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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 Brix been given the dubious privilege of having minor fame, free pizza for life, and a 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 Brix 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. Stuck with her geeky co-workers instead of taking Instagram-ready shots with her wealthy, photogenic friends, Beck finally realizes what she’s spent her whole life trying to hide: that Hot ‘n Crusty is a part of her. Then disaster strikes the beloved pizza parlor that’s become like home, and Beck realizes that it takes losing something to really know what it’s worth.


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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 Brix been given the dubious privilege of having minor fame, free pizza for life, and a 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 Brix 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. Stuck with her geeky co-workers instead of taking Instagram-ready shots with her wealthy, photogenic friends, Beck finally realizes what she’s spent her whole life trying to hide: that Hot ‘n Crusty is a part of her. Then disaster strikes the beloved pizza parlor that’s become like home, and Beck realizes that it takes losing something to really know what it’s worth.

30 review for It's Kind of a Cheesy Love Story

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Morrill

    It's my favorite book that I've written, and I hope you love it as much as I enjoyed writing it for you! It's my favorite book that I've written, and I hope you love it as much as I enjoyed writing it for you!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sowmya (bookishelflife)

    4.5 cutest stars from the sky Thanks to Fierce reads for an advanced Ebook in exchange of an honest opinion I flew through this fun, quirky book so fast, I read it in two sittings, its quite easy and fluffy read. Beck the MC of the book enters the world quite dramatically- she is born in a bathroom stall of a local Pizza place making her an instant local celebrity, however she can't wait to get rid of her "pizza princess" tag. Beck is like every teenager trying to figure out things, when she is of 4.5 cutest stars from the sky Thanks to Fierce reads for an advanced Ebook in exchange of an honest opinion I flew through this fun, quirky book so fast, I read it in two sittings, its quite easy and fluffy read. Beck the MC of the book enters the world quite dramatically- she is born in a bathroom stall of a local Pizza place making her an instant local celebrity, however she can't wait to get rid of her "pizza princess" tag. Beck is like every teenager trying to figure out things, when she is offered a part-job at the pizza place she is reluctant to take it because all she wanted is to run away from this spotlight, however she is forced to take up the offer because of the situations. What she doesn't see coming is Hot n Crusty pizza becoming more than a family in no time I loved how the book showed the relationship dynamics- Beck with her parents, Beck with her rich friends and Beck with her middle class friends, the way Beck adapts to each of these contrasting dynamics struggling to maintain a separate persona for each of those is quite realistic, the romance between Tristin and Beck is so adorable and its nice to see how Tristin brings the best out of her. How Beck owns her life forms the crux of the story. Overall it is an adorable YA contemporary to pick up as a rainy day read

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ariel

    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 import 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. Now, one thing that made me dock major points on this book was the plot. I love romance. Love, love it, but I like it more when the main character is doing something more than trying to win over their love interest. The main character didn't have some kind of end goal to be reached by the end of the book. She just was living and falling in love and changing. I had hoped for more sustenance. 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. Blog • Instagram • Twitter

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I love the premise of this story. LOVE. Girl born in a pizzeria and doomed to spend the rest of her known life as the Hot n' Crusty baby? I'm in. It's straight of out a wholesome Buzzfeed article and the author really manages to capture the magic of it. You see our main character, Beck, struggle with her public persona, but also come to grow into it and accept it as part of her story. That said, I feel as if this story would've benefited *without* the romance (I know, I know, I'm clutching my Hal I love the premise of this story. LOVE. Girl born in a pizzeria and doomed to spend the rest of her known life as the Hot n' Crusty baby? I'm in. It's straight of out a wholesome Buzzfeed article and the author really manages to capture the magic of it. You see our main character, Beck, struggle with her public persona, but also come to grow into it and accept it as part of her story. That said, I feel as if this story would've benefited *without* the romance (I know, I know, I'm clutching my Hallmark-loving pearls too) and was written as more of a self-discovery journey with quirky characters and a potential a love interest to keep things interesting. Instead, we're given the complicated love triangle (GET IT? TRIANGLE? BECAUSE PIZZA? nvm) with dashing Mac and polar opposite Tristian. I never found myself swooning over either of them and actually thought Tristan to be more grating than endearing (GET IT? GRATING? I'll stop now.) (view spoiler)[ LOVE that Tristian asked Beck if she was comfortable kissing him when she was being cornered by Mac and needed a quick escape. HATED when he turned right around and told her "don't make me regret it" ...umm, okay. (hide spoiler)] The 'us VS them' storyline between Beck and her two friend groups felt tiring after a few chapters, though most of the blame on that falls yet again on Tristian and how little his motives are fleshed out. The tension resolves by the third act following a pretty major event, but it would've been nice to see the two groups come to understand one another naturally as opposed to being forced into unity for Beck's sake. Overall, this is a lighthearted and fluffy read (just how I like them) and definitely made me wanna go and grab a slice of pizza more than once. Beck is one of the more realistic and likable YA characters I've read in a while, and while I wish the story was more about her and focused less on her love life, this is a kind of cheesy love story after all.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Deekay

