Guess who’s back (back again)! It’s Sophie here with another review for an advance copy! I read this book really fast, and I’m surprised I read it so early to be quite honest. I was so excited to receive a copy that I almost immediately picked it up. Huge thank you to Simon Teen for sending me a copy for review! This in no way affects the way I read the book and will review it.
Title: Stay Sweet
Author: Siobhan Vivian
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Expected release: April 24, 2018
My rating: 4/5 Goodreads 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…
I fell right into this book once I picked it up. I had to know what happened next and would pick it up in the short bus rides to and from practice during break. It was riveting!
Here’s my initial review from Goodreads:
I dug right into this book and finished it in two days, even though I’m here on spring training. It was such a fast read, and I loved getting to know Amelia and Cate.
I didn’t write much because I knew I would be writing a full length review soon, so I wanted to save my words! That being said, I Cate and Amelia were two friends I loved getting to know. They were fun and sweet and it was interesting to see them grow over the course of the book. I wanted to see them push each other, and I was curious to see how things would shake out between them.
Books about friendships between girls are some of my favorites. I have a lot of female friends and seeing us in the pages of a story is always something that has helped me in real life. Sometimes they give different perspectives on friendships that I would have never thought of.
Cate bugged me for a lot of the book. The story mainly follows Amelia and we mostly get her thoughts, so I can’t say I wouldn’t have been bugged by Amelia. I think it’s necessary to know Amelia more than Cate though because it’s mainly her story. Cate is an important person in her life and this story reminded me of the summer after my senior year of high school and the time going into college. Once people go to college it’s vastly different if you go your separate ways from friends. It’s harder to maintain friendships you had thought you had before. There are growing pains. I think this book captures that feeling of knowing that once the summer is over things will never be the same.
I loved Meade’s Creamery the entire time. Molly’s story was something that was revealed bit by bit throughout the book. It wasn’t until later that we truly got to know what happened to Molly and who she was as a woman. I loved this part. It was something that once it happened I couldn’t imagine being any other way.
This book was about self-discovery. I loved that though Amelia is flawed she is portrayed in an honest way. I can’t say that I wouldn’t do the same things that she did. She loves so intensely and is so passionate about the ice cream stand. Her loyalty is unwavering.
Overall, I highly recommend this to people looking for a contemporary with a twist!