Finding Yvonne

Finding Yvonne

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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 for a conservatory after high school.

Full of doubt about her future, and increasingly frustrated by her strained relationship with her successful but emotionally closed-off father, Yvonne meets a street musician and fellow violinist who understands her struggle. He’s mysterious, charming, and different from Warren, the familiar and reliable boy who has her heart. But when Yvonne becomes unexpectedly pregnant, she has to make the most difficult decision yet about her future.


Praise for Finding Yvonne:

“Colbert’s excellent ear for dialogue is on display in her latest, and she does a fantastic job of capturing the particular anxieties of a highly intelligent, talented teen at a crossroads, as well as the weight of microaggressions about everything from race to sexuality to economic status.”


“Colbert delivers another emotionally layered story.”

Publishers Weekly

“Readers will be able to relate to the challenges faced by the diverse and realistic characters that Colbert has created.”

School Library Connection

“[Yvonne’s] a compelling protagonist, and she’ll speak to readers thrown by the lack of certainty in their own futures.”

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“Brandy Colbert has crafted a meaningful and masterful book that explores all of the different ways that we can surprise ourselves. Yvonne’s path through family ties, hidden talents, and difficult decisions reveals the hard-won truth of an unforgettable character. I loved this book.”

Robin Benway, National Book Award Winner and New York Times bestselling author of Far from the Tree

“A pitch-perfect song of a book about all the ways a heart can break and mend, Finding Yvonne will stay with you long past its final, bittersweet notes.”

Elana K. Arnold, author of National Book Award finalist What Girls Are Made Of