Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura 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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About Laura Buzo

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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.
 
Published December 11, 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 256 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult. Fiction

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Amelia is thoroughly crushed out on Chris.

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Publishers Weekly

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Set over the course of a year, Buzo's debut, first published in Australia, tracks 15-year-old Amelia as she pines over Chris, a boy six years her senior, who works the checkout with her at a supermarket in New South Wales.

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Teen Reads

She also cleverly draws parallels between the almost-love story unfolding between Amelia and Chris and the various assigned reading Amelia is encountering in school.

Dec 11 2012 | Read Full Review of Love and Other Perishable Items

WAPL Teens

Little acts of kindness on Chris's part feed Amelia's crush, and what to Chris is a throw away action becomes a big deal to Amelia.

Feb 23 2013 | Read Full Review of Love and Other Perishable Items

Book Harbinger

I just about jumped up and down last week when I heard the news that the Aussie YA contemp Good Oil (my review) by Laura Buzo is being published in the US under the title Love and Other Perishable Items.

May 24 2012 | Read Full Review of Love and Other Perishable Items

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