Title: All You Get Is Me
Author: Yvonne Printz
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: December 21, 2010
Source: Bought eBook
Summary: A summer of love, loss, and justice.
Things were complicated enough for Roar, even before her father decided to yank her out of the city and go organic. Suddenly, she’s a farm girl, albeit a reluctant one, selling figs at the farmers’ market and developing her photographs in a ramshackle shed. Caught between a troublemaking sidekick named Storm, a brooding, easy-on-the-eyes L.A. boy, and a father on a human rights crusade that challenges the fabric of the farm community, Roar is going to have to tackle it all—even with dirt under her fingernails and her hair pulled back with a rubber band meant for asparagus.
Review: All you Get is Me is a book the deals with some heavier topics, illegal immigrations, immigrant rights, and love is one of its lighter topics.
Roar is our main character is this book. To me, she was very hard to connect to. There was just something about her that I just couldn't figure out. She was a nice girl but I never felt like I knew her. Nothing about her made her relatable to me.
The romance and the love interest were very well done, though! Roar and Forest were adorable. This was probably the only time that I could connect to Roar. But Forest was a cutie. They were always doing the cutest little things. Plus their romance is a tad forbidden. Forbidden romance never fails to make a story interesting.
The only other complaint I have is the pacing. At times I was captured in the pages of All You Get is Me. At others I was bored out of my mind. It wasn't a very pleasant experience. The story had me interested but sometimes the pacing was just a little off.
Speaking of the plot, I really liked how Roar's dad was fighting for immigrants from Mexico. You see, Forest's Mom killed an illegal immigrant in a car crash, which gets Roar's dad upset. This also makes their romance "forbidden."
It makes the book have something that a lot of books don't have these days. Roar does her own part to support the immigrants and her exchanges with them are heart-warming.
In a sentence, All You Get is Me is a book that broaches things you don't see a lot of in YA. Even though the main character and the pacing weren't always amazing, this proved to be a solid book. I'd definitely recommend it if you're looking for something different in YA.
Rating: 3.5 stars
Sorry for the extra lengthy review!