At first I was a little confused because I didn't realize this was the second book is a series, but after a few chapters I settled into the story! The way the trilogy works is there are three best friends and each book tells one of their love stories, so it wasn't completely necessary to read
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored this book. I savored every word the way you would savor a delicious dessert. Fitting, right? Max Jennings is a grouchy, mean girl. But she wasn’t always this way. Her friends and family know that she’s holding onto something, but she refuses to let anyone in. This book goes through Max’s journey to find herself and let go of her demons. She finds herself in a unique position to follow her dreams, but she’s scared to share it with anyone. On a particularly rough day at her new ...more
May 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Original review posted at
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

4.5 Stars

Max Jennings is a surly bartender with a past buried deep. With a family that hovers, a roommate that is entirely too cheerful, and a guy that just hangs around and pisses her off; Max could use a change. When she is unexpectedly offered her dream job as a pastry chef her life starts changing in new and unwanted ways. Will she be able to move forward or will the past
Sarah Hooks & Books
May 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"The dreams of your childhood aren't easy to ignore or leave behind. They're the most powerful because you design them without boundaries or limits."

Once I stared reading Rachel's "Girls" books this week I couldn't stop. I loved all the characters so much especially Max. She held a special place in my heart...broken and hiding behind her rough personality & exterior but inside she's a real sweetheart. I couldn't wait to get into her head and heart and find out what made her the way she is
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don't know what it is about these books, BUT I LOVE THEM! Totally not my genre... not my scene...not my anything, but I liked the author's non-fiction work so I thought I'd give them a try. SOOOOOOOO glad I did! These books, and the characters, have a way of getting into your heart.
Ms. Hollis is witty, sneaks in lots of fun girly/fiction references that anyone in their '30s can appreciate, and packs a punch with her emotional stories. Sprinkle in some ambitious females and some romance and
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