Finding Yvonne

Finding Yvonne

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 to 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 Since she was seven years old, Yvonne has had her trusted violin to keep her company, especially in those lonely days ...

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Title:Finding Yvonne
Author:Brandy Colbert
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Genres:Young Adult
ISBN:0316349054
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

Finding Yvonne Reviews

  • Zoe
    Aug 12, 2018

    This is such a complicated book, because I kind of like it in hindsight but I also think it's one of the most non-books I've ever read.... but I also love it so much in hindsight?? Can I just reiterate that slice-of-life stories are aggressively not my thing? And that I hate cheat...

    God, Brandy Colbert is just so good at capturing these seemingly little things that have totally fallen through the cracks in the ways we talk about teens and putting them front and center in can't-miss books. I only barely read blurbs when the author is already an insta-buy for me, so...

    ? ALL THE FEELS ? . I was up and down and up and down during parts of this contemporary YA novel, but oh my goodness, the last quarter of the book just blew me away. Colbert pulls no punches in her portrayal of a lonely teen who is (rightfully) not at all apologetic about her se...

    A messy yet wonderful book that unexpectedly but profoundly explores the uncertainty of the future, family, and the choices we make. - Centers on Yvonne, a Black teen who, although has dedicated 11 years of her life to the violin, now feels like she has lost her passion. This book f...

    Really enjoyed this! Read more of my reviews on JenRyland.com! Check out my Bookstagram! Or check out my Jen In Ten reviews on Youtube - get the lowdown on current books in 10-30 seconds! ...

    Read this in two sittings. Yet another Brandy Colbert book I am absolutely obsessed with. ...

    I devoured this on audiobook in two days. The synopsis was misleading as the pregnancy isn't a central part of the book (it only happens around two thirds in) but didn't take away from my enjoyment. Yvonne is an amazing, complex character and I loved following her, her journey and her ...

    3.5 stars I really enjoyed reading Colbert's Little and Lion when I read it last year, and Finding Yvonne was in a lot of ways different, but also the same. It's Colbert's voice or something, but it has that same heavy feeling while you read that makes it seem like every single t...

    Yvonne's been playing violin for many years, but now that her senior year is here, she's facing the reality that playing violin might not be her future. She's been fine at school, but she doesn't want to attend a school to simply attend school. Right now, she's concerned about figuring...

    Perfection. I mean, it's a Brandy book so OBVIOUSLY but still ...

    I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked this one up but I love Yvonne and the relationships she has. Highly recommend ...

    Yvonne's feeling a bit of a teenage life crisis. Who is she and what will she do with her life? Brandy Colbert brings her character to life by not always having the right answers pinpointed at each chapter's end. Yvonne does what's right for her without preaching and proselytizing, whi...

    4.5 stars Originally posted at For What It's Worth on 8/30/18: http://www.fwiwreviews.net/search?q=f... I had been wanting to give Colbert?s writing a try and picked up both her Stonewall Award winning book, Little & Lion (purchased) and an arc of Finding Yvonne at a signin...

    there?s no bullshitting here. I LOVE IT. ...

    Wow. This was heavy, but it was also honest and real. I?m so glad this story exists. ...

    4.5/5 stars Finding Yvonne is an amazingly feminist and extremely enjoyable coming of age novel about a young African American woman, Yvonne, coming into her own as she navigates her family life, sex life, and reproductive choices. It is a wonderfully refreshing and surprising r...

    Brandy Colbert is easily one of the best authors writing today. Finding Yvonne is completely captivating and it's so relatable. The synopsis spoils the fact that Yvonne is pregnant, but we don't learn that until almost 200 pages in (my ARC is 276 pages). Obviously she has to figure ...

    DNF @ pg 80 - this makes me sad. Little & Lion is an absolutely excellent contemporary, but Finding Yvonne is unable to capture any of what made L&L a success. The writing here is lifeless, the plot is aimless, the main character uninteresting. This story desperately needed...s...

    This review was originally posted on my blog Assia Something. Summary: Yvonne realizes that playing violin is no longer her future. She just doesn?t feel the passion necessary to dedicate her ENTIRE life to playing. Enter Warren, the guy she?s kinda-sorta dating, who is only two...

    Ever since I read Brandy Colbert's LITTLE & LION, I knew I was going to continue to be a fan of her work. So when I found out about FINDING YVONNE, I immediately added this book to my TBR. And now I'm so glad that I got the chance to read it, because this book took me on an emotion...

    5/10 OR 3/5 STARS Okay, so I?m confused. Obviously this book was good, otherwise it wouldn?t have a 5/10. But obviously it?s not awesome since it has a 5/10. Starting with what?s good, let?s go with Yvonne and her family. I loved the bond she had with her father because...

    Hands down, Brandy Colbert is my favorite writer of contemporary realist YA fiction. Her books handle complicated situations with incomparable grace, her characters bring to life complex, intersectional identities, and she has a knack for page-turning scenes. I feel like my writing get...

  • Abby Johnson
    Sep 08, 2018

    This is such a complicated book, because I kind of like it in hindsight but I also think it's one of the most non-books I've ever read.... but I also love it so much in hindsight?? Can I just reiterate that slice-of-life stories are aggressively not my thing? And that I hate cheat...

    God, Brandy Colbert is just so good at capturing these seemingly little things that have totally fallen through the cracks in the ways we talk about teens and putting them front and center in can't-miss books. I only barely read blurbs when the author is already an insta-buy for me, so...

    ? ALL THE FEELS ? . I was up and down and up and down during parts of this contemporary YA novel, but oh my goodness, the last quarter of the book just blew me away. Colbert pulls no punches in her portrayal of a lonely teen who is (rightfully) not at all apologetic about her se...

    A messy yet wonderful book that unexpectedly but profoundly explores the uncertainty of the future, family, and the choices we make. - Centers on Yvonne, a Black teen who, although has dedicated 11 years of her life to the violin, now feels like she has lost her passion. This book f...

    Really enjoyed this! Read more of my reviews on JenRyland.com! Check out my Bookstagram! Or check out my Jen In Ten reviews on Youtube - get the lowdown on current books in 10-30 seconds! ...

    Read this in two sittings. Yet another Brandy Colbert book I am absolutely obsessed with. ...

    I devoured this on audiobook in two days. The synopsis was misleading as the pregnancy isn't a central part of the book (it only happens around two thirds in) but didn't take away from my enjoyment. Yvonne is an amazing, complex character and I loved following her, her journey and her ...

    3.5 stars I really enjoyed reading Colbert's Little and Lion when I read it last year, and Finding Yvonne was in a lot of ways different, but also the same. It's Colbert's voice or something, but it has that same heavy feeling while you read that makes it seem like every single t...

    Yvonne's been playing violin for many years, but now that her senior year is here, she's facing the reality that playing violin might not be her future. She's been fine at school, but she doesn't want to attend a school to simply attend school. Right now, she's concerned about figuring...

    Perfection. I mean, it's a Brandy book so OBVIOUSLY but still ...

    I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked this one up but I love Yvonne and the relationships she has. Highly recommend ...

    Yvonne's feeling a bit of a teenage life crisis. Who is she and what will she do with her life? Brandy Colbert brings her character to life by not always having the right answers pinpointed at each chapter's end. Yvonne does what's right for her without preaching and proselytizing, whi...

    4.5 stars Originally posted at For What It's Worth on 8/30/18: http://www.fwiwreviews.net/search?q=f... I had been wanting to give Colbert?s writing a try and picked up both her Stonewall Award winning book, Little & Lion (purchased) and an arc of Finding Yvonne at a signin...

    there?s no bullshitting here. I LOVE IT. ...

    Wow. This was heavy, but it was also honest and real. I?m so glad this story exists. ...

    4.5/5 stars Finding Yvonne is an amazingly feminist and extremely enjoyable coming of age novel about a young African American woman, Yvonne, coming into her own as she navigates her family life, sex life, and reproductive choices. It is a wonderfully refreshing and surprising r...

    Brandy Colbert is easily one of the best authors writing today. Finding Yvonne is completely captivating and it's so relatable. The synopsis spoils the fact that Yvonne is pregnant, but we don't learn that until almost 200 pages in (my ARC is 276 pages). Obviously she has to figure ...

    DNF @ pg 80 - this makes me sad. Little & Lion is an absolutely excellent contemporary, but Finding Yvonne is unable to capture any of what made L&L a success. The writing here is lifeless, the plot is aimless, the main character uninteresting. This story desperately needed...s...

    This review was originally posted on my blog Assia Something. Summary: Yvonne realizes that playing violin is no longer her future. She just doesn?t feel the passion necessary to dedicate her ENTIRE life to playing. Enter Warren, the guy she?s kinda-sorta dating, who is only two...

    Ever since I read Brandy Colbert's LITTLE & LION, I knew I was going to continue to be a fan of her work. So when I found out about FINDING YVONNE, I immediately added this book to my TBR. And now I'm so glad that I got the chance to read it, because this book took me on an emotion...

    5/10 OR 3/5 STARS Okay, so I?m confused. Obviously this book was good, otherwise it wouldn?t have a 5/10. But obviously it?s not awesome since it has a 5/10. Starting with what?s good, let?s go with Yvonne and her family. I loved the bond she had with her father because...

    Hands down, Brandy Colbert is my favorite writer of contemporary realist YA fiction. Her books handle complicated situations with incomparable grace, her characters bring to life complex, intersectional identities, and she has a knack for page-turning scenes. I feel like my writing get...

    I had a hard time putting this book down! Yvonne's voice is so strong, and I really felt for her senior year struggles. I appreciated that she didn't have a clear path toward figuring out what she wants to do after high school, and I loved her self-awareness of both her privileges (as ...

    Crosspost: TheReadingBelle.com Perhaps, I am getting older because it is hard for me to find a good contemporary YA book that pleases me in this day and age. Finding Yvonne by Brandy Colbert was a choice. The synopsis was intriguing, the plot did seem something out of the CW, so I t...

    Yvonne's struggle with her music and figuring out her future is spot-on and something that a lot of teens her age struggle with. She's struggling to find herself in a lot of ways in this book - her once-certain career path is thrown off the rails, she struggles with her feelings about ...

  • Renata
    Sep 10, 2018

    This is such a complicated book, because I kind of like it in hindsight but I also think it's one of the most non-books I've ever read.... but I also love it so much in hindsight?? Can I just reiterate that slice-of-life stories are aggressively not my thing? And that I hate cheat...

    God, Brandy Colbert is just so good at capturing these seemingly little things that have totally fallen through the cracks in the ways we talk about teens and putting them front and center in can't-miss books. I only barely read blurbs when the author is already an insta-buy for me, so...

    ? ALL THE FEELS ? . I was up and down and up and down during parts of this contemporary YA novel, but oh my goodness, the last quarter of the book just blew me away. Colbert pulls no punches in her portrayal of a lonely teen who is (rightfully) not at all apologetic about her se...

    A messy yet wonderful book that unexpectedly but profoundly explores the uncertainty of the future, family, and the choices we make. - Centers on Yvonne, a Black teen who, although has dedicated 11 years of her life to the violin, now feels like she has lost her passion. This book f...

    Really enjoyed this! Read more of my reviews on JenRyland.com! Check out my Bookstagram! Or check out my Jen In Ten reviews on Youtube - get the lowdown on current books in 10-30 seconds! ...

    Read this in two sittings. Yet another Brandy Colbert book I am absolutely obsessed with. ...

    I devoured this on audiobook in two days. The synopsis was misleading as the pregnancy isn't a central part of the book (it only happens around two thirds in) but didn't take away from my enjoyment. Yvonne is an amazing, complex character and I loved following her, her journey and her ...

    3.5 stars I really enjoyed reading Colbert's Little and Lion when I read it last year, and Finding Yvonne was in a lot of ways different, but also the same. It's Colbert's voice or something, but it has that same heavy feeling while you read that makes it seem like every single t...

    Yvonne's been playing violin for many years, but now that her senior year is here, she's facing the reality that playing violin might not be her future. She's been fine at school, but she doesn't want to attend a school to simply attend school. Right now, she's concerned about figuring...

