Finding Yvonne by Brandy Colbert

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 frustrated by her strained relationship with her successful but emotionally...

Details Finding Yvonne

TitleFinding Yvonne
Release DateAug 7th, 2018
PublisherLittle, Brown Books for Young Readers
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Fiction, Realistic Fiction

Reviews Finding Yvonne

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    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 cheating as a plot device so fucking much oh my god can it just die already? Finding Yvonne is a slice-of-life story about a girl who becomes pregnant, and while some elemen...
  • Alexandria Ang
    Read this in two sittings. Yet another Brandy Colbert book I am absolutely obsessed with.
  • Vicky Who Reads
    3.5 starsI liked the protagonist and the body positivity, but I wish the summary didn't spoil as much as it did (literally 2/3 of the book) and that there was more tangible plot.
  • Rachel Strolle
    Perfection. I mean, it's a Brandy book so OBVIOUSLY but still
  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)
    Wow. This was heavy, but it was also honest and real. I’m so glad this story exists.
  • Mariah
    4.5/5 starsFinding 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 read because Brandy Colbert writes Yvonne as unapologetic about her sexual choices, which is so needed in YA lit as a model of sexual liberation. While Yvonne does face inse...
  • Kelly Hager
    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 out what to do there, but the decision about her future is already complicated. Yvonne plays the violin. That's what she does; that's her identity. Except lately, it ha...
  • April
    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’t and I cried more than once.
  • Lauren
    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 as I would have liked. Yet it still packed the emotion it needed and left me feeling satisfied at the end.
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  • Karen
    4.5 starsI had been wanting to read something by Colbert and when she was signing at ALA in June I jumped at the opportunity and I'm so glad I did. Find Yvonne was a wonderfully written, messy, realistic YA RTC
  • Sara (A Gingerly Review)
    4.5 starsThis was a very quick read but it was not an easy story. Colbert handled the tough topics with grace and maturity. I cannot wait to read more of Colbert's work in the future.
  • Miriam
    Crosspost: TheReadingBelle.comPerhaps, 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 took a chance on the book. I did receive Finding Yvonne in Yallwest, but opinions are all my own. So, this is a unpopular opinion. Considering the reviews I have seen fo...
  • Cristina (Girl in the Pages)
    This year at YallWest I was lucky enough to have a chance to meet Brandy Colbert and receive a signed ARC of her newest novel, Finding Yvonne. I've been wanting to read a Brandy Colbert novel for a long time, since I've heard amazing things about her ballet book, Pointe. I was excited to pick up this quick contemporary novel that drops some major themes in its synopsis and seemed like it wasn't afraid to confront controversial topics head on.Find...
  • Sam
    4.5Huge thank you to Hachette Book Group Canada for this ARC!Finding Yvonne is a book I would have accidentally avoided if it hadn't been for the fact that it is penned by Brandy Colbert. I am generally not a huge fan about books that involve teen pregnancy or pregnancy in general. However, I think what drew me to this book is that it is a portrait of a girl well on her way to a successful career, how he life gets thrown off course, and how she e...
  • Kell
    brandy colbert is such a good writer, man. such a good writer. yvonne resonated with me in so many ways, that feeling of loneliness and feeling lost and thinking if you aren't perfect at something you shouldn't be doing it... and at the very end, her having to finally make a choice, the ultimate choice, bringing all her confusing thoughts to a head? brilliant. i gave 4/5 not because of anything in the actual book, but because i don't think the ba...
  • Carrie Shaurette
    Regardless of whether music is their thing, teens will relate to Yvonne and the way she starts to reassess her future plans when she realizes she no longer wants to audition for music conservatories, but that she doesn't feel right giving up on an instrument that has been the center of her life so far. There is also some interesting commentary on expectations for people of color. Short chapters make the pages turn briskly and while the ending wra...
  • Hopelyn Kovacs
    This was a good book, i really enjoyed it at the beginning. But as it went on, especially towards the end, so much was happening and there was only like 15 pages left. The end of this book wasn't really satisfing, it kinda just stopped in a really weird spot for me. I feel like there should have been like 5-10 more chapters afterwards. Hopefully, maybe the author will write a second book, but I don't know for sure. Still it was a good book, had m...
  • Jessica Lewis
    I wanted to like this so badly. I didn't like it... it read very shallow a lot in the sense that some things could've used more detail and other things were too repetitive or obvious. However I think this is a book that young women could turn to for comfort. I liked the idea of writing about a girl who really doesn't know what to do with her life. But throwing the pregnancy thing in felt like a way to just force her to make a decision about somet...
  • Kaitlyn Fiegl
    I loved this book it was amazing and the absolute best and i hope that everyone who read it will fall in love to. I no that it didnt really come out yet but i got my hands on a copy in a special way but it is written so well that it feels like that you are inside of the book it is the kind of book that you can't put down.
  • Epifania Rita Gallina
    3.4 I really liked the overall story but at times it fell flat where nothing was really happening or too much was happening all at once but I really loved the representation and diversity in the book. I definitely recommend reading it , just wasn’t my all time favorite.
  • Caity
    The writing is really engaging with great flow and draws you in right away. The story is well written and unfolds very naturally. The characters are intriguing and Yvonne's relationships with her friends and family are particularly well done. Overall it is a great book.
  • Yiling
    3.5 starsI don't often read contemporaries anymore, but Yvonne's story drew me in. It's a short book, but so many issues that Yvonne faces are addressed - especially about how Yvonne perceives herself and her future.
  • Audrey
    Book #83 of 2018 📖Good book! I practically devoured it.
  • Shawna
    I received an arc from BOOKCON, and I love it!
  • Lukyan's Books
    Book eight of Booktube-a-thon.
  • Keysha
    Whew. Chile. The drama. This is such a thoughtful story of a young woman finding her professional and personal voice. But man, I was stressed.