Original Title: Good Oil
By: Knopf Books for Young Readers
This book has two stories… not two stories, but two authors. The first is young, sixteen year old Amelia, and the second is twenty-two year old Chris.
This book is written in the form of long-winded diaries, although in Amelia’s case, it’s undated, so it’s more like she’s having a conversation with her bestfriend Penny rather than a book full of blank pages. It is Chris who drunk-texts his journal with his deepest thoughts.
Both students and both with their own set of problems. But they are both boiling in a single pot: Coles – a supermarket. The place where these two become very acquainted, and respect each other’s company. Amelia is smitten on Chris, and likewise, but Chris is hesitant. He’s already dealing with his broken heart, and she just loves Chris.
Do I find any issues with this book? No. The relationship Amelia fantasizes is not exactly what you could imagine to be wrong. In fact, I think it’s normal for a teenager to wonder what it would be like to be with somebody else. She has this image and Chris has unintentionally fanned the flames of her desires. Eventually, he knows it, but is trying to be a charming gentleman and not helping her realize her dream, all the while he internalizes a lot of his own history (with the help of regular visits to the pub).
This book is one of those “it’ll-never-happen-romances-but-nobody-wants-to-come-to-terms-with-it” books. The characters are relatable. When Amelia is struggling to come to terms to the reality of things, you can feel that. Your sixteen-year-old self can relate! And Chris, well, anybody who’s suffered from the kind of excessively-romantic-esque lifestyle he had with one person can relate to the pain after your heart is ripped out and your left alone to piece back the pieces and find reasoning and solace.
Not my favorite book, but it had it’s funny moments.