Love and Other Perishable Items

Love and Other Perishable Items

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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.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780375870002
Branch Call Number: YA Buzo
Characteristics: 243 p. ; 22 cm.


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Aug 17, 2017

Love And Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo is of the realistic-fiction genre that explores the young minds of fifteen-year-old Amelia Hayes and twenty-one-year-old Chris Harvey. Amelia is the new employee at one of the Coles supermarkets in Sydney, Australia, and energetic and confident Chris is her trainer. As they work long shifts at Coles, they start to talk more and feel a connection through their mutual interests in literature, and Amelia adapts to Chris’s nickname “Youngster”. Compared to most love stories, Love And Other Perishable Items is more realistic and delves into the hardships when it comes to making the right and reasonable decisions, and following your heart. Will Amelia and Chris still love each other despite their different places in life? I give this book a 4.5/5 star rating. I recommend this book for ages 14 and up.
- @ilovefood of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Jul 07, 2015

One of the things I liked the most about this book is that the author takes the setting of a part-time job at a grocery store and writes a story about it. It worked brilliantly. I liked Amelia a lot and found she was easy to relate to. However, I did not like Chris. I found it frustrating that the author made Chris seem so attractive when he really has big issues. The ending is realistic. I recommend this for older teens.

FindingJane Mar 15, 2015

Wry, occasionally heartbreaking in tone and drily humorous, “Love and Other Perishable Items” shows that growing up is fraught with difficulties, no matter how young or old you are. Chris and Amelia’s “voices” are so precise; you feel as if they’re people that you met at a dull party and fell into conversation with, enlivening matters immensely. Amelia is an especially sparkling personality to read. She’s just 15 and yet already thoughtful beyond her years. That doesn’t save her from the usual adolescent perils: a wrongful crush, judgmental attitude and the near-crippling fear of being left alone while others get on with their lives.

Chris is 22 and his playful attitude towards Amelia avoids the threat of statutory rape that might otherwise have given this book a grimmer mood. Instead, we have two people struggling along to make sense out of their lives and their own treacherous emotions. Chris’s advanced years give him little social advantage over Amelia. He’s also floundering, stuck in his own hopeless crush, a dead-end job and still living with his parents.

The book takes an epistolary theme, with journal entries and letters revealing the inner hearts of its two main characters. It also has Chris and Amelia discussing various literary works. This doesn’t deaden the book by any means—just the opposite. The two argue in a way that makes these classics fresh, absorbing and rather pointed in their connection to their own modern problems.

As a look at adolescence and twenties adulthood, “Love and Other Perishable Items” is scintillating and insightful. It’s one of the best books about growing up that I’ve ever read and definitely more than a Young Adult novel.

Jan 27, 2014

Exceedingly charming and real. It's incredibly difficult to be both those things at the same time, but this book accomplishes it and makes the feat look easy. One of the best YA books I've read in recent years.

ChristchurchLib Mar 05, 2013

"From the moment Chris first teaches her to use the cash register at her new after-school job, Amelia is head-over-heels in love with him. But Amelia is 15, and Chris is 21 and a university student, so Amelia knows they'll never get together... but she can't help how she feels. This debut novel from an Australian author is realistically awkward, sometimes hysterically funny, and occasionally heartbreaking and will delight readers who like large casts of quirky yet believable characters, genuine emotion, and stories told from multiple perspectives." March 2013 Teen Scene Newsletter

Jan 16, 2013

Fifteen-year-old Amelia gets a job at the local supermarket and finds herself falling in love with her 22-year-old co-worker, Chris. As if the age difference wasn’t enough of a problem, Chris is still in love with the girl who dumped him. But this is more than a story of unattainable love. Amelia is a smart, strong person struggling with feeling awkward in social situations. She and Chris discuss literature, feminism and family roles as they become friends and deal with an attraction both know is unrealistic. This book is set in Australia and it is interesting to see the characters having Christmas during their summer vacation. An interesting read for someone who wants a bit more substance to their romance.

kermic Jul 11, 2011

Based in Sydney, this is the laugh-out-loud story about life and love amongst the young and not-quite-so-young staff at a local Woolworths. Told through the diary entries of the two main characters, the lovesick but older beyond her years, 15 year old Amelia and the object of her affections, 22 year old Chris, I laughed at the funny antics and wonderful, intelligent wit of these two people! My only (minor) criticism is that I think the book could have been a bit shorter, but it is no great loss as it allowed me even more time to enjoy the humour! What took me by surprise by Chris's diary entries where we learn alot more about Amelia than what is revealed through her own diary entries - a clever technique by the author! At the end, even I have a bit of a crush on Chris, but there is hope for a bright future for this couple (so maybe I should just stay out of it!).


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