Gladys Gatsby has been cooking gourmet dishes since the age of seven, only her fast-food-loving parents have no idea! Now she’s eleven, and after a crème brûlée accident (just a small fire), Gladys is cut off from the kitchen (and her allowance). She’s devastated but soon finds just the right opportunity to pay her parents back when she’s mistakenly contacted to write a restaurant review for one of the largest newspapers in the world.
But in order to meet her deadline and keep her dream job, Gladys must cook her way into the heart of her sixth-grade archenemy and sneak into New York City—all while keeping her identity a secret! Easy as pie, right?
Descriptions taken from Goodreads.
I am a foodie. There’s no denying it. And every single time I read a book about food, I often myself transfixed on searching Yelp for places that might possibly have the mouth-watering dishes described in the story rather than the story itself.
But not this one.
I burned through ALL FOUR STARS and at the end, I just sat and thought about the book awhile.
There’s so many words to describe ALL FOUR STARS, entertaining, real and amazing at the very top. ALL FOUR STARS is a genuine pleasure to read and I enjoyed every word of it. It’s a fun, quick story and Gladys will have you guessing as to what’s next the whole way through. The way she grew in this story really impressed me as she branched out, made new friends, tried new things and ultimately reached her happy ending.
I only thing that I felt was lacking in this book was recipes! Instead of a playlist, someone should do a post with Tara Dairman on her recipes that inspired this book. Everything else was great. I enjoyed the feel of this contemporary novel and Gladys’s antics kept me amused whenever it started to go a little slow.
Also, I loved the format that the ARC was printed in. It made reading the book an experience, and I truly think that’s the way format ought to be treated. The inside is beautiful and fun, so I hope it is kept that way.
I absolutely adored the characters. There was not a single one that I disliked, and I loved the lessons that Gladys was able to learn through her support network and the people that she met. Her friendship with Sandy was heartwarming to read about and I did not expect Dairman to resolve Gladys’s situation the way she did. I really liked Gladys’s personality especially, how brave and true and open minded she is with all the different food in the world. I definitely would not be opposed to seeing more of Gladys and her adventures, but I truly did enjoy the ending of ALL FOUR STARS and I think that Dairman tied things up extremely well. 4.5 stars.
pg count for the paperback: 273