I had been hearing about Vintage Veronica for ages. I loved the cover and I thought the plot sounded really intriguing. I was sad to say that I did not finish it. I read off and on for about two months, not making it through more than half the book.
I found the characters flat and not very likable. Characters are the deal breakers in books for me, if I don't like them, the chances of me liking the books have drastically decreased. I did like Lenny, what I had seen of him. Ginger and Zoe were too obnoxious for my liking.
The plot was very interesting, but I would've liked a faster pace. I found the pacing very slow, which made it hard to read a lot at one time.
While Vintage Veronica wasn't the book for me, I can definitely see aspects where others would absolutely love it.
She likes being alone that is until two of the outrageous salesgirls befriend her and want her to spy on Len, the awkward stock boy Veronica nicknames The Nail. Everything is fine at first until Veronica gets to know Len. Should she continue spying and be a part of a group of friends? Or should she do what she feels is right even if this means she'll lose the friendship of the two salesgirls?
I really liked Veronica. For one thing she knows she's fat but doesn't obsess over it. She loves vintage clothing, flea markets, and sketching clothing. I loved how the author gives readers a multi-dimensional character without the usual woe is me cliches. Bravo!
The Clothing Bonanza is a character too. I loved the rich and vivid descriptions of this consignment store. My favorite scene has to be the discards or DEP that are tossed down a chute and rain down on customers below. I'd love to visit a consignment store like that!
The relationship between Len and Veronica felt real and not forced. I couldn't help but think of America Ferrera in Real Women Have Curves. Both characters aren't obsessed with their figures and both end up with a guy. Veronica though starts out somewhat shy around others and arcs toward the end of the story.
This is a fun read that is sure to appeal to those who like stories with memorable characters such as Veronica.
Talk about a book that will put you through the gauntlet...Vintage Veronica was definitely a surprise to me to say the least. I didn't think it was possible to undergo feeling so many different emotions throughout the reading of a book and yet at the same time have the underlying tone remain so light and easy to read. As a debut YA author, Perl has impressed me with her writing and story telling ability.
Some parts of the novel had me laughing out loud, which doesn't happen often. Veronica and the Nail trying on vintage clothing is a prime example. Some parts had me cringing as Veronica's mom's talks with her inevitably almost always circled back to her weight watcher's points system. It was just so easy to feel a part of the story and the characters that all of these feelings and emotions...well it was like I was there experiencing each and every one of the situations first hand along with the characters themselves.
There were, however, times throughout the novel that I really just wanted to shake Veronica. Anything to get her to wake up to the reality of the actions of the characters she interacted with and the consequences that were inevitably going to follow. There were many points in the story when I truly had a hard time liking her at all. This was new for me, usually a female protagonist is easy to relate to and like quickly, but Veronica was constantly pushing me to the edge of my patience. It was at the same time though that I realized Perl displays an uncanny ability to portray the characters she created so realistically that you can't help but take part in their journey with them. When Veronica was disappointed at herself and her actions, I was disappointed with her as well. When she was hopeful, I was right there with her, sympathizing with her attempts to correct the wrongs she had committed. It was amazing!
And don't let me forget to mention the actual store in which Veronica works. I can only say that in the beginning I was not thinking this was a store I would ever want to find myself shopping in, but by the end I can only say that I wish I had one right down the street from me. Veronica's ability to pick out the riches among the rags had me craving a shopping trip of my own.
If you haven't picked this read up yet, go out and get it, you'll be glad you did. The way Perl weaved her story together while dealing with real life issues like self image, peer pressure, family struggles, etc...and yet still managing to have her readers leaving this story feeling good. I'm definitely glad I had the opportunity to read this novel and can't wait to see what Perl produces next.