Finding Yvonne
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Finding Yvonne

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For fans of Nicola Yoon and Nina LaCour comes a striking novel about difficult choices from acclaimed author Brandy Colbert.

Since she was seven years old, Yvonne has had her trusted violin to keep her company, especially in those lonely days after her mother walked out on their family. But with graduation just around the corner, she is forced face the hard truth that she just might not be good enough to attend a conservatory after high school.

Full of doubt about her future, and increasingly frustrated by her strained relationship with her successful but emotionally closed-off father, Yvonne meets a street musician and fellow violinist who understands her struggle. He's mysterious, charming, and different from Warren, the familiar and reliable boy who has her heart. But when Yvonne becomes unexpectedly pregnant, she has to make the most difficult decision yet about her future.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 179 x 220 x 25mm | 404g
  • Little, Brown Young Readers
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0316349054
  • 9780316349055
  • 471,661

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* "Colbert sensitively confronts misconceptions about mental illness, bisexuality, and intersectional identity.... A vibrantly depicted Los Angeles."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review "Brandy Colbert has crafted a meaningful and masterful book that explores all of the different ways that we can surprise ourselves. Yvonne's path through family ties, hidden talents, and difficult decisions reveals the hard-won truth of an unforgettable character. I loved this book."-- Robin Benway, National Book Award Winner and New York Times bestselling author of Far from the Tree "[Yvonne's] a compelling protagonist, and she'll speak to readers thrown by the lack of certainty in their own futures."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books "Readers will be able to relate to the challenges faced by the diverse and realistic characters that Colbert has created."--School Library Connection "Colbert delivers another emotionally layered story."--Publishers Weekly "Colbert's excellent ear for dialogue is on display in her latest, and she does a fantastic job of capturing the particular anxieties of a highly intelligent, talented teen at a crossroads, as well as the weight of microaggressions about everything from race to sexuality to economic status."--Booklist "A pitch-perfect song of a book about all the ways a heart can break and mend, Finding Yvonne will stay with you long past its final, bittersweet notes."-- Elana K. Arnold, author of National Book Award finalist What Girls Are Made Of "With compelling honesty, Colbert portrays Suzette's evolving understanding of her sexuality, Lionel's longing for self-sufficiency alongside the challenges of his mental illness, and the difficulty of shifting familial relationships."--Horn Book " Hand [Little & Lion] to readers who like thoughtful, edgy stories with no easy answers."--VOYA "A moving and well-realized examination of secrecy, trust, and intimacy."--Publishers Weekly * "From the threads of love and romance, to redefining family life, readers of all walks of life will find an entry point to this title."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review * "A moving, diverse exploration of the challenges of growing up and the complicated nature of loyalty."--School Library Journal, starred review * "This superbly written novel teems with meaningful depth, which is perfectly balanced by romance and the languorous freedom of summer."--Booklist, starred review "Brandy Colbert takes us on an emotional and gorgeous journey with a protagonist who is trying to figure out where she fits in with her family as well as in the world. A book full of overwhelming love and courage."--Sara Farizan, author of Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel "Brandy Colbert further establishes herself as one of contemporary YA's biggest talents in this thoughtful and thought-provoking examination of identity, loyalty, and what it means to live with integrity. Little & Lion is a stunningly good novel."--Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of And I Darken Praise for Little & Lion "Little and Lion is beautifully insightful, honest, and compassionate. Brandy's ability to find larger meaning in small moments is nothing short of dazzling."--National Book Award Finalist and #1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything Everything, Nicola Yoon
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About Brandy Colbert

Brandy Colbert was born and raised in Springfield, Missouri. Her debut novel, Pointe, won the 2014 Cybils Award for young adult fiction and was named a best book of 2014 by Publishers Weekly, BuzzFeed, Book Riot, and more. She was chosen as a Publishers Weekly Flying Start for spring 2014. She is also the author of Little & Lion, which was a Junior Library Guild and a Book of the Month Club selection, and Finding Yvonne. Brandy lives in Los Angeles and works as a copy editor.
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Rating details

199 ratings
3.82 out of 5 stars
5 27% (53)
4 36% (72)
3 31% (62)
2 5% (10)
1 1% (2)
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