Stay Sweet

Stay Sweet

by Siobhan Vivian


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From the author of The Last Boy and Girl in the World and The List comes a bold and sweet 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 for 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 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...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781481452335
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: 04/09/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 173,417
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: HL800L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Siobhan Vivian is the author of the young adult novel We Are the Wildcats, as well as Stay Sweet, The Last Boy and Girl in the World, The List, Not That Kind of Girl, Same Difference, A Little Friendly Advice, and the Burn for Burn trilogy, cowritten with Jenny Han. A former editor for Alloy Entertainment, she received her MFA in creative writing at the New School. She teaches creative writing at the University of Pittsburgh. Visit her at

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Stay Sweet

AMELIA VAN HAGEN IS KNEELING on the floor in her bra and a pair of khaki shorts, brown hair neatly split into two fishtail braids, a polo shirt draped over her lap. She smooths it, then gently plucks off a tiny fuzz ball and flicks it away.

When Frankie Ko gave her this Meade Creamery polo on her very first day, it was the exact same shade of pink as a scoop of strawberry ice cream. Now, four summers later, and despite the dim morning light of her bedroom, she sees that the pink has faded to a much softer hue, a color closer to cotton candy.

There are lots of summer jobs for the teens of Sand Lake and each comes with its own perks. Being a lake lifeguard means your tan lasts until October. The mall is air-conditioned and employees get a discount at the food court. Babysitters can make serious cash, especially if they get in good with the tourists. But Amelia always dreamed of being a Meade Creamery girl.

The Meade Creamery ice cream stand has employed all girls and only girls since it opened, way back in the summer of 1945. And though the draw of the place is solely the ice cream, each time her parents would take her, and as soon as the line would bring her close enough, Amelia would lift up on her toes and study the girls working inside. Though the faces changed each summer—as the oldest ones left for college and the newbies struggled to keep up with the pace of things—the vibe between the girls stayed the same. Amelia liked how they talked to each other, a mix of codes and inside jokes, how gracefully they moved in such a cramped and frenzied space. How much fun they seemed to have, despite the heat and the crowds, despite their crappy radio with the foil-covered antenna.

Amelia pulls the pink polo over her head. It sort of feels like cotton candy too, soft and light from what probably adds up to a billion trips through the wash between her very first day and this one, a Meade Creamery girl’s endless fight against the speckling of caramel dip, of hot fudge, of the bright red juice that the maraschino cherries float in. What hasn’t paled, not even four summers later, is the thrill she gets from wearing it.

Frankie Ko handed this very shirt to Amelia four years ago. Frankie was Head Girl that summer, and she had been lying on top of one of the picnic tables, sunning herself while she waited for the newbies to arrive. Her shiny black hair was as long as her perfectly frayed cutoffs were short. She wore ankle socks with little pink pompoms at the heels and she had four, maybe five, woven string friendship bracelets tied around each wrist. She was half Korean, impossibly beautiful, effortlessly cool. That’s how every newbie feels about the Head Girl her first summer, but Frankie, Amelia’s sure, broke the mold.

Amelia cringes, remembering with embarrassing clarity how she herself looked four years ago, getting dropped off by her dad, lips slick with the peachy lipstick she’d bought to match her eighth-grade dinner dance dress, hoping it would make her seem older and cooler. Funny that it never occurred to her to remove her retainer, which she was so dutiful in wearing that most of her classmates hadn’t yet realized she’d gotten her braces off.

A few weeks later, Frankie pulled her aside and gently suggested that cooler tones might flatter her skin more. She presented Amelia with a new lipstick—a berry red called All Heart—which was a freebie that had come with Frankie’s recent Clinique purchase. Frankie helped Amelia apply it, too, taking twice as long to do it as Amelia did when she put it on herself, and the other girls working that shift nodded in approval.

Frankie Ko had made seventeen look the way it does on TV shows—a flower blooming with confidence and beauty and wisdom. Straightening her collar in the mirror, Amelia wonders what this summer’s newbies will see when they look at her, because it feels impossible that she’s as old today as Frankie was then.