    This book is just like the title, it’s cheesy but the good kind of cheesy. I enjoyed it from the start to finish and find the story interesting. This is a lighthearted YA (Young Adult) book that can be enjoy by many people from any age group. I liked how this story is about a 16-year-old girl named Beck who was born in Hot ‘N Crusty pizzeria and later grew up as the widely known Pizza Princess, and Bathroom Baby. This isn’t just a cheesy story about how she easily get a job at the pizzeria or abo This book is just like the title, it’s cheesy but the good kind of cheesy. I enjoyed it from the start to finish and find the story interesting. This is a lighthearted YA (Young Adult) book that can be enjoy by many people from any age group. I liked how this story is about a 16-year-old girl named Beck who was born in Hot ‘N Crusty pizzeria and later grew up as the widely known Pizza Princess, and Bathroom Baby. This isn’t just a cheesy story about how she easily get a job at the pizzeria or about her crush or about her relationship. This story is about how Beck slowly find herself and be true to herself. It’s about how she fix the things that are broken in her life, and how she put back together the things she’d lost or about to lose. At first, I thought nothing big would happen but then out of nowhere something big happened and that put Beck in a lot of misery. She lost the thing she despised a lot and she was about to lose the one precious thing she never want to lose. In the end, she managed to fix everything. It was apparent how much the tragedy affected her. This book also showed how a few high school students have many group of friends and in each of those groups they act differently in order to fit in. Many may not believe this but this kind of thing did happen in real life, and I’ve known a few from my high school back then. It boggles my mind how they can easily shifted into a different person—faking their personality and attitude. This exactly what Beck did in this book. She has two different group of friends, the geek/pizza squad and the glam/rich squad. The geek/pizza squad is consist of Beck, Julianne, Tristan, Greg, Frank and Jason. These are Beck friends that she made when she was working at the pizzeria. I loved this group so much more than the other one due to how much fun this group has been. They always hang out together every weekend to do some fun things, they always eat at a different pizzeria every night after their shifts, they always talk about good stuffs instead of gossiping, and they always play a simple fun game every night before they clocked out. I much prefer this group for Beck because with these bunch, she doesn’t have to pretend to be someone she’s not or fake anything just to fit in. She fit in just fine without even trying and this is the right group for someone like her. This group definitely has its own charms. As for the the glam/rich squad, it’s not the kind of group I would want for Beck. This group is consist of Beck, Natalie, Cora, Tamsin, Colin, Mac and Eli. This group is pretty judgmental and loved to gossip about other students. I wanted Beck to grow a backbone and fight Tamsin back since Tamsin and her big mouth always put her down. I feel bad for Beck since she had to adjust herself a lot by faking her personality and attitude just to fit in with this group. She acted differently here than when she was in the other group. Here, she had to control herself while in the other group she doesn’t need to control herself and just be free. I liked it better when she was with her geek/pizza squad. The glam/rich squad always hangs out together without inviting her, and they easily left her out without a problem. That one time they hang out together at Tamsin’s house and didn’t even let her know. There are a lot of things that irks me about the girls in this group but one thing that irks the most was how they complained about Beck couldn’t hang out with them every Friday night ever since she started working at Hot ‘N Crusty pizzeria. Can’t they support Beck or at least understand that she needed the job because she needed the money for college? At one point, I was wondering about what will happen if the glam/rich squad meet the geek/pizza squad. I got what I was wishing for at the end, and let’s just say that these two groups aren’t friends with one another but instead they respect one another. Their conversation flowed easily, and there wasn’t a single struggle. Beck knew how to bring her two group of friends together, and of course she wouldn’t force them to be friends if they don’t want to. I liked how Beck doesn’t have to choose which group she want to stay with but instead get to keep both, as long as she doesn’t have to pretend anymore and embrace her true self without feeling embarrassed. This is the kind of ending that made this book even better. I liked that it ended like this; with everyone happy. There are a few lessons that can be taken from this book, especially about finding yourself and embracing your true self. The purpose of the story is for Beck to find herself and be true to herself instead of pretending to be someone she’s not. Losing the one place she started to love and nearly losing her boyfriend put a lot of pressure on her, and that is what boost her to embrace her true self instead of hiding who she truly is. As was seen at the end of this book, she managed to fix the things that are broken in her life. For example, fixing things with her boyfriend and then find a way to put back together the one place she’d lost by starting up a charity campaign to rebuild the place into a new one. She handled it well too for a 16-year-old girl, she was really quick at thinking of the solution. The whole storyline was enjoyable and I really find it entertaining, and as for the plot it was unclear at first but the more I read the book, the more it became clear what the plot was. It was always about Beck making new friends and that way it was easy for her to find herself and figure out what she really wants. That has been focus of this book since the beginning. It was done in a clever way. Now let’s talk about the characters... Beck is the female lead in this story and I liked how the author fleshed out her character more. Since this is her story, it make a lot of sense for her to shine more than the others. At first, she was struggling a lot with herself especially with how she should act around her pizza friends when she started working at the pizzeria. It wasn’t easy to just be carefree and embracing her true self, especially since she never done it before outside of her home. She always pretending when she was around her rich friends. I can’t blame her since her rich friends are very judgmental. This book shows how much she struggles with being true when she was with her pizza friends in front of her rich friends. She had to balance out her friendship with the glam/rich squad and the geek/pizza squad. There was a little bit of petty friendship drama that was quickly resolved. I find it surprising how fast she diffuse the situation, but also grateful it didn’t blow up into a big flame. She had a lot of lessons to learn and a lot of thinking to make, especially when her friendship and relationship are on the verge of crumbling. Beck is a kind-hearted girl who did things with good intentions. She is easily a likable person and always put a lot of thoughts when it comes to keeping the people she care about close to her and she has always been there for them. In the end, everything works out for her and she get to be herself while still keeping her friends, and that’s what matters the most. Beck’s character growth in this book was really good to see, I was speechless by how well the author handle it. The development of her character made her more likable than she already is. Tristan is the male lead in this story and also the love interest. This guy had me intrigued ever since the first time he showed up. He was so mysterious but very fascinating. I didn’t even know where he came from at first since he just appeared and disappeared whenever he liked to. Beck also didn’t know where he was when they first met, and when Julianne said that the guy doesn’t always show his face toward his co-workers because he’s the pizza delivery guy and he doesn’t always stay at the pizzeria like the others unless it was to take the pizza for delivery, that’s when I find him to be a mystery. Not many truly knows him. He was a bit rude at first and he was like the exact person who easily gets frustrated and annoyed by other people. He shielded himself and guarded his heart so that he won’t feel pain and broken again. Not wanting to face his co-workers and always be alone by himself is how he cope with the pain he felt on the inside. Not everyone deal with pain the same way, and this is the only way Tristan knew how. He might pretend he doesn’t care much about other people, especially Beck but deep down he cared too much and it scared him. Tristan is actually a kind guy with a good heart. I really liked his character, the more I get to understand his past and get to know him much better, the more I find him easily likable as Beck. He’s not only kind but also talented too. He’s good at carpentry and his skills are immeasurable. Whenever anyone need his help, he always come through. Never once did he ever deserted someone or abandon them when they needed him the most. He is an overall a character with a great attitude and personality which is makes him interesting. As for the romance between Beck and Tristan, I loved how well this turns out to be. From the beginning, Beck always had a crush on Mac and always said about wanting to kiss him but whenever she was thinking about Mac or talking about him, I cringed. I didn’t feel they are the perfect match and Mac is clearly not the love interest, it was way too easy and too predictable if it went that way. I’m glad that it didn’t but instead the story introduced Tristan and that opens up the door for him to have a strong potential to be Beck’s love interest. Beck and Tristan are similar in some ways, and they can easily relate to each other’s situations. Their chemistry and connection are powerful. I really liked how the author ended up making them as the couple of this story. He helped Beck when she was struggling and whenever she was crying due to what she was feeling on the inside. He boost up her confidence, and also the main person who helps her find herself. She embraced the true her and show who she really is to the outside world with the help of Tristan. As for Tristan, he also had a lot to deal with in his life and he never show to anyone what he’d been struggling with except for Beck. She was the only person he opens up to and the only person to help him ease his own pain. With her by his side, he can do anything and he doesn’t need to feel like his shoulders are heavy for carrying a lot burden. She saved him from difficult conversations with other people, and always find a way to help him in any way she can. Their romance was beautiful and epic, and they brought positive influence on each other’s lives which is why they are perfectly matched. There was a time when they argued but the find a way to mend things. I liked their relationship, it was super healthy and they are definitely good for each other. From their own struggles and how they are helping each other, it made a lot of sense for them to be together romantically. The author nailed it writing Beck and Tristan slow-burn enemies-to-friends-to-lovers romance. When they first met, they couldn’t stand each other and easily get annoyed by each other’s presence, but they can’t always pretend like there was nothing between them when it was clear as a day that there was something between them. When they acknowledged their feelings and pursued a romantic relationship, their romance blossoming beautifully. It was really epic and I loved seeing it. These two are a match made in heaven. Overall, I find that this book was really entertaining and enjoyable. The storyline, the plot, and the characters are solid. The ending was written in a nice way and it was what I’ve been hoping for. The author knew how to deliver a good story, and this book is now one of my top favorite YA books. It has a great storytelling, a large cast of fun characters, and pizza. You can’t leave out the pizza because its really important. If you’re looking for a fun book to read, pick this one up. You’ll have a great time reading it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Samantha (WLABB)

    Beck couldn't wait to escape her town and leave her "legacy" behind. Born sixteen years ago on the floor of a pizza parlor bathroom, she was forever known as the "bathroom baby" and the "pizza princess". She spent a lot of energy trying to play down her Hot 'n Crusty side, but after accepting the long promised job at the HnC, she started to see the pizza place in a different light. When I saw "love story" in the title, I was expecting a boy-meets-girl sort of thing. There was some of that, but f Beck couldn't wait to escape her town and leave her "legacy" behind. Born sixteen years ago on the floor of a pizza parlor bathroom, she was forever known as the "bathroom baby" and the "pizza princess". She spent a lot of energy trying to play down her Hot 'n Crusty side, but after accepting the long promised job at the HnC, she started to see the pizza place in a different light. When I saw "love story" in the title, I was expecting a boy-meets-girl sort of thing. There was some of that, but for me, this was about Beck figuring out who she was, who she wanted to be, and loving herself. She desperately desired to be someone else. She spent time with people she considered friend-adjacent and hid parts of herself in order to fit in better with them. She tried, but never really felt like a full member of the group. When she started working at the Hot 'n Crusty, she easily bonded with her co-workers. She found she could set her inner geek free with them and be her true self. Morrill did a great job exploring the friendship dynamics in both Beck's groups. It seemed like a lesson in contrasts, but there was more to that story. I actually loved where she went with it. These friendships really challenged Beck at times. She was forced to see her role in the relationships, and it was wonderful to see her grow as a result of these challenges. Nights at work were some of my favorites! The vibe at the pizza place was fun. Beck had a boss, who I kept seeing as Eugene Levy, and a bunch of quirky co-workers, who I enjoyed getting to know. It really took me back to my food service days. Getting through tough shifts would be impossible without the friendship and support of the rest of the staff. But it wasn't all work, there was fun, games, hijinks, and pizza too. Let's hit the highlights! ✅ Fantastic friendships ✅ Adorable romance(s) ✅ Fun hijinks ✅ Present parents ✅ Personal growth ✅ The "table game" ✅ Alternate post high school plans ✅ Baked goods ✅ Community ✅ Embracing your true self ✅ Pizza This was a really sweet story about friendship and being your most authentic self. It was a bumpy journey for Beck, but she definitely was the winner at the end of it all. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS

