Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2012
Audience: Older Teens
Source: My Own Bookshelf
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?
I was happy with the ending in this book more than anything. Of course, I’m looking at it from the perspective of an adult. If I was a teen, I probably would have absolutely HATED the ending. Overall, this was a great love story that all teens will understand and identify with.
The story didn’t totally revolve around the guy, though. The main character examined women’s roles and families with a critical eye. She was a far braver person than I am. I think the author succeeded in portraying teens’ and young adults’ lives realistically. She always showed two sides to every story. It was fantastic.
I read this book because it was nominated for a Morris Award. I understand why it didn’t win. I wasn’t a fan of how the story repeated a bit when the perspectives switched between characters. I don’t have time to read about the same party twice!
Bonus - The literary references included some of my favorite books.