Sunday, July 31, 2016
Tom is a former child star who's trying to turn his career around. He's famous for playing an overweight bratty kid on a sitcom. Now, he's taken stock of his life cut out the excess to lose weight, live healthier, and get rid of negative influences. He's the official host of the cruise, and his job is to make sure the world sees shiny, happy people losing weight. He refuses to eat anything with Solu because of his clean eating policy.
It's a good thing these two miss out on their Solu doses because what starts out as a miracle weight loss drug quickly turns to horror as the other passengers are driven by an intense addiction that leads to murder. As two of the few people aboard who are not addicted, Tom and Laurel quickly form a relationship, but are they doomed on their ship of horrors.
Emmy Laybourne's new novel is a quick and engaging read, but it is pretty horrifying and reads like farce. It pokes fun at modern "celebrity" and quick fix diets but relies heavily on stereotypes. If you have a weak stomach, you should probably skip this one. Grades 8 and up.