Book ReviewYoung Adult

Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian (ARC)

Publisher: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers | Pages: 368

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Rating: ★★★☆☆

The publisher and Netgalley kindly provided me with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 


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 was a super cute contemporary read with strong vibes of feminism and girl power!

I enjoyed this book. It’s pacing was great and even when it was slow at certain times, I didn’t feel as though it took away from the overall enjoyment of the book. It was definitely one of those books that is great to read in the middle of all those fantasy books crowding your TBR because of how easy it flowed. I largely credit Vivian’s writing for that as it was clear that she’s a great descriptive writer. A lot of the time I felt as though I was at the ice cream stand with all the female characters.

I really liked Amelia as a main character. I loved her determination, drive, loyalty and undeniable love for the ice cream stand. It was completely admirable and I really enjoyed watching everything unfold because of all these characteristics. But as far as characters go, she was the only one who really captured me. I strongly dislike her best friend – she was annoying and selfish. Even if she was written to be that way, I just found it completely boring and I was not invested in her character at all. It actually felt like it wasn’t the kind of best friend Amelia would have if that makes sense.

I’m a huge fan of chick-lit and cheesy romance. But the romance in this book was a little underwhelming for me. It just never felt like it went anywhere and anything that did happen was just too slow and repetitive for me. Like come on, we need a little something to keep us going! But it just fell flat for me.

Overall, this was a fun contemporary to read! It had me craving ice cream the whole time (and I looooooooooove ice cream)! It also had me wanting to go and visit this ice cream stand – if only it were a real place! I also really really really loved the girl power in this book – we need some more books with strong feminine power within it.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is craving ice cream, a fun and easy read and tons of girl power!

Rating: ★★★☆☆

About the Author:

Siobhan Vivian was born in New York City on January 12, 1979 . . . which might sound like a long time ago, but really isn’t. She grew up in Rutherford, NJ, where she got into trouble for such things as constantly talking out of turn, bringing a stray dog into school in a stolen shopping cart, passing notes to her friends, telling jokes, sneaking out, and not doing her homework. It is something of a miracle that she grew up to be a New York Times best selling author.

Siobhan attended The University of the Arts, where she graduated with a degree in Writing for Film and Television. She received her MFA in Creative Writing: Children’s Literature from The New School University.

Siobhan has worked as an editor of several New York Times best-selling novels at Alloy Entertainment, a scriptwriter for The Disney Channel, and she currently teaches Writing Youth Literature at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Victoria @ The Contented Reader

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