Author: Jean Kyoung Frazier
Genre: Adult Contemporary
Published by: HQ
Publication date: 17/09/20
My rating: ★★★.5
I received a free E-ARC from HQ in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
- Use of the f slur
- Use of the r slur
- Gun use
This is going to be a short review as the book is only 208 pages. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book quite like Pizza Girl. I also think it’s a hard one to review. Pizza Girl follows a pregnant 18 year old and is told in first person narrative, This instantly caught my attention as I love first person narratives, it’s incredibly interesting knowing exactly what goes through a characters head as they’re thinking it. Another think I liked was I found the protagonist unlikable, I don’t believe every protagonist should be likeable and I found this really refreshing.
Overall I found it an enjoyable read. I don’t know if this is own voices so I don’t feel like it’s my place to comment on the slurs as I know some have chosen to reclaim them.
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