    Perfection. I mean, it's a Brandy book so OBVIOUSLY but still ...

    I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked this one up but I love Yvonne and the relationships she has. Highly recommend ...

    Yvonne's feeling a bit of a teenage life crisis. Who is she and what will she do with her life? Brandy Colbert brings her character to life by not always having the right answers pinpointed at each chapter's end. Yvonne does what's right for her without preaching and proselytizing, whi...

    4.5 stars Originally posted at For What It's Worth on 8/30/18: http://www.fwiwreviews.net/search?q=f... I had been wanting to give Colbert?s writing a try and picked up both her Stonewall Award winning book, Little & Lion (purchased) and an arc of Finding Yvonne at a signin...

    there?s no bullshitting here. I LOVE IT. ...

    Wow. This was heavy, but it was also honest and real. I?m so glad this story exists. ...

    4.5/5 stars Finding Yvonne is an amazingly feminist and extremely enjoyable coming of age novel about a young African American woman, Yvonne, coming into her own as she navigates her family life, sex life, and reproductive choices. It is a wonderfully refreshing and surprising r...

    Brandy Colbert is easily one of the best authors writing today. Finding Yvonne is completely captivating and it's so relatable. The synopsis spoils the fact that Yvonne is pregnant, but we don't learn that until almost 200 pages in (my ARC is 276 pages). Obviously she has to figure ...

    DNF @ pg 80 - this makes me sad. Little & Lion is an absolutely excellent contemporary, but Finding Yvonne is unable to capture any of what made L&L a success. The writing here is lifeless, the plot is aimless, the main character uninteresting. This story desperately needed...s...

    This review was originally posted on my blog Assia Something. Summary: Yvonne realizes that playing violin is no longer her future. She just doesn?t feel the passion necessary to dedicate her ENTIRE life to playing. Enter Warren, the guy she?s kinda-sorta dating, who is only two...

    Ever since I read Brandy Colbert's LITTLE & LION, I knew I was going to continue to be a fan of her work. So when I found out about FINDING YVONNE, I immediately added this book to my TBR. And now I'm so glad that I got the chance to read it, because this book took me on an emotion...

    5/10 OR 3/5 STARS Okay, so I?m confused. Obviously this book was good, otherwise it wouldn?t have a 5/10. But obviously it?s not awesome since it has a 5/10. Starting with what?s good, let?s go with Yvonne and her family. I loved the bond she had with her father because...

    Hands down, Brandy Colbert is my favorite writer of contemporary realist YA fiction. Her books handle complicated situations with incomparable grace, her characters bring to life complex, intersectional identities, and she has a knack for page-turning scenes. I feel like my writing get...

    I had a hard time putting this book down! Yvonne's voice is so strong, and I really felt for her senior year struggles. I appreciated that she didn't have a clear path toward figuring out what she wants to do after high school, and I loved her self-awareness of both her privileges (as ...

  • Kelly
    Oct 05, 2017

    This is such a complicated book, because I kind of like it in hindsight but I also think it's one of the most non-books I've ever read.... but I also love it so much in hindsight?? Can I just reiterate that slice-of-life stories are aggressively not my thing? And that I hate cheat...

    God, Brandy Colbert is just so good at capturing these seemingly little things that have totally fallen through the cracks in the ways we talk about teens and putting them front and center in can't-miss books. I only barely read blurbs when the author is already an insta-buy for me, so...

    ? ALL THE FEELS ? . I was up and down and up and down during parts of this contemporary YA novel, but oh my goodness, the last quarter of the book just blew me away. Colbert pulls no punches in her portrayal of a lonely teen who is (rightfully) not at all apologetic about her se...

    A messy yet wonderful book that unexpectedly but profoundly explores the uncertainty of the future, family, and the choices we make. - Centers on Yvonne, a Black teen who, although has dedicated 11 years of her life to the violin, now feels like she has lost her passion. This book f...

    Really enjoyed this! Read more of my reviews on JenRyland.com! Check out my Bookstagram! Or check out my Jen In Ten reviews on Youtube - get the lowdown on current books in 10-30 seconds! ...

    Read this in two sittings. Yet another Brandy Colbert book I am absolutely obsessed with. ...

    I devoured this on audiobook in two days. The synopsis was misleading as the pregnancy isn't a central part of the book (it only happens around two thirds in) but didn't take away from my enjoyment. Yvonne is an amazing, complex character and I loved following her, her journey and her ...

    3.5 stars I really enjoyed reading Colbert's Little and Lion when I read it last year, and Finding Yvonne was in a lot of ways different, but also the same. It's Colbert's voice or something, but it has that same heavy feeling while you read that makes it seem like every single t...

    Yvonne's been playing violin for many years, but now that her senior year is here, she's facing the reality that playing violin might not be her future. She's been fine at school, but she doesn't want to attend a school to simply attend school. Right now, she's concerned about figuring...

  • Kelly Hager
    Jul 30, 2018

    This is such a complicated book, because I kind of like it in hindsight but I also think it's one of the most non-books I've ever read.... but I also love it so much in hindsight?? Can I just reiterate that slice-of-life stories are aggressively not my thing? And that I hate cheat...

    God, Brandy Colbert is just so good at capturing these seemingly little things that have totally fallen through the cracks in the ways we talk about teens and putting them front and center in can't-miss books. I only barely read blurbs when the author is already an insta-buy for me, so...

    ? ALL THE FEELS ? . I was up and down and up and down during parts of this contemporary YA novel, but oh my goodness, the last quarter of the book just blew me away. Colbert pulls no punches in her portrayal of a lonely teen who is (rightfully) not at all apologetic about her se...

    A messy yet wonderful book that unexpectedly but profoundly explores the uncertainty of the future, family, and the choices we make. - Centers on Yvonne, a Black teen who, although has dedicated 11 years of her life to the violin, now feels like she has lost her passion. This book f...

    Really enjoyed this! Read more of my reviews on JenRyland.com! Check out my Bookstagram! Or check out my Jen In Ten reviews on Youtube - get the lowdown on current books in 10-30 seconds! ...

    Read this in two sittings. Yet another Brandy Colbert book I am absolutely obsessed with. ...

    I devoured this on audiobook in two days. The synopsis was misleading as the pregnancy isn't a central part of the book (it only happens around two thirds in) but didn't take away from my enjoyment. Yvonne is an amazing, complex character and I loved following her, her journey and her ...

    3.5 stars I really enjoyed reading Colbert's Little and Lion when I read it last year, and Finding Yvonne was in a lot of ways different, but also the same. It's Colbert's voice or something, but it has that same heavy feeling while you read that makes it seem like every single t...

    Yvonne's been playing violin for many years, but now that her senior year is here, she's facing the reality that playing violin might not be her future. She's been fine at school, but she doesn't want to attend a school to simply attend school. Right now, she's concerned about figuring...

    Perfection. I mean, it's a Brandy book so OBVIOUSLY but still ...

    I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked this one up but I love Yvonne and the relationships she has. Highly recommend ...

    Yvonne's feeling a bit of a teenage life crisis. Who is she and what will she do with her life? Brandy Colbert brings her character to life by not always having the right answers pinpointed at each chapter's end. Yvonne does what's right for her without preaching and proselytizing, whi...

    4.5 stars Originally posted at For What It's Worth on 8/30/18: http://www.fwiwreviews.net/search?q=f... I had been wanting to give Colbert?s writing a try and picked up both her Stonewall Award winning book, Little & Lion (purchased) and an arc of Finding Yvonne at a signin...

    there?s no bullshitting here. I LOVE IT. ...

    Wow. This was heavy, but it was also honest and real. I?m so glad this story exists. ...

    4.5/5 stars Finding Yvonne is an amazingly feminist and extremely enjoyable coming of age novel about a young African American woman, Yvonne, coming into her own as she navigates her family life, sex life, and reproductive choices. It is a wonderfully refreshing and surprising r...

    Brandy Colbert is easily one of the best authors writing today. Finding Yvonne is completely captivating and it's so relatable. The synopsis spoils the fact that Yvonne is pregnant, but we don't learn that until almost 200 pages in (my ARC is 276 pages). Obviously she has to figure ...

  • April
    May 02, 2018

    This is such a complicated book, because I kind of like it in hindsight but I also think it's one of the most non-books I've ever read.... but I also love it so much in hindsight?? Can I just reiterate that slice-of-life stories are aggressively not my thing? And that I hate cheat...

    God, Brandy Colbert is just so good at capturing these seemingly little things that have totally fallen through the cracks in the ways we talk about teens and putting them front and center in can't-miss books. I only barely read blurbs when the author is already an insta-buy for me, so...

    ? ALL THE FEELS ? . I was up and down and up and down during parts of this contemporary YA novel, but oh my goodness, the last quarter of the book just blew me away. Colbert pulls no punches in her portrayal of a lonely teen who is (rightfully) not at all apologetic about her se...

    A messy yet wonderful book that unexpectedly but profoundly explores the uncertainty of the future, family, and the choices we make. - Centers on Yvonne, a Black teen who, although has dedicated 11 years of her life to the violin, now feels like she has lost her passion. This book f...

    Really enjoyed this! Read more of my reviews on JenRyland.com! Check out my Bookstagram! Or check out my Jen In Ten reviews on Youtube - get the lowdown on current books in 10-30 seconds! ...

    Read this in two sittings. Yet another Brandy Colbert book I am absolutely obsessed with. ...

    I devoured this on audiobook in two days. The synopsis was misleading as the pregnancy isn't a central part of the book (it only happens around two thirds in) but didn't take away from my enjoyment. Yvonne is an amazing, complex character and I loved following her, her journey and her ...

    3.5 stars I really enjoyed reading Colbert's Little and Lion when I read it last year, and Finding Yvonne was in a lot of ways different, but also the same. It's Colbert's voice or something, but it has that same heavy feeling while you read that makes it seem like every single t...

    Yvonne's been playing violin for many years, but now that her senior year is here, she's facing the reality that playing violin might not be her future. She's been fine at school, but she doesn't want to attend a school to simply attend school. Right now, she's concerned about figuring...

    Perfection. I mean, it's a Brandy book so OBVIOUSLY but still ...

    I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked this one up but I love Yvonne and the relationships she has. Highly recommend ...

    Yvonne's feeling a bit of a teenage life crisis. Who is she and what will she do with her life? Brandy Colbert brings her character to life by not always having the right answers pinpointed at each chapter's end. Yvonne does what's right for her without preaching and proselytizing, whi...

    4.5 stars Originally posted at For What It's Worth on 8/30/18: http://www.fwiwreviews.net/search?q=f... I had been wanting to give Colbert?s writing a try and picked up both her Stonewall Award winning book, Little & Lion (purchased) and an arc of Finding Yvonne at a signin...

    there?s no bullshitting here. I LOVE IT. ...

    Wow. This was heavy, but it was also honest and real. I?m so glad this story exists. ...

    4.5/5 stars Finding Yvonne is an amazingly feminist and extremely enjoyable coming of age novel about a young African American woman, Yvonne, coming into her own as she navigates her family life, sex life, and reproductive choices. It is a wonderfully refreshing and surprising r...

    Brandy Colbert is easily one of the best authors writing today. Finding Yvonne is completely captivating and it's so relatable. The synopsis spoils the fact that Yvonne is pregnant, but we don't learn that until almost 200 pages in (my ARC is 276 pages). Obviously she has to figure ...

    DNF @ pg 80 - this makes me sad. Little & Lion is an absolutely excellent contemporary, but Finding Yvonne is unable to capture any of what made L&L a success. The writing here is lifeless, the plot is aimless, the main character uninteresting. This story desperately needed...s...

    This review was originally posted on my blog Assia Something. Summary: Yvonne realizes that playing violin is no longer her future. She just doesn?t feel the passion necessary to dedicate her ENTIRE life to playing. Enter Warren, the guy she?s kinda-sorta dating, who is only two...

    Ever since I read Brandy Colbert's LITTLE & LION, I knew I was going to continue to be a fan of her work. So when I found out about FINDING YVONNE, I immediately added this book to my TBR. And now I'm so glad that I got the chance to read it, because this book took me on an emotion...