  7. 4 out of 5

    Krysti

    It’s Kind of a Cheesy Love Story is such a cute and fun coming-of-age novel. The writing of witty and entertaining, and I loved the main character and BOTH of her friend groups. The exploration of discovering and embracing your true self was so relatable and well-executed. I totally want to go hang at Hot ‘N Crusty with the crew. Such an enjoyable read!

  8. 5 out of 5

    CR

    This was a cute us vs them story about a girl who just needs to get by. I liked the dynamics of the characters but felt that the entire rich vs. poor theme wasn't done very well. Beck seemed like the kind of person who could be friends with anyone and she wouldn't change who she is on the inside because of it. Which made her a very likable character. I think that this one would be best suited to those who are moving into young adult books from higher middle grade. As this is an easy. clean, stor This was a cute us vs them story about a girl who just needs to get by. I liked the dynamics of the characters but felt that the entire rich vs. poor theme wasn't done very well. Beck seemed like the kind of person who could be friends with anyone and she wouldn't change who she is on the inside because of it. Which made her a very likable character. I think that this one would be best suited to those who are moving into young adult books from higher middle grade. As this is an easy. clean, story with all the pizza feels!

  9. 5 out of 5

    April

    I brake for books like It’s Kind Of A Cheesy Love Story by Lauren Morrill. It is everything I wanted in a book and more. There is pizza and wonderfully written parents and class and obviously romance. This was the perfect book to pick up for a pick me up. Honestly, I was just so happy by the end of this book and thrilled with the outcome and developments within. Read my full review here Link goes live 3/10/20201 I brake for books like It’s Kind Of A Cheesy Love Story by Lauren Morrill. It is everything I wanted in a book and more. There is pizza and wonderfully written parents and class and obviously romance. This was the perfect book to pick up for a pick me up. Honestly, I was just so happy by the end of this book and thrilled with the outcome and developments within. Read my full review here Link goes live 3/10/20201

  10. 5 out of 5

    Aspasia

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. IT'S KIND OF A CHEESY LOVE STORY is exactly what it's named after: a cheesy love story. A young adult contemporary combined with multiple tropes and stereotypes that readers love in a contemporary novel. There's a play on the title because the story follows a teen named Beck, that is known as the Pizza baby or Pizza Princess. She was born in the bathroom of a pizza restaurant and has celebrated her birthday there ever since. The owner has offered her a job anytime she's interested, can get free IT'S KIND OF A CHEESY LOVE STORY is exactly what it's named after: a cheesy love story. A young adult contemporary combined with multiple tropes and stereotypes that readers love in a contemporary novel. There's a play on the title because the story follows a teen named Beck, that is known as the Pizza baby or Pizza Princess. She was born in the bathroom of a pizza restaurant and has celebrated her birthday there ever since. The owner has offered her a job anytime she's interested, can get free pizza for life, a news reporter is always updated the town about her life since her birth, and people are constantly reminding her of where of the pizza restaurant. The thing is, Beck doesn't want anything to do with it. She's tired of being associated with it and wants to live her life without being the Pizza Princess. However, that changes once she's turned 16 and decides to take the job at the restaurant. At first it was something temporary but, it slowly becomes something more. She has started making friends, likes working there, and might have developed a crush on a coworker... but the more time she spends there, the less time she's spending with her friends from school. The two worlds collide as Beck navigates navigates where she wants to go in life, what this pizza restaurant, and everyone employed there means to her. I think I'm leaning towards a 3.5 star rating because this was an above average and enjoyable contemporary. I loved the premise and different aspects that went into the story. One of my favorite things was seeing the discussion/argument about college. College is often talked about as necessary and expected out of everyone. However, it is not the best or only path for everyone. It is something that should be talked about more and I appreciate Lauren Morrill for including that. It definitely highlighted the different view points and ambitions each of the characters throughout the book. I enjoyed getting to know each of the characters and trying to guess what they would be up to next. Since the book does follow Beck's life, we didn't see a lot of what the other characters were doing however, the glimpses and mentions of what they were up to were intriguing. It reminded me of now, where a few years out of high school many people are in different paths of their life and up to different things. It had me itching to see what my friends and old classmates were up to. Unfortunately, it wasn't a stand out book for me. It's not something I will be seeking out to reread or recommend to everyone. It's perfect for the summer or whenever someone is interested in a quick contemporary book. It's cheesy, full of that wild range of emotions of being a teenager, and pizza of course. The characters at times were predictable or a little annoying but hey, they're going through a crazy time of their lives transitioning from high school to college and potentially losing a big part of their lives. The ending, or resolution to the "disaster that strikes the beloved pizza parlor that’s become like home causing Beck to realize that it takes losing something to really know what it’s worth" felt too easy. Yes, that is very possible but, it did feel a little easy especially since the disaster itself only lasted a few pages. Beck went from one thing to the complete opposite in a matter of days just because of the disaster. Even though she did have her "ah ha" moment about where she was going wrong with the people around her, I still felt like her character growth was too quick. She jumped right into it like she wasn't fighting it for the past few months-years. Overall, it was a cute story but wasn't the best it could've been. I'm excited to see more reviews because I think this is a great lesson from people in high school or younger that could be struggling with the same thing Beck is. Sometimes battling different friend groups is hard but it doesn't always have to be.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn in FL

    I really enjoyed this story where the MC has lived with the label of being a local baby born in a locally owned pizzeria. The owner got some temporary fame as a result and capitalized on it by giving her free pizza for life and the "opportunity" to work there once she turns 16. She has always felt isolated by her notority and now as she begins her first job, she works with others that are misfits in one way or another as well. None are particularly welcoming and as she tries to settle in she beg I really enjoyed this story where the MC has lived with the label of being a local baby born in a locally owned pizzeria. The owner got some temporary fame as a result and capitalized on it by giving her free pizza for life and the "opportunity" to work there once she turns 16. She has always felt isolated by her notority and now as she begins her first job, she works with others that are misfits in one way or another as well. None are particularly welcoming and as she tries to settle in she begins to question how much more isolated her co-workers are than she. She also becomes very enamored with one more mature and aloof co-worker. I really like the premise. I like the MC as well, however, I found myself distracted from the story and feel that it is a bit slow. I think this is more a matter of timing for me due to my personal life and I plan to return, thus no rating as it wouldn't be fair to this amusing coming of age tale.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    The truth is, I don't get me. I don't exactly know who I am, not even a little bit. Beck Brix, aka the Hot n' Crusty Bathroom Baby, gained a measure of local fame when she was unceremoniously born in the bathroom stall of a pizza joint. Now sixteen, Beck wants to get away from her alias as the Bathroom Baby. Free pizza for life and the promise of a job at the restaurant where her story began is not as thrilling as you would think. But Beck can't afford to turn down the job, and soon she's stuck w The truth is, I don't get me. I don't exactly know who I am, not even a little bit. Beck Brix, aka the Hot n' Crusty Bathroom Baby, gained a measure of local fame when she was unceremoniously born in the bathroom stall of a pizza joint. Now sixteen, Beck wants to get away from her alias as the Bathroom Baby. Free pizza for life and the promise of a job at the restaurant where her story began is not as thrilling as you would think. But Beck can't afford to turn down the job, and soon she's stuck with the geeky outcasts that work at Hot n' Crusty, instead of spending time with her friends and hoping her crush finally notices her. Before long, though, she finds a sense of comfort with the Hot n' Crusty crew... especially the quiet, mysterious delivery driver. This is a cheesy (as expected) and adorable YA romance. Told with humor and heart, It's Kind of a Cheesy Love Story really hit the spot in between heavier reads. 5 stars. Honestly I would say the strongest part of this novel is the natural humor. It doesn't feel like it's trying too hard, it doesn't feel awkward and inorganic. Unsure of who she really is, Beck finds herself torn between her popular friends and her geeky friends. A cute, fluffy coming-of-age story is just what I needed!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Andi (Andi's ABCs)

