Release Date: February 8, 2011
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Publisher
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 be someone 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.
Pink by Lili Wilkinson is a train wreck…a serious can’t-look-away-wreck, but its a fun one! Ava is a little lost. Actually, she’s more than a little lost. She doesn’t know if she likes girls or boys, if she wants to wear pink or black. So she starts at Billy Hughes School to try and figure these things out.
Oh what a fun drama filled time this was! Pink is filled to the brim with teen drama, intelligent characters, and humor. These teenagers are quick witted, and smart. Lili Wilkinson gets that teen readers (or adult ones) are smart so why dumb down characters for them?
Ava was a fantastically selfish and not always likable main character, but that never made me want to stop reading. Like I said before it was a train wreak and I could not look away. Her behavior was ridiculous at times and she seemed completely obvious to the feelings of others or consequences, but it was so good. It really was. For all her faults, Ava was still a very interesting character. Maybe her faults made her more interesting. She was fumbling through life just trying to figure things out. She cared a little too much about what people thought of her, and what was normal. Sometimes I wanted to shake a little sense into her, but she got it right in the end.
I highly recommend reading Pink! I don’t think you will be disappointed. Lili Wilkinson’s writing is brilliant. She is a new voice in YA that you will want to look out for.