Monday, December 13, 2010

ARC Review: All You Get Is Me by Yvonne Prinz

by Yvonne Prinz
Released: January 1, 2011

Courtesy of Good Golly Miss Holly ARC Tours

A summer of love, loss, justice, and chickens

What happens when a sixteen-year-old city girl is transplanted onto a ramshackle organic farm in the middle of nowhere? Everything. Here is a coming-of-age story with a setting so richly rendered you can smell the soil, a first love so beautifully drawn it feels like your own, and a politically charged legal battle so affecting it's a To Kill a Mockingbird for our times.

Yvonne Prinz and her novel The Vinyl Princess have ignited the teen blogosphere, Billboard magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Los Angeles Times. Once again, she's taken the pulse of culture and emerged with a book that is timely, quirky, and unforgettable. Are you ready to dig in the dirt?

My Review
Well, I'm not sure that All You Get is Me is quite the equal of To Kill a Mockingbird; however, it is a fantastically-written story with a great moral and political lesson. Roar, short for Aurora, is a sympathetic character - a girl whose father, stricken by his wife's disappearance, packs everything up to moves himself and his daughter to a farm in the middle of nowhere. Through Roar's descriptions and her father's dialogue, we learn about organic farming techniques and various issues related to farms and small-town life. We are also thrown into the world of migrant worker politics when a woman from one of the fancy new developments kills a migrant worker in a head-on collision. Roar's father, a former lawyer for "the little guy," is not about to let this go unpunished, though almost everyone else in town - including the other migrant workers, even the dead woman's husband - wants to just sweep it under the rug. Prinz ties all of these issues together without coming off as preachy, mostly by making this story secondary to the Romeo-and-Juliet-esque romance between Roar and Forest, son of the development woman who is living with his mother for the summer. The love story makes the political aspects of the book take a backseat, ensuring that they don't overwhelm the story. I highly recommend this book!

Yvonne Prinz is also the author of The Vinyl Princess.

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