Review: Finding Yvonne

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Review for "Finding Yvonne" by Brandy Colbert (2018)
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Another YA book I luv’d. Let me count the ways:

“Finding Yvonne” is a complicated, beautiful novel that explores race, the uncertainty of the future, family dynamics, and perceptions of the choices we make. It focuses on Yvonne, a Black 18-year-old Los Angeles teen, raised by a single father. She attends private school and plays violin, yet feels that she has lately lost much of her passion for the instrument. Her father smokes weed regularly and runs a successful restaurant. Yvonne is currently in a relationship with Warren, one of the young men employed as a sous chef at her dad’s restaurant. Despite the fact that Yvonne and Warren have chemistry, they have a very complex romance which leads Yvonne into a messy affair with a street musician. After sexual encounters with both men, Yvonne unexpectedly finds herself pregnant.

I won’t tell you the rest of the story for fear of spoiling it. However, this story is less about the pregnancy of the main character and more about her passions and the day to day struggles of her life, which is brilliantly written about here. Yvonne was always fresh and real to me, and even though she made choices that I disagreed with, I understood her. I never stopped rooting for Yvonne and wanting to see her win. Also refreshing was the sex positivity here, the portrayal of Yvonne as a person capable of making her own decisions about her body and not as a pariah.

Definitely worth the read.

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2 thoughts on “Review: Finding Yvonne”

  1. I read “Little & Lion” (by the same author) recently and I really liked it, so I’ll probably read this one too when I get the chance. She also wrote a book called “Pointe” that sounds really interesting, but I don’t know if they have either at my local library. I wrote a manuscript at the beginning of this year with a main character named Warren so it might be weird seeing that name used in this book, it will probably just repeatedly remind me of my writing. πŸ™‚

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    1. Oh wow! I’ve had “Little and Lion” on my reading list for a while. Now that I’ve read Colbert’s newest book I’m definitely going to check it out. Also the one you mentioned. I’m really loving Brandy Colbert right now!

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