It's Kind of a Cheesy Love Story by Lauren Morrill
Release Date: March 9, 2021
Why I LOVE this book: In the simplest terms, I love this book because it's just a feel good rom-com. I read this book in one night. I started it at dinner, Panera Flatbread Pizza keeping me company (for obvious reasons) and was loathe to put the book down when I had to go be the carpool mom. I was actively annoyed that I couldn't just keep reading and had to do things like "feed the family" and "finish work" before picking the book back up and reading the rest. That's all to say that this book was exactly the right book at the right time. The world kind of sucks right now, and has been really hard for awhile, and so sometimes you just need a cheesy love story, and this one 100% lives up to it's name. That's isn't to say that everything in the characters lives are perfect, it's defintiely not, but there's something comforting about settling in with some characters who are just going through your basic high school drama- dealing with friends and goofy families and falling in love. This is, at heart, a story about relationships and how we sometimes hide who we are because we aren't sure if people will still love us if we let ourselves be 100% authentic. That's something everyone can relate to. Getting to follow along as they get into fights, make up, deal with devestating losses and fall in love is the perfect nostalgic read- it's how we all hoped High School would go, and I'm totally here for it. Add in the whole concept of the Pizza Princess and the places we call home and you have the perfect book recipe.
As an adult I enjoyed this book because it was a great story with characters you can totally get behind and root for. As a middle school librarian I'm all about this book because it deals with issues everyone of my kids is going to experience in a way that keeps it light and readable. In between pizza jokes and make out sessions, they'll also get to see that it's totally okay to be yourself and love the dorky things you love, whatever that may be.
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