Friday, July 24, 2015
Review: Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff that Made Me Famous by Kathryn Williams
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
I grabbed this back in February at my school sale for $1, and it was an okay read. I've seen this book around and I've wanted to read it for a while, so I was excited.
The plot was pretty original with the cooking reality show (which I love to watch), and the recipes were an awesome touch. I might have to try a few of them, I love when books include recipes (like Joanne Fluke).
The main character Sophie was very likeable, and it was horrible some of the things the TV show did to her and others, and I wish they would have gone more in-depth with that at the end of the novel (or at least punished them).
I recommend this as a quick interesting read.
Three Stars Out of Five