Almost-Sixteen-Year-Old Amelia falls for Almost-22-Year-Old Chris who she meets when she starts working at a local grocery store after school. He’s the first guy who as ever acted like she was worth hanging around. She doesn’t even have to work hard to get his attention. Chris is one of those people that everyone likes; someone who can have a conversation with you and make it seem sparkling. But Amelia is so much younger than him, and as he likes to remind her of that by always calling her “Youngster.”
Chris is attending the local university and nursing a severe heartbreak. He has a on again/off again crush on a co-worker who will never like him the way he likes her, and he is drawn to Amelia. She’s jailbait, but he loves hearing her opinions on everything. He is so tired of living at home and is ready for adventure. All of his friends are starting to move away, find relationships and get great jobs. Why is he stuck?
Amelia does not like the changes she’s seen in her best friend. Now that the boys from the boys’ school have noticed Penny, Amelia finds herself retreating into books so she does not have to have acknowledge the presence of these stinking males. The only person she can talk to is Chris. He understands what she’s going through and always has great advice. The best thing is that he doesn’t treat her like a child and he respects her opinions about her home life, feminism and life in general.
But will Chris ever see her as more?
So?: One one side, it’s a book of firsts; love, alcoholic drink, kiss, broken heart. On the other, it’s the journey of someone moving from dependent to adult. Both people are celebrating many firsts, but their trajectories are taking them in opposite directions. Sometime being attracted to someone is more about timing than anything.
It’s a story that just about everyone can relate to. Most people have suffered through liking someone who doesn’t or can’t like you back. But, of course, this is just one of those things that you go through while moving from child to grown up.
What’s the Bottom Line?: It’s a sweet story that will remind you of your first love who seemed to be just a bit more than a crush
Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo was published December 11, 2012 by Alfred A. Knopf. Ink and Page picked this book up from the library, so no one had a choice about whether it was reviewed.
Genre: Young Adult Fiction Contemporary Romance
Ages: 13 and up
You Might Want to Know: Underage drinking, smoking, drug use, profanity and sex.