Title: The Vinyl Princess
Author: Yvonne Prinz
While I’m not a music buff, when I read the premise of The Vinyl Princess, by Yvonne Prinz, it sounded quirky and engaging. Since I’m quirky and engaging (or so I like to think), I thought I’d read this Young Adult novel and share my thoughts about it.
The Vinyl Princess is definitely quirky and fun. The novel revolves around Allie, a sixteen-year-old girl who loves LPs and decides to develop her own blog and fanzine called Vinyl Princess. Allie lives in Berkley, works at a record shop, and her world is comprised of a truly unique cast of characters. From her best friend who works in a vintage clothing store and convinces Allie to go “undercover” to help expose her believed-to-be cheating boyfriend, to her boss at the record store where she works and his third wife whom he met in Thailand to the goth girl who works with Allie in the store, this cast of characters is truly entertaining! Among the cast of characters that appear in the novel, my favourite are two homeless men who love dressing up in women’s clothing from the neighbourhood “free box” and continuously appear in the background throughout the novel. I really enjoyed all of the description about these individuals throughout the book because they are both vivid and engaging.
As I was reading I kept asking myself, “What is this book actually about?” and I found it was a difficult question to answer. Allie embarks on various missions with her best friend, she deals with her mother’s attempts to begin dating again and she engages on what is best describe on a passive quest to meet “M”, the mysterious guy who keeps appearing at the record shop (and who Allie thinks is attractive). There are sprinkles of romance (and romantic disasters), a mystery (as the neighbourhood is being plagued by a rash of robberies) and loads of relationships that develop throughout the novel. I found myself thinking of this book in very similar terms to a Seinfeld episode – things are happening and the characters are engaging but, at the end of the day the book is about nothing — and it is completely okay! I found myself embracing the characters, enjoying the story and laughing at all the antics that were taking place!
The Vinyl Princess is a tough book to classify. While many might think of it as a Young Adult novel because the main characters are in their teens, I think it is a novel for teens and adults alike. I found myself smiling the whole time I read this book and I would definitely recommend it!
*I received no monetary compensation for this review. I received a free copy of the book courtesy of Harper Collins Canada to read and provide an honest review of its contents. The opinions are entirely my own and may not reflect your own opinion upon reading the book.*
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