Thursday, December 20, 2012

Review: Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo

  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 12/11/2012
  • Source: eARC from publisher via NetGalley
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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 Thoughts

I don't even know what to say really. I was looking forward to this book. It sounded like it would be romantic, cute, and funny. It really was none of those for me. I am sad that I didn't enjoy this book. It could have been the mood I was in when I read it, or I may not have enjoyed it much at another point in time either. It's always hard for me to write reviews like this because I don't want to deter anyone from reading it. We all like different things at different times, and this may not be a book for me, but you might love it!

I will start by talking about Amelia. She is young, so I can excuse a lot of her behaviors and thoughts. I mean when you are fifteen you are thinking about love and boyfriends and all that. For most of us the only real issue we had was what we were going to wear that weekend, would that cute boy finally notice us, would we get that awesome kiss we have been waiting for? Anyways, you get the point. Amelia is always going on about Chris and wanting to catch his eye as more than just a friend. She is convinced that she is in love with him and that all she wants is him and will never want anyone else. She is smart, but when it comes to boys and parties she is very naive. She is easy to give in to things if she thinks Chris will notice, or it will make him happy. She makes her whole life pretty much revolve around him.

Then there is the object of Amelia's obsession affections, Chris. He's a college student who works with her at the local supermarket. He trained her and is nice to her. He is miserable after his girlfriend left him and went back to her boyfriend in the town she lived in before. He's set on this mission to find the perfect woman and he finds that Amelia is great. Everything he would want in a woman... if only she was a few years older. She makes him think about things and he enjoys being around her. But moving on from his thoughts on Amelia, he is quite immature. He's twenty-one and acts like a fifteen or sixteen year old boy. He is actually a smart guy, but he has his own obsessions and he likes to drink away his problems. He doesn't really know what he wants to do with his life. Not that that's uncommon at that age, but he just doesn't really seem to care either.

So the POV's switch, but it's not like each chapter or anything. We read from Amelia's POV for a while, and then it goes to Chris's journal entries from the same time period that we just got from Amelia. I thought it was interesting how it was done, but with it spanning such long periods of time before switching back and forth I found myself rather bored with it. I didn't really like Chris's POV and I normally love reading from the male perspective. He would say some meaningful things, but mostly it was just about how he was drinking or hanging out with friends and how everyone had a better life than him.

Overall I just felt like this book really wasn't about anything. Really, most of this book is spent reading about Amelia watching Chris drool over one of the other cashiers at work, or her obsessing over him to her friend Penny. The other half is reading about Chris's drinking and and thoughts about all the chicks around him, but he really does care about Amelia, she's just too young for him to think about that way. (Yet he's not against hooking up with a sixteen year old while he's drunk) I just thought this was going to be sweet and romantic, but it was boring and about nothing. If you are looking for a mindless read that has no real storyline besides following a fifteen year old and a twenty-one year old's lives with nothing really significant happening, this is a great book to keep you occupied for a few hours.


  1. AMY! I really wanted to love this book, but I just couldn't get into it. I put it in my try again later pile. I've read some reviews of people just loving it. I'm glad you felt the same as me. I'm not alone! YAY

    1. I'm glad it's not just me then. I talked to someone on twitter the other day who decided to DNF it too, but I have other friends who have loved it!

  2. I've noticed that people either love this book or they simply hate it. It's really too bad that you didn't enjoy this book more but I understand your point completely.
    I don't know if I want to read it. Maybe, I'll just borrow it from the library.
    Thanks for your honesty, Amy! :)

  3. Did I enjoy this one? For the most part. Did I love it? Definitely not. I agree, it was too slow and nothing really happened. In comparison to Amelia, I liked Chris. He was childish and lazy but in the end his character actually grew, Amelia, not so much.

  4. I thought some of those exact thoughts too. Great review. Nothing really happened at all :(

  5. I thought some of those exact thoughts too. Great review. Nothing really happened at all :(

  6. Oh that's too bad. You know I'm not into the 15/21 relationships. Could be the teacher in me.

    Thanks for sharing.


  7. Wow, this sounds like a really disappointing read. I DNFd one of the author's previous books (everyone else seemed to love it, though), but this one sounded like it might've been good. I'm sorry it didn't work for you!

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  8. I definitely preferred Amelia's POV. At first, I was just annoyed with the Chris sections, thinking that there was no way that a partying 21 year old guy sat down and wrote in a journal. But then I got more interested in seeing his point of view on the Amelia thing. He was way more of a mess than she was.

  9. theory, this book sounds awesome. Maybe it's like one of those movies w/no real plot, just "a day in the life", if that makes sense. At this point, I don't know if I would read this. I'm interested in giving it a try, but not until way down the line, when I finally get caught up.

  10. I have been seeing a lot of reviews lately that say that not much happens in this one. I can see why someone wouldn't like it because of that. I am going to give it a read though because it sounds like one that I will like! Thanks for the honest review, Amy!

  11. I've seen mixed thoughts on this and I can see why. I was kind of back and forth on it but Jen told me it doesn't have an HEA so I was like nevermind. LOL I kind of thought it would be a cute romance as well but it is more about their thoughts which I think might bore me as well. I can definitely understand a love struck 15 year old and a 21 year old that likes to party and doesn't know what to do with his life. I was both of those but just not sure I want to re-live it in book. Maybe I'll take a gander at it at the library sometime.

  12. I was looking forward to this one, but after seeing so many... not so favorable reviews I think I'm going to move it down on my TBR. It seems like one of those books that you love or hate. And I'm usually a big fan of male POV as well, and I don't know if I'd enjoy Chris'.


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