Stay Sweet (Hardcover)
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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…
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 SiobhanVivian.com.
"A rare, enjoyable portrait of a woman-run business....Amelia possesses the qualities she needs to achieve her goals but, like many girls, lacks confidence in using them; watching her evolve is empowering."
— Kirkus Reviews
* "A delectable mixture of ice cream and romance...While evoking the warmth of rural life and employee comradeship, Vivian writes an empowering novel for young women with big dreams."
— Publisher's Weekly - starred review
"The even pacing, adept characterization, and relatable protagonists make this a delightful choice. With a strong message about female empowerment and hard work, this YA book will be a great read for spring break or summer vacation....For fans of Jenny Han looking for a light but touching summer read about first love, feminism, and ice cream."
— School Library Journal
"This is both a bittersweet paean to the passage of time and a satisfying examination of a girl, used to being in the background, who comes into her own. Summer reading at its finest."
“Stay Sweet will inspire ambition—and ice-cream cravings”
— Seventeen Magazine