Saturday, November 21, 2009

Right Now I'm Reading...


...Vinyl Princess by Yvonne Prinz. It came very recommended by our HarperCollins rep, who also put me on to Pretty Dead by Francesca Lia Block.

I love the cover and I love the title. I was also just on the author's website, just to get some brainstorming ideas to start this entry, and I found out Yvonne also writes a Zine. Too cool. And, there is a Vinyl Princess pin! I know!

Although I am not a vinyl princess myself, I like to think that I have a love for vinyl that would warrant a nod. I don't know anything about music except what I like, but most of what I listen to is played on a little turntable. I don't download music or buy a lot of CDs, but I love a good flea market excursion.

Anyway, Yvonne is the co-founder of "the world's biggest independent music store chain". I hope I can keep up with the music references. Allie is a music junkie and she keeps a blog, under the pseudonym The Vinyl Princess. She's working a summer job at a record store in California and has a crush on a boy.
I think it's neat that the author has decided to write a teen book, based on her love for music. I wonder if she intended to write a book for teens from the start. I often wonder that now, because the label "teen" is so hot right now...ha, well here is my answer:

The book "is like 'High Fidelity' for teens -- that's the story I started out to write," Prinz says, referring to the 1995 Nick Hornby novel about a London record store owner. "Nobody has the inside track of working on a record store like I do. I felt very qualified to write this book." (from Billboard)

She is also the author of the tween Clare books. Which I totally recognize. We have a few on our shelves at work. I'll have to check them out.

Anyway, off to read.

Mandy

5 comments:

celi.a said...

Sounds cool! I'm...sadly...not much of a music connoisseur. But I think the concept sound sweet, and I'll be on the lookout for this book. Also, pin = awesome. Happy reading!

Bookalicious said...

Yesss, I love the cover and the title too! Definitely a book I'd love to read! You're so lucky to be able to read it in advance. :)

Anonymous said...

Hey! Thanx for this beautiful place of the Inet!!

Brian James said...

Yvonne is the coolest! I've been meaning to read this for months.

And Amoeba IS the world's greatest record store. No contest. And trust me, I've been to all the good ones left in the world and feel qualified to rank them.

Katie said...

I'm still waiting to get my hands on this one -- it looks so good!

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