My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Wow. That was…not what I expected. How to describe it? Frothy teen romance meets The Walking Dead?
Former child star Tom Forelli has booked a gig hosting a celebrity cruise to launch a new sweetener, Solu. Fort Lauderdale teenager Laurel has snagged a ticket on the cruise to accompany her friend Viv. The two have a meet cute (he falls on her while showing off break dance moves) and between that and reality TV stars, discussions of teenaage angst and weight issues, the book seems to be shaping up as your standard light-hearted YA romance. Then things take a *very* different turn.
(Warning – some spoilers!)
Solu, it turns out, isn’t just a sugar substitute. It can also help you lose weight. Lots of weight. Turn obese people into famine victims amounts of weight. And that’s not the only effect it has on your body. The end of the book is a (literal) bloodbath, but mixed right in with doses of teen dreams (seriously – on the run from drug-crazed zombies, the two leads take time to snuggle). But while the plot doesn’t hold up to any serious scrutiny, and most of the characters are just stock figures, it’s an enjoyable, breezy read.