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Finding Yvonne

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  1,111 ratings  ·  266 reviews
Since she was seven years old, Yvonne has had her trusted violin to keep her company, especially in those lonely days after her mother walked out on their family. But with graduation just around the corner, she is forced to face the hard truth that she just might not be good enough to attend a conservatory after high school.

Full of doubt about her future, and increasingly
Hardcover, 276 pages
Published August 7th 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Emma Giordano
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
4.5 Stars! Really enjoyed this book! It was somewhat different than what I expected, but I feel it was actually much more complex and satisfying. Brandy Colbert has done it again!

CW: substance use (view spoiler)

I went into Finding Yvonne knowing it was about:
1. A girl who loved her violin, but didn't know if that was enough
2. A girl who got pregnant
Those were my only expectations going into this novel, and I was surprised to find that:
1. Both of these themes were explo
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Chelsea by: Madalyn (Novel Ink)
WOW. This was an absolute roller coaster of emotions for me. I wasn't sure how I felt about it at first because I found a lot of the decisions Yvonne made to be really immature, but then my enjoyment skyrocketed when I took off my Adult™ glasses and realized that all of the things she did were 100% things I would have done as a teen. AND THEN THAT ENDING. I CRIED. I love a book that encourages women of all ages to follow their own path and to do whatever is right for them and their bodies. THIS ...more
Elle (ellexamines)
This is such a complicated book, because I kind of like it in hindsight but I also think it's one of the most non-books I've ever read.... but I also love it so much in hindsight??

Can I just reiterate that slice-of-life stories are aggressively not my thing? And that I hate cheating as a plot device so fucking much oh my god can it just die already? Finding Yvonne is a slice-of-life story about a girl who becomes pregnant, and while some elements - like the unapologetic feminism - stood out
Jun 10, 2018 added it
Shelves: 2018-releases
God, Brandy Colbert is just so good at capturing these seemingly little things that have totally fallen through the cracks in the ways we talk about teens and putting them front and center in can't-miss books. I only barely read blurbs when the author is already an insta-buy for me, so I thought this was about a violin prodigy whose life gets thrown off kilter when she gets pregnant, but in truth, it's the spaces in between that - it's what happens when you aren't a prodigy and you've just lost ...more
Kate Olson
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I was up and down and up and down during parts of this contemporary YA novel, but oh my goodness, the last quarter of the book just blew me away. Colbert pulls no punches in her portrayal of a lonely teen who is (rightfully) not at all apologetic about her sexual experiences…….but Yvonne is still a teen and she doesn’t have any idea where she wants to go in life and how she wants to use her many talents (music and baking). Yvonne’s relationship with her father is such a welcom
CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
A messy yet wonderful book that unexpectedly but profoundly explores the uncertainty of the future, family, and the choices we make.

- Centers on Yvonne, a Black teen who, although has dedicated 11 years of her life to the violin, now feels like she has lost her passion. This book follows the grief she feels, the decisions she makes, and the unexpected intersection of her life.
- Yvonne was such a brilliantly written character. She makes mistakes, she is unapologetic about her choices, and though
rachel ☾
Trigger warnings for (view spoiler) ...more
Jen Ryland
Sep 04, 2018 added it
Shelves: wndb
Really enjoyed this!

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kav (xreadingsolacex)
disclaimer: I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for a review. This is no way impacted my opinions.

note: I am aware this review is late - I had some issues with getting reviews of a few August ARCs I received last August that I am currently catching up on.

actual rating: 3.5 stars (rounded down)

Finding Yvonne is a yound-adult contemporary about an eighteen-year-old, Yvonne, who has grown up her entire life as a violin player, but is now questioning whether that is the right choice
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I devoured this on audiobook in two days. The synopsis was misleading as the pregnancy isn't a central part of the book (it only happens around two thirds in) but didn't take away from my enjoyment. Yvonne is an amazing, complex character and I loved following her, her journey and her character growth as well as relationship growth with different people in her life. ...more
Alexandria  Ang
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Read this in two sittings. Yet another Brandy Colbert book I am absolutely obsessed with.
Yvonne's been playing violin for many years, but now that her senior year is here, she's facing the reality that playing violin might not be her future. She's been fine at school, but she doesn't want to attend a school to simply attend school. Right now, she's concerned about figuring out what to do with her passion for music and how to temper that with the impending reality of high school ending. Then there's the rocky relationship she has with her dad and the desire she's unable to shake rela ...more
Vicky Again
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

I really enjoyed reading Colbert's Little and Lion when I read it last year, and Finding Yvonne was in a lot of ways different, but also the same.

It's Colbert's voice or something, but it has that same heavy feeling while you read that makes it seem like every single thing that's going on has a lot more meaning than what's on the page. As if the simplest acts--baking a cake--are so much more.