    5/10 OR 3/5 STARS Okay, so I?m confused. Obviously this book was good, otherwise it wouldn?t have a 5/10. But obviously it?s not awesome since it has a 5/10. Starting with what?s good, let?s go with Yvonne and her family. I loved the bond she had with her father because...

    Hands down, Brandy Colbert is my favorite writer of contemporary realist YA fiction. Her books handle complicated situations with incomparable grace, her characters bring to life complex, intersectional identities, and she has a knack for page-turning scenes. I feel like my writing get...

    I had a hard time putting this book down! Yvonne's voice is so strong, and I really felt for her senior year struggles. I appreciated that she didn't have a clear path toward figuring out what she wants to do after high school, and I loved her self-awareness of both her privileges (as ...

    Crosspost: TheReadingBelle.com Perhaps, I am getting older because it is hard for me to find a good contemporary YA book that pleases me in this day and age. Finding Yvonne by Brandy Colbert was a choice. The synopsis was intriguing, the plot did seem something out of the CW, so I t...

    Yvonne's struggle with her music and figuring out her future is spot-on and something that a lot of teens her age struggle with. She's struggling to find herself in a lot of ways in this book - her once-certain career path is thrown off the rails, she struggles with her feelings about ...

    I really enjoyed this second novel by Brandy Colbert, perhaps even more than Little & Lion. Yvonne is trying hard to navigate her world: does she still love the violin? Does she love Warren enough? Or is Omar better for her? Does she even miss her mother? Is her dad enough? In some...

    Brandy Colbert stuns me again with this beautiful, nuanced exploration of identity at the end of high school and the pressures of that time. She also thoughtfully explores race, prejudices, sex positivity and pregnancy. The family, friend and relationship dynamics were beautifully don?...

  • Karen
    Aug 01, 2018

    This is such a complicated book, because I kind of like it in hindsight but I also think it's one of the most non-books I've ever read.... but I also love it so much in hindsight?? Can I just reiterate that slice-of-life stories are aggressively not my thing? And that I hate cheat...

    God, Brandy Colbert is just so good at capturing these seemingly little things that have totally fallen through the cracks in the ways we talk about teens and putting them front and center in can't-miss books. I only barely read blurbs when the author is already an insta-buy for me, so...

    ? ALL THE FEELS ? . I was up and down and up and down during parts of this contemporary YA novel, but oh my goodness, the last quarter of the book just blew me away. Colbert pulls no punches in her portrayal of a lonely teen who is (rightfully) not at all apologetic about her se...

    A messy yet wonderful book that unexpectedly but profoundly explores the uncertainty of the future, family, and the choices we make. - Centers on Yvonne, a Black teen who, although has dedicated 11 years of her life to the violin, now feels like she has lost her passion. This book f...

    Really enjoyed this! Read more of my reviews on JenRyland.com! Check out my Bookstagram! Or check out my Jen In Ten reviews on Youtube - get the lowdown on current books in 10-30 seconds! ...

    Read this in two sittings. Yet another Brandy Colbert book I am absolutely obsessed with. ...

    I devoured this on audiobook in two days. The synopsis was misleading as the pregnancy isn't a central part of the book (it only happens around two thirds in) but didn't take away from my enjoyment. Yvonne is an amazing, complex character and I loved following her, her journey and her ...

    3.5 stars I really enjoyed reading Colbert's Little and Lion when I read it last year, and Finding Yvonne was in a lot of ways different, but also the same. It's Colbert's voice or something, but it has that same heavy feeling while you read that makes it seem like every single t...

    Yvonne's been playing violin for many years, but now that her senior year is here, she's facing the reality that playing violin might not be her future. She's been fine at school, but she doesn't want to attend a school to simply attend school. Right now, she's concerned about figuring...

    Perfection. I mean, it's a Brandy book so OBVIOUSLY but still ...

    I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked this one up but I love Yvonne and the relationships she has. Highly recommend ...

    Yvonne's feeling a bit of a teenage life crisis. Who is she and what will she do with her life? Brandy Colbert brings her character to life by not always having the right answers pinpointed at each chapter's end. Yvonne does what's right for her without preaching and proselytizing, whi...

    4.5 stars Originally posted at For What It's Worth on 8/30/18: http://www.fwiwreviews.net/search?q=f... I had been wanting to give Colbert?s writing a try and picked up both her Stonewall Award winning book, Little & Lion (purchased) and an arc of Finding Yvonne at a signin...

  • Dahlia
    Jun 10, 2018

    This is such a complicated book, because I kind of like it in hindsight but I also think it's one of the most non-books I've ever read.... but I also love it so much in hindsight?? Can I just reiterate that slice-of-life stories are aggressively not my thing? And that I hate cheat...

    God, Brandy Colbert is just so good at capturing these seemingly little things that have totally fallen through the cracks in the ways we talk about teens and putting them front and center in can't-miss books. I only barely read blurbs when the author is already an insta-buy for me, so...

  • Veronica
    Sep 09, 2018

    This is such a complicated book, because I kind of like it in hindsight but I also think it's one of the most non-books I've ever read.... but I also love it so much in hindsight?? Can I just reiterate that slice-of-life stories are aggressively not my thing? And that I hate cheat...

    God, Brandy Colbert is just so good at capturing these seemingly little things that have totally fallen through the cracks in the ways we talk about teens and putting them front and center in can't-miss books. I only barely read blurbs when the author is already an insta-buy for me, so...

    ? ALL THE FEELS ? . I was up and down and up and down during parts of this contemporary YA novel, but oh my goodness, the last quarter of the book just blew me away. Colbert pulls no punches in her portrayal of a lonely teen who is (rightfully) not at all apologetic about her se...

    A messy yet wonderful book that unexpectedly but profoundly explores the uncertainty of the future, family, and the choices we make. - Centers on Yvonne, a Black teen who, although has dedicated 11 years of her life to the violin, now feels like she has lost her passion. This book f...

    Really enjoyed this! Read more of my reviews on JenRyland.com! Check out my Bookstagram! Or check out my Jen In Ten reviews on Youtube - get the lowdown on current books in 10-30 seconds! ...

    Read this in two sittings. Yet another Brandy Colbert book I am absolutely obsessed with. ...

    I devoured this on audiobook in two days. The synopsis was misleading as the pregnancy isn't a central part of the book (it only happens around two thirds in) but didn't take away from my enjoyment. Yvonne is an amazing, complex character and I loved following her, her journey and her ...

    3.5 stars I really enjoyed reading Colbert's Little and Lion when I read it last year, and Finding Yvonne was in a lot of ways different, but also the same. It's Colbert's voice or something, but it has that same heavy feeling while you read that makes it seem like every single t...

    Yvonne's been playing violin for many years, but now that her senior year is here, she's facing the reality that playing violin might not be her future. She's been fine at school, but she doesn't want to attend a school to simply attend school. Right now, she's concerned about figuring...

    Perfection. I mean, it's a Brandy book so OBVIOUSLY but still ...

    I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked this one up but I love Yvonne and the relationships she has. Highly recommend ...

  • Jen Ryland
    Sep 04, 2018

    This is such a complicated book, because I kind of like it in hindsight but I also think it's one of the most non-books I've ever read.... but I also love it so much in hindsight?? Can I just reiterate that slice-of-life stories are aggressively not my thing? And that I hate cheat...

    God, Brandy Colbert is just so good at capturing these seemingly little things that have totally fallen through the cracks in the ways we talk about teens and putting them front and center in can't-miss books. I only barely read blurbs when the author is already an insta-buy for me, so...

    ? ALL THE FEELS ? . I was up and down and up and down during parts of this contemporary YA novel, but oh my goodness, the last quarter of the book just blew me away. Colbert pulls no punches in her portrayal of a lonely teen who is (rightfully) not at all apologetic about her se...

    A messy yet wonderful book that unexpectedly but profoundly explores the uncertainty of the future, family, and the choices we make. - Centers on Yvonne, a Black teen who, although has dedicated 11 years of her life to the violin, now feels like she has lost her passion. This book f...

    Really enjoyed this! Read more of my reviews on JenRyland.com! Check out my Bookstagram! Or check out my Jen In Ten reviews on Youtube - get the lowdown on current books in 10-30 seconds! ...

  • Emily
    Oct 31, 2018

    This is such a complicated book, because I kind of like it in hindsight but I also think it's one of the most non-books I've ever read.... but I also love it so much in hindsight?? Can I just reiterate that slice-of-life stories are aggressively not my thing? And that I hate cheat...

    God, Brandy Colbert is just so good at capturing these seemingly little things that have totally fallen through the cracks in the ways we talk about teens and putting them front and center in can't-miss books. I only barely read blurbs when the author is already an insta-buy for me, so...

    ? ALL THE FEELS ? . I was up and down and up and down during parts of this contemporary YA novel, but oh my goodness, the last quarter of the book just blew me away. Colbert pulls no punches in her portrayal of a lonely teen who is (rightfully) not at all apologetic about her se...

    A messy yet wonderful book that unexpectedly but profoundly explores the uncertainty of the future, family, and the choices we make. - Centers on Yvonne, a Black teen who, although has dedicated 11 years of her life to the violin, now feels like she has lost her passion. This book f...

    Really enjoyed this! Read more of my reviews on JenRyland.com! Check out my Bookstagram! Or check out my Jen In Ten reviews on Youtube - get the lowdown on current books in 10-30 seconds! ...

    Read this in two sittings. Yet another Brandy Colbert book I am absolutely obsessed with. ...

    I devoured this on audiobook in two days. The synopsis was misleading as the pregnancy isn't a central part of the book (it only happens around two thirds in) but didn't take away from my enjoyment. Yvonne is an amazing, complex character and I loved following her, her journey and her ...

    3.5 stars I really enjoyed reading Colbert's Little and Lion when I read it last year, and Finding Yvonne was in a lot of ways different, but also the same. It's Colbert's voice or something, but it has that same heavy feeling while you read that makes it seem like every single t...

    Yvonne's been playing violin for many years, but now that her senior year is here, she's facing the reality that playing violin might not be her future. She's been fine at school, but she doesn't want to attend a school to simply attend school. Right now, she's concerned about figuring...

    Perfection. I mean, it's a Brandy book so OBVIOUSLY but still ...

    I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked this one up but I love Yvonne and the relationships she has. Highly recommend ...

    Yvonne's feeling a bit of a teenage life crisis. Who is she and what will she do with her life? Brandy Colbert brings her character to life by not always having the right answers pinpointed at each chapter's end. Yvonne does what's right for her without preaching and proselytizing, whi...

    4.5 stars Originally posted at For What It's Worth on 8/30/18: http://www.fwiwreviews.net/search?q=f... I had been wanting to give Colbert?s writing a try and picked up both her Stonewall Award winning book, Little & Lion (purchased) and an arc of Finding Yvonne at a signin...

    there?s no bullshitting here. I LOVE IT. ...

    Wow. This was heavy, but it was also honest and real. I?m so glad this story exists. ...

    4.5/5 stars Finding Yvonne is an amazingly feminist and extremely enjoyable coming of age novel about a young African American woman, Yvonne, coming into her own as she navigates her family life, sex life, and reproductive choices. It is a wonderfully refreshing and surprising r...

    Brandy Colbert is easily one of the best authors writing today. Finding Yvonne is completely captivating and it's so relatable. The synopsis spoils the fact that Yvonne is pregnant, but we don't learn that until almost 200 pages in (my ARC is 276 pages). Obviously she has to figure ...

    DNF @ pg 80 - this makes me sad. Little & Lion is an absolutely excellent contemporary, but Finding Yvonne is unable to capture any of what made L&L a success. The writing here is lifeless, the plot is aimless, the main character uninteresting. This story desperately needed...s...

    This review was originally posted on my blog Assia Something. Summary: Yvonne realizes that playing violin is no longer her future. She just doesn?t feel the passion necessary to dedicate her ENTIRE life to playing. Enter Warren, the guy she?s kinda-sorta dating, who is only two...

    Ever since I read Brandy Colbert's LITTLE & LION, I knew I was going to continue to be a fan of her work. So when I found out about FINDING YVONNE, I immediately added this book to my TBR. And now I'm so glad that I got the chance to read it, because this book took me on an emotion...

