June 23, 2013

Book Talk: Love and Other Perishable Items

Love & Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo is a story of unrequited first love. Amelia is 15. She works at the local grocery store where she meets Chris. He is cute, funny, smart and... 21. Too old for 15 year old Amelia, but her heart doesn't care. Amelia is in love with Chris. This book captures the feelings of first love perfectly (At least from a girl's perspective!)  When you are in love, you do crazy things- pretend to like things you don't, tell lies, try things that scare you... Amelia does all of these things to try and gain Chris' affection.
The book is written from the viewpoint of both Chris and Amelia. Chris is searching for love, and by the end of the book, he starts to think that if Amelia were only 2 years older, she would be the perfect woman for him.  Through his journal entries, we experience the life of a college student that drinks to much, cares too much and worries to much.

Everyone who has ever been 15 or ever been in love can relate to this book and empathize with Amelia. 

Even though Chris & Amelia are 6 years apart, they share a love of literature. It is great when books talk about other great books- hopefully the reader will be so intrigued she will run out and read those books!  In Love & Other Perishable items, Chris & Amelia discuss these books! Check them out if you haven't read them already!

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