February 21, 2013

Latest Read: Love and Other Perishable Items

Here are the basics ...
Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo
Publication date: Dec. 11, 2012
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Category: Young Adult - Contemporary
Source: Borrowed from library

Summary: From the moment Amelia sets eyes on Chris, she is head over heels infatuated with him. It's problematic, since Chris, 21, is a sophisticated university student, while Amelia, is 15. She knows it's not gonna happen so she plays it cool around Chris. Working checkout together at the local supermarket, they strike up a friendship and 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? (Adapted goodreads.com
My thoughts…
The good: Okay seriously, I've really enjoyed or loved almost every Aussie contemporary YA novel that I've read and this was no exception. Love and Other Perishable Items (previously known as Good Oil) is told mainly through the eyes of Amelia, an intelligent, funny, but awkward 15-year-old who has slowly but surely fallen for Chris, her 21-year-old coworker (we're treated to a few chapters from his point-of-view too!). Clearly nothing can happen here. She knows it, he knows it. We know it. And yet.. despite their age difference (which I would be against in real life), I found myself hoping they could overcome the odds. Who cares about age, they get each other! They have conversations about books, family, feminism, relationships (Chris is quite the sharer) and life in general. It made me think of how girls are so much more mature than guys anyway.  So it didn't feel too strange that their conversations could feel like they were on equal footing. I mean, he definitely has more life experience than her (although her awkwardness is part of what endeared her to me) but she is a smart girl with a lot of opinions. I could see why he'd be drawn to her. And looking at things from her perspective, it's easy to see why she'd be charmed and infatuated by him too. The book just made me unexpectedly laugh and reminisce about being her age and going through first loves, first kisses and first parties in a way that felt real.

(Minor) reservations: The book focuses on Amelia's feelings for Chris but there are other topics that get touched upon. Like her relationship with her parents or her best friend. I wish we had gotten more details on that and maybe even more of a conclusion. The end came a bit too soon and I didn't exactly get the closure I was hoping for.

Do I recommend?: Yes! Especially if you've liked a much older guy before, I think you'll relate and enjoy this even more than I did.

Happy reading!


  1. Ahhhhh, I NEED TO READ THIS. I love books with characters who have interesting and deep conversations. Also books where the odds are against a relationship. Also, I truly believe that there is something magical in Australia's water because so many good books come from there.

    1. Seriously! So many great Aussie books. I wanna read her other book, Holier Than Thou too.

  2. Oh I've been seeing this book pop up a lot lately! Sounds good! Again, another rec for me, you're the best :)

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  4. Aussie YA, what up! I currently have this one checked out from the library and I'm excited to read it since I've heard mostly good things. I'm sorry you didn't get the closure you were looking for but I'm glad you liked it overall. :)

    1. I did! The end was just a little abrupt but otherwise, I was very happy with the book :)

  5. The reason why I think I'd relate to this book is because Macky and I fell in love at those ages! It'd be interesting to read an author's take on that sort of relationship, plus I'm curious about the "conversations" they have that everyone keeps sharing about.

    1. With YA books, sometimes I think good conversations between love interests are underestimated. I love a good swoonworthy kissing scene as much as the next person. But the friendship and the way these two characters can talk to each other.. just as important!