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Stay Sweet
Contributor(s): Vivian, Siobhan
ISBN: 1481452320     ISBN-13: 9781481452328
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    OUR PRICE: $16.19  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: April 2018
Annotation: Seventeen-year-old Amelia has looked forward to her last summer before college working at the Meade Creamery, but when the owner of the local landmark passes away her nephew has big changes in mind.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Ice cream parlors; Fiction.
Summer employment; Fiction.
Entrepreneurship; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2017048141
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 6.00" W x 1.00" (0.95 lbs) 359 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Fall)
Seventeen-year-old Amelia is "Head Girl" of a famous female-owned and -operated ice-cream stand. When the stand's elderly founder dies and leaves her college-aged grandnephew in charge, Amelia takes on new business responsibilities. This atmospheric summer romance is all about female leaders and entrepreneurship; an emphasis on the business's WWII-era origins provides a historical thread. Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2018 February #3)

Vivian (The Last Boy and Girl in the World) serves a delectable mixture of ice cream and romance in this story about a small-town girl whose life revolves around her summer job at an ice-cream stand. After working for four years at Meade Creamery, Amelia is excited and nervous when the elderly owner, Molly Meade, promotes her to "head girl." But on Amelia's first day as manager, Molly dies, leaving the business to her grandnephew Grady, a college student with big changes in mind. As Amelia finds herself falling for Grady, she tries to uphold Meade Creamery traditions without alienating him. Meanwhile, the rest of the employees seem more interested in shirking their duties than saving the shop. Inserting passages from Molly Meade's diary into her book, Vivian deftly parallels the woman's WWII romance and trials as a young entrepreneur with Amelia's story, adding an extra layer of intrigue and suspense. While evoking the warmth of rural life and employee comradeship, Vivian writes an empowering novel for young women with big dreams. Ages 14–up. Agent: Emily van Beek, Folio Literary Management. (Apr.)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 March)

Gr 7 Up—For the past four summers, Amelia has worked at the all-women owned and operated local ice cream stand, whose history began in 1944 when Molly Meade started making ice cream as a way to cheer up her heartbroken friends whose loves were away at war. Looking forward to her last summer as "Head Girl" of the stand with her best friend Cate, her plans are dashed when Molly dies in the beginning of the summer. With the potential of the stand closing, Molly's grandnephew steps in to run the business with Amelia's help. Running into some trouble with the stand and her best friend throughout the summer helps Amelia find herself and teaches her to go after what she wants. 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. VERDICT For fans of Jenny Han looking for a light but touching summer read about first love, feminism, and ice cream.—Morgan O'Reilly, Riverdale Country School, NY

Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.