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3.14 of 5 stars 3.14  ·  rating details  ·  355 ratings  ·  79 reviews
Veronica Walsh is 15, fashion-minded, fat, and friendless. Her summer job in the Consignment Corner section (Employees Only!) of a vintage clothing store is a dream come true. There Veronica can spend her days separating the one-of-a-kind gem garments from the Dollar-a-Pound duds, without having to deal with people. But when two outrageous yet charismatic salesgirls befrie ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 11th 2011 by Ember (first published January 1st 2010)
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Sara Grochowski
When I first read the plot summary for VINTAGE VERONICA, I classified it as a cute and didn't really expect it to have any depth, but that first impression was entirely off! Erica Perl has written a novel full of quirky characters that captured my heart and has managed to tell a story that the Veronica in all of us can relate to.

The setting and characters of VV were colorful and utterly unforgettable. The only way that I can really describe the feel of the book as is off beat. The easiest way I
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Katelyn
Talk about a book that will put you through the gauntlet...Vintage Veronica was definitely a surprise to me to say the least. I didn't think it was possible to undergo feeling so many different emotions throughout the reading of a book and yet at the same time have the underlying tone remain so light and easy to read. As a debut YA author, Perl has impressed me with her writing and story telling ability.

Some parts of the novel had me laughing out loud, which doesn't happen often. Veronica and th
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Erica Perl
Feb 24, 2010 Erica Perl rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
According to Kim Bacciella at yabookscentral.com:

"Veronica just happens to love vintage clothing and working at the Clothing Bonanza, a vintage clothing palace. Veronica also happens to be fifteen, fat, and friendless. Her one thing she looks forward to is the Employees Only section at the consignment shop where she finds treasures from the other fashion disasters that end up going down a chute to the Dollar-a-Pound area of the store.

She likes being alone that is until two of the outrageous sale
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Yan
Vintage Veronica is very different from the current marketed YA novels because for one thing it does not involve any paranormal creatures. The novel begins with this comical approach with the louder or grander the situation is, the more humorous it becomes. The prologue starts this off with a pow with a childhood trauma—children can be very cruel at times—with a solemn promise to never trust anyone ever again.

Fast forward several years, Veronica works in the consignation section shifting through
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Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
I really love the cover of this book! It's very catchy. Vintage Veronica follows the story of 15 yr old Veronica, who's grown up heavy, has a low self esteem and is very fashion minded. She's a collector of vintage clothing and works in a vintage clothing thrift store. The way she describes some of the clothing she has and sees coming into the store had me wishing this clothing store was real. I would have been there in a heart beat.

I like the world in which the book was set, which is mostly in
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Michelle
Quirky! Thrift store! Awesome heroine!

Veronica has a keen (though different) sense of fashion. Dressed primarily in thrift-store finds she’s not afraid to be who she is and own it. That is what I like best about her and about this story. It’s about her desire to fit in yet rebelling against it. She knows she’s different, even embraces it, but still wants what all girls her age want friends and boys and acceptance. For her, the journey is different than most but she does eventually get where sh
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Chaz Young
I just finished reading "Vintage Veronica" by Erica S. Perl, which is the first novel published by the author. When I was at the library, looking through the Young Adult books (where else?) and I saw the book. It grabbed my attention because I like vintage clothing, and when I started reading the first few pages, I saw that it was about an overweight high school girl named Veronica that works at a vintage clothing store. I was sold, because I could relate to it, having been a fat girl that dress ...more
Steph Su
VINTAGE VERONICA is a top-notch light-hearted coming-of-age YA contemporary novel. With excellent characterization, a fantastic setting, and a heartfelt lesson that everyone can relate to, VINTAGE VERONICA is truly delightful.