    5/10 OR 3/5 STARS Okay, so I?m confused. Obviously this book was good, otherwise it wouldn?t have a 5/10. But obviously it?s not awesome since it has a 5/10. Starting with what?s good, let?s go with Yvonne and her family. I loved the bond she had with her father because...

    Hands down, Brandy Colbert is my favorite writer of contemporary realist YA fiction. Her books handle complicated situations with incomparable grace, her characters bring to life complex, intersectional identities, and she has a knack for page-turning scenes. I feel like my writing get...

    I had a hard time putting this book down! Yvonne's voice is so strong, and I really felt for her senior year struggles. I appreciated that she didn't have a clear path toward figuring out what she wants to do after high school, and I loved her self-awareness of both her privileges (as ...

    Crosspost: TheReadingBelle.com Perhaps, I am getting older because it is hard for me to find a good contemporary YA book that pleases me in this day and age. Finding Yvonne by Brandy Colbert was a choice. The synopsis was intriguing, the plot did seem something out of the CW, so I t...

    Yvonne's struggle with her music and figuring out her future is spot-on and something that a lot of teens her age struggle with. She's struggling to find herself in a lot of ways in this book - her once-certain career path is thrown off the rails, she struggles with her feelings about ...

    I really enjoyed this second novel by Brandy Colbert, perhaps even more than Little & Lion. Yvonne is trying hard to navigate her world: does she still love the violin? Does she love Warren enough? Or is Omar better for her? Does she even miss her mother? Is her dad enough? In some...

    Brandy Colbert stuns me again with this beautiful, nuanced exploration of identity at the end of high school and the pressures of that time. She also thoughtfully explores race, prejudices, sex positivity and pregnancy. The family, friend and relationship dynamics were beautifully don?...

    Amazing read! Completely different to what I was expecting but I think that was because I had a completely different idea of what I thought the book was. This book is hard to rate because it isn't a four stars but it's not completely a five stars. I'll rate it here four stars but I thi...

    RATING: 3.5/5 stars I liked the depiction of a lonely teenage girl trying to work out what she wants to do with her life. It made for an interesting audiobook. I did not really like the cheating though, and what makes it worse is that Yvonne does not see it as cheating. ...

  • Mariah
    Jul 04, 2018

    This is such a complicated book, because I kind of like it in hindsight but I also think it's one of the most non-books I've ever read.... but I also love it so much in hindsight?? Can I just reiterate that slice-of-life stories are aggressively not my thing? And that I hate cheat...

    God, Brandy Colbert is just so good at capturing these seemingly little things that have totally fallen through the cracks in the ways we talk about teens and putting them front and center in can't-miss books. I only barely read blurbs when the author is already an insta-buy for me, so...

    ? ALL THE FEELS ? . I was up and down and up and down during parts of this contemporary YA novel, but oh my goodness, the last quarter of the book just blew me away. Colbert pulls no punches in her portrayal of a lonely teen who is (rightfully) not at all apologetic about her se...

    A messy yet wonderful book that unexpectedly but profoundly explores the uncertainty of the future, family, and the choices we make. - Centers on Yvonne, a Black teen who, although has dedicated 11 years of her life to the violin, now feels like she has lost her passion. This book f...

    Really enjoyed this! Read more of my reviews on JenRyland.com! Check out my Bookstagram! Or check out my Jen In Ten reviews on Youtube - get the lowdown on current books in 10-30 seconds! ...

    Read this in two sittings. Yet another Brandy Colbert book I am absolutely obsessed with. ...

    I devoured this on audiobook in two days. The synopsis was misleading as the pregnancy isn't a central part of the book (it only happens around two thirds in) but didn't take away from my enjoyment. Yvonne is an amazing, complex character and I loved following her, her journey and her ...

    3.5 stars I really enjoyed reading Colbert's Little and Lion when I read it last year, and Finding Yvonne was in a lot of ways different, but also the same. It's Colbert's voice or something, but it has that same heavy feeling while you read that makes it seem like every single t...

    Yvonne's been playing violin for many years, but now that her senior year is here, she's facing the reality that playing violin might not be her future. She's been fine at school, but she doesn't want to attend a school to simply attend school. Right now, she's concerned about figuring...

    Perfection. I mean, it's a Brandy book so OBVIOUSLY but still ...

    I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked this one up but I love Yvonne and the relationships she has. Highly recommend ...

    Yvonne's feeling a bit of a teenage life crisis. Who is she and what will she do with her life? Brandy Colbert brings her character to life by not always having the right answers pinpointed at each chapter's end. Yvonne does what's right for her without preaching and proselytizing, whi...

    4.5 stars Originally posted at For What It's Worth on 8/30/18: http://www.fwiwreviews.net/search?q=f... I had been wanting to give Colbert?s writing a try and picked up both her Stonewall Award winning book, Little & Lion (purchased) and an arc of Finding Yvonne at a signin...

    there?s no bullshitting here. I LOVE IT. ...

    Wow. This was heavy, but it was also honest and real. I?m so glad this story exists. ...

    4.5/5 stars Finding Yvonne is an amazingly feminist and extremely enjoyable coming of age novel about a young African American woman, Yvonne, coming into her own as she navigates her family life, sex life, and reproductive choices. It is a wonderfully refreshing and surprising r...

  • Miriam
    Jul 25, 2018

    This is such a complicated book, because I kind of like it in hindsight but I also think it's one of the most non-books I've ever read.... but I also love it so much in hindsight?? Can I just reiterate that slice-of-life stories are aggressively not my thing? And that I hate cheat...

    God, Brandy Colbert is just so good at capturing these seemingly little things that have totally fallen through the cracks in the ways we talk about teens and putting them front and center in can't-miss books. I only barely read blurbs when the author is already an insta-buy for me, so...

    ? ALL THE FEELS ? . I was up and down and up and down during parts of this contemporary YA novel, but oh my goodness, the last quarter of the book just blew me away. Colbert pulls no punches in her portrayal of a lonely teen who is (rightfully) not at all apologetic about her se...

    A messy yet wonderful book that unexpectedly but profoundly explores the uncertainty of the future, family, and the choices we make. - Centers on Yvonne, a Black teen who, although has dedicated 11 years of her life to the violin, now feels like she has lost her passion. This book f...

    Really enjoyed this! Read more of my reviews on JenRyland.com! Check out my Bookstagram! Or check out my Jen In Ten reviews on Youtube - get the lowdown on current books in 10-30 seconds! ...

    Read this in two sittings. Yet another Brandy Colbert book I am absolutely obsessed with. ...

    I devoured this on audiobook in two days. The synopsis was misleading as the pregnancy isn't a central part of the book (it only happens around two thirds in) but didn't take away from my enjoyment. Yvonne is an amazing, complex character and I loved following her, her journey and her ...

    3.5 stars I really enjoyed reading Colbert's Little and Lion when I read it last year, and Finding Yvonne was in a lot of ways different, but also the same. It's Colbert's voice or something, but it has that same heavy feeling while you read that makes it seem like every single t...

    Yvonne's been playing violin for many years, but now that her senior year is here, she's facing the reality that playing violin might not be her future. She's been fine at school, but she doesn't want to attend a school to simply attend school. Right now, she's concerned about figuring...

    Perfection. I mean, it's a Brandy book so OBVIOUSLY but still ...

    I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked this one up but I love Yvonne and the relationships she has. Highly recommend ...

    Yvonne's feeling a bit of a teenage life crisis. Who is she and what will she do with her life? Brandy Colbert brings her character to life by not always having the right answers pinpointed at each chapter's end. Yvonne does what's right for her without preaching and proselytizing, whi...

    4.5 stars Originally posted at For What It's Worth on 8/30/18: http://www.fwiwreviews.net/search?q=f... I had been wanting to give Colbert?s writing a try and picked up both her Stonewall Award winning book, Little & Lion (purchased) and an arc of Finding Yvonne at a signin...

    there?s no bullshitting here. I LOVE IT. ...

    Wow. This was heavy, but it was also honest and real. I?m so glad this story exists. ...

    4.5/5 stars Finding Yvonne is an amazingly feminist and extremely enjoyable coming of age novel about a young African American woman, Yvonne, coming into her own as she navigates her family life, sex life, and reproductive choices. It is a wonderfully refreshing and surprising r...

    Brandy Colbert is easily one of the best authors writing today. Finding Yvonne is completely captivating and it's so relatable. The synopsis spoils the fact that Yvonne is pregnant, but we don't learn that until almost 200 pages in (my ARC is 276 pages). Obviously she has to figure ...

    DNF @ pg 80 - this makes me sad. Little & Lion is an absolutely excellent contemporary, but Finding Yvonne is unable to capture any of what made L&L a success. The writing here is lifeless, the plot is aimless, the main character uninteresting. This story desperately needed...s...

    This review was originally posted on my blog Assia Something. Summary: Yvonne realizes that playing violin is no longer her future. She just doesn?t feel the passion necessary to dedicate her ENTIRE life to playing. Enter Warren, the guy she?s kinda-sorta dating, who is only two...

    Ever since I read Brandy Colbert's LITTLE & LION, I knew I was going to continue to be a fan of her work. So when I found out about FINDING YVONNE, I immediately added this book to my TBR. And now I'm so glad that I got the chance to read it, because this book took me on an emotion...

    5/10 OR 3/5 STARS Okay, so I?m confused. Obviously this book was good, otherwise it wouldn?t have a 5/10. But obviously it?s not awesome since it has a 5/10. Starting with what?s good, let?s go with Yvonne and her family. I loved the bond she had with her father because...

    Hands down, Brandy Colbert is my favorite writer of contemporary realist YA fiction. Her books handle complicated situations with incomparable grace, her characters bring to life complex, intersectional identities, and she has a knack for page-turning scenes. I feel like my writing get...

    I had a hard time putting this book down! Yvonne's voice is so strong, and I really felt for her senior year struggles. I appreciated that she didn't have a clear path toward figuring out what she wants to do after high school, and I loved her self-awareness of both her privileges (as ...

    Crosspost: TheReadingBelle.com Perhaps, I am getting older because it is hard for me to find a good contemporary YA book that pleases me in this day and age. Finding Yvonne by Brandy Colbert was a choice. The synopsis was intriguing, the plot did seem something out of the CW, so I t...

  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)
    Apr 24, 2018

    This is such a complicated book, because I kind of like it in hindsight but I also think it's one of the most non-books I've ever read.... but I also love it so much in hindsight?? Can I just reiterate that slice-of-life stories are aggressively not my thing? And that I hate cheat...

    God, Brandy Colbert is just so good at capturing these seemingly little things that have totally fallen through the cracks in the ways we talk about teens and putting them front and center in can't-miss books. I only barely read blurbs when the author is already an insta-buy for me, so...

    ? ALL THE FEELS ? . I was up and down and up and down during parts of this contemporary YA novel, but oh my goodness, the last quarter of the book just blew me away. Colbert pulls no punches in her portrayal of a lonely teen who is (rightfully) not at all apologetic about her se...

    A messy yet wonderful book that unexpectedly but profoundly explores the uncertainty of the future, family, and the choices we make. - Centers on Yvonne, a Black teen who, although has dedicated 11 years of her life to the violin, now feels like she has lost her passion. This book f...

    Really enjoyed this! Read more of my reviews on JenRyland.com! Check out my Bookstagram! Or check out my Jen In Ten reviews on Youtube - get the lowdown on current books in 10-30 seconds! ...

    Read this in two sittings. Yet another Brandy Colbert book I am absolutely obsessed with. ...

    I devoured this on audiobook in two days. The synopsis was misleading as the pregnancy isn't a central part of the book (it only happens around two thirds in) but didn't take away from my enjoyment. Yvonne is an amazing, complex character and I loved following her, her journey and her ...

    3.5 stars I really enjoyed reading Colbert's Little and Lion when I read it last year, and Finding Yvonne was in a lot of ways different, but also the same. It's Colbert's voice or something, but it has that same heavy feeling while you read that makes it seem like every single t...

