Monday, January 14, 2019

Stay Sweet - Siobhan Vivian


Title: Stay Sweet
Author: Siobhan Vivian 
Format: Hardcover
Rating: 2.5 Stars

A 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 of 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 the 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…

 This book, for me, was not as sweet as the cover and description promised. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't a book I would read again or really recommend to others.  

What I did Like: 
*Amelia is very dedicated and determined to find Molly's ice cream recipes and save the ice cream stand.  She has a lot of passion and I love that!  

What I Didn't Really Love:
*The "friendship" between Cate and Amelia.  They were kind of rude and catty, and I felt like they were always trying to undermine each other. Were they really even friends?!  
* The romance between Grady and Amelia.  Number 1 - insta-love. Totally rushed.  Number 2 - what did they even have in common other than an intense desire to show they could save the ice cream stand? Nothing from what I saw. 
*Cate being given the role of head girl. What was Grady thinking?!  Cate didn't want to work - she just wanted to have fun.  And her attitude of slacking off bled into the younger girls in the stand.  She needs to learn you can have fun and still get the job done
*The story and characters were a bit flat and didn't really feel well developed or fleshed out to me.  Everything in Stay Sweet felt a bit predictable. 

 Overall, this book was a bit of a dud.  If you've read this book, let me know what you thought!

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