ALL YOU GET IS ME by Yvonne Prinz


Age Range: 14 & up
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Aurora Audley, better known as Roar, loves SLR cameras, music from the 1970s and properly spelled-out e-mails, but the oddness of her tastes in a 21st-century heroine goes as unremarked in this bland, clumsy drama as her unfittingly fierce nickname. After her mother, an alcoholic, disappears, Roar and her do-gooder father move to the country to take up sustainable farming. One morning, the two witness an accident: Connie Gilwood, a rude, impatient white woman in an SUV, collides with an undocumented Mexican worker, who is killed in the crash. Wanting to champion the downtrodden, Roar's father pushes to file a civil suit despite many migrant workers' wishes—the dubious politics of which the author barely addresses. In the meantime, Roar begins a summer romance with Forest, Gilwood's son, who is largely unfazed when Roar testifies against his mother. Similarly anticlimactic resolutions of the lawsuit and Roar's eventual reconnection with her mother, as well as a host of stereotypical side characters, add little to the ineffectual story. (Fiction. 14 & up)


Pub Date: Dec. 21st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-06-171580-8
Page count: 288pp
Publisher: HarperTeen
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15th, 2010


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