Details: Pink by Lili Wilkinson
- Pub. Date: February 2011
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Format: Hardcover , 310pp
- Sales Rank: 254,939
- Age Range: Young Adult
Ava has a secret. She is tired of her ultracool attitude, ultra-radical politics, and ultrablack clothing. She’s ready to try something new—she’s even ready to besomeone new. Someone who fits in, someone with a gorgeous boyfriend, someone who wears pink.
Transferring to Billy Hughes School for Academic Excellence is the perfect chance to try on a new identity. But just in case things don’t work out, Ava is hiding her new interests from her parents, and especially from her old girlfriend.
Secrets have a way of being hard to keep, though, and Ava finds that changing herself is more complicated than changing her wardrobe. Even getting involved in the school musical raises issues she never imagined. As she faces surprising choices and unforeseen consequences, Ava wonders if she will ever figure out who she really wants to be.
Humor, heart, and the joys of drama—on- and offstage—combine in Ava’s delight-fully colorful journey of self-discovery.
Ava is a young girl who is a lesbian, out to her parents who have very relaxed thoughts on this, has decided that maybe she is not who she has created for herself and decides that she is going to transfer to a new school, Billy Hughes School for Academic Excellence. From the very first day this school is very different, it is harder than she thought it would be and she learns that she will be grading herself. Ava goes from wearing all black in her previous school to wearing pink in her new school. This is a huge change. She is out to make new friends and land herself a boyfriend. Little does she know that friends can be hiding in the strangest of places, where there are least expected.
There was just a lot going on in Pink. At times, it was difficult for me to manage the different parts of Ava’s life. For me, the fact that she was able to keep the two halves secret for so long seemed a bit far fetched for me. I am sure that it is possible but I just don’t know.
I did enjoy the message of Pink the most. I think that the book would be very easy for teens to relate to especially those who thought that they were one way and realize that maybe they aren’t or want other things out of relationship, school ect. I also like that Ava found the “better” friends in a place she never guessed she would out of a very embarrassing situation something that I know every teen can relate to.
So overall, while Pink was not my favorite story, the message is really want made it work for me and why I would recommend this for a teen who is just trying to figure things out. That is always a tough thing!
* I borrowed this book from the library and all opinions are my own.