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review: “the vinyl princess” March 23, 2010

Posted by Katie in reviews.

The Vinyl Princess by Yvonne Prinz.
Harper Teen // Hardcover // 320 pages.
Reviewed from purchased copy.

For most teens, summertime is the time to relax. Not for Allie. Summer means she can work twice as much as Bob & Bob’s Records — a local independent music store — and that’s perfectly all right with her. Allie loves music and is convinced that vinyl is the only way to go. Reaching out to other vinyl lovers, Allie starts a blog and a zine to document her reviews and playlists. While her blog begins to flourish slowly, her love life and the music store aren’t doing as well. Will Allie’s summer be the perfect one she imagines?

I loved this book! Between the blogging, music loving, and Allie’s fabulously snarky authentic teen voice, I was in love from the beginning of this book.

With such an awesome protagonist, it should come as no surprise that the supporting characters (Allie’s mom, best friend, boss, potential love interests) are also well-developed and equally as awesome.

The plot of the book is fast-paced, and moves steadily without stalling — which is something I wondered about because the novel appeared to be just about Allie’s summer from blurbs/reviews that I read. There is so much here — romance, crime, intrigue!

And speaking of the romance, I thought it was spot-on. Allie makes some typical romance mistakes before finally winding up with the right guy (which I knew from the start), but it was such a great journey to take with her as she romantically fumbled.

The blog entries were a great way to not only get to know Allie through her passion, but also to introduce teens to classic rock and folk. I will not be surprised when my teens ask me for a playlist for this novel. (And I just checked — our copy is checked out with an additional hold placed on it, yay!)

A great YA realistic/romance, with a fabulous protagonist. Highly recommended for public libraries.

SWAN catalog
Yvonne Prinz




1. Sarah - March 24, 2010

This is on my TBR pile. The review makes it sounds excellent so I may move it up!! Thanks for the excellent recommendation.

2. Natalie - March 24, 2010

I love teen books that love on music – Perks, Nick & Norah, Audrey Wait. Thanks for adding this one to my list! Too bad my library doesn’t have it. :/

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