But prom is over—and graduation, too. Amelia’s opened every Hallmark card from her relatives and put the cash away for textbooks and a cafeteria meal plan and a real-deal winter coat, one that can stand up to the New England nor’easters people keep teasing will probably kill her.

Earlier this week, Amelia got an email from her future roommate at Gibbons—Cecilia Brewster, an English lit major, from Connecticut, on a partial tennis scholarship, with a long-distance boyfriend until further notice. After the introduction, Cecilia let Amelia know that she had already bought them a mini-fridge for their dorm room, and so it would be great if Amelia could get them a microwave (see helpfully provided links for style and color suggestions).

Amelia’s reread this email so many times. Cecilia seems fine, way better than some of the dorm mismatches she’s heard about when former stand girls drop by for a visit and a free waffle cone. Though she’s drafted some potential replies, she hasn’t sent one. It feels like the starting gun for a race she doesn’t want to run.

Unfortunately, Amelia’s last first day at Meade Creamery is undeniably the beginning of the end.

“Amelia?” Cate Kopernick emerges from a heap of blankets and pillows on the floor. Her long blond hair is looped in half with an elastic and it hangs over her shoulder like a golden lasso. She makes the screen on her phone light up and, after wincing at the glow, casts it aside. “You’re going in already?”

“I couldn’t sleep. I’m too nervous.”

“Nervous?” Cate laughs. “Come on. Seriously?”

“I know, I know.” Amelia says it as quickly as she’s moving now, standing up, taking her tote bag off the back of her desk chair, wriggling her feet into her Keds.

“I heard you downstairs last night.”

“I was baking blueberry muffins.”

“At two in the morning?”

“I thought it’d be nice to give the girls something to eat before I start assigning chores.”

Cate rolls her eyes. “Don’t worry about being likable. Everyone already knows that today and tomorrow are going to suck.” She yawns again. “Just give me ten minutes to shower, and I can drive—”

“I’ll ride my bike. It’ll help me clear my head. Really. Please go back to sleep. I’ll see you in a few hours.”

“Hold up. Where’s your pin?”

“I guess I forgot to put it on.” Amelia blushes because she is a terrible liar and makes for the bedroom door.

Cate grabs her ankle. “Amelia! Quit acting weird!”

With a halfhearted shrug, Amelia goes to her jewelry box. Inside, mixed in with her nicer jewelry and the tassel from her graduation cap, is a gold flower pin the size of a Snapple cap, a clear rhinestone anchoring the petals. She hasn’t touched it for nearly a year, not since it was given to her last August.

The girls were celebrating the end of the season with a sleepover down at the lake, a Meade Creamery tradition. Amelia was standing next to her half-set-up tent, having temporarily given up on putting it together in favor of using bits of broken sugar cone to scrape out the streaks of chocolate from their last remaining drum of ice cream.

Heather, who was Head Girl last summer, had just picked up the final paychecks from Molly Meade’s farmhouse and was handing them out. She paused when peeling Amelia’s from the stack, a funny look on her face. Then she shook the envelope so Amelia could hear the clinking inside it.

Amelia froze. A drip of chocolate rolled down her forearm.

“Amelia,” Heather said. “Put the ice cream down and get over here!”

Stiffly, Amelia did as she was told. She chased the drip with her tongue, put the bite into her mouth, and forced a swallow. Setting the cardboard drum in the sand, she snuck a look over to the campfire and watched Cate, in a baggy sweatshirt worn over her bikini, toss on another log, sending up a burst of sparks. The other stand girls huddled around her, faces glowing.

Amelia opened the envelope. Inside were her check, the flower pin, and a key to the ice cream stand.

“Are you sure this is supposed to be mine?” Amelia asked, incredulous. “Did Molly say anything to you?”

Heather looked surprised at the insinuation. “Amelia, I haven’t spoken to her all summer. Like, not once. Last week she left me a note to turn in my pin. I had no idea who she was going to pick.” Heather shrugged, then gave Amelia an encouraging shoulder squeeze. “The envelope has your name on it. And you did have a fifty-fifty shot, right?”

