Book review: Pizza Girl by Jean Kyoung Frazier

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Brave, quirky and boldly funny, Pizza Girl is the story of an 18 year-old pregnant pizza delivery girl as she struggles with grief, her dysfunctional family, teen pregnancy – oh! and the fact that she has become obsessed with one of her customers.

This is a great little debut and Frazier does an incredible job of capturing the messy emotions that come with teenage years alongside the extra struggles our unnamed protagonist has going on – the recent loss of her father and her pregnancy.

The novel starts out funny and we get to meet a host of crazy characters early on, whether they be pizza co-workers or customers. However, the story gradually becomes darker as the protagonist becomes more and more fearful for the future and increasingly obsessed with Jenny, a stay-at-home mother who calls up one day, desperate for a pizza with pickles. Haunted by her fathers failures and struggling to find her own sense of place, the protagonist behaves more and more erratically until she is eventually forced to confront her issues.

I really enjoyed this book although I did expected it to be a lot less dark, however I think Frazier has created a wholly unique character, quite different from any I have encountered before. I would have liked a bit more fleshing out towards the end, where it felt like there was a lot of potential to develop our understanding of the protagonists relationship with her mother and boyfriend.

On the whole while I wasn’t in love with this book – mainly due to it being a little dark and feeling at the end like it hadn’t fully concluded – I enjoyed this book and am looking forward to seeing what Frazier comes up with next!

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo

Book Review: Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo

This wonderful novel spans generations and combines the power of 12 startling voices to share the experiences of British women of color. Mainly set in London we hear the story of a proud black lesbian playwright, her sassy super-feminist daughter and a sexually fluid millennial, just to name a couple.

Black History Month Reads

It’s Black History Month in the UK and I decided this year I should finally get round to reading some of those incredible stories that I haven’t quite made time for yet.

One Day by David Nicholls

Book Review: One Day by David Nicholls

I can definitely see why this books is a bit love it or hate it. The story of Dexter and Em is given to us in snapshots, Starting from their meeting at uni up to their late 30s, the book oozes sexual tension, but with an increasingly dark edge which reminded me of Sally Rooney’s novels.

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