Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Summer of Reviews: Sweet by Emmy Laybourne

Posted by Jenn Christensen at 1:00 PM

Title: Sweet
Author: Emmy Laybourne
Publisher: Macmillan
Publication: June 2nd 2015
Cover Rating: 5/5


The best way to describe Sweet is it's a contemporary romance horror novel. I don't think I have ever read a book like this. I know most horror books and movies have some romance or relationship aspect in them but this book centered around an impossible relationship and a terrible tragedy. 

Laurel is an amazing person. She is a girl that younger girls could look up to. She feels secure in her own body and the only reason she even went one the cruise was because A) Viv wanted her to and B) Free cruise, HELLO? Viv thinks they both need to slim down and Laurel just wants to live her life. It is awesome to see such a strong, confident female lead. 

Viv is a rich little daddy's girl who thinks she is fat. I find it funny how someone who is rich has no confidence while someone who has less has tons of confidence. I guess money can't but happiness OR confidence.

Tom was a shocking character. He was a famous child and as he got older he lost some of his fame so he was doing reporter jobs. But he also had some depth to him which you don't usually see in famous characters. And the fact that him and Laurel hit it off was pretty shocking too considering she's a chubby nobody and hes this super buff swoonworthy guy. It was a nice change of pace to have a down to earth character like Tom.

Zombies. That is probably the closest word I could use to describe the cruise. Maybe vampires, too. Either way the cruise turned into hell on earth and was so scary. There was a lot of crap going on and I couldn't even begin to describe most of it. I will just say that people need to read this book. 

Right at the end of the book I saw how truly hopeful Laurel was. She still thought Viv could be saved and it was just so heartbreaking. Makes me wonder if the roles were reversed, would Viv have tried to save Laurel as many times as Laurel had tried to save her?

This book is seriously scary. It's something that I could see actually happening with all the diet pills and powders that exist now. Plus the fact that so many people are trying to lose weight without having to work for it, if something like this did come out the entire USA would be zombies.

*One last little thing that came to mind while I was doing my blog post for this. Laurel gets sick at the beginning of the cruise. I wonder if the book would have turned out differently had she not gotten sick. She could have very well had the same fate as her best friend. So Laurel is probably thanking her lucky stars that things turned out the way they did for her.*

Overall, I gave the book 4/5 stars.

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