Friday, November 23, 2012

Love and Other Perishable Items

Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo

Goodreads summary:
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.

My review:
This book. I am not sure what to think about it. There were certain parts of it I absolutely loved. There were other parts of it I couldn't stand, and then there were parts that I still can't decide how I feel about.
I usually don't include spoilers in my reviews, but I feel like I cannot review this book without them, so from here down- POSSIBLE SPOILERS:

Despite the awful age difference between Amelia and Chris, I found myself rooting for them. I wanted them to be happy together. They seemed perfect for each other. Why should age matter? On the other hand, age is a big deal when you are still in high school. That is a big difference. But I still wanted them to be together. So I was so excited when it happened. He kissed her. Granted, he was drunk, but he kissed her. Then he became a jerk. I kept thinking they would get over it and end up together in the end right? Wrong. MAJOR SPOILER HERE- They don't end up together. Nope. That frustrates me. However, what I don't understand is why I did not hate the ending. Usually with an ending like that, I would be throwing the book down and be super upset. I wasn't. I wasn't thrilled about it either though. I am just kind of apathetic to the ending. It wrapped things up- kind of- and then it ended. This book has left me so confused about my feelings. Overall, I am glad I read this book but I will not be reading it again.

3 stars


  1. Good review. I like the sound of this story.

  2. It seems like an age difference at this age would be very strange and illegal. I am not sure how I would feel about it. If they were older, it would difficult but not as weird in my opinion. Thanks for your thoughts. I might add it to my to-read list.