I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo
on December 11, 2011
Love is awkward, Amelia should know.
From the moment she sets eyes on Chris, she is a goner. Lost. Sunk. Head over heels infatuated with him. It’s problematic, since Chris, 21, is a sophisticated university student, while Amelia, is 15.
Amelia isn’t stupid. She knows it’s not gonna happen. So she plays it cool around Chris—at least, as cool as she can. Working checkout together at the local supermarket, they strike up a friendship: swapping life stories, bantering about everything from classic books to B movies, and cataloging the many injustices of growing up. As time goes on, Amelia’s crush doesn’t seem so one-sided anymore. But if Chris likes her back, what then? Can two people in such different places in life really be together?
Through a year of befuddling firsts—first love, first job, first party, and first hangover—debut author Laura Buzo shows how the things that break your heart can still crack you up.
Oh to be 15 and in love again…Not really, though. Being 15 was kind of horrible. If you can look back at the awkwardness of being 15 and in love with any kind of fondness then Love and Other Perishable Items is definitely a book for you. See, our poor Amelia is in love with a 21 year old. I think it’s safe to say that one point in a girl’s life she’s probably has a crush on someone impossible. We can all relate to that, right? What’s so agonizing about Amelia’s situation is that her impossible love interest might just like her back.
Love and Other Perishable Items is one of those contemporary books where nothing major happens. It’s really just about Amelia’s day to day life…and her crush on Chris. Amelia works as a cashier in a grocery store. I adore this! I can’t think of a single YA novel where the main character is a cashier at a grocery store. I really loved Amelia. She may be 15 but that girl is intelligent. She was so passionate and opinionated!
We mustn’t forget about Chris. The great thing about Chris is that he’s so loveable. You can definitely see why Amelia loves him. I wasn’t expecting the chapters with his point of view, but I did enjoy them. He was very brooding and heartbroken, but in the best possible way.
This book has a very different take on romance and first love. A more realistic one, honestly. It’s not always easy or even plausible. Laura Buzo does a fabulous job of making it fun and interesting. Love and Other Perishable Items was a fast read and entertaining read, but not exactly fluffy. It was pretty much just a wonderful read. Read it!