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Release Date
December 11, 2012
ISBN
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Love is awkward, Amelia should know. From the moment she sets eyes on Chris, she is a goner. Lost. Sunk. Head over heels infatuated with him. It's problematic, since Chris, 21, is a sophisticated university student, while Amelia, 15, is 15. Amelia isn't stupid. She knows it's not gonna happen. So she plays it cool around Chris—at least, as cool as she can. Working checkout together at the local supermarket, they strike up a friendship: swapping life stories, bantering about everything from classic books to B movies, and cataloging the many injustices of growing up. As time goes on, Amelia's crush doesn't seem so one-sided anymore. But if Chris likes her back, what then? Can two people in such different places in life really be together? Through a year of befuddling firsts—first love, first job, first party, and first hangover—debut author Laura Buzo shows how the things that break your heart can still crack you up.

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I really wanted to love this book. It really fell flat for me and I struggled to get through parts of it. I did like that the book is told through alternating points of view-Amelia and Chris. Overall, I felt at like both characters were so sad and unhappy. It got a little tedious to read over and over about the unhappiness of both main characters.

I think Amelia did learn a lot from her friendship with Chris. Chris is very book smart and has a great understanding of literature. He and Amelia have some great conversations about books. In my opinion, Amelia has a somewhat naive view of the world. I'm all for fairness and equality but some of her thoughts on feminism seemed over the top. Again, just my opinion. I hope that if we saw these characters 4 or 5 years down the road that we would see them both more mature and happy with their families and personal lives. I'm not sure that I would want to see them together in a romantic relationship but I would like to see them as good friends that are able to to talk, share, and laugh together.

This book takes place in Australia, so some of the language may seem different to you. This is not a reason to stay away from this book but it is different. If you want a happy, everything tied up in a pretty bow kind of book then this is not the one for you. I think this book is less about falling in love and more about finding yourself.
Overall rating 
 
2.3
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
2.0
Writing Style 
 
2.0

Too Much Talk

I really wanted to love this book. It really fell flat for me and I struggled to get through parts of it. I did like that the book is told through alternating points of view-Amelia and Chris. Overall, I felt at like both characters were so sad and unhappy. It got a little tedious to read over and over about the unhappiness of both main characters.

I think Amelia did learn a lot from her friendship with Chris. Chris is very book smart and has a great understanding of literature. He and Amelia have some great conversations about books. In my opinion, Amelia has a somewhat naive view of the world. I'm all for fairness and equality but some of her thoughts on feminism seemed over the top. Again, just my opinion. I hope that if we saw these characters 4 or 5 years down the road that we would see them both more mature and happy with their families and personal lives. I'm not sure that I would want to see them together in a romantic relationship but I would like to see them as good friends that are able to to talk, share, and laugh together.

This book takes place in Australia, so some of the language may seem different to you. This is not a reason to stay away from this book but it is different. If you want a happy, everything tied up in a pretty bow kind of book then this is not the one for you. I think this book is less about falling in love and more about finding yourself.

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Overall rating 
 
3.2
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3.0  (3)
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3.7  (3)
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3.0  (2)
When i first picked this book up from the library i figured it would a silly cute read. The more i read the more i realized it was actually quite good. The characters were not all that likable, for example Christ was a jerk and a bit of a loser. Amelia was pathetic and could come off as a loser, and i guess that was the point. I really enjoyed the writing style, it was fun to be switching back and forth between Amelia and Christ but not so much that its annoying. The ending was satisfactory, even if it wasn't the ending i hoped for.
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3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
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3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Nemo Reviewed by Nemo January 22, 2014
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Probably Biased, but it was actually good

When i first picked this book up from the library i figured it would a silly cute read. The more i read the more i realized it was actually quite good. The characters were not all that likable, for example Christ was a jerk and a bit of a loser. Amelia was pathetic and could come off as a loser, and i guess that was the point. I really enjoyed the writing style, it was fun to be switching back and forth between Amelia and Christ but not so much that its annoying. The ending was satisfactory, even if it wasn't the ending i hoped for.

