Published: March 9, 2021
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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.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
It’s been a long time since I have read a Lauren Morrill book. I have had one sitting on my shelf but I just never seemed to get to it. But when I read the description of It’s Kind of a Cheesy Love Story I knew I needed to make it a priority and I’m so glad I did. It reminded me why I loved her stuff in the past and why I wanted to read more by her. Also for me, it was her best book to date and I adored it.
It’s Kind of a Cheesy Love Story is about Beck, a girl that has been connected to the local pizza place, Hot N’ Crusty, her whole life. In fact she is connected she was born there. That’s right, born right in the bathroom. She was promised a job there the day she was born and she knew it would be her fate, but she dreaded the day when it would happen. When she turns 16 she knows she needs the job so begrudgingly accepts. Now instead of hanging with her friends and doing everything she can to separate herself from the pizza place, she finds herself surrounds by the misfits that work there and to her own surprise liking it. And when something happens to Hot N’ Crusty Beck realizes this place is more than her fate, it is her home.
I swear that It’s Kind of a Cheesy Love Story was written just for my YA loving heart. This book was an utter delight and a joy to read. It was one of those rare books that I actually stayed up really late to finish which is not something I do often anymore. It was one of those books that I kept saying I was only going to read one more chapters and all of a sudden it was 1am and I was almost finished. I remember getting my first job at a store in high school and finding some amazing friends there that were just mine and no one else and Beck’s story reminded me of that. She found herself behind the walls of the pizza place she never wanted to be a part of and she was a better person for it. And that right there is what I love about reading YA.
If you are looking for a book that will pick up your sprint and will leave you feeling joy, It’s Kind of a Cheesy Love Story is that book. Beck fought for so long to not be a part of a group that was a part of her all along. This is one book you don’t want to miss. Although you may miss sleep over it. And truth…I’m not even sorry I did. Pick this gem up!