Though it may technically have been true, it didn’t feel that way to Amelia. Ever since their first summer at Meade Creamery, Amelia had believed Molly would choose Cate as Head Girl when the time came. Definitely Cate. A thousand percent Cate for a thousand and one reasons. And Amelia wasn’t alone. She could see it in Heather’s face, the surprise at how this was playing out, because Cate was the fun one, the girl everyone loved being around.

Cate must have realized what was going on while Amelia was talking to Heather, because she came sprinting over and wrapped Amelia in a big, bouncing congratulatory hug.

Amelia still doesn’t know how long it took Cate to come to terms with not getting the Head Girl pin, but it pains Amelia to think of Cate hurting over it, even if only for a millisecond. And yet Amelia finds Cate’s excitement for her right now only slightly less excruciating, as Cate leans forward, her chin in her hands, waiting.

“How about I wear it on opening day? That way, it won’t get messed up,” Amelia says, hesitating.

With a groan, Cate rises to her feet and takes the pin from Amelia’s hand. “You’re not officially the queen until you put on the crown.” Amelia averts her eyes as Cate examines the pin for a second before she feels a tug on her collar. “There,” Cate says, pleased. “Now it’s official.”

Amelia starts to protest, “It should be you,” the way she has countless times since getting the pin. Cate’s usually good about letting her get this perceived injustice off her chest, and Amelia always feels better afterward. Like she has voiced a truth that, deep down, they both know.

This time, however, Cate shushes her. “Not today, Amelia.” And she guides Amelia back to the mirror. “What do you think?”

Amelia glances over her shoulder at Cate. For the rest of Amelia’s life, she knows she will never find a friend better than Cate Kopernick.

Using Amelia’s braids like handlebars, Cate steers Amelia’s head so she’s facing the mirror. “You look amazing,” Cate says, stepping aside so she’s out of the reflection. “Just like Frankie Ko.”

Amelia laughs, because again, yeah right, until, finally, she looks, focusing not so much on herself as on the pin. Though it’s small, it really does sparkle.

