Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Teen Fiction Tuesday: The Vinyl Princess

The Vinyl Princess, by Yvonne Prinz

Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 313
Reading Level: 14 and Up
Enjoyment Level: High

I swear, every book I’ve read recently has been first person present tense. I think I might find it annoying very soon, so I guess it’s a good thing I got to The Vinyl Princess before I reached my threshold. Otherwise, I might’ve missed out on a good book.

Summer has Allie working full-time at her favorite record store – a perfect job for her since she’s a vinyl junkie. Though her life is usually uneventful, this summer is different. Allie’s life seems to start changing as soon as she starts her own blog, www.thevinylprincess.com and her own fanzine. Soon, her summer holds romance, danger, and the excitement that can come when you least expect it.

For anyone who feels the pull of vinyl, this book will reiterate your desire to expand your collection. I spent some time browsing amazon.com’s selection of vinyl in between chapters. It’s very clear that the author either really knows what she’s talking about, or that she did her research well. Music lovers should enjoy this one quite a bit.

But it’s not just for vinyl junkies. The story is about a girl who encounters a life-changing summer, and the main character made me care about her. Honestly, I wasn’t sure if I’d like the story. After the first couple of chapters, it was apparent that it wouldn’t be some adventure with action all the time. I normally don’t like stories that are plot-light and character-heavy, but Allie is such a great character that I was drawn to her life. I finished the book in a couple of days.

I will say that some of the plot that was there drifted a bit instead of being there with a purpose. I would’ve liked more focus on the blog and the fanzine Allie created, and how it helped change her. At the end she says that her blog has created a new “family” of friends, but I didn’t see as much evidence of that throughout the book as I wanted.

The Vinyl Princess kept me interested with great characters and wonderful mentions of music (that made me realize how little I actually know about music!). This is a cool summer read, for sure. As you’re picking out books to read by the pool, consider The Vinyl Princess. It’s very worth it!

Until next time, go read something good!

~ Vilate


  1. First person present tense. My view is that it has outlived its usefulness. I usually pass over any story narrated in present tense. None of this means people would like my book, but if you are into something really different, just take a look at my website and search my name on YouTube. I will not plug my book here. Thank you for your forebearance.

  2. Great review. I love coming of age fiction! I just finished one called Her Mother’s Diary and it was really amazing. Thanks for finding me the next read on my list.