Book Review: All Four Stars


Gladys has been cooking gourmet food since she was seven years-old, but her fast-food obsessed parents don’t know that. After a small cooking accident, she is banned from the kitchen and her allowance is momentarily suspended. Then, when a newspaper company accidentally hires the sixth grader to become a restaurant critic (her dream job), Gladys must earn the friendship of her archenemy and sneak into New York city, all while keeping her identity a secret!

What I Liked:

Gladys’ plan to visit the restaurant she had to critique unfolded in a very creative and exciting way- it was almost like she was a spy on a mission. Also, throughout the book, Gladys’ descriptions of the food she ate were so vivid. Here is an example:

“When I first saw how much food Mrs. Singh had put on my plate, I couldn’t believe my eyes. It smelled amazing, but how was I supposed to eat a mountain of rice with an avalanche of potatoes sliding down it? Not to mention a forest of cauliflower, endless fields of spinach, and a boulder pile of chickpeas?”

There were some interesting characters in the book, too. Take for instance, Parm, a girl who eats only four or five different foods, despite the fact that her Indian family prides itself on cooking colorful, spicy cuisine. Coincidentally, Parm is a very close friend to Gladys, who is the exact opposite!

What I Didn’t Like:

Unfortunately, Gladys lies to both her parents and the newspaper she works for. This causes her some problems, but she is determined to keep her job a secret from virtually everyone.

Overall, I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars.  It was an interesting and unique story that I would recommend to anyone 10 and up who likes cooking or watching the Food Network.




6 thoughts on “Book Review: All Four Stars

    • Allison says:

      That’s a good question. 😀 It certainly made me want to write detailed descriptions of food, but I don’t think it really stirred a desire to cook in me.


  1. Liv says:

    It sounds like a very interesting book. I would like to read it soon. Was she at a vegetarian restaurant or something when she was eating that plate of food that she described? I’ve never eaten that combination of food before! 🙂

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