Review: The Vinyl Princess by Yvonne Prinz

22 Mar

HarperCollins Canada, 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 streetpeople, 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 favourite 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 neighbourhood. At least her blog seems to be gaining interest, one vinyl junkie at a time….

From HarperCollins website

The Vinyl Princess is one of those books that I’m kind of meh about. There were aspects that I liked, but, man, there were some elements and characters that I think the book would have been much better without.

Unfortunately, I can’t say a whole lot more without giving away some of the plot, and I really don’t want to do that. What I can say is that I didn’t find the main character, Allie, all that likable. Actually I found her a bit pretentious. We’re supposed to believe she’s “uncool”, but she’s that uncool that is actually cooler than the cool kids, you know? She’s always eating ethnic foods at cute little restaurants and cafes, listens to vintage rock on vinyl and seem to have every rock T-shirt known to man.  And while I know the whole point of the book is that she’s the vinyl princess, I found the constant references to music a bit annoying. I don’t know, it’s kinda hard to explain. I just didn’t like her very much.

And at one point she has an important decision to make, and really, it’s a no-brainer, but because it involves a guy she’s into, she struggles with it. At this point in the book I was ready to scream at her and wanted to give her a good shake. I mean, he’s just a guy! (And no, the decision has nothing to do with sex.) There were a few times I wanted to jump into the book and throttle her.

What I did like was the author’s writing style and while I did find the music references a bit much, I sure can appreciate the author’s vast knowledge of music.

So, yeah, I wasn’t a huge fan of The Vinyl Princess. I’ve heard from lots of others who actually really enjoyed the book. But it certainly wasn’t my cup of tea.

Browse inside The Vinyl Princess.

Thanks to HarperCollins Canada for providing a review copy of The Vinyl Princess.

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