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Stay Sweet 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Kate15 More than 1 year ago
Stay Sweet is a delicious taste of summer that was unexpectedly poignant. At the heart of this book is Meade Creamery, a local ice cream stand founded by Molly Meade in 1944 in an effort to keep the minds of her friends occupied while their loved ones are off fighting in the war and to save her family’s dairy farm. In all the summers since then, only girls have ever worked at the stand and it has become a sisterhood where the incoming girls are mentored and supported by the older ones. Amelia’s love for Meade Creamery is obvious, but she is surprised when she is selected as Head Girl, the manager of the stand. She believes her best friend, Cate, a born leader, was the more obvious choice. And she begins the summer worried about whether she’ll be good enough and what will happen to her friendship with Cate when they go off to different colleges in the fall. But all that is overshadowed on Amelia’s first day as manager when Molly Meade dies, leaving the business to her grandnephew. Amelia desperately tries to hold on to what she loves about Meade Creamery and her friendship with Cate while it seems everything is quickly slipping through her fingers. There is a hint of romance, but at the heart of Stay Sweet is the story of the young women – Amelia, Cate, and even Molly Meade – who discover unexpected truths about themselves, confront insecurities, and find inner strength.
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Anonymous 6 months ago
Stay Sweet is a loveable story that follows Amelia as she tries to have the perfect last summer with her best friend Cate, before they both go away to college. Events don't go as planned, testing their friendship and their opinions about each other. The characters explore love, having the courage to find your own happiness, and the power of tasty ice cream, complete with elements of girl power and nostalgia. Amelia as well as Molly, the mysterious woman behind Meade Creamery, read like friends that you'd want to have in real life and spend a special summer with.
Anonymous 7 months ago
onemused 11 months ago
"Stay Sweet" was a fun read that primarily follows Amelia, who is so excited for this summer and her summer job. Amelia is 'head girl' at Meade Creamery, the famous, local ice cream place which was started in 1944 by Molly Meade who created unique flavors of ice cream around WWII rations. Molly watches the stand from afar and basically lets the girls run the stand. She makes the ice cream from her super-secret recipes, but the head girl gets to do the hiring, supervising, payroll, and everything- basically completely runs the stand. The girls form a special camaraderie during the summer and this follows them throughout their lives- Amelia loves feeling connected to the Meade girls throughout generations. As Amelia is getting started, she is surprised to find Molly's body at the stand. After Molly's death, the ice cream stand is unsure. No one knows what will happen to it. Amelia is surprised to learn that Grady, Molly's grandnephew was given the stand in her will, and he is canceling his plans to backpack across Europe to stay and try his hand at running the business. Lucky for him, Amelia knows the ins and outs of the stand and can help him to keep it running. Grady has some new ideas, but his father is pulling strings to get him to close the stand/sell it. Grady completely relies on Amelia- including for the problem of the missing recipes. They will soon run out of the 4 special flavors that make Meade Creamery what it is and be forced to close anyway. As Amelia explores Molly's house and her possessions hunting for the recipes and tries so hard to keep Meade Creamery alive, she learns more about Molly and herself. She also finds a little romance with Grady that I felt like could have been take-it-or-leave-it (not the best part of the book- I wasn't so into the relationship). I feel that the strongest parts of the book were Amelia coming into her own in terms of leadership and faith in herself. Secondarily was balancing integrity and responsibility with friendship and other things that can pull on you. Overall, I think it was a strong coming-of-age style story, and I enjoyed reading about Amelia's life changing summer. Please note that I received this book through a giveaway. All opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amelia absolutely loves working at the Meade Creamery ice cream stand in the summers, scooping and serving the famous homemade ice cream and having a wonderful time with her fellow Meade Creamery Girls. The summer after her senior year of high school, Amelia shows up early to her first day as Head Girl (store manager!), which means that she's the alone when she finds stand owner Molly Meade, who passed away while unloading a fresh stock of ice cream. Now the stand is run by 19-year-old Grady, the great nephew of the owner, and he's changing everything! Oh, and also? He doesn't actually have the recipes for any of the ice cream flavors. Plus, her best friend Kate isn't exactly pulling her weight at the stand, and nobody's even bothered to hire new girls to replace last year's graduates! The summer is NOT going the way Amelia pictured it. My Notes: I have no idea why it took me so long to finish this awesome book. It may have been the love story, but - spoilers! - the ending was amazing! Amelia is a wonderfully strong character, smart and determined. The peeks into Molly's backstory really add something special to the narrative, and while I was concerned about the romance (I don't do romance), I really love the way it turned out in the end.