    This review was originally posted on Andi's ABCs I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. It’s been a long time since I have read a Lauren Morrill book. I have had one sitting on my shelf but I just never seemed to get to it. But when I read the description of It’s Kind of a Cheesy Love Story I knew I needed to make it a priority and I’m so glad I did. It reminded me why I loved her stuff in This review was originally posted on Andi's ABCs I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. It’s been a long time since I have read a Lauren Morrill book. I have had one sitting on my shelf but I just never seemed to get to it. But when I read the description of It’s Kind of a Cheesy Love Story I knew I needed to make it a priority and I’m so glad I did. It reminded me why I loved her stuff in the past and why I wanted to read more by her. Also for me, it was her best book to date and I adored it. It’s Kind of a Cheesy Love Story is about Beck, a girl that has been connected to the local pizza place, Hot N’ Crusty, her whole life. In fact she is connected she was born there. That’s right, born right in the bathroom. She was promised a job there the day she was born and she knew it would be her fate, but she dreaded the day when it would happen. When she turns 16 she knows she needs the job so begrudgingly accepts. Now instead of hanging with her friends and doing everything she can to separate herself from the pizza place, she finds herself surrounds by the misfits that work there and to her own surprise liking it. And when something happens to Hot N’ Crusty Beck realizes this place is more than her fate, it is her home. I swear that It’s Kind of a Cheesy Love Story was written just for my YA loving heart. This book was an utter delight and a joy to read. It was one of those rare books that I actually stayed up really late to finish which is not something I do often anymore. It was one of those books that I kept saying I was only going to read one more chapters and all of a sudden it was 1am and I was almost finished. I remember getting my first job at a store in high school and finding some amazing friends there that were just mine and no one else and Beck’s story reminded me of that. She found herself behind the walls of the pizza place she never wanted to be a part of and she was a better person for it. And that right there is what I love about reading YA. If you are looking for a book that will pick up your sprint and will leave you feeling joy, It’s Kind of a Cheesy Love Story is that book. Beck fought for so long to not be a part of a group that was a part of her all along. This is one book you don’t want to miss. Although you may miss sleep over it. And truth…I’m not even sorry I did. Pick this gem up!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Etta

    Although this novel is titled, It’s Kind of a Cheesy Love Story , and there is a romance story within the pages, it is more a novel centered on a character in her teens who is coming to terms with who she is. It is an excellent coming of age story where a teenager starts to figure out more pieces of herself and realize that there is still time for growth even if you are sure of who you are. It reminded me of when I was her age and I thought I had more figured out and how opening your mind ca Although this novel is titled, It’s Kind of a Cheesy Love Story , and there is a romance story within the pages, it is more a novel centered on a character in her teens who is coming to terms with who she is. It is an excellent coming of age story where a teenager starts to figure out more pieces of herself and realize that there is still time for growth even if you are sure of who you are. It reminded me of when I was her age and I thought I had more figured out and how opening your mind can create endless possibilities. This light-hearted novel is classified as a young adult novel, but is perfect for any age. The novel was very captivating and I finished it before I even knew I was near the end as it kept my interest from start to finish and I enjoyed my time reading it. The prologue opens with Rebecca (“Beck”) Brix’s birth in the bathroom of a Hot ‘N Crusty pizza place and how she became semi-famous as the Bathroom Baby. Immediately, her association with the pizzeria is cemented as she is given free pizza for life and is given a guaranteed job when she turns 16-years-old. The actual story opens when Beck turns 16 and is having yet another birthday party with a pizza topped with birthday candles as she celebrates once again at Hot ‘N Crusty. She is determined to reject the job at the pizza place, as she wants to distance herself from this “legacy” and create her own path where this story cannot follow. Unfortunately, the options for other positions never come to fruition and she must take the job. Now, she has to try to balance her time with her friends, how to not get to see her crush (a member of the friend group), and how to fit in with the staff at the pizza place. When she starts working at Hot ‘N Crusty, she realizes that maybe this new group of people is not as bad as she thought. Aside from a few employees, the rest are all students at her school and she starts living a double life as her life at the pizza place and her life at school do not seem to cross. The only problem is that she cannot make time for both all the time. There are times that she has to choose one or the other, especially on Friday nights when her friend group wants her to hang out with them still like their tradition before Beck started working, and her new coworkers invite her to hang out with them. In addition to splitting her time between the two groups, Beck seems to show different sides of her personality with each as she is more her geeky self with the pizza group, but she hides this part when she hangs out with her other more rich group. Beck struggles as she does not feel as close to her friend group and fears they are drifting apart while also trying to find her place with the pizza group. It is a very relatable struggle as you can be in your own “bubble” where you think you have it all figured out and the friends you have are it, but then a new experience/event can open your eyes and the world may not appear as you thought. It does not mean that the original group and life in the bubble is bad, but it shows that maybe there is way to have it all while being your true self. I related to this story of Beck balancing between different friend groups as I did that all the time when I was her age. I would consider myself a friend group “floater” as I would hang out with multiple groups, but the groups would not always interact with each other. The only part I did not relate to was hiding parts of who you are because you think that one of the groups might not accept your true self. For me, I am always myself and if one group/person did not like it, then I would just move on to find new people or groups that would accept me. Granted, this is not the case for every teenager and I can see how Beck only wanted acceptance so she did not always want to rock the boat and lose her friends, either her newer group or her more established group. Beck was an excellent lead as she was confident in who she was on the inside, but she was insecure about how much to reveal on the outside. She is not perfect by any means and never claims to be and she works on herself to overcome each new obstacle. Her original friend group has members that were very judgmental and hung out a lot without her. Even though she did not feel like she still belonged after starting her working life at the pizza place, she still stuck around and acted as if everything was okay, even though she internally felt like the group’s outcast. She develops a new crush on one of the pizza place workers, Tristan, and I love the two of them together because he makes her see life in a new light while still respecting who she is and did not try to change her. The pizza place crew were super enjoyable, as I loved reading about their working life together. It was further proof that a great group of co-workers can get you through even the toughest shift. They were all supportive of each other and they were just an excellent group of people that I would have loved to be with when I got my first job. I loved every single pizza place staff and they all fit perfect into the story. Beck becomes closer to some of them, but is still friendly with all of them and it becomes its own work-place family. I love the description of Hot ‘N Crusty as it reminded me of old-school Pizza Huts where there are stained glass hanging lamps and the overall environment is homey, but also semi-like a cave as the interior is darker. I loved how the pizza place was an integrated part of the town and was where Beck’s life began. It fit well how Beck’s birth to our story was seamlessly put together and it was a natural progression to her getting her job just because it was the only one available to being one that she would actually want to have. If there was a place like this when I was 16, sign me up to work there ASAP! Overall, this novel was extremely enjoyable. There are parts that ran a little too smoothly to be realistic, as it seemed that some issues worked themselves out with a lot of compromise or effort put into it. I can understand some of the obstacles being wrapped up in a bow for the sake of a happy ending, but my preferences are that maybe it would be more enjoyable to have x, y, or z not work out perfectly in the end and introduce that not everything is perfect all the time. It is not a criticism of the book in any way and instead is just how I would approach writing this novel compared to what was presented. I am not positive exactly which state this was set in, but I believe it was Michigan. No matter where it was set, I absolutely wished I lived there when I got my driver’s license. You did not have to make an appointment months in advance and you walked away with an actual license in your hands compared to the temporary paper one that I received. This story was very well written and easily a very entertaining young adult novel that I would re-read without hesitation! [4.5 Rounded up to 5] **I give a special thank you to Giselle with Xpresso Book Tours for the opportunity to participate via Netgalley with this excellent novel from the publisher, Farrar Straus and Giroux (BYR). he opinions expressed are completely my own.**

