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.
Title: It’s Kind of a Cheesy Love Story
Author: Lauren Morrill
Publication Date: March 2, 2021
Publisher: Farrar Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
This book was definitely cheesy, but I like cheesy. It has a broody love interest, a nerdy group of friends, and an ever-evolving main character.
Perhaps my favorite part of this book was the character development. There were many things to love (as I’ll discuss later), but the change we see in the main character is probably my favorite part. Beck is so unsatisfied with her life at the beginning of the book and we get to watch her change and grow as she learns more about herself and what’s important to her. I loved being able to witness this shift in her.
I also liked the relationship changes we see with her two groups of friends. At first, I was already writing off her first group of friends because they were popular and rich, but the author really surprised me. Both groups of Beck’s friends had value and things to add to Beck’s life and I’m so glad Morrill showed me that. Not all popular and rich characters in books have to be snobby and mean and judgemental and I’m glad that was shown to me here.
Beck’s other group of friends are also super great and we see the author break another YA friend group stereotype with them. Not all kids who work part-time jobs and sit alone at lunch are losers. Beck’s group of friends who worked with her at the pizza shop were nerdy and quirky and a perfect addition to her life. They were exactly what she needed to show herself that it was okay to be herself. And that who she was was good enough. I loved that.
Overall, this was an enjoyable book for those who are looking for a chill and easy romance to read.
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
About the Author
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.