Thursday, January 3, 2013

Love and Other Perishable Items

"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."
I thought I had already reviewed this book, given the I finished reading it almost 2 weeks ago! But, than I remembered I waited to review this book, because it was one of those stories; that you have to let sink in once you finish it. In other words, if I reviewed this book the second I finished my review would sound like this " WORST BOOK EVER!" , "WHY!?" *AGHHH!!*  However, after a day or two of letting it sit around, the genius of this book hit me (deep down I knew it would, which almost made me hate it more).

You see, Love and Other Perishable Items is very realistic. It is being 15 and thinking that older guy is cute, and being consumed by your crush for him. It is sweet and it is SO VERY VERY awkward. And Buzo does such a great job at portraying that. So Accurately. And That Is All I Really Can Say, Without Giving Too Much Away.

I did have SOME complaints. I wish the formatting was done a tad differently, so it would be easier to follow. And Chris drove me a little crazy.. but he is 21. So, he is just being his age.

1 comment:

  1. I totally understand you needing to step back and process before writing a review. I find myself doing that more and more frequently these days! I've heard so much praise for this book and, honestly, knowing that one of it's best qualities is how realistic and painful and awkward it represents its subject matter makes me want to read it even more.