    Yvonne's been playing violin for many years, but now that her senior year is here, she's facing the reality that playing violin might not be her future. She's been fine at school, but she doesn't want to attend a school to simply attend school. Right now, she's concerned about figuring...

    Perfection. I mean, it's a Brandy book so OBVIOUSLY but still ...

    I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked this one up but I love Yvonne and the relationships she has. Highly recommend ...

    Yvonne's feeling a bit of a teenage life crisis. Who is she and what will she do with her life? Brandy Colbert brings her character to life by not always having the right answers pinpointed at each chapter's end. Yvonne does what's right for her without preaching and proselytizing, whi...

    4.5 stars Originally posted at For What It's Worth on 8/30/18: http://www.fwiwreviews.net/search?q=f... I had been wanting to give Colbert?s writing a try and picked up both her Stonewall Award winning book, Little & Lion (purchased) and an arc of Finding Yvonne at a signin...

    there?s no bullshitting here. I LOVE IT. ...

    Wow. This was heavy, but it was also honest and real. I?m so glad this story exists. ...

  • Jory
    Sep 13, 2018

    This is such a complicated book, because I kind of like it in hindsight but I also think it's one of the most non-books I've ever read.... but I also love it so much in hindsight?? Can I just reiterate that slice-of-life stories are aggressively not my thing? And that I hate cheat...

    God, Brandy Colbert is just so good at capturing these seemingly little things that have totally fallen through the cracks in the ways we talk about teens and putting them front and center in can't-miss books. I only barely read blurbs when the author is already an insta-buy for me, so...

    ? ALL THE FEELS ? . I was up and down and up and down during parts of this contemporary YA novel, but oh my goodness, the last quarter of the book just blew me away. Colbert pulls no punches in her portrayal of a lonely teen who is (rightfully) not at all apologetic about her se...

    A messy yet wonderful book that unexpectedly but profoundly explores the uncertainty of the future, family, and the choices we make. - Centers on Yvonne, a Black teen who, although has dedicated 11 years of her life to the violin, now feels like she has lost her passion. This book f...

    Really enjoyed this! Read more of my reviews on JenRyland.com! Check out my Bookstagram! Or check out my Jen In Ten reviews on Youtube - get the lowdown on current books in 10-30 seconds! ...

    Read this in two sittings. Yet another Brandy Colbert book I am absolutely obsessed with. ...

    I devoured this on audiobook in two days. The synopsis was misleading as the pregnancy isn't a central part of the book (it only happens around two thirds in) but didn't take away from my enjoyment. Yvonne is an amazing, complex character and I loved following her, her journey and her ...

    3.5 stars I really enjoyed reading Colbert's Little and Lion when I read it last year, and Finding Yvonne was in a lot of ways different, but also the same. It's Colbert's voice or something, but it has that same heavy feeling while you read that makes it seem like every single t...

    Yvonne's been playing violin for many years, but now that her senior year is here, she's facing the reality that playing violin might not be her future. She's been fine at school, but she doesn't want to attend a school to simply attend school. Right now, she's concerned about figuring...

    Perfection. I mean, it's a Brandy book so OBVIOUSLY but still ...

    I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked this one up but I love Yvonne and the relationships she has. Highly recommend ...

    Yvonne's feeling a bit of a teenage life crisis. Who is she and what will she do with her life? Brandy Colbert brings her character to life by not always having the right answers pinpointed at each chapter's end. Yvonne does what's right for her without preaching and proselytizing, whi...

    4.5 stars Originally posted at For What It's Worth on 8/30/18: http://www.fwiwreviews.net/search?q=f... I had been wanting to give Colbert?s writing a try and picked up both her Stonewall Award winning book, Little & Lion (purchased) and an arc of Finding Yvonne at a signin...

    there?s no bullshitting here. I LOVE IT. ...

    Wow. This was heavy, but it was also honest and real. I?m so glad this story exists. ...

    4.5/5 stars Finding Yvonne is an amazingly feminist and extremely enjoyable coming of age novel about a young African American woman, Yvonne, coming into her own as she navigates her family life, sex life, and reproductive choices. It is a wonderfully refreshing and surprising r...

    Brandy Colbert is easily one of the best authors writing today. Finding Yvonne is completely captivating and it's so relatable. The synopsis spoils the fact that Yvonne is pregnant, but we don't learn that until almost 200 pages in (my ARC is 276 pages). Obviously she has to figure ...

    DNF @ pg 80 - this makes me sad. Little & Lion is an absolutely excellent contemporary, but Finding Yvonne is unable to capture any of what made L&L a success. The writing here is lifeless, the plot is aimless, the main character uninteresting. This story desperately needed...s...

    This review was originally posted on my blog Assia Something. Summary: Yvonne realizes that playing violin is no longer her future. She just doesn?t feel the passion necessary to dedicate her ENTIRE life to playing. Enter Warren, the guy she?s kinda-sorta dating, who is only two...

    Ever since I read Brandy Colbert's LITTLE & LION, I knew I was going to continue to be a fan of her work. So when I found out about FINDING YVONNE, I immediately added this book to my TBR. And now I'm so glad that I got the chance to read it, because this book took me on an emotion...

    5/10 OR 3/5 STARS Okay, so I?m confused. Obviously this book was good, otherwise it wouldn?t have a 5/10. But obviously it?s not awesome since it has a 5/10. Starting with what?s good, let?s go with Yvonne and her family. I loved the bond she had with her father because...

    Hands down, Brandy Colbert is my favorite writer of contemporary realist YA fiction. Her books handle complicated situations with incomparable grace, her characters bring to life complex, intersectional identities, and she has a knack for page-turning scenes. I feel like my writing get...

    I had a hard time putting this book down! Yvonne's voice is so strong, and I really felt for her senior year struggles. I appreciated that she didn't have a clear path toward figuring out what she wants to do after high school, and I loved her self-awareness of both her privileges (as ...

    Crosspost: TheReadingBelle.com Perhaps, I am getting older because it is hard for me to find a good contemporary YA book that pleases me in this day and age. Finding Yvonne by Brandy Colbert was a choice. The synopsis was intriguing, the plot did seem something out of the CW, so I t...

    Yvonne's struggle with her music and figuring out her future is spot-on and something that a lot of teens her age struggle with. She's struggling to find herself in a lot of ways in this book - her once-certain career path is thrown off the rails, she struggles with her feelings about ...

    I really enjoyed this second novel by Brandy Colbert, perhaps even more than Little & Lion. Yvonne is trying hard to navigate her world: does she still love the violin? Does she love Warren enough? Or is Omar better for her? Does she even miss her mother? Is her dad enough? In some...

  • Kate Olson
    Oct 24, 2018

    This is such a complicated book, because I kind of like it in hindsight but I also think it's one of the most non-books I've ever read.... but I also love it so much in hindsight?? Can I just reiterate that slice-of-life stories are aggressively not my thing? And that I hate cheat...

    God, Brandy Colbert is just so good at capturing these seemingly little things that have totally fallen through the cracks in the ways we talk about teens and putting them front and center in can't-miss books. I only barely read blurbs when the author is already an insta-buy for me, so...

    ? ALL THE FEELS ? . I was up and down and up and down during parts of this contemporary YA novel, but oh my goodness, the last quarter of the book just blew me away. Colbert pulls no punches in her portrayal of a lonely teen who is (rightfully) not at all apologetic about her se...

  • Latanya (CraftyScribbles)
    Aug 17, 2018

    This is such a complicated book, because I kind of like it in hindsight but I also think it's one of the most non-books I've ever read.... but I also love it so much in hindsight?? Can I just reiterate that slice-of-life stories are aggressively not my thing? And that I hate cheat...

    God, Brandy Colbert is just so good at capturing these seemingly little things that have totally fallen through the cracks in the ways we talk about teens and putting them front and center in can't-miss books. I only barely read blurbs when the author is already an insta-buy for me, so...

    ? ALL THE FEELS ? . I was up and down and up and down during parts of this contemporary YA novel, but oh my goodness, the last quarter of the book just blew me away. Colbert pulls no punches in her portrayal of a lonely teen who is (rightfully) not at all apologetic about her se...

    A messy yet wonderful book that unexpectedly but profoundly explores the uncertainty of the future, family, and the choices we make. - Centers on Yvonne, a Black teen who, although has dedicated 11 years of her life to the violin, now feels like she has lost her passion. This book f...

    Really enjoyed this! Read more of my reviews on JenRyland.com! Check out my Bookstagram! Or check out my Jen In Ten reviews on Youtube - get the lowdown on current books in 10-30 seconds! ...

    Read this in two sittings. Yet another Brandy Colbert book I am absolutely obsessed with. ...

    I devoured this on audiobook in two days. The synopsis was misleading as the pregnancy isn't a central part of the book (it only happens around two thirds in) but didn't take away from my enjoyment. Yvonne is an amazing, complex character and I loved following her, her journey and her ...

    3.5 stars I really enjoyed reading Colbert's Little and Lion when I read it last year, and Finding Yvonne was in a lot of ways different, but also the same. It's Colbert's voice or something, but it has that same heavy feeling while you read that makes it seem like every single t...

    Yvonne's been playing violin for many years, but now that her senior year is here, she's facing the reality that playing violin might not be her future. She's been fine at school, but she doesn't want to attend a school to simply attend school. Right now, she's concerned about figuring...

    Perfection. I mean, it's a Brandy book so OBVIOUSLY but still ...

    I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked this one up but I love Yvonne and the relationships she has. Highly recommend ...

    Yvonne's feeling a bit of a teenage life crisis. Who is she and what will she do with her life? Brandy Colbert brings her character to life by not always having the right answers pinpointed at each chapter's end. Yvonne does what's right for her without preaching and proselytizing, whi...

  • CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
    Sep 06, 2018

    This is such a complicated book, because I kind of like it in hindsight but I also think it's one of the most non-books I've ever read.... but I also love it so much in hindsight?? Can I just reiterate that slice-of-life stories are aggressively not my thing? And that I hate cheat...

    God, Brandy Colbert is just so good at capturing these seemingly little things that have totally fallen through the cracks in the ways we talk about teens and putting them front and center in can't-miss books. I only barely read blurbs when the author is already an insta-buy for me, so...

    ? ALL THE FEELS ? . I was up and down and up and down during parts of this contemporary YA novel, but oh my goodness, the last quarter of the book just blew me away. Colbert pulls no punches in her portrayal of a lonely teen who is (rightfully) not at all apologetic about her se...

    A messy yet wonderful book that unexpectedly but profoundly explores the uncertainty of the future, family, and the choices we make. - Centers on Yvonne, a Black teen who, although has dedicated 11 years of her life to the violin, now feels like she has lost her passion. This book f...

  • Alexandria  Ang
    Jul 08, 2018

    This is such a complicated book, because I kind of like it in hindsight but I also think it's one of the most non-books I've ever read.... but I also love it so much in hindsight?? Can I just reiterate that slice-of-life stories are aggressively not my thing? And that I hate cheat...

    God, Brandy Colbert is just so good at capturing these seemingly little things that have totally fallen through the cracks in the ways we talk about teens and putting them front and center in can't-miss books. I only barely read blurbs when the author is already an insta-buy for me, so...

    ? ALL THE FEELS ? . I was up and down and up and down during parts of this contemporary YA novel, but oh my goodness, the last quarter of the book just blew me away. Colbert pulls no punches in her portrayal of a lonely teen who is (rightfully) not at all apologetic about her se...

    A messy yet wonderful book that unexpectedly but profoundly explores the uncertainty of the future, family, and the choices we make. - Centers on Yvonne, a Black teen who, although has dedicated 11 years of her life to the violin, now feels like she has lost her passion. This book f...

    Really enjoyed this! Read more of my reviews on JenRyland.com! Check out my Bookstagram! Or check out my Jen In Ten reviews on Youtube - get the lowdown on current books in 10-30 seconds! ...

    Read this in two sittings. Yet another Brandy Colbert book I am absolutely obsessed with. ...

