Saturday, December 18, 2010

All You Get Is Me by Yvonne Prinz

All You Get Is Me by Yvonne Prinz.
Publisher: HarperTeen.
Pages: 288.
Release Date: December 21st, 2010.
A summer of love, loss, and justice.

Things were complicated enough for Roar, even before her father decided to yank her out of the city and go organic. Suddenly, she’s a farm girl, albeit a reluctant one, selling figs at the farmers’ market and developing her photographs in a ramshackle shed. Caught between a troublemaking sidekick named Storm, a brooding, easy-on-the-eyes L.A. boy, and a father on a human rights crusade that challenges the fabric of the farm community, Roar is going to have to tackle it all—even with dirt under her fingernails and her hair pulled back with a rubber band meant for asparagus.
All You Get Is Me pleasantly surprised me. I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did for it seemed like just a simple story about a city girl adjusting to her new life as a farmer’s daughter. But it was so much more than that. Roar is a realistic teenage voice who is falling in love for the first time and dealing with a legal catastrophe that gives it a vibe reminiscent of To Kill A Mockingbird.

Roar and Forest, the son of a city woman who has stirred up a lot of chaos in the small town, fall for each other right before our eyes. Though their relationship does happen pretty quickly, it’s not rushed. It’s wonderfully paced and it’s the kind of literary relationship that has you putting down the book just to squeal from the sheer adorableness of it all. (Boys, read this book. Take notes from Forest because he‘s adorable.)

There were quite a few things that I didn’t care for such as Brody Burk’s role in the book and Roar’s mother. I feel like both were kind of foreshadowed to be bigger parts of the story than they ended up to be, but fortunately their roles don’t interrupt or derail the story.

Overall, All You Get Is Me is a wonderful story of first love that will keep you enthralled and absolutely captivated. With gorgeous descriptions of country scenery, a genuine teenage protagonist, a clumsy first romance and a legal battle in a small town that rivals To Kill A Mockingbird, it’s definitely a perfect read for a rainy day!

Other reviews for All You Get Is Me:
A Musing Reviews.
Young Adult Books Central.
Amanda's Books & More.