Aurora, better known as Roar, chronicles the world around her through the lens of a camera. Taking photos got her through a rough patch when her mother disappeared and her father decided to move from the city to become an organic farmer. So it’s no surprise that she has her camera with her to record what happens during a fatal traffic accident she witnesses on the way to a farmers’ market one Saturday.
The accident starts a chain of events that irreversibly changes Roar and the world around her the summer she turns 16. As she gets to know the families on both sides of the accident, she realizes it’s not easy to place labels on people or decide what’s right and wrong on important issues.
All You Get is Me by Yvonne Prinz has so much for mother-daughter book clubs with girls aged 14 and over to discuss. Personal issues include those of family, abandonment, romance and self-discovery. Broader issues include U.S. immigration policy, illegal immigrant farm workers, and environmental concerns of farming. Even with scenes of underage drinking and issues about teen sex, the issues are tastefully handled and I think All You Get is Me is appropriate for girls in high school. I recommend it for book clubs with girls aged 14 and up.
Publisher Harper Teen provided me with a copy of this book for review.