I love this about Colbert's writing and I think she's a fantastic novelist with a really strong
Melissa (YA Book Shelf)
4.5 stars

Before I picked up Finding Yvonne, I'd only ever read one book by Brandy Colbert—Pointe—which had been recommended to me by someone in my book club. I found that book compulsively readable, and perhaps if there hadn't been a delay between when it came out in 2014 and when her next novel released, I might've been more likely to pick up her next and subsequent books. While the tone of Finding Yvonne is very different from what I remember of Pointe's tone, keeping in mind that I read that
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m always excited to read a Brandy Colbert story. She always writes her characters in a way that feels very realistic. She allows her characters to be messy and make mistakes because people don’t always make great decisions. The thing that sets her stories apart is that her characters always have a logical reason for why they do the things they do. They never get caught in the trope of “character makes a bad decision/ acts stupid for no reason in order to further the plot.” When these character ...more
Feb 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
3.5 - I feel like this book bit off a little bit more than it could chew. There are a lot of interesting challenges that the main character Yvonne faces. However, because the book was so short I don’t think any of these different plot points are given the time that they needed to be fully explored.

Yvonne was a unique character. She’s figuring out that maybe she’s not as passionate about playing the violin as she used to be. Now she has to decide if she’s going to give that up to follow a differ
Feb 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
As a contemporary young adult book, you really have to take off your adult glasses and read this through the perspective of an 18-year-old girl trying to find her way through life.

Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way... WOW, I adored this book - What a beautiful rollercoaster of a story this is! This book will give you all the feels and is ultimately about a teenager trying to find her way, making, not necessarily wrong decisions, but making decisions based on the uncertainty of what she wan
Samantha (WLABB)
Jul 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book really was named appropriately, because it's about Yvonne exploring who she is and what she wants now and in the future, while also trying to come to terms with her abandonment issues. I struggle a little with some of Yvonne's choices, but I thought they were important for her to experience and see the outcomes of. I especially adored her stepfather, and loved how he nurtured that little spark in her, giving her another possibility for her future right when she was doubting so many thi ...more
Erin Kelly
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Brandy Colbert is such a gifted writer. Her work is full of nuance, honesty and authenticity. Her characters are believable and three-dimensional. I loved Yvonne and I appreciate how Colbert presented a female character who enjoys her sexuality, and does not allow societal convention to shame her for it. Colbert also depicts other viewpoints with equal respect. Loved this book.
Jen Petro-Roy
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, 2019, ya
Everything Brandy Colbert writes is just stellar.
Chidimma Desiree
Jul 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
my third book by brandy colbert and i really enjoyed it. yvonne was such an authentic character that felt very real. i found her struggle in finding her calling and what she was meant to do in the world very relatable. even though i did like this book i had a problem with the two love interests being grown men (20+ year olds) when the main character just turned 18 and is still in high school. it felt very yuck to me but that’s just my opinion
Mindy 👾
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was such a great story. First time reading a book By Brandy Colbert. I will have to check out more from her.
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked this one up but I love Yvonne and the relationships she has. Highly recommend ...more
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-star
DNF @ pg 80 - this makes me sad. Little & Lion is an absolutely excellent contemporary, but Finding Yvonne is unable to capture any of what made L&L a success. The writing here is lifeless, the plot is aimless, the main character uninteresting. This story desperately needed...something, though I can't quite put my figure on what. It just wasn't holding my interest in the slightest... ...more
I really enjoyed this book but I'm starting off with the main thing I didn't like so much.
Yvonne cheated on Warren and this was just not properly acknowledged all the way through- she knew she was cheating, Warren knew she was cheating and they never had a real conversation about it apart from Yvonne claiming that it didn't count as cheating for some far fetched reason. I'm not suggesting it's wrong to be sleeping with several people if that's what you want but Warren thought they were in an ex
Aug 18, 2018 added it
This review was originally posted on my blog Assia Something.

Summary: Yvonne realizes that playing violin is no longer her future. She just doesn’t feel the passion necessary to dedicate her ENTIRE life to playing. Enter Warren, the guy she’s kinda-sorta dating, who is only two years older than her, and has already found his life’s passion. And Omar, the cute guy who plays music on Venice Beach. This is a bad summary, just read the book.
I don’t know what I expected this book to be, but it wasn’
Feb 12, 2021 rated it liked it
*3.5 stars
(triggers at the end)

this went by so quickly, i feel like there was a portion in the middle i don't remember? like where was i when everything was going down? because i do not remember them, that's for sure :(

anyways, i feel like this was still a really solid read, all in all! i could understand what yvonne's responses and reactions were all about, even if they were irrational at times; they were not for her, and if i think in her shoes, i can see why she made them. the plotpoint spoke
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Originally posted at For What It's Worth on 8/30/18:

I had been wanting to give Colbert’s writing a try and picked up both her Stonewall Award winning book, Little & Lion (purchased) and an arc of Finding Yvonne at a signing while I was at ALA.

I’m so glad I did because this quiet little story packed a lot of emotional punch.

Yvonne has always been surrounded by people who knew their calling right away and are brilliant at it. Her dad is an a succe
Alex Johnson
Nov 10, 2019 rated it liked it
A slice of life story about a high school senior finding herself through music and cooking and also juggling boys. I liked how the book was very focused on this ungrounded-ness that high schoolers usually feel, but it was overshadowed by the love triangle. Yvonne herself wasn't super well developed either, which also made it more difficult for me to get into the story. ...more
Lekeisha The Booknerd
Feb 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ownvoices
This is no Little and Lion, but still an enjoyable read. It felt a little young; not typically a YA read, but more of a MG. Maybe because I connected with Yvonne somewhat, and her indecision on everything LIFE, but those parts stood out and made it a more pleasant read.
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Brandy Colbert was born and raised in the Missouri Ozarks. She lives and writes in Los Angeles.

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