Book Review: Pizza Girl by Jean Kyoung Frazier

A dark and emotional read that will leave you feeling numb afterwards! 

I received this advanced copy from HQ on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Pizza Girl by Jean Kyoung Frazier
208 Pages
Out 17th September

Eighteen years old, pregnant, and working as a pizza delivery girl, our dysfunctional heroine is deeply lost and in complete denial about it all. She’s grieving the death of her father, avoiding her 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 neighbourhood, who comes to depend on weekly deliveries of pickle-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.

3.5 / 5

I went into this book blind, even from the description I was unsure what it was going to be about exactly but I wasn’t disappointed.

The story follows ‘Pizza Girl’, she’s eighteen, pregnant, mixed race, suffering with grief from losing her Father and completely lost.

At first I found it quite difficult to read, it just felt a little disjointed but after a few chapters I was engrossed, reading the book in one day!  Once ‘Pizza Girl’ meets customer Jenny that’s when the story gets interesting. At times it was so weird, the feelings ‘Pizza Girl’ was having and the thoughts she had but I think that helped me really get into the dysfunctional mind of this girl. It made me connect to her and you could really appreciate just how lost she felt.

It’s a relatively short book but I think it was needed. It helped show how frantic and quickly this young girl spiraled out of control.

It’s hard to go into too much detail without giving too much away. But overall I enjoyed it, it wasn’t my usual read but I’m glad I took the plunge and gave it a go. Even if it did leave me feeling exhausted after reading it!

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