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.
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we need A SOLU for this SWEET book!
I recently read this book and absolutely loved it. Full of suspense, action, irony, romance, loyalty, dedication, and amazingness, I would highly recommend this novel to anyone. I completed this book in the course of approximately two days; that's how good it was! This book is full of charming, memorable characters; a great plot; a surprising plot twist; and a cliff-hanger of an ending! I really hope Ms. Laybourne plans on writing a sequel. I suppose she not-so-subtlely hinted at a sequel so I'm not to concerned there😂👍🏻 Once again, I loved this book bc it was so unique. The author successfully managed to develop her amazing idea into an amazing book! The unique plot was so refreshing from all the unoriginal books I've been reading lately. Great job, Ms. Labourne! I look forward to reading more from you (more specifically, a sequel to Sweet).😊
I loved this book so much and srsly encourage you to read it as well. I hope anyone who decides to read Sweet enjoys this book as much as I did! ❤️📖
This book was a very enjoyable read! And that's coming from a very picky reader. Great job and I hope there will be a sequel! :)
I did not enjoy reading the first half of this book i thought there was not a lot going on until halfway through the book. Also i didn't like the ending as it left off were you didn't quite know what happened.