  • alyanna ✨
    Dec 08, 2018

    This is such a complicated book, because I kind of like it in hindsight but I also think it's one of the most non-books I've ever read.... but I also love it so much in hindsight?? Can I just reiterate that slice-of-life stories are aggressively not my thing? And that I hate cheat...

    God, Brandy Colbert is just so good at capturing these seemingly little things that have totally fallen through the cracks in the ways we talk about teens and putting them front and center in can't-miss books. I only barely read blurbs when the author is already an insta-buy for me, so...

    ? ALL THE FEELS ? . I was up and down and up and down during parts of this contemporary YA novel, but oh my goodness, the last quarter of the book just blew me away. Colbert pulls no punches in her portrayal of a lonely teen who is (rightfully) not at all apologetic about her se...

    A messy yet wonderful book that unexpectedly but profoundly explores the uncertainty of the future, family, and the choices we make. - Centers on Yvonne, a Black teen who, although has dedicated 11 years of her life to the violin, now feels like she has lost her passion. This book f...

    Really enjoyed this! Read more of my reviews on JenRyland.com! Check out my Bookstagram! Or check out my Jen In Ten reviews on Youtube - get the lowdown on current books in 10-30 seconds! ...

    Read this in two sittings. Yet another Brandy Colbert book I am absolutely obsessed with. ...

    I devoured this on audiobook in two days. The synopsis was misleading as the pregnancy isn't a central part of the book (it only happens around two thirds in) but didn't take away from my enjoyment. Yvonne is an amazing, complex character and I loved following her, her journey and her ...

    3.5 stars I really enjoyed reading Colbert's Little and Lion when I read it last year, and Finding Yvonne was in a lot of ways different, but also the same. It's Colbert's voice or something, but it has that same heavy feeling while you read that makes it seem like every single t...

    Yvonne's been playing violin for many years, but now that her senior year is here, she's facing the reality that playing violin might not be her future. She's been fine at school, but she doesn't want to attend a school to simply attend school. Right now, she's concerned about figuring...

    Perfection. I mean, it's a Brandy book so OBVIOUSLY but still ...

    I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked this one up but I love Yvonne and the relationships she has. Highly recommend ...

    Yvonne's feeling a bit of a teenage life crisis. Who is she and what will she do with her life? Brandy Colbert brings her character to life by not always having the right answers pinpointed at each chapter's end. Yvonne does what's right for her without preaching and proselytizing, whi...

    4.5 stars Originally posted at For What It's Worth on 8/30/18: http://www.fwiwreviews.net/search?q=f... I had been wanting to give Colbert?s writing a try and picked up both her Stonewall Award winning book, Little & Lion (purchased) and an arc of Finding Yvonne at a signin...

    there?s no bullshitting here. I LOVE IT. ...

  • Chelsea
    Dec 21, 2017

    This is such a complicated book, because I kind of like it in hindsight but I also think it's one of the most non-books I've ever read.... but I also love it so much in hindsight?? Can I just reiterate that slice-of-life stories are aggressively not my thing? And that I hate cheat...

    God, Brandy Colbert is just so good at capturing these seemingly little things that have totally fallen through the cracks in the ways we talk about teens and putting them front and center in can't-miss books. I only barely read blurbs when the author is already an insta-buy for me, so...

    ? ALL THE FEELS ? . I was up and down and up and down during parts of this contemporary YA novel, but oh my goodness, the last quarter of the book just blew me away. Colbert pulls no punches in her portrayal of a lonely teen who is (rightfully) not at all apologetic about her se...

    A messy yet wonderful book that unexpectedly but profoundly explores the uncertainty of the future, family, and the choices we make. - Centers on Yvonne, a Black teen who, although has dedicated 11 years of her life to the violin, now feels like she has lost her passion. This book f...

    Really enjoyed this! Read more of my reviews on JenRyland.com! Check out my Bookstagram! Or check out my Jen In Ten reviews on Youtube - get the lowdown on current books in 10-30 seconds! ...

    Read this in two sittings. Yet another Brandy Colbert book I am absolutely obsessed with. ...

    I devoured this on audiobook in two days. The synopsis was misleading as the pregnancy isn't a central part of the book (it only happens around two thirds in) but didn't take away from my enjoyment. Yvonne is an amazing, complex character and I loved following her, her journey and her ...

    3.5 stars I really enjoyed reading Colbert's Little and Lion when I read it last year, and Finding Yvonne was in a lot of ways different, but also the same. It's Colbert's voice or something, but it has that same heavy feeling while you read that makes it seem like every single t...

    Yvonne's been playing violin for many years, but now that her senior year is here, she's facing the reality that playing violin might not be her future. She's been fine at school, but she doesn't want to attend a school to simply attend school. Right now, she's concerned about figuring...

    Perfection. I mean, it's a Brandy book so OBVIOUSLY but still ...

    I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked this one up but I love Yvonne and the relationships she has. Highly recommend ...

    Yvonne's feeling a bit of a teenage life crisis. Who is she and what will she do with her life? Brandy Colbert brings her character to life by not always having the right answers pinpointed at each chapter's end. Yvonne does what's right for her without preaching and proselytizing, whi...

    4.5 stars Originally posted at For What It's Worth on 8/30/18: http://www.fwiwreviews.net/search?q=f... I had been wanting to give Colbert?s writing a try and picked up both her Stonewall Award winning book, Little & Lion (purchased) and an arc of Finding Yvonne at a signin...

    there?s no bullshitting here. I LOVE IT. ...

    Wow. This was heavy, but it was also honest and real. I?m so glad this story exists. ...

    4.5/5 stars Finding Yvonne is an amazingly feminist and extremely enjoyable coming of age novel about a young African American woman, Yvonne, coming into her own as she navigates her family life, sex life, and reproductive choices. It is a wonderfully refreshing and surprising r...

    Brandy Colbert is easily one of the best authors writing today. Finding Yvonne is completely captivating and it's so relatable. The synopsis spoils the fact that Yvonne is pregnant, but we don't learn that until almost 200 pages in (my ARC is 276 pages). Obviously she has to figure ...

    DNF @ pg 80 - this makes me sad. Little & Lion is an absolutely excellent contemporary, but Finding Yvonne is unable to capture any of what made L&L a success. The writing here is lifeless, the plot is aimless, the main character uninteresting. This story desperately needed...s...

  • Mattie Richards
    Oct 10, 2018

    This is such a complicated book, because I kind of like it in hindsight but I also think it's one of the most non-books I've ever read.... but I also love it so much in hindsight?? Can I just reiterate that slice-of-life stories are aggressively not my thing? And that I hate cheat...

    God, Brandy Colbert is just so good at capturing these seemingly little things that have totally fallen through the cracks in the ways we talk about teens and putting them front and center in can't-miss books. I only barely read blurbs when the author is already an insta-buy for me, so...

    ? ALL THE FEELS ? . I was up and down and up and down during parts of this contemporary YA novel, but oh my goodness, the last quarter of the book just blew me away. Colbert pulls no punches in her portrayal of a lonely teen who is (rightfully) not at all apologetic about her se...

    A messy yet wonderful book that unexpectedly but profoundly explores the uncertainty of the future, family, and the choices we make. - Centers on Yvonne, a Black teen who, although has dedicated 11 years of her life to the violin, now feels like she has lost her passion. This book f...

    Really enjoyed this! Read more of my reviews on JenRyland.com! Check out my Bookstagram! Or check out my Jen In Ten reviews on Youtube - get the lowdown on current books in 10-30 seconds! ...

    Read this in two sittings. Yet another Brandy Colbert book I am absolutely obsessed with. ...

    I devoured this on audiobook in two days. The synopsis was misleading as the pregnancy isn't a central part of the book (it only happens around two thirds in) but didn't take away from my enjoyment. Yvonne is an amazing, complex character and I loved following her, her journey and her ...

    3.5 stars I really enjoyed reading Colbert's Little and Lion when I read it last year, and Finding Yvonne was in a lot of ways different, but also the same. It's Colbert's voice or something, but it has that same heavy feeling while you read that makes it seem like every single t...

    Yvonne's been playing violin for many years, but now that her senior year is here, she's facing the reality that playing violin might not be her future. She's been fine at school, but she doesn't want to attend a school to simply attend school. Right now, she's concerned about figuring...

    Perfection. I mean, it's a Brandy book so OBVIOUSLY but still ...

    I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked this one up but I love Yvonne and the relationships she has. Highly recommend ...

    Yvonne's feeling a bit of a teenage life crisis. Who is she and what will she do with her life? Brandy Colbert brings her character to life by not always having the right answers pinpointed at each chapter's end. Yvonne does what's right for her without preaching and proselytizing, whi...

    4.5 stars Originally posted at For What It's Worth on 8/30/18: http://www.fwiwreviews.net/search?q=f... I had been wanting to give Colbert?s writing a try and picked up both her Stonewall Award winning book, Little & Lion (purchased) and an arc of Finding Yvonne at a signin...

    there?s no bullshitting here. I LOVE IT. ...

    Wow. This was heavy, but it was also honest and real. I?m so glad this story exists. ...

    4.5/5 stars Finding Yvonne is an amazingly feminist and extremely enjoyable coming of age novel about a young African American woman, Yvonne, coming into her own as she navigates her family life, sex life, and reproductive choices. It is a wonderfully refreshing and surprising r...

    Brandy Colbert is easily one of the best authors writing today. Finding Yvonne is completely captivating and it's so relatable. The synopsis spoils the fact that Yvonne is pregnant, but we don't learn that until almost 200 pages in (my ARC is 276 pages). Obviously she has to figure ...

    DNF @ pg 80 - this makes me sad. Little & Lion is an absolutely excellent contemporary, but Finding Yvonne is unable to capture any of what made L&L a success. The writing here is lifeless, the plot is aimless, the main character uninteresting. This story desperately needed...s...

    This review was originally posted on my blog Assia Something. Summary: Yvonne realizes that playing violin is no longer her future. She just doesn?t feel the passion necessary to dedicate her ENTIRE life to playing. Enter Warren, the guy she?s kinda-sorta dating, who is only two...

    Ever since I read Brandy Colbert's LITTLE & LION, I knew I was going to continue to be a fan of her work. So when I found out about FINDING YVONNE, I immediately added this book to my TBR. And now I'm so glad that I got the chance to read it, because this book took me on an emotion...

    5/10 OR 3/5 STARS Okay, so I?m confused. Obviously this book was good, otherwise it wouldn?t have a 5/10. But obviously it?s not awesome since it has a 5/10. Starting with what?s good, let?s go with Yvonne and her family. I loved the bond she had with her father because...

    Hands down, Brandy Colbert is my favorite writer of contemporary realist YA fiction. Her books handle complicated situations with incomparable grace, her characters bring to life complex, intersectional identities, and she has a knack for page-turning scenes. I feel like my writing get...

    I had a hard time putting this book down! Yvonne's voice is so strong, and I really felt for her senior year struggles. I appreciated that she didn't have a clear path toward figuring out what she wants to do after high school, and I loved her self-awareness of both her privileges (as ...

    Crosspost: TheReadingBelle.com Perhaps, I am getting older because it is hard for me to find a good contemporary YA book that pleases me in this day and age. Finding Yvonne by Brandy Colbert was a choice. The synopsis was intriguing, the plot did seem something out of the CW, so I t...

    Yvonne's struggle with her music and figuring out her future is spot-on and something that a lot of teens her age struggle with. She's struggling to find herself in a lot of ways in this book - her once-certain career path is thrown off the rails, she struggles with her feelings about ...

    I really enjoyed this second novel by Brandy Colbert, perhaps even more than Little & Lion. Yvonne is trying hard to navigate her world: does she still love the violin? Does she love Warren enough? Or is Omar better for her? Does she even miss her mother? Is her dad enough? In some...

    Brandy Colbert stuns me again with this beautiful, nuanced exploration of identity at the end of high school and the pressures of that time. She also thoughtfully explores race, prejudices, sex positivity and pregnancy. The family, friend and relationship dynamics were beautifully don?...

    Amazing read! Completely different to what I was expecting but I think that was because I had a completely different idea of what I thought the book was. This book is hard to rate because it isn't a four stars but it's not completely a five stars. I'll rate it here four stars but I thi...

