This is the second book in The Pizza Chronicles, the sweet coming of age series written in diary format about a young boy trying to figure out life’s biggest questions such as sexuality, identity, religion, friendship and how to handle his strict immigrant parents.
In this second installment, we get to meet RV as freshman summer is about to start. Sadly though, RV’s summer turns out to be a never-ending disappointment, with Carole going to Paris, Bobby being occupied with football camp and extra work, and RV himself being forced by his parents to work at an auto shop/gas station store. In addition hereto, his family life is chaotic and he’s confused about how to be a good friend to Bobby who is struggling with his demanding parents and the way his sexuality might risk his football career.
Due to his friends’ absence, RV spends most of the summer alone and miserable, which made the story a bit slower this time and the diary writing style feeling a bit too one-handed. I would have appreciated some more interaction or other perspectives, but overall, it was yet again very interesting and enjoyable to learn about RV’s thoughts, self-reflecting monologues and questions about just about anything in life. I really appreciated the way RV struggled with ethics and trying to be a good person, and the discussions with his Latin teacher, the proudly-out gay Mr. Aniso, were just as insightful and empowering as in the first book.
All in all, this installment was another great step in RV’s continuous journey towards self-acceptance and gaining confidence to stay true to himself. RV still felt more like a middle-grader than a teenager and I can’t wait to continue the series to follow his growth journey and hopefully see some more action in the romance department for this sweet, adorkable, good-hearted and innocent character.
Thank you to Gay Book Promotions for the free review copy. All opinions are my own and I am leaving my honest review voluntarily.
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Andy V. Roamer
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