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Sweet Treats & Secret Crushes

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  1,242 ratings  ·  128 reviews
When a blizzard threatens to ruin Valentine’s Day, three seventh-grade friends make and distribute fortune cookies to their lonely neighbors—and confront the secrets they’ve been keeping from one another.


Confident Kate doesn’t notice much but the latest gossip, and shy Georgia can’t say out loud what’s always on her mind. They’re joined by observant, careful Olivia, who
Hardcover, 291 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by Harry N. Abrams
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Feb 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
What You Need to Know:
• Sweet Treats & Secret Crushes is a terrific and light tween book you can be happy about putting into your
daughter's hands.
• If you are ok with putting stories about boys and crushes into your middle reader's hands, then this is a great one to start with. Note the girls in this story don't have much interaction with boys, they mostly just talk about them.
• While the title might seem otherwise, the main theme here is friendship and girlfriends, not boys.
• This is an e
Feb 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This book was just so cute! It’s probably aimed at a market a little younger than I usually read, I’d buy this as a gift for girl aged 10-13 years and know they’d love it! However I still thoroughly enjoyed my journey back in time, which this book provided and the memories it evoked.

Told from the perspectives of three 13 year old friends, Olivia, Georgia and Kate, Lisa Greenwald captures perfectly the confusion and uncertainty of being on the cusp of Young adulthood, when your not quite there bu
Nov 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Olivia, Kate and Georgia have been friends for years. Growing up with the same set of friends both has advantages and disadvantages. If there was such a thing as an itch in marriage, there was such an itch in friendship too. It cannot be avoided; at least that’s what I think because generally people do not expect the change in the interaction.

The book was about friendship and the transition from being a kid to being a teen, as well as the changes that emerge in the process.
Michelle (Clover Hill Book Reviews)
The cover on this is bright, inviting, and sparkly, with imprinted glitter on both the back and front. The book follows three teen girls who live in the same apartment block, and who are best friends. From start to finish the book is very detailed about their crushes and how they react to those involved. I found this tiresome in places, probably because I'm way past the age of having crushes ;) I like the way it gave different view points on the current happenings from each character, and the ad ...more
Jan 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is so good! It is about three girls Georgia,Oliva, and Kate they have been best buds since they all moved in the same apartment. But lately their freindship has been strained and Kate is looking for new best friends and getting all the phone numbers she can get! She has bben so mean she ripped Olivia's notebook! Olivia's notebook was precious to her! But then Olivia suggests that they go around the apartment and sell Chen's foutune cookies ( Georgia's parents chinese restaraunt). So on ...more
Ashley Desotell
Mar 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Well this would have to be one of the only books I have ever read that was only of like a two day time spand. I will say for the two days it was very detailed. The book showed that friends will always have their differeances, but in the end thats what makes us true friends. I would recomend this if you are into books about friendship, love, and finding out who you are.
Nov 24, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
This is a cute tale of three girls, age 13, who live in the same apartment building. On a snow day, they decide to make fortune cookies to bring to all of the people in their building in an attempt to bring people together. It is a book that middle school girls will enjoy. The sparkly cover is also very appealing!
Eleanor S.
Sep 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is very relatable to lots of Tweens, I'm sure. Although some of the humor and some of the situations were a bit cheesy. I really like the storyline, though . This book also made me very hungry. After all it is about fortune cookies!
Jan 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Love this author and cant wait to read it!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jul 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 5-stars
I liked reading about the three protagonists and how they deal with their problems.
Feb 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A valentines day love story!
Apr 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Andrea Amador
Aug 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Also a great book I loved it when they went around the building giving out fortune cookies!
Emily M
Sep 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I liked this book because the storyline was so good. I couldn't put it down. I loved this book
Abby G
Jun 24, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was cute, but a little to fake. I think the portrayal of seventh grade girls was a little to inaccurate, and the age range for this book (being categorized as young adult), was wrong. Tween books are hard to categorize, but I would have put this one JFic. All in all this book had a good message, cute story, and love able characters.
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So far I absolutely love this book I’m only on page 128 and it’s so good
Light friendship story of 3 girls who live in the same building in NY. How to deal with first crushes, and how relationships change between friends in 7th grade.
Katie Fitzgerald
I tried reading Lisa Greenwald's first novel, My Life in Pink & Green a couple of months ago and never got around to finishing it. I can't remember if it was just that the book didn't grab my interest, or if it was due back to the library and I just had too many other things to read at the time to justify renewing and hanging onto it.

