The luxurious celebrity cruise launching the trendy new diet sweetener Solu should be the vacation of a lifetime. But Laurel is starting to regret accepting her friend Viv's invitation. She's already completely embarrassed herself in front of celebrity host Tom Forelli—the hottest guy ever!—and she's too sick to even try the sweetener. And that's before Viv and all the other passengers start acting really strange.
Tom knows that he should be grateful for this job and the chance to shed his former-child-star image. His publicists have even set up a 'romance' with a sexy reality star. But as things on the ship start to get wild, he finds himself drawn to a different girl. And when the hosting gig turns into an expose on the shocking side effects of Solu, it's Laurel that he's determined to save.
Emmy Laybourne, author of the Monument 14 trilogy, takes readers on a dream vacation in Sweet that goes first comically, then tragically, then horrifyingly, wrong!
Seventeen-year-old Laurel is on the famous "Cruise to Lose," thanks to her best friend Vivika. Despite a ship packed with famous celebrities including former child-star Tom Forelli and affluent passengers eager to try a revolutionary new sweetener, Solu, Laurel doesn't feel pressured to shrink her size-14 body. Switching perspectives between Laurel and Tom as the seven-day trip progresses, Laybourne (Monument 14) introduces multiple characters who range from Timothy Almstead, the conniving CEO of Solu, to Jaideep, a waiter who becomes a life-saving ally. Passengers' miraculous weight loss turns deadly as the sweetener induces an addiction so intense that fights, debauchery, and cannibalism soon follow. Scared for skeletally thin Vivika and even more frightened at the prospect of Solu's global release, Tom and Laurel battle zombielike addicts to warn others about its effects. Some oversimplified dialogue and lackluster descriptions aside, Laybourne delivers a candy-coated horror novel that alternates between increasingly violent scenes and Laurel and Tom's poignant romance. Though the message is plain love yourself as you are the ramifications of not doing so are terrifyingly clear. Ages 13 up.
Great years ago, great now
I’ve been coming back to this book since I read it for the first time in 2015. Something about it is just so good, I don’t know if it’s the well written gory plot or the fact that this could easily be real life if we aren’t careful, but I will always recommend this book!
This is 100% an amazing page turner! The suspense and gore was amazing! For someone who adores gory gross horror books, I would say this is the best one I’ve read yet! I’m a little bummed the author won’t make a second book, but if she did I bet it would be as good as the first!
Good but disturbing
I was fairly intrigued by this book, and I enjoyed reading it, it was hard to put down. However, I don’t know, the overall concept left me very disturbed haha. Of course this is my fault for choosing the book, but anyway, it was a very good book but I was left uncomfortable.