Book Reviews · Young Adult Book Reviews

Pizza, Love and Other Stuff That Made Me Famous


Hardcover, 240 pages
Published: August 21st 2012 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (first published August 1st 2012)
ISBN: 0805092854 (ISBN13: 9780805092851)
Edition Language: English
Personal Rating: Three (3) Stars 
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.
Wow, that title is a mouthful!! This book was very enjoyable. I fell in love with Sophie and the food! The descriptions were impeccable -a true delight. It was as if I was tasting the food at the judges table.
Sophie has just the right amount of quirkiness mixed with a dash of dramatics. She tends to have a lot to say but holds back. Her mom died when she was young and, at times, it feels like she didn’t know her at all. As the reader I felt like I was looking in through tinted glass. She flip-flopped. She told some people about her mother’s passing and she didn’t tell some. That bothered me because the people she didn’t tell were a good chunk of the story. They played a key role in her time in Napa.
There isn’t a lot to say about this book. I really enjoyed it, but it could have been longer. It felt like Kathryn took short cuts, at certain parts of the book. She could have given a lot more reading material, but instead choose to skip over Sophie’s return home, which made Sophie appear one dimensional at times.
Over all, I don’t regret buying the book. I don’t feel like I wasted my time reading it and Luc is definitely going on my hottest guys of 2014 list!

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