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From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up-Many issues are crammed into this coming-of-age novel-the politics of illegal immigration and the rights of migrant farmworkers; dealing with abandonment by a depressed, alcoholic mother; and adjusting to life on an organic farm after growing up in San Francisco-but the heart of this book is a love story. Aurora, 15, and her father witness a car accident in which a Mexican woman illegally in the United States is killed by a reckless driver. Roar's dad, a former human-rights lawyer turned farmer, urges the remaining family to press a civil suit. Fearing his reaction to her blossoming relationship with the son of the woman responsible for the accident, Aurora hides her growing feelings for Forest. A sweet first love unfolds over the course of the summer and culminates in Aurora's tenderly described first sexual experience. The writing is fluid and the plot moves quickly, but it is grounded by descriptions of summer on a vegetable farm. This book should appeal to fans of Sarah Dessen and contemporary romance.-Caroline Tesauro, Radford Public Library, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

About the Author

YVONNE PRINZ is the author of several books, including the Clare series and The Vinyl Princess, which won the California Library Association’s John and Patricia Beatty Award, was shortlisted for an Arthur Ellis Award for Crime Fiction and was named to Resource Links’ Year’s Best of 2010 list. A Canadian living in San Francisco, she is the co-founder of Amoeba Music, the world’s largest independent music store.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (December 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061715808
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061715808
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,613,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Yvonne Prinz, the daughter of a musician, grew up on the wild prairies of Canada with an insatiable hunger for music. She worked in a record store and a recording studio when she was seventeen and eventually found her way the San Francisco Bay Area where she co-founded AMOEBA MUSIC in Berkeley with her husband, Dave. Amoeba grew to giant proportions and, as single celled organisms are inclined to do, it divided and opened in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
After all that time spent in record stores, it was almost impossible not to write a book about it.
Visit The Vinyl Princess Blog and website at: www.thevinylprincess.com

Yvonne's collection of vinyl is big and scary.

Also authored by Yvonne is a series of books about a crazy knucklehead of a girl named Clare. For more information on those books visit www.stillthereclare.com. or buy them right here on Amazon.

Yvonne's next book, "All You Get Is Me" (Harper Teen) will be out in January 2011.

Customer Reviews

(MINOR SPOILER ALERT) Unfortunately, the story falls a bit flat for me.
W. Burke
The word "illegals" being used to note immigrants, or any human being, sends me into a fit of rage like you wouldn't believe.
Meagan
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and think I may have found one of my new favourite authors.
Casey Miller

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By daviskho on January 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
With her second YA title "All You Get is Me" Yvonne Prinz proves that she writes the most quirky, likable heroines ever. Roar (short for Aurora) has heart, humor, and a nice big dollop of romanticism that makes her appealing not just to YA readers but to adults who remember being that young and full of possibility. That Roar's coming of age unfolds against a background of the conflicts around immigration in a farming community dependent on it means that the author takes her readers seriously and doesn't condescend, something most teens would appreciate.

One cautionary note - there is a sex scene which I kinda wish I'd known about BEFORE giving it to my 12 year old daughter to read. But it was handled so deftly - and hallelujah, included a discussion of birth control - that it ended up prompting a frank discussion with my kid that mightn't have happened otherwise. It was a whole lot more delicate and sweet than Judy Blume's Forever, which is where I, like every other 12 year old in 1978, got all my misinformation.

The other thing I love about Prinz's books is that her love of music soaks through the page. While not quite so front and center as it was in Vinyl Princess, for obvious reasons, I always come away from her books with a list of albums to buy or musicians to check out. Consider it a bonus on top of a terrific read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Doc Occula VINE VOICE on October 31, 2010
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I frankly expected this book to be YA hipster fare, but was pleasantly surprised by not only its topic but the honest and genuine voice of the protagonist, a young woman uprooted from urban life now living in rural California farmland. Wry humor and frank discussions of teenage life and sexuality are bracketed by a somewhat startling subplot about California attitudes towards illegal immigration which may not thrill teenage readers, but I found refreshing, to say the least. It's a brisk read by an author with a clear grasp of what teens enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Green on December 21, 2010
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"Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still," the American documentary photographer Dorothea Lange once said. Yvonne Prinz's All You Get Is Me may start with a car crash, but the book really begins with a picture that the camera-wielding protagonist Roar takes of the wreckage. Roar's photo sets a legal battle of social justice in motion--the driver was an American and the victim an illegal immigrant from Mexico--but her snapshot not only holds that moment still forever it is the also the impetus for what ends up being one of the most moving summer romances in recent YA fiction.

Transported from the city to the country, Roar's new life on a farm with her dad might as well literally be a different country, but instead of cowering at the cows or wincing at the chickens, Roar acclimates reluctantly, but quickly to farm life and in no time she's cleaning out the barn, helping plant the fruits and vegetables and selling the yield of those crops at the local farmer's market. Her inculcation into an agronomic existence has not only freckled her skin in the sun and cut her hands up here and there--"who knew there was so much blood in a knuckle," she wisely observes--it's given her a comprehensive, almost preternatural understanding of her new life: "The other thing about farm life that they don't tell you is that the work is never done. A person could go insane, running around fixing things and doing chores only to start all over again every morning."

It is Roar's chameleon-like skills at adapting that make her such an endearing character--forgive the pun, but she knows how to roar along, how to survive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tabitha VINE VOICE on January 26, 2011
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This was definitely an interesting read. I certainly wasn't expecting to see a horrible car accident in the beginning of the story, especially after reading the summary above. It really intrigued me and I couldn't wait to find out how everything was going to get resolved.

The beginning has so much tension and conflict, and the relationship that builds between Aurora and Forest is exquisite. Through Forest, we learn so much about his mom--the driver who caused the horrible accident. She seems like an evil-type person in the beginning, but we learn she isn't. It was just a bunch of really horrible situations that pushed her actions in the wrong direction, and it happened to lead to disaster. How she handles the aftermath shows us what kind of person she really is, and we learn it all through Forest. I loved that.

The middle and the end don't have the same level of tension, though. Things stop happening. There's always a threat of something happening, but it never follows through. Everything resolves itself and the ending feels like it's been tied up with a bow. So I was a bit disappointed. I wish the author had taken this story and run with it, really delving into the illegal immigrant issue in California. She could have shown us more of what it's like there, the worst that could possibly happen, without it being cliche or derivative. The beginning was so well done that she definitely has the talent for it. Perhaps in her next book...
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