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Pizza Girl by Jean Kyoung Frazier
About The Book
Eighteen years old, pregnant, and working as a pizza delivery girl in suburban Los Angeles, our charmingly dysfunctional heroine is deeply lost and in complete denial about it all. She’s grieving the death of her father (who she has more in common with than she’d like to admit), avoiding her supportive mom and loving boyfriend, and flagrantly ignoring her future.
Her world is further upended when she becomes obsessed with Jenny, a stay-at-home mother new to the neighborhood, who comes to depend on weekly deliveries of pickled covered pizzas for her son’s happiness. As one woman looks toward motherhood and the other towards middle age, the relationship between the two begins to blur in strange, complicated, and ultimately heartbreaking ways.
Being pregnant is not easy; the changes in you and around you are constant and some of them stay forever; this is one of the important topics of this book. The main character, a young pregnant woman who is working in a pizza delivery service but becomes obsessed with one of her customers.
I didn’t have an easy pregnancy, so I could understand her fears of the future and her need to not think about the baby inside her; she has enough problems with her parents and boyfriend, so her only way to survive is to disconnect. And the only way she finds to have a little spark in her life is to become obsessed with a new woman in the neighborhood and her son. As you can imagine things will take a dark twist, making the reader wanting to know more about the characters, the situations and how everything will end.
I found quite easy to understand the feelings of the main character, the need to be another person and have another family, she knows deep down that
she will have to face the reality, but she needs more the escapism than to face reality. Let’s be honest, who has not been scared of what will happen once the baby arrives? So, imagine being a 18 year old woman! There was only one thing that I didn’t like much, the way she treats her boyfriend because he seems to want to take care of her, but again, I think that the situation overcomes her reality making it impossible to face the truth.
This is a quirky read, maybe not for everyone, but the topics that covers are interesting and the perspective fresh and original. Pizza Girl is a fiction story, but I felt it more realistic than some other books I’ve read, you can feel the characters emotions in your own skin.
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About The Author
JEAN KYOUNG FRAZIER lives in Los Angeles. Pizza Girl is her debut novel.