Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
When you're 15 and in love with an older (22-year-old) man, life isn't easy. That's the world of Amelia/Youngster, who's in love with Chris, her trainer at the local supermarket (she works a checkout register after school and on weekends).
From Amelia's POV, the world is filled with Chris. Her director-father is either not home or is angry, her mother always disappointed, her baby sister is cute and annoying, but at work there's Chris. There's also literature, and an odd English teacher who asks 10th graders to read The Bell Jar and The Feminine Mystique - both of which she discusses with Chris. Chris' POV, on the other hand, is filled with alcohol, his friends, parties, the women with whom he's obsessed, his uni studies and only occasionally the youngster, Amelia, at work.
This is a relatively sweet look at that first major crush, the obsession and hopes for everything working out. Having both Amelia and Chris speak for themselves worked well here, with the voices different enough to feel very real; it also helps that the crusher and crushee experiences were so well written.