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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Review: Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff That Made Me Famous

Author: Kathryn Williams
Publishing Date: August 21, 2012
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Pages: 240
Format: ARC
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Summary:  Can a spot on a teen reality show really lead to a scholarship at an elite cooking school AND a summer romance?

Sixteen-year-old Sophie Nicolaides was practically raised in the kitchen of her family’s Italian-Greek restaurant, Taverna Ristorante. When her best friend, Alex, tries to convince her to audition for a new reality show, Teen Test Kitchen, Sophie is reluctant. But the prize includes a full scholarship to one of America's finest culinary schools and a summer in Napa, California, not to mention fame.

Once on-set, Sophie immediately finds herself in the thick of the drama—including a secret burn book, cutthroat celebrity judges, and a very cute French chef. Sophie must figure out a way to survive all the heat and still stay true to herself. A terrific YA offering--fresh, fun, and sprinkled with romance.
We’re just going to throw out the normal form for this review because I can’t really think of a line I really remembered loving.  That might give you an idea to where this review is going.  This was one of the books that I didn’t love, but I didn’t hate either.  I just liked it.  

There were some really cute things going for it though.  I mean I love food and books so when the books are about someone who’s making food, I’m normally pretty happy.  I liked the food combination with reality television.  Including a French boy is always a good move for me.  Accents are always a plus.  The problem was I didn’t know which boy crush to root for: Alex or Luc?  Luc was adorable, but I can relate with that boy with who you are most comfortable with yet still gives you butterflies.  I feel like the book would have been better if she had just had one boy and not both.  Either boy would have been ok with me.

The book was a good time filler but I would give it 3 out of 5 stars.


  1. Dude, I'm super bummed. This looked so cute. At least you didn't hate it, lol.

    I'm also bummed that there's a love triangle. I'm starting to really hate those. :-P

  2. I wanted it to be fabulous! I picked it out of all those ALA books, so maybe I just went in with expectations too high. Anyways, love triangles are slowly becoming the death of my in YA. They're being overused.


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