Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Review: The Vinyl Princess

The Vinyl Princess
Title: The Vinyl Princess
Author: Yvonne Prinz
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | TBD

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 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....

“Music, to me, is one giant puzzle, and collecting music is about finding all the pieces and trying to fit them together.”

Allie’s passion about music and vinyl records is so jaw-dropping. I seriously need a friend who loves music the way she does. As I was reading, I felt jealous that she gets to spend her day around awesome music. Unfortunately, there were times that it all felt forced. Or maybe it was too much to be real. There were times that I felt that I was hearing the author’s voice not the character’s itself. 

It was light to read and has some feelings. I even like the fact that it didn’t focused on one thing. But some parts were underdeveloped that sometimes I ask myself why it was included. There were also parts that were just mentioned but not totally discussed. 

Minus the excessive knowledge from Allie, I love the part where she pursued her music blog and sort of created a community. I know the feeling of being among people who knows what you like and understands them. Although I find it really weird and superficial how her stats went up that fast. 

Zach was also a good addition to the mix. He wasn’t the all-knowing kind which was sort of refreshing. He was just someone who knows his shit and loves it. 

This book is a combination of love, family, friendship, passion and finding where you really belong. With Allie, well, she belonged in the world of vinyl.