First Impression: Cuteness.
Synopsis: 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.
200words (or less) review: I adored this book! Admittedly it is somewhat predictable but sometimes you just want to read something that will make you happy. Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff That Made Me Famous is just that, a happy book.
Sophie loves cooking and has been working in her family’s restaurant pretty much forever. Talked into entering Teen Test Kitchen by her best friend she makes the final cut and ends up in Napa with the other contestants. There is little ‘reality’ in reality TV and Sophie and her new friends have to deal with a gruelling schedule and being manipulated for higher ratings.
Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff That Made Me Famous is well written, Sophie is endearing narrator and Kathryn Williams provides great supporting characters to make this book work – particularly Stan who was my favourite. I loved the recipes tucked alongside the story (I might even try a couple).
I spend a very happy evening reading this and craving pizza. I hope you will too.