It’s Kinda Of A Cheesy Love Story is like a big warm hug from Lauren Morrill and I loved every minute of it. The pages are filled with a relatable quirky main character, growing friendships and family relationships and potential romance. It was the perfect slice of a young adult book for me.
It’s Kind Of A Cheesy Love Story follows Beck Brix as she tries to navigate her life as a teenager. She would prefer to just fade into the background but has found this to be hard as she is known as the “Pizza Princess” or the “Bathroom Baby” due to being born in the public bathroom of a local pizza shop Hot ‘N’ Crusty. When she turns 16, she reluctantly agrees to become an employee of the pizza shop. This is not her first choice of employment but little by little she finds herself actually enjoying it and making friends with the people who work there. It is a completely different dynamic from what she has tried to build for herself and it forces her to question everything about herself.
I found Beck to be such a relatable teenager. She has found herself to be a part of two different worlds and is afraid what might happen if she brings them together. When I was in high school, I was part of two different groups as well – my band friends and my non-band friends – and I can remember being self conscious of what would happen if I mixed them together. This eventually did happen on occasions such as my graduation party and thankfully everyone got along well for the most part. I think I was like Beck in the aspect that I was trying to figure out who I was and wasn’t giving my friends the benefit of the doubt to be exactly who they were with me with others as well. Being a teenager can be really complicated and emotional and Beck’s journey of reconciling with herself and the people around her was a good representation of these ups and downs.
It’s Kind of A Cheesy Love Story is filled with so many good moments. There were moments that made me giggle, moments of snark that made me snort, moments of quiet that made me pause and think, and moments of sweetness that made me swoon. Lauren Morrill does a wonderful job of putting it all together. I loved the story she told and the group of characters which she created and by the end I really wanted to join all of them for a delicious slice of pizza and discuss life (and television shows) with them.
Rating: 5 Stars
**I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**