Summer is here, and 16-year-old Allie, a self-professed music geek, is exactly where she wants to be: working full-time at Berkeley’s ultra-cool Bob and Bob Records. There, Allie can spend her days bantering with the street people, talking the talk with the staff, shepherding the uncool bridge-and-tunnel shoppers, all the while blissfully surrounded by music, music, music. It’s the perfect setup for her to develop her secret identity as The Vinyl Princess, author of both a brand-new zine and blog. From the safety of her favourite place on earth, Allie is poised to have it all: love, music and blogging. Her mother, though, is actually the one getting the dates, and business at Allie’s beloved record store is becoming dangerously slow—not to mention that there have been a string of robberies in the neighbourhood. At least her blog seems to be gaining interest, one vinyl junkie at a time….
What I thoughtI really liked this one. I couldn't help it, no matter how the author described Allie, somehow I pictured her as Watts from Some Kind of Wonderful. She even had some of the same attitude.
I really liked that this was more than just a romance. So many things happen in this, all of it feeling well connected to the story. I really hadn't seen a few things coming, like things with Mystery Guy. This was more of a coming of age story than a romance, and I think the novel was better for it. I liked seeing Allie and her growing blog. I liked seeing her deal with things that would have been hard on anyone. I just really enjoyed her story.
I really liked the setting of this. The record store, the feel of neighborhood. It didn't feel like I was reading a book that was just like a ton of others I have read.
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