Thu, November 15, 2012

Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo Review

Love and Other Perishable Items book cover

Love and Other Perishable Items book cover

Love and Other Perishable Items
By Laura Buzo

Publication date: Dec. 11, 2012
Knopf Books for Young Readers, 256 pages
Source: Publisher, via NetGalley

A wonderful, coming-of-age love story from a fresh new voice in YA fiction.

‘Miss Amelia Hayes, welcome to The Land of Dreams. I am the staff trainer. I will call you grasshopper and you will call me sensei and I will give you the good oil. Right? And just so you know, I’m open to all kinds of bribery.’

From the moment 15-year-old Amelia begins work on the checkout at Woolworths she is sunk, gone, lost…head-over-heels in love with Chris. Chris is the funny, charming, man-about-Woolies, but he’s 21, and the 6-year difference in their ages may as well be 100. Chris and Amelia talk about everything from Second Wave Feminism to Great Expectations and Alien but will he ever look at her in the way she wants him to? And if he does, will it be everything she hopes?

— Goodreads.com description

OH HOLY COW. Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo is so so so good.

It’s one of those books where you just want to know – no, NEED to know — what happens to the characters in a year, five years, 10 years. I want to stay with them and follow them. I cannot stop thinking about them.

Love and Other Perishable Items alternates between Amelia’s and Chris’ points of view. They’re both brutally honest, smart and funny narrators. Amelia is crushing on Chris, and he’s just completely clueless. You know from the get-go that things just CANNOT work between them. She’s 15; he’s 21. No way, at least not now. Yet, you ache for them to be together. I couldn’t help but root for them against my better conscience, simultaneously wanting to yell at them to snap out of it and to push them together until they gave up and kiss already, dammit!

This book was originally published under the title Good Oil in Australia, so I’m thrilled it’s getting a second life here in the States. Truly, I cannot tell you how many great YA titles I’ve read from Australia, and I hope the imports keep on comin’.

Gah. Yeah. Amazing. No other words. Loved it. I suspect this book will be ranked among my favorites for years to come.

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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  1. Lori said:

    I can’t wait to read this!!!!
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  2. We Heart YA said:

    Love the title, and the story sounds so cute! Small but fun. :)
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  3. Brittany @ The Book Addict’s Guide said:

    I’m so excited to see such an awesome review for this! This book is en route to me right now so I’m really excited to dive in when I get it :)
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  4. Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books said:

    I’m definitely looking forward to reading this book! It sounds like just the kind of contemporary I like, and I’m curious about their romance. AND that cover is GORGEOUS.
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  5. Jessica @ Book Sake said:

    Awesome that this one is so good, it’s on my TBR list!

    - Jessica @ Book Sake
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  6. April Books & Wine said:

    Brutally funny eh? Unrequited forbidden love? SIGN ME UP THIS MINUTE!
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  7. Katie @ Youth Literature Reviews said:

    Great review! The publisher description makes this sound a little bit blah, so I’m glad to hear that it goes deeper than that. I will be adding this to my TBR list for sure!
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  8. Bookworm1858 said:

    So cool to hear this was an Australian book-I’ve read a few that rocked and I’m excited about this one!
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  9. Michelle said:

    I loved this book too!!! It made me cry… and weirdly I didn’t mind the age difference in the book as much as I thought I would. Such a good book, I was insanely pleasantly surprised!
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  10. Jen said:

    I need to reread this book. For real. I feel like it didn’t stick the first time like it should’ve, even though I LOVED it when I was reading it. What gives?
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  11. Jen (A Reading Daydreamer) said:

    Oh goodness, I love you short and sweet reviews, Anna! I can’t wait to read this book now, it sounds like there’s a lot of romantic tension and GAH that’s like my favorite. This book sounds awesome! Aussie writers are amazing. Lovely review!

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  12. Carla said:

    aww man I love this book like woah, mainly because when I was a teenager I wanted to work at woolworths SO MUCH. also, I want to be amelia’s big sister, so i can wrap her in cuddles. also? chris? PWOAR BREAK BE OFF A PIECE OF THAT.

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  13. Sarah @ YA Love said:

    I was hoping to find this one at NCTE, but they didn’t have it. It’s been on my reading radar, so I’m glad you loved it so much!

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  14. Marie said:

    This was such a weird read for me. But it was so interesting to see how different Chris was in comparison to how Amelia saw him!
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