  15. 5 out of 5

    Talie

    Thank you to NetGalley and Macmillan Children's Publishing Group for the free arc in exchange for an honest review. One sentence review: I couldn't get enough of this fun YA book all about being a teen living in two worlds, her normal one with dancers and jocks and a work world with a slightly less cool crowd who love the same nerdy space dramas she does. It's Kind of a Cheesy Love Story by Lauren Morrill is the perfect novel for people who love teen movies. Beck was born in a pizza parlor. Living Thank you to NetGalley and Macmillan Children's Publishing Group for the free arc in exchange for an honest review. One sentence review: I couldn't get enough of this fun YA book all about being a teen living in two worlds, her normal one with dancers and jocks and a work world with a slightly less cool crowd who love the same nerdy space dramas she does. It's Kind of a Cheesy Love Story by Lauren Morrill is the perfect novel for people who love teen movies. Beck was born in a pizza parlor. Living in a small town this is a reality Beck has fought against her whole life. As she reached her teen years she's learned to for the most part shed her past. Now she has followed her best friend into a friend group made of dancers and baseball players. She loves being a part of the group but also often feels like she doesn't quite belong because dancing and pop music really aren't her thing. On her 16th birthday Beck gets a job at a pizza place and then the fun begins. This book does a really great job of addressing the weirdness that is high school. That struggle to fit in and be cool. And how activities you are involved in can make for different friend groups that perhaps don't always mesh that easily. Throw in some swoon worthy male interests and you've got the perfect recipe for, as the title says, It's Kind of a Cheesy Love Story. Long story short, if you are a fan of teen movies you'll probably love this book. As a pre-teen or teen I would have been all over this book. Oh, who am I kidding, as an adult I loved it too.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Marcia

    Lauren Morril consistently writes fun, adventurous, just plain good stories. Will always read them, will always wish I was on a beach while I do so.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    Beck Brix knows who she is. She’s the Hot ‘n Crusty Bathroom Baby. She’s the Pizza Princess. She’s a minor celebrity in her small town, where her mother, at nine months pregnant, decided she wanted pizza. Beck chose that moment to make her appearance in the world, so her mother ended up giving birth on the floor of the restaurant’s bathroom, on top of one of the tablecloths, before the ambulance could arrive. The owner of the pizza place, Del, welcomed Beck back in to the restaurant shortly afte Beck Brix knows who she is. She’s the Hot ‘n Crusty Bathroom Baby. She’s the Pizza Princess. She’s a minor celebrity in her small town, where her mother, at nine months pregnant, decided she wanted pizza. Beck chose that moment to make her appearance in the world, so her mother ended up giving birth on the floor of the restaurant’s bathroom, on top of one of the tablecloths, before the ambulance could arrive. The owner of the pizza place, Del, welcomed Beck back in to the restaurant shortly afterward, promising her a job at Hot ‘n Crusty when she turns 16 and free pizza for life. She and her parents had returned every year for her birthday for the photo opportunity, and this year, Beck’s sixteenth, is no exception. But this year, all Beck can think is: no more. No more Hot ‘n Crusty Bathroom Baby. No more photo opportunities and yearly features on the news. No more sitting in a booth, feet on the sticky floor, while her mother cries, remembering the day she was born. And definitely no job here. Beck doesn’t know where she wants to work, but she knows it’s not here. Beck’s best friends don’t need jobs—their parents can afford to give them nice cars and plenty of spending cash. But Beck’s father is a middle school teacher, so she needs the job. But after putting in applications every place she can think of, she is faced with a problem. The only job she can get is the one that’s offered to her on the pizza tray. So Beck swallows her pride and accepts Del’s offer of a job. On Beck’s first night, she puts on her polyester Hot ‘n Crusty t-shirt and takes her place at the registers to learn her new job. She recognizes most of the crew from school, even though they’re not close. And then the night is over, a blur of customers, marinara sauce, learning the registers, delivering drinks to tables, wiping down menus, and growing in respect for the crew who did this all the time. As the weeks go by, Beck misses football games and hangouts with her school friends in order to work and spend time with her HNC friends. She learns that she shares a nerdy fandom for a sci-fi show with the guys. She learns that the boy she had a crush on not only is interested in someone else, but he also doesn’t like the Beatles. She learns that she likes working at Hot ‘n Crusty, that there is a part of her that belongs there. And she learns that she likes Tristan, the quiet delivery guy who is learning to make furniture. And then she loses it all. If Beck wants to have any chance of getting her friends to forgive her for what she did—and if she wants to forgive herself—she’s going to have to embrace who she is, even the parts of herself that she doesn’t like, and move forward as a complete person to life the live she wants. It’s Kind of a Cheesy Love Story is a fun ya book about finding yourself before you can find love. It is a romance, but it’s also a light-hearted story of a sixteen-year-old trying to figure out who she is and who she wants to be. Author Lauren Morrill has crafted a perfectly balanced story of high school life. There are laughs and tears, friendships and fights, crushes and heartbreak. And lots and lots of pizza. I loved every cheesy moment of this book. It’s Kind of a Cheesy Love Story was fun and engaging, with likable characters and a creative plot. If you’re looking for a book with big heart and warmth, corny jokes and honesty, then It’s Kind of a Cheesy Love Story may be just what you need. Egalleys for It’s Kind of a Cheesy Story were provided by Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group through NetGalley, with many thanks.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    This one's a little hard to review... For most of the book I just kept thinking how basic it was. Basic high school drama. Basic relationship problems. Not really an overarching plot to speak of... But I had kind of changed my mind by the end. The gist is that a high school girl has to get a job and she feels torn between her old friend group at school, and her new friend group at work. She fears her long-time best friend is becoming closer with the girls she goes to dance school with, and fears This one's a little hard to review... For most of the book I just kept thinking how basic it was. Basic high school drama. Basic relationship problems. Not really an overarching plot to speak of... But I had kind of changed my mind by the end. The gist is that a high school girl has to get a job and she feels torn between her old friend group at school, and her new friend group at work. She fears her long-time best friend is becoming closer with the girls she goes to dance school with, and fears her old friend group will also judge her for being a sci fi nerd, which is something she has only been open about with her new friend group. She's simultaneously having a romantic crisis because she has a crush on a guy from her old friend group, and a crush on a guy from the new friend group at the same time. That's the whole story in a nutshell. I got some not-good flashbacks in the beginning with all the lengthy details about working in a pizza shop, which is something I did myself. (For a month. I couldn't stand it any longer than that.) And for a while that was all I could think about while reading this book. I was also somewhat annoyed by how many characters there were, because the majority of them were faceless, speechless presences. The original friend group consisted of four girls and some unknown number of guys, but one of the girls didn't even have a speaking line until over 200 pages into the book, even though she was supposedly always present with everyone else. And I never did bother to learn any of the guys' names because they just had no point or purpose in the story, except the one guy the main character had a crush on. All the other guys (and the one silent girl) might as well not have even been there. There were also too many characters to remember in the new friend group. One girl and one two guys had substantial roles, but there were just so many guys I could only remember one, the second love interest of the main character's. There were too many people in this story with no role to play. I don't remember them at all. There were two things I liked about this story. One was the rich, preppy kids coming to be friends with the kids who had to get after-school jobs to pay bills. It was just nice to see them getting along without judging each other, despite the main character's fears. And the other thing I really liked was how the main character loathed being a local celebrity because she was born in a pizza shop, but how she grew to love it through working there, and became willing to open herself up to all kinds of new relationships and adventures by seeing it with new eyes. What I did not enjoy was the romance. I didn't like either option. There was the player from her old group, and the stoic guy from the new group. They both pretty much treated her like trash, and her preferred choice basically called her out on every flaw but when she tried to have a discussion, he absolutely ghosted her. I couldn't root for the relationships at all. Overall I thought this was a pretty enjoyable book. It was never boring, though the subject matter didn't interest me. I rather liked the main character. Maybe I could see myself in her a bit, though that may only have been the working in the pizza shop bit. Personally I'm just not a huge fan of contemporary stories without a touch of supernatural elements, but I still found this an entertaining read.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Online Eccentric Librarian