Take_Me_AwayPH More than 1 year ago
I was SO set on getting this book in my hands. It had everything I knew I would love about a book. In some ways it worked, and other ways it didn't. But overall, I was certainly glad this was my first Siobhan Vivian book. Sand Lake in the summer for Amelia has been the same for the last four years: Hang out with her best friend Cate while they work at the famous ice cream stand, Meade Creamery. The stand has been opened every summer for years, run by local girls that serve Molly's homemade ice cream. But then Molly passes away and Amelia and the girls fear that the stand may be in trouble. Even more so when Molly's grandnephew comes with ideas that don't quite match the traditions that come with Meade Creamery. I know for a fact that I'm a character driven reader. I love to be inside the heads of the characters and find out what they're thinking and what they know. This made this book a bit difficult for me because it was written in third person point of view. I never realized it even bothered me. But that didn’t matter much. What bothered me most about the characters was mainly just what bothered me about the MC. I kept waiting on Amelia to gain some nerve and stand up to everyone. It took her a bit to long for her to finally decide she wanted to finally become a boss. And Cate and Grady didn’t really knock my socks off either. They treated Amelia terrible and by the end I was totally frustrated with them. Fortunately, everything else in this book was BOSS. I LOVED the plot. I’m not one for historical fiction, but this was one that had a love story/ feminist story mixed in and I was ALL FOR IT. Throwing the mix of the past really made the story engrossing. Towards the end I didn’t want to put it down because I was so interested in what happened with the characters after the war. And then there was the romance. At first I wasn’t sold with it, but towards the end when I saw that he was growing up and he wasn’t as scatterbrained as I was thinking he was, he warmed up to me. The little instances that led up to them being together was really cute as well. Until things went up in smoke. This book is the perfect summer read! I wish I had been able to read this while I sat on the beach! It’s light, airy, flirty, and fun. Meade Creamery has left a mark in this book, but also on me.
SarahJustice More than 1 year ago
What a great read to start the summer! I think part of my love for this book might come from the fact that I spent a few years in college scooping ice cream at a local ice cream store. I can totally relate to some of the things that the characters went through in this book. But what I really loved about the book was the two intertwined stories. I enjoyed learning about the history of the ice cream shop and a bit of American history. And the little twist did surprise me! A fun read!
Mama_Gwyn_Reads More than 1 year ago
Stay Sweet is one of the most perfect books I have read. It tells the story of recent high school graduate, Amelia, who is about to start her last summer as the Head Girl at Meade Creamery. It has been run by all girls since it started back in 1945 and is almost like a unique club for local girls to grow up under the tutelage and friendship of previous Meade Creamery girls. Amelia’s best friend, Cate, is also working with her (it’s how they met!) and are both excited for their futures at different colleges, but are also wanting to make the most of their time together this last summer before they leave. First day back at the job, Amelia finds Molly, the old woman who started the Creamery in 1945 with a bunch of her girl friends during WWII, dead and her great nephew, Grady (who is 19 and goes to the college Cate is set to attend) comes in and wants to make lots of changes. The rest of the story is full of growth for Amelia, Cate and Grady as well as Molly’s legacy and business. This book is special; the same way Molly, Meade Creamery, and Home Sweet Home are special (read the book and you’ll understand). It took me right back to my last summer before college, where my friends and I had the world open to us and lots of change coming right at us. I’m Cate (very assertive, out going and direct) and my best friend was ABSOLUTELY Amelia (quiet, reserved and a silent hard worker), so this book really melted my heart and gave me all of the sappy feels. Watching their friendship navigate these waters of change was so interesting and honestly made me miss my bestie even more (still going strong 10 years post high school). The relationships in this book are what make it shine. Amelia’s relationship with Cate, with Grady and even with herself are so special and so full of honest real life pains, it makes them more beautiful once she grows with them. I have one small complaint: I became so invested in Amelia and Meade Creamery and her relationships with Cate and Grady, THAT I NEED A SECOND BOOK. I know Siobhan probably won’t ever write one, but maybe please do? Like from a perspective of another Meade Girl who gets to work for Amelia? And I can find out how successful she is and how she and Cate and Grady are doing (because Cate is a force of amazing and Grady has so much healing). I’ll just be over here dreaming of all of their futures while making myself some ice cream. I think ice cream sales are going to kick froyo out of the park this summer thanks to Siobhan and this book. Amazing job Siobhan. Absolutely one of my favorite books this year.