Either way, when Sweet Treats & Secret Crushes showed up in the new books at my library, I snatched it up right away, and definitely had no problem at all
Bryanna Koogler
Jan 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
**spoiler alert** This book is about three best friends that are 13, kate, georgia, and olivia, who live in an apartment. Kate is outgoing, georgia is quit and her dad owns Chen's Restaurant below the apartment, and olivia is kid of obsessive and a really good observer. They live in new york. new york NEVER has snow but, on valentines day, there was a blizzard. The girls were so bummed that there was a blizzard ad they didn't go to school. They were so excited to go to school to see all the vale ...more
Feb 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
I read the book “Sweet Treats & Secret Crushes” by Lisa Greenwald. The book starts out introducing the three main characters: Olivia, Kate, and Georgia. The girls are devastated when New York experiences there very first big snowstorm that keeps everyone at home for Valentines Day. Instead of moping around, the friends decided to hand out fortune cookies around the apartment they all live in to get to know the people that live there. However as the friends continue to hand out cookies longer ...more
Maxine Mathew
Thirteen year olds Kate, Georgia and Olivia have been best friends since the time their families moved into the same apartment in Brooklyn. But their friendship has got strained after being separated into different clusters in seventh grade. When a blizzard threatens to spoils the Valentine Day celebrations, the girls decide to distribute homemade fortune cookies throughout their apartment in an effort to unite the apartments residents like the old days and maybe even bring love and happiness in ...more
Nov 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
A blizzard has hit New York City on Valentine’s Day and friends Olivia, Georgia and Kate and stuck inside their apartment building. They all live on the same floor of the building and have been friends for years. They couldn’t be more different, Kate is obsessed with gossip and boys, Georgia is quiet and reserved and Olivia spends all her time observing everyone else’s lives, particular that of Phillip Becker-Jacobs – her crush for the last two years. When Georgia’s mom teaches them to make the ...more
Feb 16, 2017 rated it liked it
However, Sweet Treats and Secret Crushes, is perfect for ages 10-14 and most appropriate for young girls who are starting to notice the boys in a new and exciting way. It’s relatable, and holds a young mind’s innocence in reserve. The girls merely talk about the boys they like but don’t have much interaction with them. At the end of the book they get the courage to establish new friendships with their crushes in a simple and innocent way.

Sammee (I Want to Read That)
Like My Life in Pink and Green, Lisa Greenwald delivers a cute and enjoyable read.

This time the story is told by three main characters - Olivia, Kate and Georgia. The three girls have been friends forever, but lately they haven't been getting along as well as they use too. Over the course of the day they each learn a valuable lesson about themselves and each other.

I really liked all the three characters. They are all very different, and each had their own story to tell. You can easily see why t
Zoe Chen
Oct 23, 2013 rated it liked it
The book, Sweet Treats & Secret Crushes is about three best friends trying to make the best of a blizzard that destroys their valentine dreams. The book talks about modern day problems and a likely story that can occur in many girls at the age twelve, Most of their dreams included meeting up with their “crushes” and finally getting what they wanted, to spend time with their crushes. Instead of moping around, the friends decided to hand out fortune cookies around the apartment they all live i ...more
Nov 04, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: tween
Greenwald did a decent job of capturing the drama that can evolve in long-standing friendships as girls age. Our main characters - Kate, Olivia, and Georgia - have all just turned 13 and are discovering that they have emerging personality differences that make being best friends a little trickier than in the past. A lot of the drama revolves around a difference of opinion over boys and what the "best" way to 'crush on' or 'love' boys is. Do you have different infatuations every week? Do you obse ...more
Kiley DeCarlo
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sweet Treats & Sweet Crushes By Lisa Greenwald is about three thirteen year old girls named Georgia, Kate and Olivia that all moved into the same apartment building in Brooklyn they use to be best of friends until everyone kinda went their separate ways and haven't talk sine. A blizzard hits on Valentine' Day and the girls are devastated and upset that they couldn't pass out their cards and to see who their secret admires were and to hangout with there friend. Now, they are trapped in and a ...more
Jun 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Sweet Treats & Secret Crushes by Lisa Greenwald:

Three 7th grade girls; Olivia, Kate, and Georgia have been best friends since they moved into the same apartment building. Lately, their friendship has been falling apart. Not only because of all the gossip and drama, but the truth behind themselves as well. When a blizzard turns Valentine's Day into an indoor event, all three girls go off on an adventure to bring their building more closer together by handing out Chen's magical fortune cookies
Apr 25, 2011 rated it liked it
This is a really sweet middle grade and YA novel that takes place mostly over the course of a single day - a snow day. Really, what's more magical than that for a kid? Three girls - best friends - are in middle school, starting to reevaluate their relationships with each other, boys, other friends, and their families. There's tension between them and they're not quite sure what to do about it. The snow day gives them the perfect chance to spend time together, learn to make amazing fortune cookie ...more
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