Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo

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Amelia is 15 and has her first crush on Chris. Chris is 21 and finds himself attracted to Amelia but knows that she is just too young.

Buzo, Laura. Love and Other Perishable Items. Alfred A. Knopf, 2010. 243 pages. Hardcover. $17.99, ISBN 978-0-375-87000-2

What if your first love was 21 but you were only 15? What then?

Amelia is 15, lives in Australia, goes to an all-girls school, and works at Coles supermarket.  She has a crush on Chris, who also works at Coles, who goes to the local university. Chris is floundering a bit, trying to get over or win back (depending on the day) a lost love, searching for the perfect woman, drinking a bit more than he should, and wondering what he’s going to do with his life.

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Chris and Amelia spend a good bit of time together, talking on breaks, chatting when their registers are near each other, when they go to parties and out for pizza. Amelia feels like she can tell Chris anything.

Does Chris feel the same way? What will happen? Love and Other Perishable Items gives you a look not only into what Amelia is thinking but also gives you a look at Chris’ journals. Read for yourself to see what happens.

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Would you like to read an interview with Laura Buzo about this book???  Click here.

“I do like to read realistic fiction. In realistic fiction, the characters are easy to relate to and you can see yourself in the characters and what they go through.”  Lelia V. Age 15


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