Sunday, January 27, 2013

Vintage Veronica by Erica S. Perl

Book Summery (Via Goodreads): Veronica Walsh is 15, fashion-minded, fat, and friendless. Her summer job in the Consignment Corner section (Employees Only!) of a vintage clothing store is a dream come true. There Veronica can spend her days separating the one-of-a-kind gem garments from the Dollar-a-Pound duds, without having to deal with people. But when two outrageous yet charismatic salesgirls befriend her and urge her to spy on and follow the mysterious and awkward stock boy Veronica has nicknamed the Nail, Veronica’s summer takes a turn for the weird. Suddenly, what began as a prank turns into something else entirely. Which means Veronica may have to come out of hiding and follow something even riskier for the first time: her heart.

Book Review:
I have never read anything by Erica S. Perl before. I was perusing the YA section of my local indie bookstore, and this little number caught my eye. I fell in love with the cover instantly. The blurb on the back piqued my interest and I was hooked. Honestly, I was expecting a whimsical little coming-of-age tale with some vintage clothing thrown in for flair. There was a lot more depth than I had anticipated. It took me a little bit to switch gears. I liked Veronica's character and related to her quite a bit. I did get frustrated that she let her insecurities affect her behavior so much. Also, I did not enjoy the dynamic between Veronica and her mother until the end. Lenny was by far my favorite character. I almost wish his story had been fleshed out a bit more. Also, I think the ending was a bit abrupt. A think another chapter or so would have left me feeling a bit more satisfied with the overall story. The vintage store setting is so much fun. "Seeing" the clothing through Veronica's eyes and her enthusiasm for fashion is such a refreshing take in YA. There were quite a few adult moments throughout the plot, which was surprising. However, I think this added depth to the storyline and its characters. Overall, a thought-provoking book that stirred up some emotional responses for me.

Favorite Quote:
"'I've got news for you,' she continues.  'Friendships -all relationships really- can be messy. The people that are worth knowing are the ones willing to roll up their pants and wade through the mess with you.' This from the queen of sparking counter-tops.

Cover Art Commentary:
LOVE IT! How could you not? The polka dots and the dress with the lace detail at the bottom? So adorable! :)