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I'd Follow Roar Anywhere,
This review is from: All You Get Is Me (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.