Do You Want Fries with That?

We’re coming up on national waiter/waitress day (May 21!), so I took the opportunity to create a list of books featuring teen waiters/waitress. Add in your favorites in the comments.



All the Rage by Courtney Summers
Romy seeks refuge in the diner where she works after no one believes her account of a sexual assault. When her former friend goes missing, Romy must decide if it’s worth speaking up – again.

Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler
Hudson threw away her dreams when her family fell apart. Now she hides in her mom’s diner baking cupcakes and thinking of the past. When her past comes back around to give her another chance – she isn’t sure which life she will choose.

Crash by Lisa McMann (a 2014 Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers)
Jules falls for a boy who’s family owns the other pizza joint in town – and she’s not allowed to talk with Sawyer. When a troubled vision shows her the death of Sawyer, she realizes she must do something to save him. 

Fortunes of Indigo Skye by Deb Caletti
Indigo Skye has everything she thinks she wants – until someone leaves her a HUGE tip. 2.5 million dollars later, the money soon changes her. Can she go back to the way her life used to be? Does she want to?

Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen 
When Colie’s mom goes to Europe over the summer, she’s sent to Colby to live with her aunt. She gets a job at a beach cafe, gains friends, and becomes more comfortable in her own skin.

Killer Pizza by Greg Taylor
Toby wants to become a chef, so he’s really happy to land a job at the coolest pizza joint in town. His co-workers are great. The pizza’s amazing. And then he learns about the real job…

Ice Cream:

Banana Splitsville by Catherine Clark
Courtney Von Dragen Smith’s boyfriend is leaving for college and he wants a clean break. Annoyed, Courtney decides to go a year without dating. She starts a diary, works at a dairy bar, and is determined more than ever to have a great senior year.

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Emily can’t wait to spend summer with her best friend Sloan, Then Sloan disappears, leaving behind a list of things for Emily to accomplish. Thirteen tasks make Emily think about her life as she starts ticking them off. She goes to pick apples at night, she gets an job at a ice cream shop, and she’s thinking about skinny dipping.

Coffee Houses:

Espressologist by Kristina Springer
Jane works at a coffee house with her best friend, where she studies people’s habits. Now she has a notebook filled with drink orders that match personalities. She starts matching couples and soon becomes a major hit.

Getting Over Garrett Delaney by Abby McDonald
Sadie’s been in love with Garrett for the two years they’ve been best friends. Garrett goes away for the summer, leaving her to fend for herself. When he calls to say he’s in love, she realizes that it’s time to let go of her feelings. Luckily her co-workers are willing to help her get over him.

~ Jennifer Rummel currently reading Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

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