Vintage Veronica by Erica S. Perl

I haven’t been reading a whole lot in March. For various reasons, I have had trouble finding something that would keep my attention. On Saturday, though, I read Vintage Veronica, a new YA book that I enjoyed very much. Veronica is an overweight teenager who struggles with her relationship with her yoga-instructor mom and her absent dad. She loves old clothes and even works in a vintage clothing store. Though she claims that she is used to being ignored, she gets caught up in several things that are happening at the store over the summer. One is a relationship with a boy she has never paid much attention to before. The other is that some of the girls who work downstairs have decided to start paying attention to her.

I thought Veronica’s inability to stand up to the “mean girls” she works with was incredibly realistic. Veronica was both sure of herself and afraid to get too close to anyone. She was skeptical of the girls’ motives and wanted to believe the best of them. She couldn’t stop herself from wanting to be included. I have been in that situation myself, and acted (much to my shame) just as Veronica did. When you are a teenager (and beyond), it can be hard to stand up for what is right when there are friendships on the line, when you could be part of what is going on.

This is a book that felt true to me. Veronica makes mistakes, and so do the people around her. I enjoyed the people who worked with her at the store and the ways that she began to learn what it means to carve out your own life and interests. I’m going to pass this on to the librarian at the high school that is next to the middle school where I work – I think it would be a great choice for high school collections.

Random House provided me with a copy of this book to review.

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