    RATING: 3.5/5 stars I liked the depiction of a lonely teenage girl trying to work out what she wants to do with her life. It made for an interesting audiobook. I did not really like the cheating though, and what makes it worse is that Yvonne does not see it as cheating. ...

    Great relationship writing, cliche story. Almost finished it but the relationship building that kept me involved took an absolute nosedive into bad self published territory, so I stopped wasting my time. Also that covered killed a lot of interest for me. ...

  • Fadwa (Word Wonders)
    Sep 15, 2018

    This is such a complicated book, because I kind of like it in hindsight but I also think it's one of the most non-books I've ever read.... but I also love it so much in hindsight?? Can I just reiterate that slice-of-life stories are aggressively not my thing? And that I hate cheat...

    God, Brandy Colbert is just so good at capturing these seemingly little things that have totally fallen through the cracks in the ways we talk about teens and putting them front and center in can't-miss books. I only barely read blurbs when the author is already an insta-buy for me, so...

    ? ALL THE FEELS ? . I was up and down and up and down during parts of this contemporary YA novel, but oh my goodness, the last quarter of the book just blew me away. Colbert pulls no punches in her portrayal of a lonely teen who is (rightfully) not at all apologetic about her se...

    A messy yet wonderful book that unexpectedly but profoundly explores the uncertainty of the future, family, and the choices we make. - Centers on Yvonne, a Black teen who, although has dedicated 11 years of her life to the violin, now feels like she has lost her passion. This book f...

    Really enjoyed this! Read more of my reviews on JenRyland.com! Check out my Bookstagram! Or check out my Jen In Ten reviews on Youtube - get the lowdown on current books in 10-30 seconds! ...

    Read this in two sittings. Yet another Brandy Colbert book I am absolutely obsessed with. ...

    I devoured this on audiobook in two days. The synopsis was misleading as the pregnancy isn't a central part of the book (it only happens around two thirds in) but didn't take away from my enjoyment. Yvonne is an amazing, complex character and I loved following her, her journey and her ...

  • Rachel Strolle
    Nov 09, 2017

    This is such a complicated book, because I kind of like it in hindsight but I also think it's one of the most non-books I've ever read.... but I also love it so much in hindsight?? Can I just reiterate that slice-of-life stories are aggressively not my thing? And that I hate cheat...

    God, Brandy Colbert is just so good at capturing these seemingly little things that have totally fallen through the cracks in the ways we talk about teens and putting them front and center in can't-miss books. I only barely read blurbs when the author is already an insta-buy for me, so...

    ? ALL THE FEELS ? . I was up and down and up and down during parts of this contemporary YA novel, but oh my goodness, the last quarter of the book just blew me away. Colbert pulls no punches in her portrayal of a lonely teen who is (rightfully) not at all apologetic about her se...

    A messy yet wonderful book that unexpectedly but profoundly explores the uncertainty of the future, family, and the choices we make. - Centers on Yvonne, a Black teen who, although has dedicated 11 years of her life to the violin, now feels like she has lost her passion. This book f...

    Really enjoyed this! Read more of my reviews on JenRyland.com! Check out my Bookstagram! Or check out my Jen In Ten reviews on Youtube - get the lowdown on current books in 10-30 seconds! ...

    Read this in two sittings. Yet another Brandy Colbert book I am absolutely obsessed with. ...

    I devoured this on audiobook in two days. The synopsis was misleading as the pregnancy isn't a central part of the book (it only happens around two thirds in) but didn't take away from my enjoyment. Yvonne is an amazing, complex character and I loved following her, her journey and her ...

    3.5 stars I really enjoyed reading Colbert's Little and Lion when I read it last year, and Finding Yvonne was in a lot of ways different, but also the same. It's Colbert's voice or something, but it has that same heavy feeling while you read that makes it seem like every single t...

    Yvonne's been playing violin for many years, but now that her senior year is here, she's facing the reality that playing violin might not be her future. She's been fine at school, but she doesn't want to attend a school to simply attend school. Right now, she's concerned about figuring...

    Perfection. I mean, it's a Brandy book so OBVIOUSLY but still ...

  • Wilmarie
    Nov 07, 2018

    This is such a complicated book, because I kind of like it in hindsight but I also think it's one of the most non-books I've ever read.... but I also love it so much in hindsight?? Can I just reiterate that slice-of-life stories are aggressively not my thing? And that I hate cheat...

    God, Brandy Colbert is just so good at capturing these seemingly little things that have totally fallen through the cracks in the ways we talk about teens and putting them front and center in can't-miss books. I only barely read blurbs when the author is already an insta-buy for me, so...

    ? ALL THE FEELS ? . I was up and down and up and down during parts of this contemporary YA novel, but oh my goodness, the last quarter of the book just blew me away. Colbert pulls no punches in her portrayal of a lonely teen who is (rightfully) not at all apologetic about her se...

    A messy yet wonderful book that unexpectedly but profoundly explores the uncertainty of the future, family, and the choices we make. - Centers on Yvonne, a Black teen who, although has dedicated 11 years of her life to the violin, now feels like she has lost her passion. This book f...

    Really enjoyed this! Read more of my reviews on JenRyland.com! Check out my Bookstagram! Or check out my Jen In Ten reviews on Youtube - get the lowdown on current books in 10-30 seconds! ...

    Read this in two sittings. Yet another Brandy Colbert book I am absolutely obsessed with. ...

    I devoured this on audiobook in two days. The synopsis was misleading as the pregnancy isn't a central part of the book (it only happens around two thirds in) but didn't take away from my enjoyment. Yvonne is an amazing, complex character and I loved following her, her journey and her ...

    3.5 stars I really enjoyed reading Colbert's Little and Lion when I read it last year, and Finding Yvonne was in a lot of ways different, but also the same. It's Colbert's voice or something, but it has that same heavy feeling while you read that makes it seem like every single t...

    Yvonne's been playing violin for many years, but now that her senior year is here, she's facing the reality that playing violin might not be her future. She's been fine at school, but she doesn't want to attend a school to simply attend school. Right now, she's concerned about figuring...

    Perfection. I mean, it's a Brandy book so OBVIOUSLY but still ...

    I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked this one up but I love Yvonne and the relationships she has. Highly recommend ...

    Yvonne's feeling a bit of a teenage life crisis. Who is she and what will she do with her life? Brandy Colbert brings her character to life by not always having the right answers pinpointed at each chapter's end. Yvonne does what's right for her without preaching and proselytizing, whi...

    4.5 stars Originally posted at For What It's Worth on 8/30/18: http://www.fwiwreviews.net/search?q=f... I had been wanting to give Colbert?s writing a try and picked up both her Stonewall Award winning book, Little & Lion (purchased) and an arc of Finding Yvonne at a signin...

    there?s no bullshitting here. I LOVE IT. ...

    Wow. This was heavy, but it was also honest and real. I?m so glad this story exists. ...

    4.5/5 stars Finding Yvonne is an amazingly feminist and extremely enjoyable coming of age novel about a young African American woman, Yvonne, coming into her own as she navigates her family life, sex life, and reproductive choices. It is a wonderfully refreshing and surprising r...

    Brandy Colbert is easily one of the best authors writing today. Finding Yvonne is completely captivating and it's so relatable. The synopsis spoils the fact that Yvonne is pregnant, but we don't learn that until almost 200 pages in (my ARC is 276 pages). Obviously she has to figure ...

    DNF @ pg 80 - this makes me sad. Little & Lion is an absolutely excellent contemporary, but Finding Yvonne is unable to capture any of what made L&L a success. The writing here is lifeless, the plot is aimless, the main character uninteresting. This story desperately needed...s...

    This review was originally posted on my blog Assia Something. Summary: Yvonne realizes that playing violin is no longer her future. She just doesn?t feel the passion necessary to dedicate her ENTIRE life to playing. Enter Warren, the guy she?s kinda-sorta dating, who is only two...

    Ever since I read Brandy Colbert's LITTLE & LION, I knew I was going to continue to be a fan of her work. So when I found out about FINDING YVONNE, I immediately added this book to my TBR. And now I'm so glad that I got the chance to read it, because this book took me on an emotion...

    5/10 OR 3/5 STARS Okay, so I?m confused. Obviously this book was good, otherwise it wouldn?t have a 5/10. But obviously it?s not awesome since it has a 5/10. Starting with what?s good, let?s go with Yvonne and her family. I loved the bond she had with her father because...

    Hands down, Brandy Colbert is my favorite writer of contemporary realist YA fiction. Her books handle complicated situations with incomparable grace, her characters bring to life complex, intersectional identities, and she has a knack for page-turning scenes. I feel like my writing get...

    I had a hard time putting this book down! Yvonne's voice is so strong, and I really felt for her senior year struggles. I appreciated that she didn't have a clear path toward figuring out what she wants to do after high school, and I loved her self-awareness of both her privileges (as ...

    Crosspost: TheReadingBelle.com Perhaps, I am getting older because it is hard for me to find a good contemporary YA book that pleases me in this day and age. Finding Yvonne by Brandy Colbert was a choice. The synopsis was intriguing, the plot did seem something out of the CW, so I t...

    Yvonne's struggle with her music and figuring out her future is spot-on and something that a lot of teens her age struggle with. She's struggling to find herself in a lot of ways in this book - her once-certain career path is thrown off the rails, she struggles with her feelings about ...

    I really enjoyed this second novel by Brandy Colbert, perhaps even more than Little & Lion. Yvonne is trying hard to navigate her world: does she still love the violin? Does she love Warren enough? Or is Omar better for her? Does she even miss her mother? Is her dad enough? In some...

    Brandy Colbert stuns me again with this beautiful, nuanced exploration of identity at the end of high school and the pressures of that time. She also thoughtfully explores race, prejudices, sex positivity and pregnancy. The family, friend and relationship dynamics were beautifully don?...

    Amazing read! Completely different to what I was expecting but I think that was because I had a completely different idea of what I thought the book was. This book is hard to rate because it isn't a four stars but it's not completely a five stars. I'll rate it here four stars but I thi...

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    Oct 08, 2017

    This is such a complicated book, because I kind of like it in hindsight but I also think it's one of the most non-books I've ever read.... but I also love it so much in hindsight?? Can I just reiterate that slice-of-life stories are aggressively not my thing? And that I hate cheat...

  • Vicky Who Reads
    Jul 29, 2018

    This is such a complicated book, because I kind of like it in hindsight but I also think it's one of the most non-books I've ever read.... but I also love it so much in hindsight?? Can I just reiterate that slice-of-life stories are aggressively not my thing? And that I hate cheat...

    God, Brandy Colbert is just so good at capturing these seemingly little things that have totally fallen through the cracks in the ways we talk about teens and putting them front and center in can't-miss books. I only barely read blurbs when the author is already an insta-buy for me, so...

    ? ALL THE FEELS ? . I was up and down and up and down during parts of this contemporary YA novel, but oh my goodness, the last quarter of the book just blew me away. Colbert pulls no punches in her portrayal of a lonely teen who is (rightfully) not at all apologetic about her se...

    A messy yet wonderful book that unexpectedly but profoundly explores the uncertainty of the future, family, and the choices we make. - Centers on Yvonne, a Black teen who, although has dedicated 11 years of her life to the violin, now feels like she has lost her passion. This book f...

    Really enjoyed this! Read more of my reviews on JenRyland.com! Check out my Bookstagram! Or check out my Jen In Ten reviews on Youtube - get the lowdown on current books in 10-30 seconds! ...

    Read this in two sittings. Yet another Brandy Colbert book I am absolutely obsessed with. ...

    I devoured this on audiobook in two days. The synopsis was misleading as the pregnancy isn't a central part of the book (it only happens around two thirds in) but didn't take away from my enjoyment. Yvonne is an amazing, complex character and I loved following her, her journey and her ...

    3.5 stars I really enjoyed reading Colbert's Little and Lion when I read it last year, and Finding Yvonne was in a lot of ways different, but also the same. It's Colbert's voice or something, but it has that same heavy feeling while you read that makes it seem like every single t...

