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Love and Other Perishable Items (edition 2012)

by Laura Buzo

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Title:Love and Other Perishable Items
Authors:Laura Buzo
Info:Knopf Books for Young Readers (2012), Hardcover, 256 pages
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I really loved this. Kept reading slower and slower because I didn't want to be finished with it. So charismatic but one hundred percent real too. ( )
  chronic | Mar 23, 2017 |
Have you ever been in love? With the book Love and Other Perishable Items you definitely feel like you are reliving your experiences with your first love. This fictional book is very light hearted and funny and would be a great book to pick up when you're in the mood for something not so serious. This would make a perfect reading material for all young adults considering it is a coming of age story. Fifteen year old Amelia struggles to find who she is during the story and has difficulty going on with her everyday life when she starts her new job and discovers she has already taken interest in one of the older boys who worked there as well.
In this book a young girl has to start focusing on her future and what she’s going to do for her future but becomes distracted when an older boy comes into her life all of a sudden.
In my opinion I thought that the book was excellent overall I loved the voice that they used in the story and how the characters developed together was great. The only thing I didn't like that much about the book would probably have to be the ending. It did not go as I would have like it too but it was still a good plot twist that I would not have expected. The story line also may have been a little over dramatic and cheesy for some readers and for me at least but besides that I loved it. This is great book about the coming of age of teenagers struggling to find a place in the world. It’s packed full with passion and comedy and I would recommend it to younger readers looking for a good romantic comedy to read and enjoy. The story was different from anything I have ever read before and it very unique compared to most love stories that are often dry and unoriginal.
Ultimately, I think that this a great book for teens and young adults to have because it has some lessons and makes a good coming of age story for kids who might not know what they want to do with their lives yet. I would highly recommend this for teenagers to read when they would like something relatable yet funny to read. ( )
  ejohnson84 | Oct 6, 2016 |
When Love and Other Perishable Items came out, there were a lot of reviews that said they really didn’t get the point of it, since it’s not got much of a plot. It was very character-driven, they said. Of course, this made me want the book, even if many others were seriously whelmed by its contents. It was one of those times where reviews that actually weren’t highly positive totally reeled me in and convinced me it might be a book for me. Plus, I’ve heard so much about Aussie YA and Melina Marchetta totally panned out, so why not Laura Buzo? And yet. Here I am, a bit surprised not to have loved this one.

Love and Other Perishable Items does a lot well. There are two POVs and they’re very distinct. Amelia and Chris do not sound remotely similar and I think she effectively set up their timelines. They’re talking about the same things, but their views of them are so different. I would always look forward to seeing things from Chris’ side, after seeing Amelia’s interpretations.

Amelia, fifteen and seriously infatuated for the very first time, suffers from a pretty standard teenage problem: insecurity. Her lack of self-worth is exacerbated by her parents’ inattention. They’re present, but lost in their own worlds. Amelia thinks of herself one way, but through Chris’ eyes it’s obvious that her view of herself is flawed. It’s a reminder that what we see isn’t necessarily what others see looking at us, a very important lesson in life.

What I think I liked best in Love and Other Perishable Items was watching Amelia learn through fiction. She’s reading book primarily for school but she really takes the time to think about what they say and to try to apply their lessons to her own life. I wish I could say that I thought that much about everything I read as a teen. This, too, is how Amelia bonds with Chris, her crush. He’s in college, 22, and he enjoys talking with the intellectually curious youngster who works with him at the grocery store. In these moments, I was able to take Amelia’s crush seriously and to see where the two might really get along. It’s also the only time I found Chris likable.

That said, the romance in the book did not work for me, such as it is. Chris annoyed me to no end. He’s constantly whinging about the manic pixie dream girl of his past, a girl he failed to understand and who treated him like shit but whom he continues to feel is the one for him. Meanwhile, he seeks out the “perfect girl” even though he already met his perfect girl and she dumped him hard. I’m a fan of drinking, sure, but Chris worries me. He drinks like he wants to die. Plus, he does other drugs and makes just terrible life choices all around.

The ending has me side-eyeing this book. I feel like it all ties into the discussion of Great Expectations that Chris and Amelia have. Let’s just say I’m skeptical like Amelia about things. On a side-note, the discussions of feminism in this book are really interesting. It’s all about the different ways people have defined it and misinterpretations. Amelia actually hates feminism because she doesn’t really get what it is. Nothing’s really settled with regards to that, but I think it’s a book to make people think if they’ve never really considered those issues.

Did I like Love and Other Perishable Items? Well, kind of. I’d say it’s a good book and I liked it more than I didn’t, but it also never really coalesced for me. Authentic though their voices are, neither Amelia nor Chris really leapt off the page and felt real to me the way the best characters do. ( )
  A_Reader_of_Fictions | Aug 21, 2014 |
Amelia, a typically awkward and self-conscious 15-year-old, falls helplessly in love with her grocery-store-coworker, Chris--charismatic, gorgeous and, unfortunately, 21. Told from both Amelia's and Chris's viewpoints, "Love and Other Perishable Items" is a brutally honest and heartwarming tale of how a helpless and hapless crush can consume a person's life, for better or worse. Definitely a great read for anyone who has fallen for the ultimately unattainable guy or gal. ( )
  TheMadHatters | Feb 18, 2014 |
4.5 stars

This book is about two things: a teenage crush and becoming a “grown-up.” Unfortunately, these subjects are never distant from clichés and they are often presented in a shallow, stereotypical way. In Love and Other Perishable Items, however, Buzo writes about these two universal experiences with exceptional depth and feeling.

Buzo somehow manages to weave together two disparate realms of experience: the high school feeling when you suddenly become giddily aware of the complexity of the world around you, making you feel more “adult,” as evinced in Amelia, our 15 year old protagonist, and the early 20s feeling of uncertainty as you become an unequivocal adult with legitimate responsibilities, a period captured through the struggles of Chris, a college senior who serves as the second POV character in this novel. So whether you’re on the younger or older side of Young Adult, there are ideas here for any reader to attach onto, ideas that will recall the reader’s own personal experience. As a result, both characters, though deeply flawed, are loveable, because it is difficult not to project our own tribulations of adolescence and early adulthood upon them. To me, this personability of the characters, this ability to see ourselves in them, is one of the novel’s greatest strengths.

An equally strong point is the novel’s focus on social justice. I read that author Laura Buzo works as a social worker in addition to writing, and her career experience clearly shines through the novel. I was enraptured by Chris and Amelia’s intelligent (but never pretentious!) discussions about the role of feminism in the 21st century, the unsatisfying conclusions to classic novels such as The Great Gatsby and Great Expectations, and the failure to recognize conditions of poverty in our own backyards. At its core, Love and Other Perishable Items is a book about romance, but it is much more smart and thoughtful than typical romantic fare yet it manages to maintain a (mostly) lighthearted tone. It’s totally approachable for all readers; some will adore the love story, others will enjoy the realistic depiction of these distinctly tumultuous life stages, and others will appreciate the sociological criticism within these pages.

Of course, I loved Love and Perishable Items for all of these reasons, as I expect most readers will. Highly recommended for anyone desiring a bit of young adult nostalgia in the form of a book that is both melancholy and hopeful.
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  IAmChrysanthemum | Jun 8, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375870008, Hardcover)

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, 15, 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.

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A fifteen-year-old Australian girl gets her first job and first crush on her unattainable university-aged coworker, as both search for meaning in their lives.

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