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 (whom 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 toward 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.
This is a sad and slightly painful read, mimicking the despair and confusion a lot of us felt at 18, with a hundred options in front of us but no idea what to do.
The girl at the heart of this story has even fewer options though, she’s pregnant, working in a pizza delivery job, living at home with her mum and boyfriend, utterly lost.
She just goes through the motions, never really coming to terms with her unresolved issues around her dad and his death, the situation she’s in, or the life she thinks she should perhaps be trying to attain.
Her crush on a customer jolts her from her day to day and throws more confusing feelings into the mix.
Darkly funny, bathetic and ultimately redeeming, this is a short but sweet summer spent in the company of the anti-Juno – she doesn’t have a plan.
*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.