Thursday, July 14, 2011

Justine's Thoughts: Vinyl Princess by Yvonne Prinz

Vinyl Princess
By Yvonne Prinz
Source: Library
Rating: 4/5
Book Description:
With a summer job at Bob & Bob Records in Berkeley, California, teen music junkie Allie is ready for anything. She’s poised to fall in love, catch a thief, and make a mix that’ll break your heart. And when she blogs as The Vinyl Princess, Allie is the sort of mystery girl you can’t resist tuning in to. Get ready for the vinyl revolution!
Author Yvonne Prinz, co-founder of Amoeba Music, the world’s biggest independent music store, brings readers into the inspired, obsessive, irrepressible heart of a teen head-over-heels in love with music. Like a great record, here is a read to rock your soul and rattle your bones.
A quote:
There’s no need for us to talk. That’s how it’s like with us. We talk without speaking.

Any thoughts:
I’m not a huge music junkie, especially with old classing songs. But after reading this book -- I wish I am. The references aren’t your typical songs heard on the radio everyday. Instead, they include Johnny Cash, Rod Stewart, Peter Gabriel, Bob Dylan, Iggy Pop, Janis Joplin and so much more. It’s like music heaven.
Allie is the type of person I would totally become friends with. She knows which songs come from which albums, she has a sarcastic sense of humor, and she has a living lifestyle that I would love to have. The minor characters were charming too and I like how they were included in the story. Except for the student named Suki renting a room in their house -- she has a ghostly presence.
The writing has a sarcastic tone, which in my head appeared dull. I think it is because Allie rambled a lot about music. She knew what she was talking about but I didn’t. The writing did, however, make me chuckle a couple of times. The storyline included interesting ideas such as a series of robberies suddenly happening in town, Allie’s mom’s romance, and of course, Allie’s own romance.
What I especially liked was the whole The Vinyl Princess blog concept. You can check it out -- it’s real! It explores the world of vinyl, which I am increasingly beginning to become interested in although it is sadly fading. Still, the songs live on! So if you’re a huge fan of music, of if you liked Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist since it’s a similar concept, why not go ahead and read The Vinyl Princess? It’s a superb idea!

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