Book Review - The Vinyl Princess

Tuesday January 19, 2010

The Vinyl Princess
by Yvonne Prinz
Released December 22, 2009
Summer is here, and 16-year-old Allie, a self-professed music geek, is exactly where she wants to be: working full-time at Berkeley’s ultra-cool Bob and Bob Records. There, Allie can spend her days bantering with the street people, talking the talk with the staff, shepherding the uncool bridge-and-tunnel shoppers, all the while blissfully surrounded by music, music, music.

It’s the perfect setup for her to develop her secret identity as The Vinyl Princess, author of both a brand-new zine and blog. From the safety of her favorite place on earth, Allie is poised to have it all: love, music and blogging. Her mother, though, is actually the one getting the dates, and business at Allie’s beloved record store is becoming dangerously slow—not to mention that there have been a string of robberies in the neighborhood.

At least her blog seems to be gaining interest, one vinyl junkie at a time….

To say that Allie knows a lot about music is a severe understatement. When she was little her father (an aging Rocker) would say the name of a Beatles song and Allie could tell you the name of the album the song was on...and this is just a small tidbit of musical knowledge!

Keeping that in mind Allie has the perfect job at Bob and Bob's music store, but there is only one thing missing...romance. With her mother newly dating after her dad splits and her best friend Kit totally gaga over her rocker boyfriend Niles, Allie is feeling a bit left out. Is the mysterious boy she sees visiting Bob and Bob's and the surrounding neighborhood destined to be her soul-mate???

To me a huge part of the story is the setting in which the story is told...Telegraph Avenue in Berkley, California. The eclectic and bohemian aura of the area is practically a character itself, its moods changing throughout the seasons. The authors vivid description of the area made me want to pack up move there :o)

There are so many parts to this story to love. Allie, her mom, her grandma (but don't call her grandma, its Estelle or Ms. Horowitz... these are your only options) and Kit. All awesome, strong female characters who struggle with life, love, gender expectations and what it means to live "outside the box". I knew I'd miss them when I finished the book.

There are so many musical references in this book that I discovered a whole new treasury of songs. I kept looking up the various songs that Allie references through out the book and I would listen to them on the internet (please Allie, don't hate me for downloading). Now I'm not so sure that I'm going to start a vinyl collection but I definitely discovered some very cool music.

A well written, wonderful story that you will love!

Mild use of profanity make this book appropriate for 8th grade and up.

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brizmus said...

Ooh! I can't wait to read this book, if only for all of the musical references!! :-) Sounds fabulous! Thanks for the review!

kay - Infinite Shelf said...

Great review! I just got this one and can't wait to read it.