Book Shots: Vintage Veronica (Book 2/100)
Hey guys, today I give you another ginchtastic bookshot…
—–*Begins sorting out emotions toward this book, feeling slightly frustrated*)——
Vintage Veronica, written by Erica S. Perl, is the fifteen-near-sixteen-year-old girl, Veronica. The story follows her, her terrible choice in friends, her romance with an unexpected boy, a wacked boss-kinda-guy, her extremely healthy mom, vintage things…and well…Lizards.
I’d have to say, this book’s begining was slow and painful. I almost immedietly disliked it for a multitude of reasons: The MC’s personality, the stereo-typical fat girl (the MC), and the slow pulse the story had throughout. Admittedly, I didn’t really want to finish this story, but
A)Bookworms are to never put down a book, no matter how terrible it is. They must wade it out, and be certain they dislike this book.
B) I really wanted to add another book to my completed list. (Seriously, thank God for Renegades, Stalking Jack the Ripper, and a few other choice books).
That being said, Vintage Veronica was a unique-ish story about a girl who loves-all-things-vintage.
However, I’m going to adress something that bugged me throughout the book.
The Fat Girl stereotype. You know, completely down on themselves, they have that female role model obsessed with weight loss, nieveness, and well, Cynical.
I can promise you, I have read several books that right the characters cynical towards weight loss, or thinner ladies.
Which was kind of akin to this story.
Veronica was too shy (until the end, you know, the hero’s journey), a little obessive about her weight-it showed up in the story ALL the time (like, I get it, I get a little flippant about my weight, however, I can promise you I don’t just concern myself about food, weight, and making friends), and honestly, flat out cynical. Her personality was harsh, and while it was part of the story, confusing. She was judging a dorky kid, while she was dorky.
Also, Veronica didn’t have frequent friends due to her weight-another slightly strange thing, because honestly, I’m not entirely sure how one effects the other-you’re always going to find somone. While I’m aware this made the story, can we please stop making all these “diverse” characters the flippin’ same? Like, I’m sorry, but Plus sized girls in stories are always
1. Self Concious
2. Party Girls (hit-or-miss, but common)
4. Disdainful toward thin-people.
I’m not just saying that toward Plus sized girls, I could also ask why we always make Chinese Girls smart, or other annoying book-stereotypes, like Colored people comming from the getos, or having poor language, Red Heads are either fiery, or shy. Writers are shy, it’s all so…the stinkin’ same!
Sorry about that little rant right there, just couldn’t help it with that rant.
That being said, I did enjoy the Reptiles, and the Nail (hey, I’m not giving away spoilers).
Anyways, time for a Sypnosis.
Veronica Walsh has always struggled with friends, but never with vintage fashion. Her dad practically raised her in Flea Markets, finding hidden gems. However, she wasn’t expecting to find a hidden gem in the guy she had always considered…awkward, and not exactly in a nice way. She even gave him a nickname, the Nail. Unfortunately, her nickname was small compared to the nickname that her “friends” gave him. While these “freinds” were pretty rude to him, and wanted to bust him for ludacriousness, using Veronica as their lead protagnoist, they ended up with a double agent.
Yup, usually friendless Veronica had made friends, and romance. The question is, when despition is actually what hits the fan, will it last?
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars. Honestly, I was hoping for a fresh new book (Even though it’s from 2007), that had a unique take on life. Unfortunately, both mean girl and MC were pretty main stream, and not developed in a way I’m comfortable with. The book was like a flatlining heart monitor until halfway through, when things begin to pick up the pace, and then they move in what feels like the author felt rushed through (you know, hit a writers block, really didn’t want to deal with it) this. I’m giving it two stars because the Nail, Bill, and the Reptiles. The wording didn’t pop out in ways that was unique, the story was dull, and focused around how Veronica didn’t have friends, mainly because of her weight (not that her personality didn’t need work, you know, typical teenager). I did giggle at a small part with the reptiles, though honestly, the way the Nail reacted with them reminded me of how I reacted with my Guinea Pigs.
That being said…
I don’t disdain the author like I (for some reason that I can’t comprehend) disdain Scott Westerfield.
Suggested for: People who are in need of a brain-numbing book after a stressful day, people who like reptiles, corky bosses, or a unique read.
Age Group: 13+, Again, excessive swearing, drug referances, some more maturish-teen themes, and really, just not meant for little kids.
So that’s all I have for you all today, what’d you think?
Have you read Vintage Veronica? What were your thoughts? I apologize for the rants and tangents.
Also note that I will never say a writter is terrible expect Scott Westerfields writing. I kid you not, for two years I have held some strange vandeta against him, despite trying his books
AfterWorlds, and the Uglies.
I know, I know, he has great use of adjective, and his diversity is unreal in his books, but for some odd reason, I can’t stand the books he writes. I still have no clue where this comes from. Even Freud would be confused (no offense Froyd fans, but I’ve read some of his theories, I think Freud was a little confused in general).
Book Shots: Vintage Veronica (Book 2/100)