Street Food and Love
by H.A. Enri
A Young Adult Contemporary Romance
From Martin Sisters Publishing
Released June 2014
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a few complaints he’d like to lodge against life, the main one being that his dad, Cedro, has recently quit his job and withdrawn his entire life savings, which included Sole’s college fund.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?
I always love it when a character’s voice draws me in and keeps me entertained and interested in the outcome of his story. Sole’s voice had that engaging appeal that kept me riveted throughout. He was funny and sweet, sarcastic and witty. I liked how his mind worked, his sense of humor and his caring heart.
There were additional elements that appealed to me too. The food aspect of the story was interesting and some of those dishes had my mouth watering while Sole’s sense of humor and comedy routine had me laughing out loud. The bit of drama thrown into the mix was subtle but touching as was the romance.
My heart went out for Sole. I admired his determination to get over his family situation and his growth throughout the story was a treat to read, especially since he had a great head over his shoulder from the very beginning. His journey wasn’t easy for him to get through but he kept his head on straight and made the most out of it until he found his way. I was glad that the author didn’t overburden the story for the reader emotion-wise. Sole’s emotions were still present and could be felt throughout, however they weren’t overly angsty, which I appreciated.
Sole’s love interest was not who I would have picked for him, but the pairing was sweet and endearing overall.
Kudos to H.A. Enri for doing a wonderful job in mixing the comedy, the romance, the drama and the food without making it overwhelming for the reader to follow along. All in all, an engaging sweet read!
About the Author
H.A.’s love for all things caffeinated is what keeps him awake and alert so he can pursue that glorious tyrant called Nostalgia. And after all, isn’t that what provokes most adult authors to write stories about the teenage years they long ago left behind (referring to Nostalgia, not the caffeine…he hopes)? When he isn’t writing, H.A. can be found quaffing coffee (Yes, he might be addicted–don’t judge) reading, riding his bike, snapping photos, making music, working on his theory of everything, and, on rare occasions, attempting to discover the elusive, and maybe impossible, secret to time travel. H.A. lives in So Cal. Street Food and Love is H.A.’s first novel.