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Told in alternating POV’s, this is the coming-of-age story for two different people at two very different times in their lives. Amelia Hayes is a fifteen-year-old high school student, middle daughter to a mother with a heavy workload and an absentee director father. Hating to burden her family for money requests, she starts working a few shifts a week at at grocery store where upon she meets Chris. Chris is a twenty-one-year old (brokenhearted) uni student on the cusp of graduating, where he finds himself straddling that ever-dubious line of youth and responsibility, that place of uncertainty where one thinks, Where do I go from here when I have to learn to be an adult- career, independent homestead, and not binge-drinking to forget my troubles? Despite their age difference, they are able to connect to one another on a level through their appreciation of the written word, the injustices of the world, and each other’s life troubles.
Of course, like any young girl who garners the attention of a strapping young uni student of the male persuasion, Amelia soon finds herself absolutely smitten with Chris. However, she isn’t delusional enough to think that he could ever return her affections, especially with him constantly making lustful comments about other girls around her. But then, when he revels in her musings, buys her flowers, and says things like, ‘If you were two years older, I’d be going out with you.’ how is a love-struck teenager supposed to do anything other than contemplate what they could be like together beyond friendship?

My Thoughts: Chris and Amelia’s first meeting goes like the following:

”Miss Amelia Hayes, welcome to The Land of Dreams. I am the staff trainer. I will call you grasshopper and you will call me sensei and I will share with you what I know. Right? And just so you know, I’m open to all kinds of bribery.”

I immediately smiled and settled in, just knowing that this was the book that I could fall in love with quickly.

I adored Amelia from the get-go. Though mature as far as her take on life and all its inequalities, when it came to social graces, she was a bit of a fumbling disaster. With her naivety, love of books, and social awkwardness, she reminded me what it was like to be a teenage girl with starry eyes focused on a guy much too old for you and how you’ll do or say just about anything to walk a bit in their world when it’s so far removed from your own.

Chris buys a six-pack of beer on the way to Rino’s.
“Special treat,” he says, parting with a twenty-dollar bill. “You like beer, don’t you?”
I hate beer. Hate it. “Yeah!”
Oh, well. Love is pain. Or is it beauty is pain? I wouldn’t know about the latter, but the former makes my sternum ache.

I loved her perspective on books and characters, but most importantly, I enjoyed her view on feminism and how it made me think about my own.

Special Notes: There is a lot of references to alcohol and drug use as well as sexual content. If that isn’t your thing, this book might not be the one for you.

Verdict: I was a bit disappointed in the ending. Not necessarily because these two kids go their separate ways, but rather because it was left so wide open. With all the references to Dickens writing an alternate ending to Great Expectations where Pip and Estella meet later in life, I guess I thought maybe the same would happen here with a short epilogue of sorts. That perhaps Chris and Amelia would meet some years down the road and either A) remember the months of camaraderie they shared together and be satisfied with that or B) maybe find love now. Yet, neither happened, and so if you like your stories tied up in neat little bows, you’d probably be a little miffed about where this one ends.

I think Australian lit is an acquired taste and while Melina Marchetta sits comfortably on her Aussie throne, I believe if you enjoy her work that you’ll certainly find Love and Other Perishable Items to be a good read.

*Note: An e-ARC of this title was provided by Knopf Books for Young Readers via Net Galley. However, that did not influence my review in any way.
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Christina Reviewed by Christina December 04, 2012
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I wanted to love it more...

Told in alternating POV’s, this is the coming-of-age story for two different people at two very different times in their lives. Amelia Hayes is a fifteen-year-old high school student, middle daughter to a mother with a heavy workload and an absentee director father. Hating to burden her family for money requests, she starts working a few shifts a week at at grocery store where upon she meets Chris. Chris is a twenty-one-year old (brokenhearted) uni student on the cusp of graduating, where he finds himself straddling that ever-dubious line of youth and responsibility, that place of uncertainty where one thinks, Where do I go from here when I have to learn to be an adult- career, independent homestead, and not binge-drinking to forget my troubles? Despite their age difference, they are able to connect to one another on a level through their appreciation of the written word, the injustices of the world, and each other’s life troubles.
Of course, like any young girl who garners the attention of a strapping young uni student of the male persuasion, Amelia soon finds herself absolutely smitten with Chris. However, she isn’t delusional enough to think that he could ever return her affections, especially with him constantly making lustful comments about other girls around her. But then, when he revels in her musings, buys her flowers, and says things like, ‘If you were two years older, I’d be going out with you.’ how is a love-struck teenager supposed to do anything other than contemplate what they could be like together beyond friendship?

