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by Megan Gaudino
Published by: Evernight Teen
Publication date: January 17th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Seventeen-year-old travel blogger CC is stuck on a never-ending road trip with her wanderlust-addicted father. When her dad lands the job of his dreams in Sugar Lump—wedding capital of the world—CC finally finds a place to call home. Complete with two quirky best friends and a quixotic guy to crush on, Sugar Lump is more shades of perfect than she can possibly count.
But when CC accidentally overhears the mayor complaining that she has to “take out” a rogue employee for not fulfilling the terms of his contract, the idyllic town’s facade crumbles. Devastated by the possibility of having to move yet again, CC discovers everyone has been keeping a massive secret from her—including her own father.
Sugar Lump by Megan Gaudino was a mix between The Stepford Wives and Invasion of the Body Snatchers, but not really. I kept expecting something supernatural or sci-fi-ish to occur because there’s something freaky going on in Sugar Lump. I couldn’t stop reading because I had to know what it was… and it’s a doozy.
Everything and everyone in Sugar Lump is a little too perfect, and you can feel CC’s uneasiness and sometimes alarm. Gaudino did a wonderful job building that anticipation and really made you feel the disquiet. CC was a great character. I loved her personality! I felt bad that she was never given the opportunity to make friends in any of the places they lived. I really liked Henry and Luna, though. They were good sidekicks and added some comedic relief to the suspenseful feel of the novel. Thorn was the perfect mysteriously sexy bad boy love interest. I LOVED HIM!
Overall, it was a really well written and unique young adult novel. The only thing that left me wanting was I wanted to know what happens after the ending, like her father’s reaction or what happens to him. The secrets are finally revealed, but we’re not given an epilogue to see how they affected everyone. Still, I would recommend this novel and read it again.
Megan Gaudino works in a high school library by day and on her own books by night. She’s made up of a mixture of black clothing, iced coffee, and a desire to go adventuring. Those things sort of come together naturally to form a writer. She lives in Pittsburgh where you can find her reading, writing, and Instagraming.
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