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Love and Other Perishable Items

Buzo, Laura (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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 coworker, as both search for meaning in their lives.
Authors: Buzo, Laura
Uniform Title: Good oil
Title: Love and other perishable items
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2012.
Edition: 1st American ed.
Characteristics: 243 p. ;,22 cm.
Notes: Originally published by Allen & Unwin in 2010 as: Good oil.
Summary: A fifteen-year-old Australian girl gets her first job and first crush on her unattainable university-aged coworker, as both search for meaning in their lives.
ISBN: 9780375870002
0375870008
9780375970009
0375970002
9780307929747
0307929744
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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.

"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 http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=608130

Report This Jan 16, 2013
  • CRRL_AngelaCritics rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

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Report This Jul 19, 2013
  • JCLCharlouL rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

It's a year of firsts for Amelia. She is in the no-mans-land between the trenches of childhood and adulthood. She is in love for the first time. She is 15. They both work at a grocery store. He finds her different than the other girls he knows. He is Chris. He is 21.

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