All Four Stars was written by Tara Dairman and revolves around the life and love for cooking found within an adorable sixth grader named Gladys.
This book was unexpectedly spectacular. I had no idea how much I was going to love this book. The writing was brilliant and entertaining. I read that it took Tara many years to actually get this published, with it almost not happening, and I am so happy that she took the leap into being a published author because the world would have been missing too much cuteness in Gladys, and a wonderful light-hearted story with All Four Stars.
Gladys lives with parents who walk a line of constant crap food and microwaveable “healthy alternatives”. They are not big on utilizing anything past the microwave by way of cooking. It isn’t until a visit from her aunt at the age of eight that Gladys even realizes that there is a whole world of food that she has been missing out on. Thus begins her double life of secret cooking.
I felt pain at thinking how many households may live off of fast food and cheap restaurants instead of exploring their palette. As a mother I cringed to think of the lack of anything actually good going into Gladys’ diet at the hands of her parents. I rejoiced in Gladys’ rebellion against constant manufactured food in her quest to reproduce recipes from scratch.
Overall I give this book 5/5 stars. This was an easy love in a book for me. I do not often read books such as middle grade, but this book was so much more than a specific age book. As someone who also loves to cook, it would be awesome to see some of Gladys’ recipes into a possible future recipe book. Gladys could inspire anyone to find their own “flavor” and if you already have a love of food or cooking, than I am sure you can easily relate to this book. This book is great for pretty much anyone. I am happy to see that The Stars of Summer will be coming out this summer as the sequel to this delightful read!
*I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review.