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The Vinyl Princess by Yvonne Prinz
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Nov 30, 09

Read in November, 2009

Sixteen-year-old Allie lives in Berkeley with her mom, an indifferent cat, and a nearly-invisible boarder. She's on summer vacation, but instead of hanging out at the mall, Allie is working a dream job and feeding her passion for vinyl at Bob & Bob's Records, an independent record store on Telegraph Avenue. Allie collects vinyl records the way some kids collect baseball cards, and she knows music like other kids know designer shoes. To share her passion, she starts a blog, The Vinyl Princess.

Allie is like a lot of kids -- her mom is dipping a toe into the online dating pool, and her dad is starting a new family -- and despite her independence, Allie wrestles with normal, everyday issues. Bob & Bob's Records is her sanctuary, and music cures all problems. Using her secret identity as The Vinyl Princess, Allie reviews and recommends great music and begins to gain an audience.

Summertime on Telegraph Avenue can be like a carnival, filled with oddballs and familiar friends, but there's a dark side to the neighborhood, and Allie is confronted with tough decisions as the summer passes.

The Vinyl Princess flows with a smooth, well-paced narrative, and is populated by quirky, believable characters with strong, unique voices. Prinz's direct experience as co-owner of Amoeba Records informs many background details, and her deft prose lets the characters bloom on the page. Life is complicated at any age, and The Vinyl Princess reminds us that that's okay.

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