By: Emmy Laybourne
Available June 2015
*People would kill to be thin.*
Solu’s luxurious celebrity-filled “Cruise to Lose” is billed as “the biggest cruise since the Titanic,” and if the new diet sweetener works as promised—dropping five percent of a person’s body weight in just days—it really could be the answer to the world’s obesity problem. But Laurel is starting to regret accepting her friend Viv’s invitation. She’s already completely embarrassed herself in front of celebrity host, Tom Forelli (otherwise known as the hottest guy ever!) and she’s too seasick to even try the sweetener. And that’s before Viv and all the other passengers start acting really strange.
*But will they die for it, too?*
Tom Forelli knows that he should be grateful for this job and the opportunity to shed his childhood “Baby Tom-Tom” image. His publicists have even set up a ‘romance’ with a sexy reality star. But as things on the ship start to get a bit wild, he finds himself drawn to a different girl. And when his celebrity hosting gig turns into an expose on the shocking side effects of Solu, it’s Laurel that he’s determined to save.
Emmy Laybourne, author of the Monument 14 trilogy, takes readers on a dream vacation that goes first comically, then tragically, then horrifyingly, wrong.
This Blonde’s Review:
Laurel and Viv couldn’t be more different. Laurel wears boots and is comfortable with her weight. Viv likes to dress up and is always working to lose weight. When Viv’s dad pays for spots for both girls on a highly sought after celebrity weight lose cruise they have different views. Viv can’t wait to see how much weight she can lose and shows up prepared with smaller sizes of clothing. Laurel is happy with her size and only goes to support her friend.
Laurel catches celebrity host Tom’s eye right away. He can’t help but notice how different she is from everyone else and how real she is. But Tom isn’t the typical celebrity either, he wants more for himself and wants to live a healthy lifestyle. He chooses not to take an Solu since he’d rather work hard and eat right.
Tom and Laurel falling for each other the way they did was rather quick and unlikely, but I couldn’t help but like it anyway. His uncertainty and her unwillingness to be on display. They each had their shy points but they were willing to do what was needed for each other and to lean on each other. And they were smart enough to outwit solu and the other passengers.
The twist in the story was great. I loved the way they worked it around even with how unlikely it all was. If you’re willing to go with the story without worrying about how possible it all is then it was great and tragically terrible all at the same time.
If you enjoyed Emmy Laybourne’s other books you’ll likely enjoy this one too. And if you like books where being true to yourself is the best way to survive then you’ll enjoy this one.