Erica Perl has gotten the authentic and appealing teen voice down pat. Veronica may claim that she’d rather spend time with fabrics than people, but if so, then she is a shrewd observer in her self-imposed naivety. The way she describes the consignment shop makes the place
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Jenie
I did not finish this book. I stopped reading when title character Veronica did something very bad to her only true friend in the book (who also happened to be her boyfriend) in favor of the "popular" girl she wanted to be best friends with...a girl she actually disliked at the start of the book. By page 6, I despised Veronica, but I thought she'd get better, so I kept reading. Writers, here's a tip: If you insist on writing main characters who are going to walk around fat and dressed like a fre ...more
Kristin
When I saw “Vintage Veronica,” by Erica S. Perl, I knew it was the story for me. As an avid junker, I picked my first (and only) parasol from a garbage can at the tender age of eight. My mother was horrified. I have found some amazing treasures during my dumpster diving experiences, including vintage gliders, Habitant furniture and leaded glass windows. I am hooked.
This fictional story revolves around Veronica, a fifteen year old girl working in a vintage clothing shop. As an overweight, 50’s ob
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Onna
I LOVED this book! I've read it over and over at least 4 times this week already. The odd thing was I had picked this book up before and only read one chapter and turned it back in. I didn't realize that until I was on the second chapter this time go around. I'm glad I picked it up again without realizing int!

The characters are so realistic. Not perfect, not too theatrical And I love theater! I loved Len from the first description. I felt like Veronica is that girl we all feel like even if you
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Kenaia
I expected this to be just another quick read, one of those teen-love-in-the-summer books with a bit of vintage fashion thrown in. Once I got started, though, I was very surprised at the depth of all the characters. By the end I really felt I was in the pages, part of the community. After I'd started, I couldn't stop, and I'd finished it before dinner! I'd seriously recommend this for a light and enjoyable read.
Jamila
The best thing about this book is that it takes place in a thrift store inspired by The Garment District, my favorite vintage store in Cambridge that my best friend and I have been shopping in since high school in the 90s.

The worst thing about this book is the slow-moving, error-ridden plot.
Emily
I won this book from a writing contest and it was a presale additon. I was a good book. I loved the fact that the story took place in a vintage store- my dream come true!
Lora
A well written little gem. A cute story about believing in yourself and trusting that you are worth it.
E.S.
There were times when Veronica annoyed the shit out of me, but not as much as Zoe. I love vintage clothing, so I could not hate this book, but my God, it should just be called "The Book about Hypocritical Veronica Feeling Sorry for Herself and Not Thinking About Other People's Feelings." Poor Lenny. Yes, yes, I know Veronica did get made fun of all the time in high school, but there is still such a thing called listening, which she failed to do almost all the time with Lenny. Is it weird that I ...more
jimtown
I enjoyed this lighthearted young adult tale of Veronica's summer spent sorting clothing at the thrift store. At fifteen, Veronica walks into a job at a large thrift store warehouse. It has three levels of sales and employment. The Dollar a Pound is held on Fridays and is where all the castoff garments end up. All the good stuff is on the floor for sale at the Clothing Bonanza, but Veronica is happy to be at the top where she can hide out and work away from the scrutinizing public eye, for she n ...more
Lauren
Don't you just love it when a book surprises you in such a way that it blows you away? I know I do, so I was so glad when I discovered this was the case for Vintage Veronica, Erica S. Perl's debut novel.

Vintage Veronica has a lot going for it, in my opinion, since it contains funny, adorable, and relatable main characters, a setting that's catchy, leaving it to be a place that not only Erica brought to life with her writing but one I would love to visit if was real, and a plot that ended up sur
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kb
I'm always on the lookout for underrated awesome YA novels and I'm so proud that I have another one in my hands, which I got - appropriately so - from a "Vintage" pile in one of my favorite bookstores. Vintage Veronica isn't the most exciting title but since when did I ever really judge a book by its title? (FYI: I judge books by its font style and size. V. true story. This book passed my "standards.") But never mind the title because the book has just about one of the best story structures. Eve ...more
Charisma
I would have devoured this book in one sitting if I could have but alas my niece's 3rd birthday party was calling. I managed to finish it the next day before running off to participate in Easter festivities.

