End of the month means time to share the review for the #BuddyReadsToDieFor monthly choice!
THE PIZZA GIRL – Jean Kyoung Frazier (Released June 9th, 2020)
Here’s the synopsis:
In the tradition of audacious and wryly funny novels like The Idiot and Convenience Store Woman comes the wildly original coming-of-age story of a pregnant pizza delivery girl who becomes obsessed with one of her customers.
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.
Bold, tender, propulsive, and unexpected in countless ways, Jean Kyoung Frazier’s Pizza Girl is a moving and funny portrait of a flawed, unforgettable young woman as she tries to find her place in the world.
My Thoughts: 3/5 stars
I’ll keep my review short and sweet since I’m honestly not quite sure on my feelings for this one. I liked parts but overall it wasn’t my favorite book. I had a lot of questions surrounding the obsession our main character developed with Jenny. Like, why? I liked the writing and it was a short read so I held out until the end. I wish I loved it as much as some other readers did! That being said, I’m definitely in the minority on this and there are some rave reviews from other reviewers I typically agree with. So I’m thinking it’s more of a bad timing thing – not quite the book I was anticipating or the wrong genre right now. I’m also very much in the camp of no pickles on pizza.