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Love and Other Perishable Items

By: Laura Buzo

BOOK TALK

Amelia, at the tender age of fifteen, crushes deeply over Chris, an older guy of twenty-one.  A six-year age difference does not seem that it should matter that much, but it does.   As her supervisor, she spends many hours talking to Chris and quickly falls for him.  Her every thought is about him, and she is acutely aware of his presence.  Chris is at a different place in his life, and writes in his journal about drunken parties and his search for sex.  Amelia knows that he is out of her league, and even Chris admits to her that they are at different places in their lives.  Amelia is bright and insightful.  Despite Chris’ foul mouth and constant preoccupation with getting sex, this should be required reading for teens entering the dating scene.  You will like these characters, and they stay with you long past the end of the book.

Prepared by Pat Strawn, Librarian, John Jay High School, San Antonio, Texas