It’s Kind of a Cheesy Love Story
Published by: Farrar Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Publication date: March 9th 2021
Genres: Comedy, Romance, Young Adult
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 has 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.
Now she’s stuck with her geeky co-workers instead of taking Instagram-ready shots with her best friends (and her epic crush).
But maybe the pizza people aren’t all bad. Maybe that pizza delivery guy is kind of cute. And maybe there’s a way to make this Bathroom Baby thing work for her. Because when disaster strikes the beloved pizza place that’s started to feel like home, she’s going to need a miracle—one that might even mean bringing her two worlds together.
Beck was born in the bathroom of the local pizza place, making her a minor celebrity for one day a year as her family celebrates her birthday there every year and the local newspaper snaps her picture. Just once she’d like to celebrate somewhere else. Del, the owner of the shop, has even promised her a job there on her 16th birthday and, since she can’t find a job anywhere else, it looks like she’ll be working there.
It’s Kind of a Cheesy Love Story by Lauren Morrill is a light-hearted YA romance that is indeed sometimes cheesy and rightly so. Beck is a closet nerd who can’t really be herself around her friends. She can’t talk to them about the sci-fi show she loves and watches zealously with her dad so she hides that part of herself away until she starts working at the pizza restaurant where her colleagues are fans of the show.
While It’s Kind of a Cheesy Love Story is considered a romance, I found it to be more a novel of self-discovery as Beck comes to terms with who she is, who her friends are, and her own place in the world. She evolves throughout the novel, learning that one of the best things you can do is be true to yourself.
My favorite character was Beck’s love interest, Tristan, who comes across as initially broody but who has his life admirably put together. He doesn’t care what others think of him and doesn’t like artifice. He is cool.
It’s Kind of a Cheesy Love Story struck all of the right notes for me. I totally enjoyed this YA escapist fare and, of course, immediately ordered a pizza when I finished reading.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
4 out of 5 butterflies
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LAUREN MORRILL grew up in Maryville, Tennessee, where she was a short-term Girl Scout, a (not so) proud member of the marching band, and a trouble-making editor for the school newspaper. She graduated from Indiana University with a major in history and a minor in rock & roll, and now lives in Macon, GA with her husband and sons.
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