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  • Published: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012.
  • Year Published: 2012
  • Edition: 1st American ed.
  • Description: 243 p.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • 9780375870002
  • 0375870008

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Love and other perishable items

by Buzo, Laura.

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Call number: Teen Fiction

Available Copies: Downtown Teen, Malletts Teen

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

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very good

Mixing work and romance, what's a teen to do? The very cleverly named Love and Other Perishable Items should tell you that it takes place in a grocery store. It also takes place in Australia which I think is the first book I've read that takes place there. So there were a few slang words and terms I wasn't familiar with, but they were easy enough to place.

I loved Amelia's character who is both wise beyond her years and as clueless as a young girl in love for the first time. Chris is, well, he's Chris. I didn't ever expect more from him as Amelia did, I'm not sure if that's because I'm not 15 anymore or if it's because we get to see the story overlap from both of their points of view. While Chris is 21 he is still figuring things out and isn't as put together as he would like to be.

I think teens will relate to the story of idolizing another person, wishing you were someone different, and just not feeling comfortable in your own skin. Heck, I think adults will relate to it as well. In the end it reminds us that we aren't alone in our awkward moments and that it's easy to get caught up in the moment. This was a cute story that had it's quirky moments.

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