I LOVE LOVE LOVEd it! I enjoyed that though it is not a complex story line full of twists, turns and life or death action sequences it was a real page turner anyway. I could not wait to find out where the story was going to go next; how Veronica was going to navigate through her different re
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Raisa
Mar 22, 2013 Raisa rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young adult collectors and anyone who likes light reading for the weekend
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Reading Sarah
Veronica has a dream job for someone who wears funky and vintage clothes like a shield. She works by herself (dream come true!) in the consignment corner of the largest vintage clothing stored in the Northeast (home of the famous Dollar-A-Pound.) She is the deciding factor between what clothes are depped (sent into the Dollar-A-Pound chute) and what clothes are mined for the higher end spaces of the store. The book sticks mainly in the inner workings of the store and the groups of people working ...more
Caitlin
I stumbled upon this book in the YA section of the library, and I am so happy that I did!! After reading the book jacket, I knew just HAD to read it since part of the book took place in a fictionalized version of the infamous Dollar-A-Pound, which was always one of my Dad's favorite places to shop.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book - fun characters, great story line - quality young adult fiction that I might have to go buy because of sentimental value. It means so much to me that this author wrote a
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Kelsey
When I first started reading Vintage Veronica I just wanted to stop, I couldn't get attached to the characters and the plot dragged. It may have been because I went in expecting something different. Luckily, it improved a lot the more I read and by the end I was really into it.

Veronica was...unique. At first I was surprised by her up-front attitude about her weight and other people, but I grew to like her and her personality. Veronica knew how to stand up for herself and normally did just that.
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Jodysegal
Sep 12, 2010 Jodysegal rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Middle school/early high school
3.5 If you have ever felt the thrill of a great thrift store find, you'll appreciate Veronica, the appealing narrator of this tale about vintage clothes, body size, typecasting, and friendship. Veronica is the girl who wants to hide, because being a fat fifteen-year-old is social suicide, but who also feels like she has nothing to lose by dressing in her own very distinctive style. When Veronica's style lands her a summer job helping out with consignment at her local thrift store, it's her dream ...more
Charlotte
This book followed Veronica, a teenage girl working at a consignment store. She loves any vintage clothes, and is keen on wearing prom dresses to work. This book is about her summer, and her realization that it's not just about the clothes.

As you can see, I gave this a two star rating. I thought the synposis looked really interesting, but I just wasn't impressed at all with the story line. In my opinion, Veronica was a lousy protagonist. She constantly describes herself as fat and doesn't unders
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Deborah
Fifteen-year-old Veronica may be overweight and may not have any friends, but she is a vintage clothing expert, so landing a job at the Clothing Bonanza, the biggest used clothing and consignment shop in the state, should be a dream come true. Clothes only, no people. But when she meets Zoe and Ginger, the cooler than words "floorons" from the sales floor, who seem to want to be friends, and Greg, the weirdguy who takes care of the clothing shoot, Veronica world of isolation comes to a crashing ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Cat for TeensReadToo.com

Fifteen-year-old vintage fashionista Veronica Walsh is not a people person. Luckily, she's found the ideal summer job sorting through Dollar-a-Pound's clothing pile, deciding which items make it to the main floor of the resale clothing shop and pretty much avoiding all contact with the human race.

Veronica believes herself content in isolation, until she comes across two snarky yet engaging sales girls on break.

When Zoe and Ginger encourage her to spy on their
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Barbara
Veronica Walsh is a self-proclaimed fat girl who wears wild vintage clothes. When she drops off some of her clothes at the Clothing Bonanza, a combination vintage clothing store and Dollar-a-Pound, Claire, the consignment manager, is impressed with her old clothes and offers her a job in the Consignment Corner. This is perfect for Veronica, who trusts no one and has no friends, because she won’t really have to interact with anyone, until two of the “florons” (girls who work the floor in The Real ...more
Melissa
Vintage Veronica by Erica S. Perl
Alfred A. Knoph
March 2010
ISBN 9780375859236
Recommended for ages 12-16; 3 Stars

Veronica is fifteen and describes herself as the weird, lonely, fat girl you know and have probably made fun of at some point in your life. Despite her low self-esteem, Veronica is a self aware and relateable character throughout the book. Her love of flea markets, thrift stores, and dressing in vintage prom dresses set her apart at school, but is the thing that lands her a summer job
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An accomplished and versatile writer, Erica S. Perl wears many hats literally and figuratively. Her middle grade novel, WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU O.J., is "a must read for all 8-12 year olds" (modernjewishmom.com). It was named a Sydney Taylor Award Notable Book, and was a finalist for state book awards in VT and RI. The sequel, ACES WILD, came out in Summer, 2013.

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