Published by Farrar on March 9, 2021
Genres: Young Adult, contemporary, Romance
Source: eARC from Publisher
A delicious love story with all the toppings, Lauren Morrill's It's Kind of a Cheesy Love Story is a contemporary YA rom-com about love, friendship, and pizza, perfect for fans of Becky Albertalli and Jenny Han.
After her mother gave birth to her in the bathroom of a local pizzeria, Beck Brix been given the dubious privilege of having minor fame, free pizza for life, and a guaranteed job when she turns sixteen—a job she unfortunately can’t afford to turn down.
Stuck with her geeky co-workers instead of taking Instagram-ready shots with her wealthy, photogenic friends, Beck finally realizes what she’s spent her whole life trying to hide: that Hot ‘n Crusty is a part of her.
Then disaster strikes the beloved pizza parlor that’s become like home, and Beck realizes that it takes losing something to really know what it’s worth.
It’s Kind of a Cheesy Love Story is a young adult contemporary romance by Lauren Morrill. I thought this book was funny and had lots of heart. I loved the character growth that we saw with the main character, and while the romance was also cute. I thought the character growth and the friendships within the story were the main star. They were my favorite aspect of the novel, and I think this book will really appeal to young adult readers that might be nervous to be their true authentic selves with their friends. I loved the message that Lauren Morrill shared in It’s Kind of a Cheesy Love Story, and I of course also loved all of the cheesy goodness!
In It’s Kind of a Cheesy Love Story, we meet our main character Beck. Beck was born in the bathroom of her small town’s local pizza joint, and she became instantly famous – dubbed the bathroom baby and Pizza Princess. She gets free pizza for life, and the owner of the the Hot N’ Crusty even offered her a job when she turned 16. Sounds like a pretty sweet deal, right? Well, Beck has always hated her moniker and hated the spotlight that comes with being the Pizza Princess, but when job options are slim, she takes the owner up on his offer of a job when she turns 16, and our real story begins.
It’s Kind of a Cheesy Love Story is a story about friendships at its’ hart. Beck’s best friend is friends with some of the popular guys and gals in town and Beck is part of their friend group by association. She has never felt like part of the group, and because of this she doesn’t feel like she can be her true self to them. When she starts her job at the Hot N’ Crusty she starts to hit it off with the other employees. I loved seeing Beck become her true and authentic self, and I loved watching her geek out with her new friends. But as a result, she started pushing her old friends to the side. I really appreciated Lauren Morrill’s approach to the friends groups, and that she didn’t take the typical path View Spoiler »it was really more Beck’s fault in this situation because she was not being a good friend to her friends. It’s normally the other way around in books, and I really appreciate this perspective to the situation. « Hide Spoiler There was also a cute work place romance in the story, which I liked but didn’t love as much as I thought I would because I couldn’t really feel the connection between Beck and Tristan. I would recommend this book to readers who love cute stories and who appreciate character growth. I think It’s Kind of a Cheesy Love Story is a great story about friendship and being yourself.
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I’d love to read this young adult contemporary romance!