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Why Can't Freshman Summer Be Like Pizza?

(The Pizza Chronicles #2)

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  18 ratings  ·  15 reviews
RV, having successfully completed his freshman year at the demanding Boston Latin School, is hoping for a great summer. He’s now fifteen years old and looking forward to sharing many languid summer days with his friend Bobby, who’s told him he has gay feelings too. But life and family and duties for a son of immigrant parents makes it difficult to steal time away with Bobb ...more
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Published June 1st 2020 by NineStar Press (first published May 25th 2020)
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Alaina
Oct 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Without knowing beforehand that Why Can't Freshman Summer Be Like Pizza? is the second book in the pizza chronicles, I will admit that I wasn't lost once. Maybe it's because this series could be read out of order but who knows? I guess I will have to dive into the first book to let you all know.

In it, you will meet RV and he is the oldest son in his family. After first meeting him, I didn't really know what to think. He was
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Annie (Annie's Readingtips)
Mar 14, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtqia
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
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Veronica of V's Reads
This is the second book in a series and I'm going to sum up a bit of stuff that many be spoiler-y if you haven't read the first book.

Arvydas "RV" ...... (sorry I don't have the tenacity to write his last name) is the eldest son of Lithuanian ex-pats living on green cards in Boston. RV's parents have worked hard for their modest American existence; it's not the American Dream they had envisioned upon emigration. They are up for citizenship, if they can pass their tests, but RV's dad is a bit sour
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Annie Maus
Sep 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you’ve ever wondered where you belong or what you truly value, Andy V. Roamer’s Why Can’t Freshman Summer Be Like Pizza? is a delightful way to consider your options. Yes, it might be classified as young adult literature, but its themes are ageless and timely. And true, it reads with more depth if you’ve read Why Can’t Life Be Like Pizza, the first edition in Roamer’s The Pizza Chronicles series, but it works as a standalone.

Written as fifteen-year old RV’s computer journal, this teen’s summe
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Samantha Ortega
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
FR- Alors alors … alors j’avais énormément aimé le premier tome de cette série et j’avais hâte de retrouver RV et son univers. J’avais trouvé très rafraîchissant ce premier tome. J’avais adoré l’humour qui s’en dégageait et la vision de la vie d’RV.

Du coup j’avais super hâte de commencer le roman. Le Trigger Warning du début du roman m’a un peu refroidit mais une fois le roman lu, je me suis rappelée que le roman pouvait être destiné à un public plus jeune et que ce trigger warning pouvait être
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Janna
May 31, 2020 rated it liked it
rv just turned 15 and can't wait to spend his summer with his friend bobby, who he has feelings for. together they're both questioning their sexualities. but of course, life gets in the way, and suddenly rv has a job and bobby's father wants him to go to football camp.

i have mixed feelings about this one. one thing i definitely loved was that bobby is black and he also calls rv out when he's saying problematic things. he also talks about the struggles his father had while searching for work bei
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Dead Sirius
Jan 09, 2021 rated it liked it
Thank you NetGalley for an ARC of this book in exchange for a fair review.

Why Can't Freshman Summer Be Like Pizza starts with RV who has decided his summer will be boring compared to his friend that is going to Paris and his romantic interest that is juggling working with football camp. To add to his terrible summer, RV will have to work with his dad's friend in an auto shop/gas station store. Meanwhile his family life is chaotic and his kinda-boyfriend is still struggling with their relationsh
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Tarah Schaeffer
Feb 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
I found the story and RV to be full of heart and it made me wish God had graced me with a little brother. Being that the main character in this story is questioning his sexuality I felt that how it was presented and handled was done extremely well. It's not easy to be a teenager especially one struggling about whether they may or may not be gay. Summer did not turn out as RV had imagined it. His very best friend Chloe ended up going to Paris to spend time with her dad and Bobby has a jam-packed ...more
Zaba Cita Novine
Jan 13, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, arcs, teens-and-ya
DNFed at 47%

My Dad helped me give it up, actually. He said "You read half of it and you don't like it? Why do you torture your head like that!?"

And he's right, I have to start dnfing things I don't enjoy much sooner.

This is yet another story of a teenager who's trying to find his place in the world.
He is gay. Or not. He has no idea. He has "boring" parents who want him included in the Lithuanian community. He likes words. And there is a strange teacher who meets with 15- year-old boys for drin
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Courtney Mays
Jun 23, 2020 rated it liked it
I honestly was not a huge fan of the writing in this book. While the journal style writing was something that made it easy to connect to main character, the writing itself was not very deep. I had not read the first book and I think that probably would have helped me fill in some of the context that was missing for me. I also kept waiting for something big to happen and just never got there. While the premise of the book was evident, it was just a somewhat boring read for me. I was provided with ...more
Melissa
This was an important book for students, teenagers, adults who are having difficulty coming out. 3 friends over one Summer, deal with family drama; friendship changes; and the newness of coming out. Although younger children with higher reading skills would be able to read and comprehend, they may have questions and will need an appropriate adult to explain. While important, it is a sweet romantic book, I highly recommend.
CR
Oct 15, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a hit and a miss. Although I did like the first book and wanted to love this one it fell kind of flat for me. It was missing the spark that book one had. I ended up finishing this one but should have DNFed.
Ash Luna
Jul 01, 2020 rated it did not like it
I really had a hard time finding the right flow with this book. I felt like it was lacking something and I can not quite figure out exactly what. I was able to finish it, but I didnt like it.
Shirley
Jun 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
And RV's saga continues. Summer is supposed to be a time to relax, have fun, spend time with friends and forget about the pressure of school. It didn't take long for RV to figure out that his summer plans weren't going to happen. His best friend was off to Paris, his parents wanted him to spend the summer being responsible. Not exactly what a high schooler wants to hear when summer vacation is supposed to start. To make matters even worse, Bobby's parents want him to spend the summer being respo ...more
Ashley T
Jun 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love the format or style of writing. It's easy to follow and we see how RV's manages his problems even if they're not the way he wants it to. I thought it was quite interesting that his little brother, Ray, chooses to be deviant in terms of drug usage. I hope that RV somehow manages to form a better relationship with his little brother. I'm also glad that there is an interracial gay couple, even though this is my first LGBTQ+ book series, it makes me glad that it exists. The representation and ...more
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