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ While this doesn't cover any new ground and certainly we've read it before, it is still an enjoyable YA romance perfect for a Summer afternoon. As our protagonist learns to embrace her inner geek and be herself, she also comes to like herself a bit better and realize that the friends on both side of the social expanse (geeks vs socials) also respect that honesty. Rebecca "Beck" Brix has grown up under the umbrella of h More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ While this doesn't cover any new ground and certainly we've read it before, it is still an enjoyable YA romance perfect for a Summer afternoon. As our protagonist learns to embrace her inner geek and be herself, she also comes to like herself a bit better and realize that the friends on both side of the social expanse (geeks vs socials) also respect that honesty. Rebecca "Beck" Brix has grown up under the umbrella of her past: her mother gave birth to her unexpectedly in the bathroom of the local pizza joint. Now a teen, "Pizza Princess" Beck hangs with the popular kids but wonders if they truly like her. At the same time, she ends up working at the pizza parlor and comes in contact with the 'geeks and nerds' she never really thought much about. Turns out, she has quite a lot in common with them and begins to bond with them. But her old friends are beginning to wonder why she never wants to be with them any more. Worse, the Pizza parlor delivery boy is kind of cute in an emo way that Beck can't ignore. Will she find her place in her last year at high school? I liked that the author resisted the temptation to make the popular rich kids nasty and the geek/nerd kids weird. It is a cliche that has become outdated and often very untrue. The book isn't really about embracing your inner geek/nerd either - Beck enjoys watching reruns of a Star Trek-like series with her father and bonds with the pizza employees because of that knowledge. But that isn't a focus and Beck's not going to go all out and start cosplaying or going to cons. The geekdom references are more there to provide a reason for Beck to reevaluate if her current friends are allowing her to be herself. E.g., she is good friends with one wealthy girl but feels she is only friends with the others by association - not true friends. One of the things I wished was that the sci fi series was real and not a made-up one for the book. There are plenty real examples she could have used eg., Star Trek, Babylon 5, etc. that would have provided a bit more authenticity to the novel. But the focus, as noted above, is more about the social aspects of Beck's life; the Pizza place and its history with her is the main setting and pulse for the novel. In all, this is a quick and enjoyable read with a great positive message about being yourself. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    Well the title couldn’t be more accurate for this adorable story. It’s full of the perfect amount of cheese and gooeyness. I absolutely adore coming of age stories and this could easily be categorized in that genre too. Beck is a local celebrity because of the fact that she was born in the bathroom of local pizza place, but she doesn’t really enjoy that. When she accepts a job working there, Beck feels like she’ll never outgrow being the Pizza Baby. Her only focus for the future is moving away so Well the title couldn’t be more accurate for this adorable story. It’s full of the perfect amount of cheese and gooeyness. I absolutely adore coming of age stories and this could easily be categorized in that genre too. Beck is a local celebrity because of the fact that she was born in the bathroom of local pizza place, but she doesn’t really enjoy that. When she accepts a job working there, Beck feels like she’ll never outgrow being the Pizza Baby. Her only focus for the future is moving away so that she can start fresh. As she gets to know her quirky coworkers and spends less time with her friends from school, Beck realizes that working at the pizza place isn’t all bad. Perhaps, maybe, even more fun than being with her friends who she is starting to feel that she may not have as much in common as she originally thought. Enter Tristan, the cute and elusive delivery boy. After exchanging barely a word as he moves in and out of the restaurant, he finds Beck crying outside the back door and tries to cheer her up. This begins their unusual friendship. I really enjoyed the dynamic between Beck and her various friends. Her growth in understanding about how even when you aren’t explicitly picking on someone, not including them can be just as mean. She has to figure out how to balance work, friends, and even a boyfriend. As she grows apart from her school friends and closer to her work friends, Beck has to decide how to manage her new social life and which friends are more important. I really enjoyed the commentary on the importance of college and future plans that the author touches on through Tristan. So often there is a pressure and presumption that going to college is the best option for everyone, when in reality there are lots of ways to move into adulthood. Tristan is confident in his choice to not go to college but Beck has trouble coming to terms with that decision, especially when Tristan challenges her rhetoric. I loved one of Beck’s friends in particular, Tasmin. We don’t get to know her backstory but I loved how direct and honest she was with Beck, even when she wasn’t happy about the current state of their friendship. She came to help, she spoke her mind, and she was supportive but also called Beck out for not being a good friend. All in all I would recommend this book if you’re looking for a low stakes feel good read. It’s the perfect amount of cheesy teenage drama and a heartwarming story about embracing who you are and not losing your friends in the process.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rachel (Fablefinder)

    This book is impossible to put down, as addicting and comforting as your favorite pizza place. I never heard about the Chic Fil A baby but I love how the author took that news story and put her own twist on it. I would hate to give birth in a sticky pizza bathroom, that sounds like an actual nightmare and Beck's mom is the one who should be 100% traumatized! I really appreciate how normal Beck is. She's a little lost and confused about who she is and what she likes. She's 16 and she's still figu This book is impossible to put down, as addicting and comforting as your favorite pizza place. I never heard about the Chic Fil A baby but I love how the author took that news story and put her own twist on it. I would hate to give birth in a sticky pizza bathroom, that sounds like an actual nightmare and Beck's mom is the one who should be 100% traumatized! I really appreciate how normal Beck is. She's a little lost and confused about who she is and what she likes. She's 16 and she's still figuring herself out and that's okay. The important thing is she learns and progresses. She starts making more and more decisions instead of just letting life happen to her, and it strengthens her character. I absolutely love Beck's parents! I love how none of the conflict is within her family, it's just a safe and happy space full of endless baking and endearing dad jokes. The author mentioned in an interview with the Novelbound podcast that she didn't want anything bad to happen to Beck's parents. So many times, books start off with a death or divorce or conflict within the family and it was nice to take a break from that. The pizza parlor is full of fun characters, from Del the enthusiastic Italian to Julianna the unexpected boss. I love all the nerdy boys and how they give Beck a safe space to nerd out. Frank and Julianne are the cutest, and Tristan is a peacefully quiet content boy with his life figured out until Beck comes in and confuses the heck out of him. Speaking of Tristan, the conversation about college versus noncollege options is GOLD. College is not for everyone and it's way too expensive to just go for the experience. Tristan has already started his own carpentry business and is learning from his dad. He has a platform and customers and doesn't need a degree. Beck can't fathom why anyone would skip out on college, but Tristan's explanation is so good for teenagers to hear! This story is so well structured and is clearly a labor of love. Also, I really liked Tamsin and how she's such a confident person who is comfortable with who she is. She's sort of the anti-Beck, but is never against Beck. She calls Beck out on her crap and is super blunt and sassy, but also encouraging and gives random makeovers so everyone can feel special. Tamsin is awesome. She's one character I would love to see a short story about, as well as Julianne and Frank of course. So many lovable characters, so much pizza and cake! Do not read this while dieting!!! https://www.fablefinder.org/itskindof...

