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Publisher's Summary

"Fresh, funny, bittersweet....This book delivers humor, humanity, and hubris." (New York Times Book Review)

Named an NPR, Marie Claire, and Teen Vogue best book of the year and a most anticipated book of 2020 by Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, Time, People, BuzzFeed, Bustle, and more

In the tradition of audacious and wryly funny novels like The Idiot and Convenience Store Woman comes the wildly original coming-of-age story of a pregnant pizza delivery girl who becomes obsessed with one of her customers.

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 (whom 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 toward middle age, the relationship between the two begins to blur in strange, complicated, and ultimately heartbreaking ways.

Bold, tender, propulsive, and unexpected in countless ways, Jean Kyoung Frazier's Pizza Girl is a moving and funny portrait of a flawed, unforgettable young woman as she tries to find her place in the world.

©2020 Jean Kyoung Frazier (P)2020 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Sharp and surprising, Pizza Girl shows us how obsession can fill the empty spaces in a young woman's life. Jean Kyoung Frazier will make you laugh with one sentence and break your heart with the next. A delicious debut." (Julia Phillips, author of Disappearing Earth)
 

"Pizza Girl is a funny and moving debut, full of wry observation and deep humanity. Jean Kyoung Frazier’s incredibly winning protagonist delivers laughter and grief with all the toppings. A wonderful novel from a new writer with talent and heart." (Sam Lipsyte, author of Hark)

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Poorly cast narrator :(

Meh. The story is just so so, filled with lots of unbelievable occurrences and too many complex issues crammed into one small novel. But the most annoying thing was the audible narrator. Very poorly cast, made it even harder to like it, sadly.

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I want to say I loved the writing and will certainly read Frazier’s other works. This plot as a whole fell flat for me, but the writing was lovely.

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Pleasant narrator. I felt it was slow to get to the main story line. Ending Confused me, maybe to abrupt or loose ends left undone.

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I hated this book.

This is a silly, predictable, angst-filled, coming of age story.

The two main characters (Jenny, "Pizza Girl") are comically pathetic and the bond they share feels forced.

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Surprising, but not for me

Interesting story with fresh characters, but the main character is a little too unsympathetic. I wanted more.