Saturday, January 5, 2013
Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo
Amelia is a 15-year-old who works at the "Land of Dreams," otherwise known as the local supermarket. That moniker was made up by Chris, training supervisor and man of Amelia's dreams. Amelia pines after him, wishing she were older or more edgy and mature like some of her other coworkers.
We get to read some of Chris' journal entries. At first, Amelia is mentioned maybe once or twice in passing, but they get closer as the story progresses. Amelia starts to go out with the grocery store crew more, and there's lots of alcohol involved.
I really felt for poor Amelia. She was so naïve and so awkward! She would talk to Chris and she had such a young view on life, like her English reading assignments. It's adorable. I couldn't help but worry about her when she started drinking at parties. It's difficult to root for your fifteen-year-old protagonist to get together with a twenty-one-year-old, but at the same time you kind of want it to happen. Therefore, this was a bit of a bittersweet tale, but it also had a good bit of humor to lighten the mood.
I received my copy of Love and Other Perishable Items from Edelweiss, courtesy of Knopf Books for Young Readers. It's available now.