Thursday, November 15, 2012

Up and Coming: Love and Other Perishable Items, Laura Buzo

Kady stole this post out from me! This blog has a pretty well known love for Australian writers, I should have known:

Love and Other Perishable Items by Lauren Buzo

Release Date: December 11,2012

Amelia is 15 and works nights and weekends in a grocery store. Her dad travels a lot, her mom always seems beat down by work, her best friend is starting to take those awful boys from the neighboring all boys school seriously, her older sister is at University in another city and her younger sister is cute, but still just one more responsibility. Amelia does not have a whole lot to look forward to in her life. Except Chris. Chris, her co-worker at the grocery store, is amazing. He's funny and smart, everyone likes him but he still likes her, which makes her special in a way. Amelia could talk to Chris for hours and never run out of things to say. It's really no surprise when she figures out that she's totally over the hill in love with him. There's just one little problem...

Chris is 22 and works nights and weekends in a grocery store. He's taking some classes at University but nothing is really exciting him. The great love of his life has moved back to her hometown and the boy she never technically broke-up with in the first place. Chris still lives at home and he fills his time with a hopeless crush on his supervisor and by talking to Youngster, the new check-out girl at work. Youngster (also known as Amelia) is a funny one. She's much more serious than a girl her age should be, with very strong opinions about Great Expectations and The Great Gatsby, but she's also very naive in other ways. It's fun to tease her, and even better when they actually talk. Sometimes he catches himself thinking "If only she were a few years older" and then he has to figure out how to get rid of those thoughts. Fast.

Told in alternating points of view that cover the exact same incidents, Love and Other Perishable Items follows Amelia and Chris as they get closer and closer. Is it a good idea for a world-weary teenage girl and a directionless young man to get together? No, it is not. Will it happen anyway? You'll just have to read Love and Other Perishable Items to find out.

Love and Other Perishable Items brought up too many cringe inducing memories for me to say I truly enjoyed it. It has a distinctive Australian feel, which is probably why I liked it so much and if you're a fan of Markus Zusak's I Am The Messenger or the Wolfe Brothers Trilogy this will be right up your alley.

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