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It’s the last summer before college, only a few months before Amelia’s life changes forever. She’ll have to say goodbye to her best friend, Cate, and the legendary ice cream stand that brought them together four years ago. Amelia has worked at the Meade Creamery stand every summer since she started high school. The all-girls staff taught her so much, and this summer is her chance to return the favor as head girl! But all of that gets turned upside-down when Grady Meade is the first - undeniably handsome - BOY to take over the family stand. This beautiful lakeside narrative screams summer as Amelia delves into - and struggles with - best-friendships, boys, and buckets of ice cream! I appreciate the way Amelia doesn’t let her relationship with Grady take over her life. While embarking on a new romance Amelia stays focused on the things she cares about; her job and her friendships with the other Meade girls. She is a strong female lead and a good role model. I find her super relatable when she feels herself drifting away from her friends but doesn’t immediately try to stop it. She gets caught up with everything on her plate and has to find a balance that includes what she wants for her own future. Ultimately, Amelia goes on a bumpy journey where she finds out new things about herself and figures out what she loves. One of the unique aspects of the novel are Molly Meade’s (the stand’s founder) diary entries that allow the reader to travel back in time to the 1940s. Molly’s experiences add a historic value to the creamery and increased my appreciation of the little things both girls do to keep it running. This book is about having a passion for something and believing in it even when no one else does. Amelia makes sacrifices for the stand, sacrifices that her friends, family, and even Grady don’t support. In the end Amelia is pushed to stand up for herself and finding that strength is inspirational.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When grabbing your sunglasses and towel when going out to tan, don't forget to also grab Stay Sweet and maybe some ice cream because you'll want some while reading (plus when is ice cream a bad idea?). Stay Sweet follows both the story for Amelia in present time and Molly in WWII era so well that from the get-go of reading Molly's first journal entry and Amelia's first chapter, I felt invested. I was excited to see where their stories went and how they would overlap with each other as well as simply and purely emotionally invested in these characters and their worlds they are in the process of finding and building around them. Amelia is such a realistic character. She just wants nothing to change despite everything changing around her when she's graduated high school and spending her last summer before college. It is such a bittersweet feeling that I immediately connected with from when I was in that period of my life. Amelia's worry of having one great last summer, trying to enjoy the present while worrying about how much things will change once college starts, and trying to have fun while juggling responsibility of work and growing up is all so relate-able. Honestly, I wish I could've read this when I was in high school and navigating all this myself. Because besides being invested with these characters and their problems, I was also living for the nostalgia that this brought me for summer days and not having school or a full-time job. It made me even miss the simple days of having a part-time job during the summer between school years. It should also be noted that the decisions made by the characters were all believable and stayed true to their characters, but more importantly held consequences for their actions. Also the relationships in the book whether friendship, with family, or love interests? All believable. It didn't feel like insta-love nor did it seem too perfect at the end. It seemed real and I loved it. Stay Sweet managed to wrap up the story while still letting it seem like life: not one contained thing, but part of an ever-flowing and ever-expanding story and we got to catch a glimpse of one summer. It doesn't leave you lacking and it doesn't make things seem cookie cutter perfect ending. It makes it feel REAL. All in all, this book is great for a fun summer read but also empowering with girls getting things done and comforting when it comes to questions about changes and risks.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my first read by Vivian and it absolutely won't be my last. Every character was fully realized and complicated and the story itself was a delightful look at that last summer after high school before life really changes. Loved this book (and had to step out to the store to pick up some ice cream to have on hand while I kept reading).
mostlyyalit More than 1 year ago
Stay Sweet is a book all about teens and ice cream that belies it’s true feminist nature. Siobhan Vivian has put together a fantastic read that is just fluffy enough, just feminist enough, just romantic enough, and just nostalgic enough to make you feel all the summer feels. Stay Sweet centres on 17 year old Amelia Van Hagen, who’s been working at the local ice cream stand, Meade Creamery, for the last four summers. The stand is run entirely by girls, and steeped in girl-power traditions. Working at Meade Creamery means you work hard, but you make girl friends who will help you out, in good times and bad, whether you need advice on a new lipstick, a romance, or you’re going through a hard time. Amelia sees these summers as formative. This is her last summer as a Meade Creamery girl, and it’s bittersweet to be saying goodbye to not just her favorite job, but also her town, and her best friend Cate as they move on to separate universities. Things change rapidly when Meade Creamery’s owner and founder, Molly Meade, passes away and leaves the ice cream stand to