Review: Sweet by Emmy Laybourne

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: June 2nd, 2015
Series: N/A
Pages: 288
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre(s): Contemporary, Thriller
Synopsis from Goodreads:

Emmy Laybourne, author of the Monument 14 trilogy, takes readers on a dream vacation that goes first comically, then tragically, then horrifyingly wrong!

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.

my rambles

Special thanks to Feiwel & Friends and NetGalley for providing me with an advance copy of the book for review!

I must admit that I’ve changed my rating for Sweet around a couple of times. I found it to be a book that was extremely difficult to rate, as there is just SO MUCH jam-packed into a somewhat short book. Hence, this review may come out to be a little bit conflicting, because, well, that’s how I feel about this book.

I was originally drawn to Sweet from the synopsis. I mean, what a cool and different sounding book, right?! While Sweet was cool and different, I found some parts to be way over the top, and others to be really worthy of some eye-rolls.

Sweet starts out as a pretty good, funny, contemporary book. It’s told from two points of view: Laurel, a nobody who’s overweight but happy in her body, being dragged along by her rich best friend, and Tom, child star now grown, attempting to be known for something other than his nickname “Baby Tom Tom.” The beginning of the book is really like reading a reality TV show, which I really liked. It was comical and amusing, like I find all reality shows to be.

But then, about 3/4ths of the way through the book, it took a turn for the worst, in my opinion. Things got crazy weird… Enter new problems of addiction, people turning into zombie-vampire things, and an insane evil mastermind and you have the last 1/4th of Sweet. I was almost like The Biggest Loser on a cruise ship meets The Walking Dead. So basically, it turns into a post-apocalyptic novel masquerading as a fun-filled contemporary.

While the writing and story flowed from the contemporary story to the crazy one, I still felt like something didn’t seem to fit with the second part of the book. But, when I met Emmy Laybourne she immediately described Sweet as a huge conglomeration of genres. The way she described it made me feel like she wanted it to be a little crazy, out there, and over the top. This is why I felt kind of conflicted, because if that is the case, she delivered!

Overall, Sweet had a cool concept and was definitely unique and different, but I think it may have been taken a little too far, to too unrealistic lengths. That being said, a part of me really enjoyed Sweet in a odd and crazy way. It was a super quick read, and definitely perfect for the summer. But don’t read it on a cruise!


Week in Review: Hey, February (2/1/15)

Week in Review

In Life

Is it just me, or did January seem like it never even happened? Because that’s exactly how it felt to me. I made it through midterms and crazy school stuff, and now I’m making my game-plan for February. It’s pretty much one goal: stop being so stressed. Stress is my downfall; we don’t mix well.

How To Get Away With Murder, my current TV obsession, just came back on after a two-month hiatus and OH MY GOSH. It just keeps getting better! If I’m not reading as much in the coming weeks, this show will be why.

Today is Superbowl Sunday, which means that while the game is on I’ll most likely be sitting in my room reading because I am NOT a football fan. I don’t see the point of it to be honest. If someone does, “enlighten me then.” <– Bad Fifty Shades of Grey movie trailer reference — sorry.

I’m actually really looking forward to February because my blogiversary is on February 7th, as is my dad’s birthday, and my February break is this month! Yay for more days off of school! My parents and I are thinking of scheduling some college visits for that week, which I’m quite excited about. I also entered a art scholarship contest for one of the schools I’m interested in so wish me luck everybody! 😉

In Books


Sweet by Emmy Laybourne (Thanks to Macmillan!)

I squealed so hard when I saw that I was approved for this one! I’m really excited about this one and even though I requested it on NetGalley I never actually thought I would be approved so AH YAY!! It looks really unique and unlike anything I’ve ever read before so as I’ve said before — I can’t wait!

Recent, Current & Upcoming Reads

RECENT: Diamonds in the Rough by Michelle Madow | I thought this was a really great sequel to the first book, The Secret Diamond Sisters. My review will be posted tomorrow!

CURRENT: The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma | I started this one last night, and I’m really intrigued by it. It’s being pitched as “Orange Is the New Black Swan.”


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