Book Review: Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo

TITLE: Love and Other Perishable Items
AUTHOR: Laura Buzo

What's the story all about


A wonderful, coming-of-age love story from a fresh new voice in YA fiction.

‘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 give you the good oil. Right? And just so you know, I’m open to all kinds of bribery.’

From the moment 15-year-old Amelia begins work on the checkout at Woolworths she is sunk, gone, lost…head-over-heels in love with Chris. Chris is the funny, charming, man-about-Woolies, but he’s 21, and the 6-year difference in their ages may as well be 100. Chris and Amelia talk about everything from Second Wave Feminism to Great Expectations and Alien but will he ever look at her in the way she wants him to? And if he does, will it be everything she hopes?

©Goodreads: Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo

About the author


Laura Buzo was born and grew up in Sydney, middle of three daughters. Growing up she loved swimming, riding horses, tennis, netball, running, chocolate and above all, reading. After university, Laura worked as a social worker in various acute and community-based mental health settings in Sydney. In 2005 she took some time away from work to start writing her first novel, Good Oil. Laura is still working as a social worker and has a young daughter. She lives in Sydney.


PS: The original title of this book is GOOD OIL

What do i think

This is a witty, sarcastic, bitterly-severe love story. It leaves you hanging when you finished it right away, but it also leaves you thinking about what might have happened if _____ would ever come back (spoiling a bit).

I don’t know… it just made my heart stop and happy at the same time. When I reached the very last page of the book, all I said was “Aw, why? why? why? No more pages?!

‘Miss Amelia Hayes, welcome to The Land of Dreams!’


The characters are very real, they all seem genuine to me. Especially Chris who was great in writing poetries — his attitude made me laugh, and his diaries, oh my, it was so cool to read a journal written by a guy.
And also, Amelia, who’s been a young reader of classics, and stuff— a 15 y/o girl who isn’t afraid to express all her thoughts and ideas about some things, like, life in general.

All of us has been through the young adulthood stage. We had a crush with someone who doesn’t even know it at all, or rather fall in love with a guy/girl who’s impossible to feel the same way like you do. You get confused, you want to be independent but afraid to do so, because you still can’t grasp the fact that you will be away from home. First job, first love, first everything. This is what Laura Buzo wanted to portray in her characters — Chris and Amelia.

“It’s no use trying to stop loving Chris. That’s my virus.”

It’s a light-read-kind-of-book. You can finish it within a day, but not me (since I was reading two to three books at the same time).
The story was told from Chris and Amelia’s pov. Not in alternate format, but in bunches. First load of pages will be Amelia’s pov, then the second will be Chris’ diary entries (which narrating his story from the past), then back to present in Amelia’s pov. It was awesome. 🙂
FOUR HEARTS, because I was expecting more from it. I’m still looking forward to Chris and Amelia’s love story. Because “age doesn’t matter” right? And I think these two would’ve been a perfect couple! (if given a chance) 🙂
But of course, not all endings are happy, some of them are just woeful or sappy, or perishable enough.


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