|Avril Lavigne: Let Go
|Thanks to her catchy, guitar-driven single “Complicated,” Lavigne, 17, is poised to be the next teen-pop princess. But unlike her more mature counterparts Michelle Branch and Vanessa Carlton, she’s not in any big hurry to ditch adolescence. Lavigne laces this fun debut with charming punk attitude on youthful cuts like “Sk8er Boi,” about not judging a boy by his clothes.
While Lavigne may be young, she’s not that innocent. One moment she’s coyly sexy, the next she’s irreparably wounded. With a malleable alto that slips effortlessly from hushed whisper to angst-ridden roar, she shows an impressive range. Though she has room to grow as a lyricist (“I’m not the milk and Cheerios in your spoon,” she raps on one tune), Lavigne displays an emotional grace beyond her years on the string-drenched ballad “I’m With You.”
Bottom Line: Don’t Let This One Go.
Sunday, September 11, 5 p.m.
Slice Literary Conference Panel: Finding Great Writers
Saint Francis College
180 Remsen St
New York NY 11201
Monday, September 12, 6 to 8 p.m.
Brooklyn BookFest Bookends Event: Storytellers & City Dwellers
Books of Wonder, 18 W. 18th Street, NY, NY
Sunday, October 9, 2:30 p.m.
NYC ComicCon: #WhitewashedOut Panel
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
655 W 34th St
New York NY 10001
Saturday, October 15, All Day
Rutgers One-On-One Plus Conference
New Brunswick, NJ
Saturday & Sunday, November 12 and 13
Metropolitan West Center
639 W. 46th St.
New York, NY
Tuesday, July 12
Shiny Broke Pieces Launch & Dance Panel
52 Prince Street
New York, NY
Thursday, July 28
Unraveled Panel & YA Day
Irving Public Library
Friday to Sunday, July 29 to August 1
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