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.