{epub} One Hundred Spaghetti Strings Author Jen Nails – Sharkmotorcyclehelmets.co.uk

10 thoughts on “One Hundred Spaghetti Strings

  1. says:

    When you mix confusion and cooking in a big bowl with a wooden spoon, you get the perfect mix This is one of the best cooking novels that I have read in a long time

  2. says:

    Steffy and her older sister Nina live with their Auntie Gina Her dad isn t around and her mom has had a traumatic brain injury and she s in a nice assisted living type place She s focusing on her cooking which she s incredibly good at and school when suddenly her life is turned upside down her dad is back and he s going to live with them I loved this sweet middlegrade And I love Steffy Adult readers will pick up on things younger readers may not or may just register faster but nothing in this novel is gratuitous or inappropriate My example is that Steffy s dad keeps a ton of beer in the fridge and drinks a lot of it Then the beer disappears and he starts to spend a lot of time in their church s basement Adult readers may not only clue in to drinking problem almost immediately but will also think AA meeting Warning food descriptions will make you hungry Recommended.

  3. says:

    I didn t really like this book because of the pacing but it does have some very real scenarios portrayed although what target audience was this for and the food described is accurate but the characters themselves didn t seem all too there for me Steffy is a normal girl but her food makes her special and it tries to link it together but the way it is written gets a little lost from time to time.

  4. says:

    E ARC from Edelweiss Above the TreelineSteffy and her sister Nina have been living with their aunt Gina Their mother was in an accident and is in a nursing home because she has suffered a traumatic brain injury and have to be reminded of who they are each time they visit Their father has been unable to deal with the situation and has been living far away, but he is finally coming home It s not easy for the girls to readjust to living with him, and they miss their aunt, who is engaged to be married Steffy copes by cooking a lot, and eventually gets accepted into a cooking competition, Chefs of Tomorrow It gives her something to look forward to, which is especially good as her family situation starts to fall apart.Strengths It was good to see that even though their home situation was precarious, the girls had a support system in their aunt and school It was interesting that they went to see their mother but their father was unable to This kept me turning the pages Steffy was a very sympathetic character, and her interest in cooking kept this from getting too bogged down in sadness.Weaknesses Very slow moving, and there is a completely unnecessary character death.What I really think The combination of super sad and cooking might just work for some of my readers Wasn t my batch of lemon bars, though.

  5. says:

    The popularity of young foodies is on the rise and this has most certainly played out in recent years with an uptick of books about child chefs One Hundred Spaghetti Strings is yet another one to add to this ever growing list and it is worth not overlooking.Eleven year old Steffy walks us through the story of how her love for cooking helps her through a tough transitional period in her life Her alcoholic father fled the scene many years earlier following an accident which left her mother brain damaged Now that her father has returned she and her older sister, Nina, move in with her father, leaving the comfortable camaraderie of Aunt Gina s home Determined to win her father s appeal Steffy takes to the kitchen, whipping up dinners as bait At the same time, an announcement about a cooking competition for children has caught her attention Spending increasing amounts of time perfecting her creations Steffy is sure winning the grand prize will be just the ticket to bring her family together In a moment of inspiration she decides to bring some of these concoctions to the rehabilitation center where her mother resides in an attempt to spark her memory and return to being the mother Steffy once knew What ensues is a heart warming novel about family, ferocity, and food.This would make an ideal book club pick A collection of recipes Steffy tests throughout the book leave ample room for book club snack ideas.

  6. says:

    I started reading One Hundred Spaghetti Strings by Jen Nails and at first, I was a bit miffed because the start of the book really didn t engage me Still, I decided to read on and boy, am I so glad I did The story really picked up in the second chapter or maybe I just began to understand what was going on in the story Once that happened, I was glued to the pages of this book to the very end Half way through this book, I took a breather, shook my head and told myself, how could I ever have thought I didn t like this story I was deeply touched by Steffy, Nina and their family While One Hundred Spaghetti Strings is not a smiley, everything is roses kind of book, it is about a family in chaos searching for healing both as individuals and as a family My hat goes off to Ms Nails for creating such a moving story that is definitely Well Worth the Reading I received this book for free A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own Thank you to Harper Collins Publishing, Ms Nails and Edelweiss for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  7. says:

    This book is a very simple read and heartwarming based on the storyline What caught my attention is the essence of this book revolved around a recipe book I like the creativity of the writer who painted the strong connection the character felt for her mother through the recipe book handed down from mother to daughter Reading by the effects of the accident that impacted the mother, that incident would have shaken the family completely, leading the father to be away from the family for a while The heartwarming sense is seen in the two girls and the aunt who never gave up on the mother for her recovery And that hope is brewed stronger with the daughter s discovery of the mother s recipes which she embraced and perfected thanks to her passion for cooking In a nutshell, it s heartwarming to read how the recipe book strengthened the bond between a mother who lost a lot to her daughter A simple book with a simple lesson in life when there is love in the journey of looking for hope, love will conquer the journey and heal all.

  8. says:

    I received this book through Goodreads giveaways It s not too often I tear through a book as fast as I did with this one I instantly felt for Steffy, and her sister Nina This author is amazing at grabbing your emotions, and ever better at holding on to them The story moved at a good pace, and the author s writing style flows almost effortlessly I loved the creative idea of chapters named after recipes, and that they are included at the end of the book My only problem with is book is that it s currently midnight, and I have an awful hankering for banana bread.

