Sweet Tooth – By Ian McEwan


Sweet Tooth is an intricate merge of spy interaction and romance, installed into a brilliant piece of literature. This book is about a young woman, Serena Frome, who gets referred to MI5, and is dispatched on a mission – Sweet Tooth –  to further the culture segment of the Cold War. Her mission sends her to Tom Haley – a promising young writer. Love begins to intertwine with her professional life, and before long she is in love with Haley himself. As this increasingly affects her mission, she must make the crucial decision of whether to trust him or not – breaking the principal law of espionage.

The book is neither about spies nor lovers, but about social interactions and honesty. Serena is likeable and relatable, yet at times annoying. She is never quite sure on her feet with what decisions to make. However, she is very honest with herself, and strives to be honest with others, which is why I think she is not suited to the secret service. Overall, I found this book to be highly insightful and thought-provoking. In a strange sense, it reflected life and love beautifully.

This book is good for people who enjoy love stories. It’s good for people who like a medium-paced book that is not so gripping as it is thought-provoking. This book is not good for people who want a ‘spy novel’, because it’s approach to the genre is so different from the norm. I would advise this book for upper teens and older.

My Ratings (out of 10 As):

Plot/Story: AAAAAAA


Pace: Medium


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