  22. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    It’s Kind of a Cheesy Love Story is a young adult contemporary romance by Lauren Morrill. I thought this book was funny and had lots of heart. I loved the character growth that we saw with the main character, and while the romance was also cute. I thought the character growth and the friendships within the story were the main star. They were my favorite aspect of the novel, and I think this book will really appeal to young adult readers that might be nervous to be their true authentic selves wit It’s Kind of a Cheesy Love Story is a young adult contemporary romance by Lauren Morrill. I thought this book was funny and had lots of heart. I loved the character growth that we saw with the main character, and while the romance was also cute. I thought the character growth and the friendships within the story were the main star. They were my favorite aspect of the novel, and I think this book will really appeal to young adult readers that might be nervous to be their true authentic selves with their friends. I loved the message that Lauren Morrill shared in It’s Kind of a Cheesy Love Story, and I of course also loved all of the cheesy goodness! In It’s Kind of a Cheesy Love Story, we meet our main character Beck. Beck was born in the bathroom of her small town’s local pizza joint, and she became instantly famous – dubbed the bathroom baby and Pizza Princess. She gets free pizza for life, and the owner of the the Hot N’ Crusty even offered her a job when she turned 16. Sounds like a pretty sweet deal, right? Well, Beck has always hated her moniker and hated the spotlight that comes with being the Pizza Princess, but when job options are slim, she takes the owner up on his offer of a job when she turns 16, and our real story begins. It’s Kind of a Cheesy Love Story is a story about friendships at its’ hart. Beck’s best friend is friends with some of the popular guys and gals in town and Beck is part of their friend group by association. She has never felt like part of the group, and because of this she doesn’t feel like she can be her true self to them. When she starts her job at the Hot N’ Crusty she starts to hit it off with the other employees. I loved seeing Beck become her true and authentic self, and I loved watching her geek out with her new friends. But as a result, she started pushing her old friends to the side. I really appreciated Lauren Morrill’s approach to the friends groups, and that she didn’t take the typical path View Spoiler » There was also a cute work place romance in the story, which I liked but didn’t love as much as I thought I would because I couldn’t really feel the connection between Beck and Tristan. I would recommend this book to readers who love cute stories and who appreciate character growth. I think It’s Kind of a Cheesy Love Story is a great story about friendship and being yourself.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Gracie

    I need a piece of pizza asap after finishing this lololol This was exactly what the title said it would be: kind of a cheesy love story. And boy was it cute! It was a story about a girl falling for a boy, understanding that friendships grow and change, and that she is so much more than the box she’s been put into. I was cracking up at the beginning with the story of Beck’s birth in the bathroom at Hot N Crusty, and I didn’t stop laughing until I finished the book! There were soooo many hilarious I need a piece of pizza asap after finishing this lololol This was exactly what the title said it would be: kind of a cheesy love story. And boy was it cute! It was a story about a girl falling for a boy, understanding that friendships grow and change, and that she is so much more than the box she’s been put into. I was cracking up at the beginning with the story of Beck’s birth in the bathroom at Hot N Crusty, and I didn’t stop laughing until I finished the book! There were soooo many hilarious one-liners. This was definitely more focused on friendships than romance. I loved seeing Beck’s preconceived notions about Julianne, Frank, Greg, Jason, Mac, Tamsin and Cora, Hot N Crusty, and even herself fall apart as she spent more time with them. I lived for the geek fest that Beck and the guys had whenever they talked about Apex Galaxy, their shared favorite sci fi show... I am definitely that way with Doctor Who, so I felt like part of their little gang, haha. I loved seeing Julianne open up, and I loved riding along with Beck while she learned that Julianne wasn’t the weirdo that everyone says she is. And don’t even get me started on Tristan.... swoon!!! A brooding hottie who wears weird thrifted shirts, drives a vw van, and loves woodworking and the Beatles... WHERE DO I FIND A TRISTAN!?! Gah! I love how protective Tristan was of his friends, and I love how he was never afraid to call Beck out on her crap. Overall this was super cute! All of the new friendships were unique and special, and they didn’t feel forced. I felt like an employee at Hot N Crusty playing the table game right along with the gang!!! And I now have a greater appreciation for hometown pizza places... and I could really use a slice of pizza right now! huge thanks to macmillan and netgalley for the arc in exchange for this honest review! :)

  24. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This book was PERFECT. Lauren Morrill really pulled out all the stops here. it is by far my favorite of hers. Not to say I didn't like any of her others, I did, but they all had a little something missing. That's not the case with It's Kind of a Cheesy Love Story, which is *chef's kiss* from beginning to end. I felt every emotion possible while reading. I literally laughed out loud at Beck's dry jokes, and cried about Tristian's mom and the SPOILER! Hot 'n' Crusty fire. But I think my favorite pa This book was PERFECT. Lauren Morrill really pulled out all the stops here. it is by far my favorite of hers. Not to say I didn't like any of her others, I did, but they all had a little something missing. That's not the case with It's Kind of a Cheesy Love Story, which is *chef's kiss* from beginning to end. I felt every emotion possible while reading. I literally laughed out loud at Beck's dry jokes, and cried about Tristian's mom and the SPOILER! Hot 'n' Crusty fire. But I think my favorite part was the overall message that being true to yourself is always the best option. It's something everyone can be reminded of now and a agin. I think I particularly enjoyed the story because it almost felt like there were eastern eggs hidden throughout for readers who follow Morrill on social media and saw the idea for this book form all the way to its release. I realize it may sound creepy, but I knew Beck's love for skin care came from Morrill's own enjoyment of it. I also saw some of Georgia—Monroe County for one, Dogwood Arts for another—sprinkled throughout. There was even something for my gymnastics-loving heart with the reference to Aly Raisman's unique tumbling pass, fix tumbling skills in a row to a leap. Another part of what really hooks you and makes the story feel so authentic is Morrill's deep understanding of what teenagers say and how they work. The feeling of getting your driver's license, driving for the first time, the way Beck and her friends talked with each other and with their parents were so completely relatable yet things you don't necessarily specifically realize until pointed out in this way. I don't know how many ways I can gush over this book. It's perfect in every way, and I can't wait to reread it again and again and again.

  25. 4 out of 5

    CW Knight

    This is the first published YA romance story I've ever read. Why? Because honesty, I prefer other aspects going on with my romance. But I figured I would at least try it, and honestly... I don't expect anything in this genre to get over three stars but dang, the gushy fluff can be fun xD Let me put this simply: I've always been one to enjoy silly Disney Channel rom-coms and Hallmark Christmas movies. I live for that adorable, silly fluff. And yes, I did enjoy this book mostly because it delivered This is the first published YA romance story I've ever read. Why? Because honesty, I prefer other aspects going on with my romance. But I figured I would at least try it, and honestly... I don't expect anything in this genre to get over three stars but dang, the gushy fluff can be fun xD Let me put this simply: I've always been one to enjoy silly Disney Channel rom-coms and Hallmark Christmas movies. I live for that adorable, silly fluff. And yes, I did enjoy this book mostly because it delivered so much of what those have. It calls itself a cheesy love story, and not for a second does it try to pretend to be anything else. I always enjoy stories where the character is caught up by two parts of themselves, and that is very true with Beck. Definitely a lot of self-discovery going on between her dorky self and the person she thinks her "normal" friends want her to be. As someone who struggled a lot as a tomboy who also liked some girly things, I can relate (look, I denied liking Hannah Montana purely because I thought it was too girly for me despite actually liking it). So it was a fun dynamic to watch be explored, and it ended up a lot less toxic than I feared. Yay for not tearing down one group to lift up another group! The romance admittedly felt like it started just for the sake of "hey, you guys need to start liking each other" without any real rhyme or reason why. Still, cute enough, and I don't have too much expectations for the romance claiming itself to be cheesy. The romance almost felt more like a tool to the character growth, so I was good just having cheese be the main driving factor. Overall, a cute tale with likable characters and the good ole cheesy but enjoyable message of "be yourself."

