Pizza Girl Book Review
We often associate graduating high school with parties and prom, but rarely with pregnancy. Jean Keoung Frazier’s Pizza Girl focuses on a main character who is wrapped up in the latter.
“Pizza Girl,” as we endearingly know her for most of the book, longs to escape the monotony of her suburban lifestyle working at a mediocre pizza parlor in Los Angeles. But unlike most recent high school graduates, Pizza Girl is pregnant with her boyfriend Billy’s baby.
While most pregnant women wait somewhat patiently for their new addition and the many sleepless nights ahead, Pizza Girl downs beer in her late father’s shed. She longs for some sort of meaning in her otherwise mundane existence, hoping to find it at the bottom of a glass bottle.
The sheer honesty of the characters in Pizza Girl was shocking to me at first. The writing was raw and real, and Frazier went into detail about subjects that most would shy away from. Although I rarely agreed with the protagonist’s decisions, I found myself rooting for her and for her life to improve. At a time, it seemed that it had.
Pizza Girl’s whole world changes on what is otherwise a normal shift at work. A woman calls in a rather odd order: cheese pizza with pickles. Something about her voice and desperateness enchants Pizza Girl, and from there, she is hooked. The woman, Jenny Hauser, becomes Pizza Girl’s new fascination and the center of her universe.
What starts as a few innocent diner visits and hangouts turns to a full-blown obsession. Pizza Girl no longer finds pleasure in spending time with her loving boyfriend, who gave up a soccer scholarship at USC to take care of her and their baby. In fact, she rarely finds pleasure in doing anything other than seeing Jenny.
The ending is one that few will anticipate, but will leave all heartbroken and longing for just a few more pages. Pizza Girl examines what it is like to want a change in your life, and it shows how far someone will go to find one. Full of shocking twists, it is unlikely that anyone would find this book boring. Pizza Girl is not for the faint of heart, but I certainly recommend it.