her great-nephew. Grady Meade is a business major, and he decides to try his hand at keeping the stand alive. The problem? No one has the recipes for Molly Meade’s famous ice cream. Oh and also, Amelia’s original, coveted job as Head Girl (aka the manager) is threatened by Grady’s presence. Grady is trying a lot of new things to make changes to the stand that threaten it’s place as a Sand Lake institution. HOW MUCH DO I LOVE THIS BOOK? LET ME COUNT THE WAYS: The focus on a female friendships. Without a doubt, this is my favorite part of the book. Amelia and Cate are the oldest girls at Meade Creamery, so they’re known as seniors. They were both in line for the Head Girl job, so there’s tension there. Responsible Amelia has always felt a little inferior to Cate, so even she questions why Cate – the more fun, flirtatious, and popular girl didn’t get it the job. This tension made for a really authentic friendship story. Ice cream. If you love anything about ice cream, you’ll love reading this story. From homemade waffle cones to the science of ice cream formation to perfect scooping, this book is a dream for an ice cream lover. 50s teenagerdom. Stay Sweet cycles between Amelia’s story and Molly Meade’s story, which Amelia accesses through her diary. It’s cute to see how it all comes together. Author Siobhan Vivian actually bought vintage Seventeen magazines to get the voice of Molly just right. Realistic romance. I don’t think it’s a spoiler to say that a romance brews between Grady and Amelia. I love how it’s slow and a secondary plot. It’s swoony enough that you want them to have that happy ending but realistic in that they’re both teenagers at the cusp of something new. Entrepreneurship. Between Molly Meade starting her own ice cream stand to Grady trying to take over, there’s a lot about running a business in this book. But it’s not boring, I promise! Stay Sweet gives you a really good sense of how much work and passion needs to go into doing something you love. It’s unpredictable. Full disclosure: I went into this book thinking it would be a cute, flirty summer romance. And it IS. But it’s also WAY more than that – it’s empowering and feminist and about taking control of your life and making it work for you. And doesn’t everyone want that in their summer romance, too?
Olivia00 More than 1 year ago
Hunker down with a pint of your favorite ice cream and a playlist of great Oldies! Siobhan Vivian never disappoints, always nailing the teenage voice. Her stories and cast of characters are tangible; I found myself easily dragged into the Creamery and farmhouse. Throughout the book, it felt as if I were alongside the characters; I could perfectly envision, smell and taste every single thing Siobhan put down (Which as you can imagine, was especially delightful in this case!). Watching these characters grow and change is among the most pleasing things about the book. If a cute summer read about relationships and ice cream isn’t enough to sell you, Stay Sweet is worth the read just for the excellent character development. I found myself flying through this book, never wanting to put it down. It was equally compelling and laugh-out-loud-able. Not only was the book fun, it gives readers an inside look at the complexities of making ice cream and running a business. Who thought reading about how ice cream is made could be so enjoyable! Stay Sweet is the pinnacle of a summer read. It’s cute, entertaining, and quick. I can already see myself re-reading Siobhan’s book multiple times over the next few months… with many accompanying trips to my local ice cream stand (if I can find a ride, that is)! If you’re looking for a contemporary with substance, Stay Sweet will not disappoint.
kiki85 More than 1 year ago
This book is so good! Loved Amelia. Pro tip: have some ice cream in the freezer when you read this!
JezebelZ More than 1 year ago
Full disclosure: When you read this book you will find yourself at your favorite local ice cream shop. In STAY SWEET Siobhan Vivian has created a smart, independent young woman with just enough self-doubt and imperfection to make her relatable. It was impossible not to root for her as she navigated her way through the summer between high school and college, as she learned that friendships are not always easy to hold onto and that there is a certain strength that comes from discovering a new passion that is all your own. This is a story about friendships, old and new, but even more it is about finding the passionate thing that will motivate and drive you to become the person you choose to be...independent of the other influences in your life, like best friends, parents, or boys. I very much want to see what happens to Amelia next.
Pebble_Cafe More than 1 year ago
I'm about halfway through STAY SWEET and loving it. A review now may seem premature, but I know I'll continue to love it. Unless the story takes a hard left and after eating a "special" batch of ice cream the town residence turns into zombies and vampires and start Kung Fu fighting or something. Of course, all part of Molly Meade's evil genius plan to take over the world. {evil genius laugh here} Then yea, this review is premature. Well see. Sometimes you just know when you're clickin' and jivin' and groovin' and with a story. You know? Siobhan Vivian is magical. The town, people, Meade Creamery all feels real. It makes me sad that it isn't. (I haven't learned Vivian's inspiration for STAY SWEET, I'd suspect ice cream, so I'll hold on to that hope that Sand Lake and a place like Meade Creamery exist.) Back to reading... Thank you NetGalley and Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers for an eARC. (My pre-order hard copy came early so... YAY!