  • Teenreadsdotcom
    Aug 15, 2018

    This is such a complicated book, because I kind of like it in hindsight but I also think it's one of the most non-books I've ever read.... but I also love it so much in hindsight?? Can I just reiterate that slice-of-life stories are aggressively not my thing? And that I hate cheat...

    God, Brandy Colbert is just so good at capturing these seemingly little things that have totally fallen through the cracks in the ways we talk about teens and putting them front and center in can't-miss books. I only barely read blurbs when the author is already an insta-buy for me, so...

    ? ALL THE FEELS ? . I was up and down and up and down during parts of this contemporary YA novel, but oh my goodness, the last quarter of the book just blew me away. Colbert pulls no punches in her portrayal of a lonely teen who is (rightfully) not at all apologetic about her se...

    A messy yet wonderful book that unexpectedly but profoundly explores the uncertainty of the future, family, and the choices we make. - Centers on Yvonne, a Black teen who, although has dedicated 11 years of her life to the violin, now feels like she has lost her passion. This book f...

    Really enjoyed this! Read more of my reviews on JenRyland.com! Check out my Bookstagram! Or check out my Jen In Ten reviews on Youtube - get the lowdown on current books in 10-30 seconds! ...

    Read this in two sittings. Yet another Brandy Colbert book I am absolutely obsessed with. ...

    I devoured this on audiobook in two days. The synopsis was misleading as the pregnancy isn't a central part of the book (it only happens around two thirds in) but didn't take away from my enjoyment. Yvonne is an amazing, complex character and I loved following her, her journey and her ...

    3.5 stars I really enjoyed reading Colbert's Little and Lion when I read it last year, and Finding Yvonne was in a lot of ways different, but also the same. It's Colbert's voice or something, but it has that same heavy feeling while you read that makes it seem like every single t...

    Yvonne's been playing violin for many years, but now that her senior year is here, she's facing the reality that playing violin might not be her future. She's been fine at school, but she doesn't want to attend a school to simply attend school. Right now, she's concerned about figuring...

    Perfection. I mean, it's a Brandy book so OBVIOUSLY but still ...

    I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked this one up but I love Yvonne and the relationships she has. Highly recommend ...

    Yvonne's feeling a bit of a teenage life crisis. Who is she and what will she do with her life? Brandy Colbert brings her character to life by not always having the right answers pinpointed at each chapter's end. Yvonne does what's right for her without preaching and proselytizing, whi...

    4.5 stars Originally posted at For What It's Worth on 8/30/18: http://www.fwiwreviews.net/search?q=f... I had been wanting to give Colbert?s writing a try and picked up both her Stonewall Award winning book, Little & Lion (purchased) and an arc of Finding Yvonne at a signin...

    there?s no bullshitting here. I LOVE IT. ...

    Wow. This was heavy, but it was also honest and real. I?m so glad this story exists. ...

    4.5/5 stars Finding Yvonne is an amazingly feminist and extremely enjoyable coming of age novel about a young African American woman, Yvonne, coming into her own as she navigates her family life, sex life, and reproductive choices. It is a wonderfully refreshing and surprising r...

    Brandy Colbert is easily one of the best authors writing today. Finding Yvonne is completely captivating and it's so relatable. The synopsis spoils the fact that Yvonne is pregnant, but we don't learn that until almost 200 pages in (my ARC is 276 pages). Obviously she has to figure ...

    DNF @ pg 80 - this makes me sad. Little & Lion is an absolutely excellent contemporary, but Finding Yvonne is unable to capture any of what made L&L a success. The writing here is lifeless, the plot is aimless, the main character uninteresting. This story desperately needed...s...

    This review was originally posted on my blog Assia Something. Summary: Yvonne realizes that playing violin is no longer her future. She just doesn?t feel the passion necessary to dedicate her ENTIRE life to playing. Enter Warren, the guy she?s kinda-sorta dating, who is only two...

    Ever since I read Brandy Colbert's LITTLE & LION, I knew I was going to continue to be a fan of her work. So when I found out about FINDING YVONNE, I immediately added this book to my TBR. And now I'm so glad that I got the chance to read it, because this book took me on an emotion...

  • Assia
    Aug 18, 2018

    This is such a complicated book, because I kind of like it in hindsight but I also think it's one of the most non-books I've ever read.... but I also love it so much in hindsight?? Can I just reiterate that slice-of-life stories are aggressively not my thing? And that I hate cheat...

    God, Brandy Colbert is just so good at capturing these seemingly little things that have totally fallen through the cracks in the ways we talk about teens and putting them front and center in can't-miss books. I only barely read blurbs when the author is already an insta-buy for me, so...

    ? ALL THE FEELS ? . I was up and down and up and down during parts of this contemporary YA novel, but oh my goodness, the last quarter of the book just blew me away. Colbert pulls no punches in her portrayal of a lonely teen who is (rightfully) not at all apologetic about her se...

    A messy yet wonderful book that unexpectedly but profoundly explores the uncertainty of the future, family, and the choices we make. - Centers on Yvonne, a Black teen who, although has dedicated 11 years of her life to the violin, now feels like she has lost her passion. This book f...

    Really enjoyed this! Read more of my reviews on JenRyland.com! Check out my Bookstagram! Or check out my Jen In Ten reviews on Youtube - get the lowdown on current books in 10-30 seconds! ...

    Read this in two sittings. Yet another Brandy Colbert book I am absolutely obsessed with. ...

    I devoured this on audiobook in two days. The synopsis was misleading as the pregnancy isn't a central part of the book (it only happens around two thirds in) but didn't take away from my enjoyment. Yvonne is an amazing, complex character and I loved following her, her journey and her ...

    3.5 stars I really enjoyed reading Colbert's Little and Lion when I read it last year, and Finding Yvonne was in a lot of ways different, but also the same. It's Colbert's voice or something, but it has that same heavy feeling while you read that makes it seem like every single t...

    Yvonne's been playing violin for many years, but now that her senior year is here, she's facing the reality that playing violin might not be her future. She's been fine at school, but she doesn't want to attend a school to simply attend school. Right now, she's concerned about figuring...

    Perfection. I mean, it's a Brandy book so OBVIOUSLY but still ...

    I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked this one up but I love Yvonne and the relationships she has. Highly recommend ...

    Yvonne's feeling a bit of a teenage life crisis. Who is she and what will she do with her life? Brandy Colbert brings her character to life by not always having the right answers pinpointed at each chapter's end. Yvonne does what's right for her without preaching and proselytizing, whi...

    4.5 stars Originally posted at For What It's Worth on 8/30/18: http://www.fwiwreviews.net/search?q=f... I had been wanting to give Colbert?s writing a try and picked up both her Stonewall Award winning book, Little & Lion (purchased) and an arc of Finding Yvonne at a signin...

    there?s no bullshitting here. I LOVE IT. ...

    Wow. This was heavy, but it was also honest and real. I?m so glad this story exists. ...

    4.5/5 stars Finding Yvonne is an amazingly feminist and extremely enjoyable coming of age novel about a young African American woman, Yvonne, coming into her own as she navigates her family life, sex life, and reproductive choices. It is a wonderfully refreshing and surprising r...

    Brandy Colbert is easily one of the best authors writing today. Finding Yvonne is completely captivating and it's so relatable. The synopsis spoils the fact that Yvonne is pregnant, but we don't learn that until almost 200 pages in (my ARC is 276 pages). Obviously she has to figure ...

    DNF @ pg 80 - this makes me sad. Little & Lion is an absolutely excellent contemporary, but Finding Yvonne is unable to capture any of what made L&L a success. The writing here is lifeless, the plot is aimless, the main character uninteresting. This story desperately needed...s...

    This review was originally posted on my blog Assia Something. Summary: Yvonne realizes that playing violin is no longer her future. She just doesn?t feel the passion necessary to dedicate her ENTIRE life to playing. Enter Warren, the guy she?s kinda-sorta dating, who is only two...

  • Arrow Nox
    Sep 06, 2018

    This is such a complicated book, because I kind of like it in hindsight but I also think it's one of the most non-books I've ever read.... but I also love it so much in hindsight?? Can I just reiterate that slice-of-life stories are aggressively not my thing? And that I hate cheat...

    God, Brandy Colbert is just so good at capturing these seemingly little things that have totally fallen through the cracks in the ways we talk about teens and putting them front and center in can't-miss books. I only barely read blurbs when the author is already an insta-buy for me, so...

    ? ALL THE FEELS ? . I was up and down and up and down during parts of this contemporary YA novel, but oh my goodness, the last quarter of the book just blew me away. Colbert pulls no punches in her portrayal of a lonely teen who is (rightfully) not at all apologetic about her se...

    A messy yet wonderful book that unexpectedly but profoundly explores the uncertainty of the future, family, and the choices we make. - Centers on Yvonne, a Black teen who, although has dedicated 11 years of her life to the violin, now feels like she has lost her passion. This book f...

    Really enjoyed this! Read more of my reviews on JenRyland.com! Check out my Bookstagram! Or check out my Jen In Ten reviews on Youtube - get the lowdown on current books in 10-30 seconds! ...

    Read this in two sittings. Yet another Brandy Colbert book I am absolutely obsessed with. ...

    I devoured this on audiobook in two days. The synopsis was misleading as the pregnancy isn't a central part of the book (it only happens around two thirds in) but didn't take away from my enjoyment. Yvonne is an amazing, complex character and I loved following her, her journey and her ...

    3.5 stars I really enjoyed reading Colbert's Little and Lion when I read it last year, and Finding Yvonne was in a lot of ways different, but also the same. It's Colbert's voice or something, but it has that same heavy feeling while you read that makes it seem like every single t...

    Yvonne's been playing violin for many years, but now that her senior year is here, she's facing the reality that playing violin might not be her future. She's been fine at school, but she doesn't want to attend a school to simply attend school. Right now, she's concerned about figuring...

    Perfection. I mean, it's a Brandy book so OBVIOUSLY but still ...

    I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked this one up but I love Yvonne and the relationships she has. Highly recommend ...

    Yvonne's feeling a bit of a teenage life crisis. Who is she and what will she do with her life? Brandy Colbert brings her character to life by not always having the right answers pinpointed at each chapter's end. Yvonne does what's right for her without preaching and proselytizing, whi...

    4.5 stars Originally posted at For What It's Worth on 8/30/18: http://www.fwiwreviews.net/search?q=f... I had been wanting to give Colbert?s writing a try and picked up both her Stonewall Award winning book, Little & Lion (purchased) and an arc of Finding Yvonne at a signin...

    there?s no bullshitting here. I LOVE IT. ...

    Wow. This was heavy, but it was also honest and real. I?m so glad this story exists. ...

    4.5/5 stars Finding Yvonne is an amazingly feminist and extremely enjoyable coming of age novel about a young African American woman, Yvonne, coming into her own as she navigates her family life, sex life, and reproductive choices. It is a wonderfully refreshing and surprising r...

    Brandy Colbert is easily one of the best authors writing today. Finding Yvonne is completely captivating and it's so relatable. The synopsis spoils the fact that Yvonne is pregnant, but we don't learn that until almost 200 pages in (my ARC is 276 pages). Obviously she has to figure ...

    DNF @ pg 80 - this makes me sad. Little & Lion is an absolutely excellent contemporary, but Finding Yvonne is unable to capture any of what made L&L a success. The writing here is lifeless, the plot is aimless, the main character uninteresting. This story desperately needed...s...

    This review was originally posted on my blog Assia Something. Summary: Yvonne realizes that playing violin is no longer her future. She just doesn?t feel the passion necessary to dedicate her ENTIRE life to playing. Enter Warren, the guy she?s kinda-sorta dating, who is only two...

    Ever since I read Brandy Colbert's LITTLE & LION, I knew I was going to continue to be a fan of her work. So when I found out about FINDING YVONNE, I immediately added this book to my TBR. And now I'm so glad that I got the chance to read it, because this book took me on an emotion...

    5/10 OR 3/5 STARS Okay, so I?m confused. Obviously this book was good, otherwise it wouldn?t have a 5/10. But obviously it?s not awesome since it has a 5/10. Starting with what?s good, let?s go with Yvonne and her family. I loved the bond she had with her father because...