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.
This book sucked me in like crazy. I read the whole book in like a day and a half…which is fast for me. I think I usually take 7 to 10 days or more to read a book. I really loved the setting. Cruise ships are the best!! This book does a great job at building atmosphere and sets a great scene. While reading it, I kept getting flashbacks from my own cruises.
I found the concept unique and the weight-loss idea to be interesting. The only real issue I found with it was that it seemed to skinny-shame a bit. The emphasis seemed to be more about being bigger and learning to be happy with it. The skinny people seemed to be either suspected instantly of taking the supplement and/or called names.
The Sabbi character says that she went down to a size zero and then said that size zero was nothing. Also, the other characters said that she was gaunt and a cadaver while other people were called scrawny. I understand this story is trying to make the case of taking pills/meds for losing weight is bad, and I agree that it is bad but I don’t think that calling skinny people names is appropriate.
Other than that aspect, I really enjoyed the book and story. The ending was kind of…. interesting. I kind of wish there was another book to show what happens next.
Emmy Laybourne is a novelist, public speaker, screenwriter and former character actress.
Emmy’s Monument 14 trilogy has earned critical praise (“Frighteningly real… riveting” – New York Times Book Review, Editor’s Choice) and has been nominated by readers to the YALSA Teens Top Ten in 2013 and won in 2014.!
Emmy’s new book SWEET tells the story of a luxury cruise to launch a new diet sweetener that goes comically, then tragically, then terrifyingly wrong. It got a perfect 10 from VOYA and hits the stands on June 2, 2015
Before her life as an author, Emmy performed original comedy on Comedy Central, MTV and VH1; and acted in the movies “Superstar,” “The In-Laws” and “Nancy Drew,” among others. Emmy loves visiting school and libraries.
Overall, I really liked this book, the only issues I have are addressed in the main review. I originally read this book because I love cruises!! If you are a Cruise enthusiaist like me, this book is for you. I wouldn't really say there's much mystery here...but the suspense is pretty awesome.