contemporary · Young adult

Pizza Girl – Jean Kyoung Frazier ★★★★

Blurb; Eighteen years old, pregnant, and working as a pizza delivery girl in suburban Los Angeles, our charmingly dysfunctional heroine is deeply lost and in complete denial about it all. She’s grieving the death of her father (who she has more in common with than she’d like to admit), avoiding her supportive mom and loving boyfriend, and flagrantly ignoring her future.

Her world is further upended when she becomes obsessed with Jenny, a stay-at-home mother new to the neighborhood, who comes to depend on weekly deliveries of pickled covered pizzas for her son’s happiness. As one woman looks toward motherhood and the other towards middle age, the relationship between the two begins to blur in strange, complicated, and ultimately heartbreaking ways.

My Review; I don’t know how I came accross this one but I’m glad I did. It’s a shortish read under 200 pages about a pizza delivery girl age 18 and pregnant. She becomes obsessed with one of her customers which escalates towards the end. Pretty wierd but made the book interesting and kept the pages turning to find out what would happen.

Perfect for young adult readers a bit of chick-lit but not much. I did enjoy it a bit of a slow start at the beginning but it gets better. The ending for me was a bit sudden leaving me with some questions would love a sequel. This is the authors debut novel and very well written, I love the cover too. A well deserved four stars from me. I would recommend.

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romance · Young adult

What if it’s us? – Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera ★★★★

Blurb; Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.

Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.

But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?

Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated.

Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.

But what if they can’t quite nail a first date . . . or a second first date . . . or a third?

What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work . . . and Ben doesn’t try hard enough?

What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play?

But what if it is?

My Review; This was one off my library pile. Its a Young adult romance between two boys Arthur and Ben. It’s such a cute read and story. Set in New York makes it even more romantic. The dates made this book for me and the treasure hunt! Super cute. I liked all the characters and it was an easy read for me. Short chapters and I didn’t want to put it down I needed to know what was going to happen between them both. A perfect ending tops this book for me.

It was recently nominated for an award too! Its brilliantly co-written between the two authors (both new to me). I would recommend. A cosy romance story to lose yourself into. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

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contemporary · Young adult

Big Girl Small Town – Michelle Gallen ★★★★

Blurb; Routine makes Majella’s world small but change is about to make it a whole lot bigger.

*Stuff Majella knows*
-God doesn’t punish men with baldness for wearing ladies’ knickers
-Banana-flavoured condoms taste the same as nutrition shakes
-Not everyone gets a volley of gunshots over their grave as they are being lowered into the ground

*Stuff Majella doesn’t know*
-That she is autistic
-Why her ma drinks
-Where her da is

Other people find Majella odd. She keeps herself to herself, she doesn’t like gossip and she isn’t interested in knowing her neighbours’ business. But suddenly everyone in the small town in Northern Ireland where she grew up wants to know all about hers.

Since her da disappeared during the Troubles, Majella has tried to live a quiet life with her alcoholic mother. She works in the local chip shop (Monday-Saturday, Sunday off), wears the same clothes every day (overalls, too small), has the same dinner each night (fish and chips, nuked in the microwave) and binge watches Dallas (the best show ever aired on TV) from the safety of her single bed. She has no friends and no boyfriend and Majella thinks things are better that way.

But Majella’s safe and predictable existence is shattered when her grandmother dies and as much as she wants things to go back to normal, Majella comes to realise that maybe there is more to life. And it might just be that from tragedy comes Majella’s one chance at escape.

My Review; I don’t even know how I came upon this probably Instagram but I reserved this at my library and I’m so glad I did. It’s a new release I’d class as young adult/contemporary. It’s about Majella who is 27 and what we would class as plus size. She’s never left her home town, still lives with her mother at home and works in the local chippy.

The book reminds me of derry girls as stated on the cover, parts had me laughing out loud. There is no covering up here includes sex scenes and adult language. But a brilliant read. Majella does the same things daily in this story but it isn’t boring. Majority of the book is set in the chippy she works at with it being a small town she gets everyone through her door and many stories along the way.

Her grandma has recently died so thats a huge part to her story too. The story itself is told over a week and time stamped throughout and I loved the whole layout of it. Like a diary format but a story. I love Majellas character but she seems stuck in her life at the moment. I really enjoyed it! A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

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