The Vinyl Princess is by Yvonne Prinz. Goodreads synopsis:
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 favorite 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…
Damn, this book rocked. I'm a huge music geek, so this book definitely appealed to me, even though I'm not the same kind of music geek Allie is. This book went nice and slow, pacing just right and hitting you with twists when you least expect it. Then when you're finally finished with the book you realize "huh, the clues were there the whole time." I loved every moment, savoring them.
Allie is a really cool character. Like I said, we're both music geeks, and also have blogs! Plus we share the same sense of humor. She's very real, and you become attached to her and want her to be happy. I love the journey she goes on, developing little by little and realizing her mistakes, owning up to them. Her coworkers at Bob and Bobs are so eclectic, and you want to know more about them, especially Laz. I feel like Laz has this whole history behind him, and I'd love for there to be a spin-off book all about him. Zach definitely was a wonderful character to fall for. He was charming and quirky, but not overtly so.
Damn, Ms. Prinz is amazing. You can feel her love of music permeating through the novel. She creates these characters you fall in love with, as well as getting you into these artists and albums. She has such a love for what she's writing, you just want to jump on that bandwagon.
I'll next be reviewing Between the Lines by Tammara Webber.
Until next time, viva la literature!