Friday, October 24, 2014

TOUR STOP: Street Food and Love

Pages: 267
Source: Xpresso Book Tours

Sole Eaby, seventeen, has a few complaints he’d like to lodge against life, the main one being that his dad, Cedro, has recently quit his job and withdrawn his entire life savings, which included Sole’s college fund. Why? To launch a food truck business he knows nothing about.
To cope, Sole uses his knifelike wit to moonlight as a stand-up comedian, and so far, it’s paying off. He’s not only replenishing his college treasury, he’s making people laugh; but it’s one person in particular he performs for. Her name is Ava. When the fated bond of humor joins the two, and they begin a sort of quasi-romance, things begin to seem somewhat bearable. Of course, that’s when an ill-timed event decides to put another spin on things. Just when Sole is ready to move on with his own life and disconnect himself from his father and the family business, he suddenly finds himself in charge of the food truck he desperately loathes. Here is where Sole must realize that the answers to love and life are not to be found apart but, rather, are more like a savory recipe: only by combining the ingredients will the wonderful flavors reveal themselves. When comedy isn’t enough, the future seems ever bleak, and a fledgling love has barely had a chance to bloom, where will Sole turn?

Hey everyone! Welcome to my tour stop for the Street Food and Love tour. This book caught wt my attention simply from the title which sounded super interesting. Let's just get into the review~
Street Food and Love is one of those books that just makes you smile with it's wit and sarcastic comments. Fitting since our main character Sole is quite the comedian and you get to see him perform his various skits throughout the book. The characters are unique and interesting, I'm definitely a fan of Ava and Sole. I mean, their relationship is so adorable and funny, who wouldn't like that?
Sole is one of the best narrators I've ever encountered. We get to see the world through the eyes of a snarky teenager which is always fun. He never fails to surprise you with him comebacks and keeps you waiting for his next smart comment. His comedic armor protects his emotions. At times, his comedic skits may seem a bit chauvinistic and I will admit that I'm not a huge fan of his skits on women and our "excuses" about our inability to lose weight. Despite that, throughout the book, Sole does grow considerably as a character. At the beginning, he is a bitter person with a lot of anger towards the world and towards his father, yet as the story progresses and various events occur, Sole realizes that the more he holds on to his bitterness, the more acerbic he becomes. As a character he is just so full of depth and dimension which was awesome. Seriously...awesome.
Ava on the other hand wasn't my favorite person in the world. Again I have the problem where the main female protagonist is way to good to be true. She was great in helping Sole grow and develop as a character, but half the time she was pretty much an angel. She accepted some things that Sole said to her without so much as a blink of an eye. Okay, just to clarify, I don't dislike Ava, but she was lacked the dimension that Sole had. I think after being exposed to much to Sole, I wanted the same depth in Ava. Nonetheless, she did some great things in the book that really helped Sole overcome his bitterness for the world.
You'd think from the title, that street food would play a big part in the story. At the beginning, it really didn't. The first half of the book focused more on Sole's comedic career and his character development and I'll admit I was a bit disappointed by that, but the second part of the novel definitely made for it as Sole begins to confront his situation and get over his anger towards his father. One other thing that confused me was Sole's ex girlfriend who just randomly popped up all over the story. I never thought street comedians had such an appeal as opposed to football players with a NFL future. She just added a lot of unnecessary drama to the story.
Overall, I did enjoy the book a lot. I can't count how many times I've laughed reading Sole's dialogue as well as the times that I've felt tears from being moved by Sole's character development. While the title sounds a bit like a fluffy contemporary, it's far from it. There is so much character development, I can't even stress how amazing it was.

3.75 out of 5 stars
Foreverly Obsessed,

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