A wonderful, coming-of-age love story from a fresh new voice in YA ﬁction.
‘Miss Amelia Hayes, welcome to The Land of Dreams. I am the staff trainer. I will call you grasshopper and you will call me sensei and I will give you the good oil. Right? And just so you know, I’m open to all kinds of bribery.’
From the moment 15-year-old Amelia begins work on the checkout at Woolworths she is sunk, gone, lost…head-over-heels in love with Chris. Chris is the funny, charming, man-about-Woolies, but he’s 21, and the 6-year difference in their ages may as well be 100. Chris and Amelia talk about everything from Second Wave Feminism to Great Expectations and Alien but will he ever look at her in the way she wants him to? And if he does, will it be everything she hopes?
This book was so good! I’ve liked most of the Aussie books I’ve read this year, so this isn’t that surprising, but this one was great.
I loved Amelia. Her voice was so real and she was incredibly relate able. Maybe that’s because I was so much like her at her age. It made it fun to read her story.
I actually didn’t know that this book was alternating POV when I started it, so I was really surprised to turn the page and be thrust into his story. I really liked it, though. I liked that his writing was very different than Amelia’s. I loved seeing the situations from his point of view.
The writing was just fantastic. I was sucked in and couldn’t put the book down. I wanted to read all night. This is definitely an author I will revisit in the future.