Tuesday, January 11, 2011

All You Get Is Me - Yvonne Prinz

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. – Amazon.com

Okay, this was one of those that I really wanted to like, and actually thought I would like.  Aurora "Roar" is a 15 year girl who loves photography and carries her camera with her everywhere.  Reminds me of my daughter.  Yay!  That's where my interest stopped, unfortunately.

The premise was very interesting and had me buying the book... the idea of a girl falling for a boy who happens to be the son of the woman who just happened to be responsible for killing someone you know by reckless driving....loads of conflict, right?  It just didn't go anywhere for me. 

The author could have done so much more with that conflict, but in many ways, I think she took the easy way out.  For instance, Roar keeps it a secret from Forest that her dad is suing his mom.  What happens when he finds out?  He's not outraged at all on his mother's behalf.  Even if you don't agree with something your relative has done, you're going to want to be defensive, at least a little bit.  At the very least, go away angry and come back and give it one of the old, "I've had time to think about it and..." moves.  I just didn't find his complete agreement and acceptance realistic.

That is something I could overlook.  The biggest problem to me was pacing and detail.  There seemed to be a lot of random stuff in the book that had nothing to do with anything important.  You could have left Storm out of the story entirely and you wouldn't have missed anything... not because she's not an interesting character but because her storyline with Roar was completely irrellevent.  Nothing tied in together.

I just had trouble maintaining interest in general.  Will I keep this book?  Probably not.  Will I ever read another book by this author?  Of course I will.  I like the author... one book I didn't care for won't turn me off entirely.  And there were elements I did enjoy.  I liked her friendships with her coworkers, life on the farm, and her photography.  I just wish the author had done more with this.
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