Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo
The Skinny: Amelia is in high school, works part time at a grocery store, and is in love with a boy. A boy who is six years older than her. Chris, one of her co-workers at the grocery store where she works, is cute, charming, and funny. And from the moment she met him, Amelia has been in love with him. But as their friendship grows, Amelia begins to wonder if he’ll ever look at her the way she wants him to and, if he does, exactly what would that mean?
BFF?: Amelia is basically me in high school. Well, probably more college. You know, the type of girl who is madly in love with a boy who barely knows her name, who thinks they’re going steady after just one drunken kiss, and who lives this whole fantasy relationship in her head that she’s too oblivious to anything that’s going on in the world. I don’t think I’d want this girl for my BFF, but I totally get her. Aside from those things, Amelia is pretty deep thinking. She gets completely worked up over issues and her rants are super funny at times. I really appreciated that about her and she became pretty endearing at times.
Readability: The book goes back and forth between Amelia’s narrative and Chris’s journals. I loved seeing this and getting to know both characters this way. It was fairly easy to read, but some things got lost in translation – with it being set in Australia and written by an Australian writer, there were some things that I didn’t “get,” such as locations and some of the terminology. Otherwise, great read!
Crush Level: 2
Call me crazy, but I was not a fan of Chris. I mean, I can see why Amelia had a crush on him. He was nice, he was charming, he was funny. But I also thought he was, well, a jerk on some levels. Of course, I’m not a 15 year old girl crushing on a 21 year old, so that could be how I was able to see past his charm. Now, don’t get me wrong, I think he was a nice guy. But he was so hung up on his ex, he was back and forth with the girls at work, and he drank way too much. Meh, he was just not for me.
Although I had some really crappy ones, one of the best jobs I had was working part time at a movie store. The other employees and I got super close and had fun times outside of work, much like the ones in this book. Minus the hooking up and drugs. But still, nothing like your first part time job!
There was TONS of feminist stuff in this book and I loved it oh so much! It didn’t really talk about the blatant aspects of it, equal pay and such, but the more subtle aspects of it. Like cleaning product commercials only showing women using the products. Gave lots of food for thought!
I hate this, but sometimes makes for the best stories. That’s it.