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The Vinyl Princess
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2010
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  Booklist Review

I'm what people in the record store business refer to as a 'throwback,' an 'audiophile,' a 'record geek.' Sixteen-year-old Allie, a fierce defender of vinyl in the age of music downloads, loves her job at Bob & Bob Records, an independent store that's walking distance from the rambling Berkeley home she shares with her recently divorced mom. Over a single summer, Allie starts a music blog that attracts international readers, falls for a dreamy stranger with a seriously shady past, watches her parents awkwardly navigate new relationships, and finally discovers true romance with a music-loving soul mate. Chick-lit readers will recognize some familiar trappings in this enjoyable coming-of-age story: a wisecracking first-person voice; an eccentric, lovable best friend; disappointing guys; wacky relatives; and charming princes who have been there all along. But Prinz, who cofounded an indie music store, writes with a genuine passion for music that all readers who live to listen will recognize, and in this heartfelt, often-hilarious story, she shows the profound ways that music can shape lives.--Engberg, Gillian Copyright 2009 Booklist

  Kirkus Review

Allie is devoted to musicians in every genre, as long as their tunes were pressed onto vinyl. Her blog and fanzine channel her obsessive theories, enthusiasms and knowledge, all fueled by her job at Bob Bob's, a legendary and now fading record store on Berkeley's Telegraph Avenue. On the side, Allie goes undercover with best friend Kit to prove that Kit's rocker boyfriend Niles is a faithless jerk, handles her mother's re-entry into the dating scene with grace and humor and nurses a serious crush on M, a newcomer who turns out to be extremely dangerous. Allie's blogging success helps her move from a cantankerous intolerance for iPods to an age-appropriate adoption of the digital-culture tools that help her keep her beloved music alive. Once past the exposition-heavy first chapters, Allie's voice grows appealing and authoritative, while other misstepsblog posts are wrongly called "blogs," and what self-respecting music snob would omit Johnny Marr's tenure in Modest Mouse from a sentence cataloguing his long career?are annoying, but ultimately trifling quibbles. A modestly successful debut for indie music retailer Prinz. (Fiction. YA) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
Summary
<br> 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.<br>       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….
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