My Thoughts: Chris and Amelia’s first meeting goes like the following:

”Miss Amelia Hayes, welcome to The Land of Dreams. I am the staff trainer. I will call you grasshopper and you will call me sensei and I will share with you what I know. Right? And just so you know, I’m open to all kinds of bribery.”

I immediately smiled and settled in, just knowing that this was the book that I could fall in love with quickly.

I adored Amelia from the get-go. Though mature as far as her take on life and all its inequalities, when it came to social graces, she was a bit of a fumbling disaster. With her naivety, love of books, and social awkwardness, she reminded me what it was like to be a teenage girl with starry eyes focused on a guy much too old for you and how you’ll do or say just about anything to walk a bit in their world when it’s so far removed from your own.

Chris buys a six-pack of beer on the way to Rino’s.
“Special treat,” he says, parting with a twenty-dollar bill. “You like beer, don’t you?”
I hate beer. Hate it. “Yeah!”
Oh, well. Love is pain. Or is it beauty is pain? I wouldn’t know about the latter, but the former makes my sternum ache.

I loved her perspective on books and characters, but most importantly, I enjoyed her view on feminism and how it made me think about my own.

Special Notes: There is a lot of references to alcohol and drug use as well as sexual content. If that isn’t your thing, this book might not be the one for you.

Verdict: I was a bit disappointed in the ending. Not necessarily because these two kids go their separate ways, but rather because it was left so wide open. With all the references to Dickens writing an alternate ending to Great Expectations where Pip and Estella meet later in life, I guess I thought maybe the same would happen here with a short epilogue of sorts. That perhaps Chris and Amelia would meet some years down the road and either A) remember the months of camaraderie they shared together and be satisfied with that or B) maybe find love now. Yet, neither happened, and so if you like your stories tied up in neat little bows, you’d probably be a little miffed about where this one ends.

I think Australian lit is an acquired taste and while Melina Marchetta sits comfortably on her Aussie throne, I believe if you enjoy her work that you’ll certainly find Love and Other Perishable Items to be a good read.

*Note: An e-ARC of this title was provided by Knopf Books for Young Readers via Net Galley. However, that did not influence my review in any way.

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I loved Amelia's character.
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The dual narrative worked well for this book though at first I wasn't so sold. But it gives a unique flavor to the book. I got a sense of both of the characters but not so much of how their stories meet. This was the point of the story that didn't have me enraptured. I didn't have the patience to really see how they connected at the beginning, it felt like I was slushing through, especially the sections from Chris.
Amelia showed us a young and impressionable mind but a setting one at that. I like that she had other interests and that she wanted to think for herself. As for Chris, getting in his mind was also entertaining. Seeing what he dealt with and how he processed things, as well as how he actually saw Amelia compared to how she thought he saw her.
I also like how this book captured being young and in love, especially in a love that you know you can't have.
You could see Amelia growing and learning in front of your eyes, and the character development was great to watch.
While this wasn't my favorite contemporary it was a pleasant enough read.
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Brandi Reviewed by Brandi November 01, 2012
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While this wasn't my favorite contemporary it was a pleasant enough read.

The dual narrative worked well for this book though at first I wasn't so sold. But it gives a unique flavor to the book. I got a sense of both of the characters but not so much of how their stories meet. This was the point of the story that didn't have me enraptured. I didn't have the patience to really see how they connected at the beginning, it felt like I was slushing through, especially the sections from Chris.
Amelia showed us a young and impressionable mind but a setting one at that. I like that she had other interests and that she wanted to think for herself. As for Chris, getting in his mind was also entertaining. Seeing what he dealt with and how he processed things, as well as how he actually saw Amelia compared to how she thought he saw her.
I also like how this book captured being young and in love, especially in a love that you know you can't have.
You could see Amelia growing and learning in front of your eyes, and the character development was great to watch.
While this wasn't my favorite contemporary it was a pleasant enough read.

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