Laybourne’s masterful novel opens as a comical potential romance, becomes suspenseful, then horrific, and ends as a gripping action-adventure survival story
— VOYA, Starred Review & Perfect 10
“Simultaneously terrifying, hilarious, and action-packed, SWEET is a wild ride that holds up a warped mirror to our society. I loved it from the first line to the last.”
— —Marie Lu, New York Times bestselling author of Legend and The Young Elites
Laybourne delivers a candy-coated horror novel that alternates between increasingly violent scenes and Laurel and Tom’s poignant romance.
— Publisher's Weekly
While maintaining an exciting, face-paced, terrifying narrative, Laybourne manages to weave in details that highlight friendship, the culture of celebrity and addiction.
— Asheville Citizen-Times
A great premise, a unique setting, a page-turning read. Where is a sixth star when you need it?
— Amazon reviewer
By Emmy Laybourne

In order to launch a new diet sweetener called Solu, the drug’s manufacturers have decided to host a week-long juggernaut on a luxury cruise ship. 

Tom and Laurel, two teens who for very different reasons decide not to take Solu, watch as the people around them are overjoyed at first - the product works! They’re losing weight! But the drug is highly addictive, and when the people in charge try to ration out the Solu, Tom and Laurel watch in growing horror as the passengers go from miffed, to mutinous, to murderous.

Will Tom and Laurel make it off the ship alive? And how will they warn the main-land about Solu’s deadly side effects?

WINNER: Junior Library Guild Award
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 The Hardcover edition of SWEET.

The Hardcover edition of SWEET.