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
    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
    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
    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
    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...
  • Kayley Hyde
    May 13, 2018
    3.5/5 ...
  • Kelly Hager
    Jul 30, 2018
    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
    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
    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
    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
    I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked this one up but I love Yvonne and the relationships she has. Highly recommend ...
  • Karen
    Sep 20, 2018
    3.5 ...
  • Jen Ryland
    Sep 04, 2018
    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! ...
  • Lauren
    Jul 03, 2018
    A solid 4.5 Stars for me - I love Brandy?s ease and style of writing, and the casual way she addresses tough topics: sex, love, family, and in this novel, teenage pregnancy. The music topic was a good one, but I felt it clashed a lot with the cooking side. It wasn?t as smooth a...
  • Mariah
    Jul 04, 2018
    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
    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
    Wow. This was heavy, but it was also honest and real. I?m so glad this story exists. ...
  • Jory
    Sep 13, 2018
    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...
  • Latanya (CraftyScribbles)
    Aug 17, 2018
    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 (new book blog coming soon! ✨)
    Sep 06, 2018
    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...
  • Camryn
    Aug 12, 2018
    I was kinda disappointed with the ending. It wasn?t bad, just sort of anticlimactic? ...
  • Alexandria  Ang
    Jul 08, 2018
    Read this in two sittings. Yet another Brandy Colbert book I am absolutely obsessed with. ...
  • Chelsea
    Dec 21, 2017
    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
    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
    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
    Perfection. I mean, it's a Brandy book so OBVIOUSLY but still ...
  • 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
    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
    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 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 Jameson
    Sep 06, 2018
    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...