  9. says:

    The Sandolini family has had a rough go of it Mom suffered a traumatic brain injury in a car accident eight years ago, Dad took off and left his two young daughters alone Luckily, Aunt Gina came to the rescue and moved in to take care of them Now, however, Dad s come back and Aunt Gina has moved in with her fianc soon to be husband Harry who lives across town The girls, Steffy, now aged eleven, and Nina, thirteen, are having a rough go of the change Nina is a talented dancer, and Steffy is a wizard in the kitchen We watch as the girls come to terms with the changes in their lives and as they each get the chance to pursue their own special talents.The story is told by Steffy and her cooking, each chapter carries a food related title At the end of the book you ll find a collection of recipes I haven t tried any of them yet, but several do sound appealing It occurs to Steffy that bringing some of her food, most of it made from recipes her mother had collected before her accident, to her mother, might help jog memories in her mother s damaged mind Of course, it s been eight years since the accident and Mom doesn t seem to remember the girls when they visit each week she needs to be informed of their connection to her each time they come That was my one big complaint about this book It seems that if Mom s memories haven t returned after eight years, it s unlikely that they d do so after a few bites of polenta or cinnamon roll Still, it s lovely to watch as the girls interact with their mom and her nurse, and the message of never giving up is a good one for everyone to remember Her nurse bothered me a little What s the likelihood that Mom would have a private nurse dedicated only to her care in an assisted care facility Dad, after spending those eight years in California, walks back into his children s lives without warning Suddenly he s there and Aunt Gina is gone No transition period, no explanation, no counseling, nothing The next morning Gina leaves, and it appears that she s not back in touch for at least a month, and the girls are on their own with their mostly stranger of a father, who doesn t go out of his way to ingratiate himself into his daughters lives From the beginning, he comes across as a jerk We do learn about what caused him to leave and a bit about the demons he s been fighting, but I can t say that I ever really warmed to him In the end, he proves just what a weak character he really is.This book definitely has its happy moments, but overall, it s sad The only rocks that these girls have to hang onto are each other, Aunt Gina and Harry, and their best friends There s another character who has been in the girl s life for years, a woman who has taken care of them and drives them to see their mom each week, but she s suddenly, and without a good explanation, removed permanently through death I don t think that was a necessary or useful plot device I could see the girl s confusion over that We do see a little improvement in Mom, but I think it s unrealistic to think that she ll ever completely recover and be able to return to a normal life It s interesting to watch Steffy pursue her cooking skills and see them recognized She s definitely a Julia Child in the making The interaction between the sisters is fairly realistic in that they love each other, they take care of each other, but they still fight with each other The difference in their ages is clearly shown, Steffy s still a child, Nina is a teenager There s a good deal of fear lying under the surface of these girls, and rightly so Once Aunt Gina leaves, stability is thrown out the window I think it was unforgivable that Steffy was left alone on Christmas Eve when Dad takes off, Nina goes to spend the night with her friend, and Aunt Gina and Harry are in New York visiting his family Yes, Steffy had been invited to join Nina, but she, in her childish hope, envisioned a family together, celebrating together I could feel how scared and abandoned she felt in that house, alone, dinner sitting on the table, waiting for the others to return and be a family She s desperately trying to piece her family back together.It s a good story, but I question how many middle school kids will find it attention holding Especially in the beginning, it s slow moving At age eleven, my child would have abandoned it based on its slowness and its sadness within the first twenty pages and switched attention to something like Lord of the Rings It s an interesting book and for could be a good read for the right children I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway.

  10. says:

    The book I read was One Hundred Spaghetti Strings by Jen Nails The book is about a girl name Steffy who loves to cook and bake but lives with her Auntie Gina since her Dad is in California and her mom got a brain injury in a car crash The setting of the book takes place in her hometown and her Auntie Gina s house The problem is her dad coming back to try and attempt to take of them once again since her mother accident But while that is going on her Auntie Gina is also going to move out of the house and move in with her boyfriend So she lives in her hometown and her house where her dad now lives in with them The cultural norms of the place are modern time She lives in a normal neighborhood middle class I would say Steffy mostly goes to her best friend s house, her house, school, and Auntie Gina s house The setting places the plot because she not used to live with her dad in their house She is also loves cooking so she needs a kitchen mostly all the time But her dad drink and she found that out the hard way and she doesn t really know what to do since no one has ever but beer or anything alcoholic in their house ever The elements are okay the story is a bit everywhere but you can still infer some parts of the story or have and idea statement I recommend this book to people who like realistic fiction or if you have read the book The WinterGirls than I know for sure you should like this book This book was interesting because some people can relate to some of the story events in the book Also the fact that they added some recipes, in the end, was cute so if someone wondered how to make something in the book they could find it in the back Besides the story jumping everywhere it was a good story about how they felt and why she felt that way The story was cute and simple nothing really dramatic or way off like I kinda thought it would go One of my favorites after reading it I also people could relate to it like living with your aunt like I do The author was pretty creative coming up with this story plot it s different than all the other ones I have read so far Overall a great book definitely something you want to read.

When Life Hands Steffany Sandolini Lemons, She Makes Pasta Sauce This Brave And Heartwarming Middle Grade Novel Will Leave Your Belly Rumbling And Your Heart FullSince Steffy Was Little, She And Her Older Sister Nina Have Lived With Their Auntie Gina But When Their Dad Comes Home To Live With Them, Everything ChangesWhen Steffy Feels Like There Are Pieces Of Her All Over The Place, She Does What She Does Best She Cooks Her Way Through The Hardest Year Of Her Life But Sometimes Her Life Feels Like A Kitchen Sink Meal, With Too Many Ingredients That Don T Quite Work Together Can The Recipes Put Her And Her Family Back Together Again Start WithCup Of Authentic Voice, Add A Tablespoon Of Coming Of Age AndTeaspoons Of Delicious Culinary Concoctions, Mix Together, And Serve Up To Fans Of Rebecca Stead And Sarah Weeks