It’s Kind of a Cheesy Love Story
by Lauren Morrill
Published by: Farrar Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Publication date: March 9th 2021
Genres: Comedy, Romance, Young Adult
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 has 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.
Now she’s stuck with her geeky co-workers instead of taking Instagram-ready shots with her best friends (and her epic crush).
But maybe the pizza people aren’t all bad. Maybe that pizza delivery guy is kind of cute. And maybe there’s a way to make this Bathroom Baby thing work for her. Because when disaster strikes the beloved pizza place that’s started to feel like home, she’s going to need a miracle—one that might even mean bringing her two worlds together.
“Gentlemen, I present to you my selection from table eight,” she says, ignoring him. Thanks to my training, I know table eight is the round banquette in the back corner. It’s usually favored by families or rowdy groups of unchaperoned tweens. “On this plate is a piece of pizza, yes. But not just any pizza. This is pizza that came from somewhere else.”
There’s a beat of silence while everyone looks at the slice.
“No fucking way,” Jason whispers.
“Way,” Julianne replies. She leans back against the counter, crossing her arms over her chest with a satisfied smile. “We do not sell stuffed crust pizza here at Ye Olde Hot ’N Crusty. Someone brought this in from outside.”
Even I can barely suppress a gasp.
“What kind of asshole goes to a pizza place and brings pizza from another pizza place?” Greg says, bending down to observe it like a NASA scientist.
“I wish I knew, friends, but I didn’t see who left it. Now should we vote?”
“Why bother? Julianne clearly wins,” Greg says with a shrug. He reaches for his note card and shoves it back in his pocket.
“She’s got my vote,” Frank says, taking the shoe and tossing it into the cardboard box behind the counter that’s used as a lost and found.
“That’s two!” Julianne says. She flashes me a big, open-mouthed smile, like can you believe it? But then she remembers who I am and the smile drops before she turns to Jason. “You’re welcome to vote, but either way, I believe you have lost. And so I’d like to direct you to the cleaning supplies. Those bathrooms need some attention.”
LAUREN MORRILL grew up in Maryville, Tennessee, where she was a short-term Girl Scout, a (not so) proud member of the marching band, and a trouble-making editor for the school newspaper. She graduated from Indiana University with a major in history and a minor in rock & roll, and now lives in Macon, GA with her husband and sons.
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