Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on April 24, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, contemporary
Source: Personally Bought
2018 challenge: N/A
I would give this book 4.5 for a review.
From the author of The Last Boy and Girl in the World and The List comes a bold and sweet summer read about first love, feminism, and ice cream.
Summer in Sand Lake isn’t complete without a trip to Meade Creamery—the local ice cream stand founded in 1944 by Molly Meade who started making ice cream to cheer up her lovesick girlfriends while all the boys were away at war. Since then, the stand has been owned and managed exclusively by local girls, who inevitably become the best for friends. Seventeen-year-old Amelia and her best friend Cate have worked at the stand every summer for the past three years, and Amelia is “Head Girl” at the stand this summer. When Molly passes away before Amelia even has her first day in charge, Amelia isn’t sure that stand can go on. That is, until Molly’s grandnephew Grady arrives and asks Amelia to stay on to help continue the business…but Grady’s got some changes in mind…
My Brief Thoughts:
I really enjoyed the premise and this book a lot. I went to a mostly all girl school and the dynamics in this book reminded me of all female college. I also went to this school as it was going to coed and the male presence def rang true for me. I just loved the use of past and present to tell the story. I loved the focus on female friendship and the focus on the job. I did like the romance but it was def not the focus of the book. I found it to be a super fun read, and reminded me so much of college days. The book had some predictable moments but i still read it so fast!
My Extended Thoughts!!
characters: I thought the lead girl was super fleshed out and well crafted. But I did want more from the other characters at points. I felt like we got glimpses of these awesome female characters but did not do more but scratch the surface because of all the other story elements. I just wanted more from the other characters
Plot: I thought the plot had predictable moments but overall it still kept me surprised until the very end. It did have some plots that got dropped but still a super fun read.
Themes: This book was def more focued on self dissovery and the summer job then romance. I perosnally loved the job angle but the romance was def not the heart of this novel and was okay with that!
Pick up next book! I def would in the future I also really liked her pre order campigne!