  26. 5 out of 5

    Anna Jackson

    First of all, thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the ARC! I appreciate being able to read books early before purchasing for my library! I would rate this book a solid 3.5 stars. It's a cute romance with a main character who learns to love herself and BE herself without feeling like she needs to change for the people she's around. I appreciated the very relatable protagonist, who despite having very supportive and present parents, still had to get a food service job to afford her car. (I First of all, thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the ARC! I appreciate being able to read books early before purchasing for my library! I would rate this book a solid 3.5 stars. It's a cute romance with a main character who learns to love herself and BE herself without feeling like she needs to change for the people she's around. I appreciated the very relatable protagonist, who despite having very supportive and present parents, still had to get a food service job to afford her car. (I get a little tired of silver spoon babies in YA fiction at times. And I think the teens in my library can relate to this type of character more.) My main fault with this book would probably be the fact that I felt like the characters weren't fleshed out as well as they could have been, relying more on stereotypes to characterize people. (view spoiler)[And throughout the whole book it seemed like the author was trying to do an us vs. them type thing with Beck's 2 friend groups, but at the end she could just be friends with all of them? Did that happen? I was confused about who she really wanted to be friends with...maybe she didn't know. Because it felt like she still didn't really know what she wanted. Other than that she liked Motown and obvs Tristan. Which the Motown thing was kind of left field... (hide spoiler)] None of her friends had much personality, which was sad because there was a lot of potential there! Overall, though, I'd recommend this book - especially to tweens and young teens looking for a clean romance with some fun pizza moments who are learning to love themselves, flaws and all.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Dang

    What happens when you’re born in a pizzeria? Well you become known as the Pizza Princess, along with free lifetime pizza and a guaranteed job when you’re 16. Beck has been living under the shadow of the Pizza Princess name. She can’t wait to get as far away from it as possible, yet she needs the money, so she takes the part time job. There she finds that maybe it’s not as bad as she thought, maybe theres more to the cute snarky pizza delivery guy and that maybe she might find friendship in her c What happens when you’re born in a pizzeria? Well you become known as the Pizza Princess, along with free lifetime pizza and a guaranteed job when you’re 16. Beck has been living under the shadow of the Pizza Princess name. She can’t wait to get as far away from it as possible, yet she needs the money, so she takes the part time job. There she finds that maybe it’s not as bad as she thought, maybe theres more to the cute snarky pizza delivery guy and that maybe she might find friendship in her coworkers. This is a great story about a girl falling in and out of love, of discovering friendships, and about discovering that it actually rocks to be a Pizza Princess. Beck throughout the story is struggling to maintain her friends and social life but finds that they give her a bit of anxiety. But she starts working at the pizza store and suddenly she’s found new friends who don’t mind geeking out with her and even a guy who, though he might be a bit cold and snarky, has a bit of a soft spot and a pretty cool car. I absolutely loved Beck’s coworkers and her struggles with accepting herself and trying to keep her friends while feeling a little left out is very relatable. This is a very sweet romance and coming of age story about a girl learning that you can have tons of different types of friends and that you should just be yourself. Beck has very relatable struggles and overall I had a fun time reading this story. Bonus points to the pizza crew and of course the oh so cute Tristan. *Thanks Netgalley and Macmillan Children's Publishing Group for sending me an arc in exchange for an honest review*

  28. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    Thank you to Macmillan Children's Publishing Group and Netgalley for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own. Beck Brix was born on the floor of the local pizza place, Hot 'N Crusty, giving her the title "Pizza Princess", free pizza for life and a guaranteed job once she is old enough to work. Beck has spent her whole young life wanting nothing more then to escape that title and her birth story forever. When Beck ne Thank you to Macmillan Children's Publishing Group and Netgalley for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own. Beck Brix was born on the floor of the local pizza place, Hot 'N Crusty, giving her the title "Pizza Princess", free pizza for life and a guaranteed job once she is old enough to work. Beck has spent her whole young life wanting nothing more then to escape that title and her birth story forever. When Beck needs a job she ends up accepting one from Hot 'N Crusty and soon finds her days filled with greasy pizza instead of filtered Instagram photos. Now Beck has to learn how her new work friends fit into her life with her old rich friends. There are some ups and downs, some friendship, some love and a whole lot of cheese. It's Kind of a Cheesy Love Story is such an adorable and incredibly cheesy teen romance. In this fun and refreshing story, Beck and her friends navigate through the awkwardness of high school, clicks, first jobs, dating and other teenage situations. We watch as Beck learns lessons of self acceptance, love and friendship. The characters in this book were so adorable! Beck herself had such a charming personality about her. I loved watching her change and grow as a person. My favorite character was Tristan despite the fact that I did find him to be a bit much at times. Beck and Tristan's relationship was very sweet. It was fun to watch them grow from strangers into something much more. This is a super quick and easy read. The writing is fun and light. It's a great book for when you just want to relax with a quick read. If you're a fan of clean, light hearted teen romance than this book is for you.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sascha

    Beck was born in the bathroom of the local pizza place, making her a minor celebrity for one day a year as her family celebrates her birthday there every year and the local newspaper snaps her picture. Just once she’d like to celebrate somewhere else. Del, the owner of the shop, has even promised her a job there on her 16th birthday and, since she can’t find a job anywhere else, it looks like she’ll be working there. It’s Kind of a Cheesy Love Story by Lauren Morrill is a light-hearted YA romance Beck was born in the bathroom of the local pizza place, making her a minor celebrity for one day a year as her family celebrates her birthday there every year and the local newspaper snaps her picture. Just once she’d like to celebrate somewhere else. Del, the owner of the shop, has even promised her a job there on her 16th birthday and, since she can’t find a job anywhere else, it looks like she’ll be working there. It’s Kind of a Cheesy Love Story by Lauren Morrill is a light-hearted YA romance that is indeed sometimes cheesy and rightly so. Beck is a closet nerd who can’t really be herself around her friends. She can’t talk to them about the sci-fi show she loves and watches zealously with her dad so she hides that part of herself away until she starts working at the pizza restaurant where her colleagues are fans of the show. While It’s Kind of a Cheesy Love Story is considered a romance, I found it to be more a novel of self-discovery as Beck comes to terms with who she is, who her friends are, and her own place in the world. She evolves throughout the novel, learning that one of the best things you can do is be true to yourself. My favorite character was Beck’s love interest, Tristan, who comes across as initially broody but who has his life admirably put together. He doesn’t care what others think of him and doesn’t like artifice. He is cool. It’s Kind of a Cheesy Love Story struck all of the right notes for me. I totally enjoyed this YA escapist fare and, of course, immediately ordered a pizza when I finished reading. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Shiloh

    4.5/5 Stars Spoiler Free! Review: I received this book as a review copy on NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Let me start off by saying that the title did NOT lie because this story was super cheesy but I absolutely loved every second of it! It is your typical rom-com story with some serious 80's coming of age vibes throughout the entire story. I Gave this story 4.5 stars just because Beck was a little bit hard for me to root for from the very beginning, but I absolutely love 4.5/5 Stars Spoiler Free! Review: I received this book as a review copy on NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Let me start off by saying that the title did NOT lie because this story was super cheesy but I absolutely loved every second of it! It is your typical rom-com story with some serious 80's coming of age vibes throughout the entire story. I Gave this story 4.5 stars just because Beck was a little bit hard for me to root for from the very beginning, but I absolutely loved her once I got a few chapters further. Characters- The main character, Beck, was a little hard to get behind until the second or third chapter but after that, she was such an interesting character to read about! I enjoyed watching her find her place in the story and among her peers. And the love interests! You have the classic dark and brooding mysterious guy vs. the sweet best friend who might just be realizing his feelings. Perfect rom-com formula that I could not get enough of! Story- Overall I think the story was well developed and well written. I liked how there was a comedic aspect because the whole point of Beck being born in a pizza restaurant was truly comedic. The romances were well developed while keeping the cheesy trope that was soooo enjoyable! Recommend? I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes cheesy teen romance or to anyone just looking for a good standalone book that is addictive. I received this book while I was at work but I downloaded it as soon as I got home and finished it within two sittings! An amazing book by an amazing author!

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