How does a self-proclaimed music geek with encyclopedic knowledge of vinyl's history survive in an MP3 obsessed, Billboard Top 40 world? If you're sixteen year old Allie, you spend every free moment "practically running" Bob & Bob's Records, comb the flea markets of Berkeley for classic LPs, while composing articles for your blog and zine thevinylprincess.com. Not that any of this of this means Allie's without a life - thank you very much. She spends plenty of time patronizing the bohemian eateries and coffee houses populating downtown San Francisco, hanging with best friend and vintage fashion maven Kit, and keeping an eye on her scatterbrained as she reenters the dating scene.
Should Allie let her mother's personality transplant for a new boyfriend, or twenty-something stepmother Kee-Kee's pregnancy send her into a tailspin? Of course not! Who cares if Bob & Bob's owner keeps threatening to sell the store? He's been saying that for years. And why worry too much about a series of robberies plaguing businesses along Telegraph Avenue? With regulars like Allie keeping their eyes peeled for anyone suspicious, the police will catch the thieves sooner or later. So what if Allie hasn't found a boyfriend of her own? Sure she's got her eye on the mystery hottie "M" who's recently become a customer, but it's not like she expects to stumble across her musical soul mate at work...right?
I *LOVE* this book with a blinding passion; everything from Allie herself, to her eccentric family and kooky coworkers, the descriptions of food, the plethora of music history and the way Yvonne Prinz infuses the city of San Francisco with so much life and vivacity, it becomes a character in and of itself. Even though I'm an iPod devotee, I got a kick out of Allie's references to MP3s and downloading as "the end of civilization as we know it." THE VINYL PRINCESS is hip, blunt, quirky and just plain fabulous - if books were people, I'd marry this one. Seriously guys, this is one you shouldn't miss.
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