Love And Other Perishable Items

Paperback | December 10, 2013

byLaura Buzo

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Love is awkward, as fans of Rainbow Rowell and E. Lockhart well know. Funny and heartbreaking in equal measure, this grocery store romance was a Morris Award Finalist for Best YA debut.

"Smart, honest and full of achingly real characters. And it made me laugh. What else would you want in a book?" —Melina Marchetta, Printz Award-winning author

From the moment Amelia 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.

"A sweet and scathingly funny love story." —Kirkus, Starred Review

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Love is awkward, as fans of Rainbow Rowell and E. Lockhart well know. Funny and heartbreaking in equal measure, this grocery store romance was a Morris Award Finalist for Best YA debut."Smart, honest and full of achingly real characters. And it made me laugh. What else would you want in a book?" —Melina Marchetta, Printz Award-winning ...

A life-long resident of Sydney Australia, LAURA BUZO is a social worker and mother to a young daughter. Love and Other Perishable Items is her first novel.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.15 × 5.47 × 0.55 inPublished:December 10, 2013Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0307929744

ISBN - 13:9780307929747


Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourites. The book revolves around the controversial topic that age is but a number. I've reread this book countless times. The different perspectives were refreshing and it was a very easy read. I originally thought that this book would be somewhat overly romantic and cheesy but was pleasantly surprised. The way the two characters thought were pretty accurate depictions of today's young adults. I would definitely recommend this book to any young adults looking for a relaxing read about simplistic love. In my opinion, it was quite realistic and sweet.
Date published: 2014-05-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Book Review from The Bibliotaphe Closet: Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo is a light, young adult (YA) novel that begins in a local Coles supermarket sarcastically dubbed, “The Land of Dreams.” It is there that an unlikely friendship occurs between a naive, but intelligent, and articulate fifteen-year-old girl named Amelia—and Chris, a charismatic, popular, but secretly lonely, 22-year-old, young man who eventually becomes not only a focus of her attention, but the center of her infatuation. The two spend time together, first as trainer and trainee, working alongside one another as part-time employees at checkout and then evolve into confidants who share witty conversations on the topic of books, movies, feminist philosophy, and eventually their personal life stories. THe narrative is written in first-person by both characters, Amelia from her point of view and then Chris by narrative in diary form. While Amelia’s obvious youthful naivity and well-earned focus, intelligence, depth, and maturity deem her an outcast in the social world of the Coles supermarket, it’s these very traits that attract and uphold Chris’ respect for her. And though the infatuation seems prematurely one-sided and potentially superficial, the two characters’ playful banter and dialogue shows both a natural rhythm and chemistry deemed of a flirtatious friendship with a potentially long history filled with comfort, and ease. The pacing of the book is easy, while the story is light enough to be enjoyable, yet serious enough to be appreciated. The characters are likeable, while at times and for me, sometimes difficult to believe that Amelia is merely (and realistically) a fifteen-year-old girl based on her acquired literary taste. It is a story of youth and its inherent self-consciousness, its uncertainty, yet its reckless bravado and ambition in trying to attain great sexual experience and essentially acceptance into the adult world. To read the rest of my review, you're more than welcome to visit my blog, The Bibliotaphe Closet: Zara Alexis @ The Bibliotaphe Closet
Date published: 2012-12-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from YA Contemporary With Quirkiness and Australian Charm! Laura Buzo's debut novel, Love and Other Perishable Items, is filled with pages of quirkiness and Australian charm. It was not the contemporary romance novel I had been initially expecting, but I still enjoyed every moment of reading Love and Other Perishable Items! Amelia is fifteen and Chris is twenty-one. When Amelia gets a job at a Coles supermarket, which Chris jokingly refers to as the Land of Dreams, he takes her under his wing and trains her how to serve customers. Despite the age difference, they are open and honest to each other, and soon enough, become unlikely friends. The novel is told from dual perspectives, with Amelia's point of view in first person and Chris's narration in the form of journal entries. And wow, did they ever have differing perspectives! Amelia's thoughts are consumed by her hopeless crush on Chris, her parent's seemingly unhappy marriage, and the frustrating book characters in the classic English novels she must read for class. She's an avid reader who bonds with Chris over her reactions of the novels, and isn't afraid to speak what is on her mind... well, almost everything. As Chris flirts with their coworkers, she pretends she only likes him on a friends-only level. While Amelia may look up to Chris as someone who is sophisticated and wise, when you see events from his perspective, there is quite a contrast. Chris feels very lost and unsure of himself, and like most university students, he hates answering questions about his future after school. His friends may be moving on with their lives, but he's in a form of stasis working at the Land of Dreams. He often drinks a lot with their misfit coworkers, but it's with Amelia that he has real conversations. It was almost comical how much Amelia thinks of Chris, and how little he seems to notice her in his journal entries. Based on the six-year age gap, they simply have different real-world concerns to worry about. So while the ending may seem bittersweet to some readers, I thought it was realistic and made perfect sense. With themes which both teens and adults alike can relate to, Laura Buzo's Love and Other Perishable Items is definitely more than just a cute contemporary read! You can also read this review at:
Date published: 2012-12-04

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"Smart, honest and full of achingly real characters. And it made me laugh. What else would you want in a book?" —Melina Marchetta, Printz Award-winning author of Jellicoe Road

"Charged, authentic, and awkward  . . . The realistic situations and questions will stay with readers." —Booklist

From the Hardcover edition.