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Beige Hardcover – May 8, 2007
To All the Boys I've Loved Before
What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them - all at once? Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. Until the one day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control. Paperback | Kindle book
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Buy this book! You'll be glad you did.
Katy is not a punk rock kind of girl. She's not even a music kind of girl. Katy's a good girl. Even if that means keeping it all inside. Even if that means hating everything to do with music--everything that, all those years ago, made her mother run off, do drugs, sleep with "The Rat," and get pregnant with Katy.
BEIGE is a fantastic novel, and Cecil Castellucci is a very talented writer. Her characters are wonderfully real and fresh. Her story is absorbing enough to be read all in one sitting (so start this one on an empty Saturday!). BEIGE is an honest, real, intelligent, and very well-written book for music lovers and those of us who can't tell the difference between the great and the popular alike!
It's a good music story, sure, but, more than that, it's a wonderful and amazingly good life story. BEIGE is one of my top picks for 2007 so far, and I'm definitely moving Cecil Castellucci's other two teen novels (Boy Proof and The Queen of Cool) up on my to-read list.
Reviewed by: Jocelyn Pearce
But Castellucci treats her characters with a velvet glove. You get inside their heads and see the true heart through the rough edges.
Katy is going to spend the summer with the RAT, her punk rocker father who is the drummer for a once infamous band named Suck. She would much rather be in Peru with her free-spirited mother, excavating caves and stuff.
The Rat lives in a hovel hole of an apartment and is totally wrapped up in making Suck live again. He bribes the daughter of Sam Suck, Lake, into "baby-sitting" Katy during the day. Lake thinks Katy is totally boring and beige. Katy quietly goes about her business, biding her time until her Mom might call and say it's time to go home. But when that call gets delayed, Katy has to survive on her own in a world that feels foreign. Katy spends her days listening to the musical hopes of Lake and being schooled in the way of the punk.
The book is about Katy creating her own version of original and sticking to it. I was very happy that she didn't just become punk. She learns the Sam Suck punk mantra, but she doesn't just jump on the bandwagon.Read more ›
Katy gets to know her father, and his band mate Sam Suck, Sam's daughter Lake and her father's girlfriend Trixie. She meets two boys, cool, athletic, Leo and nerdy Garth. Shortly after her arrival Katy thinks "For some people, clutter is ok. They can live amid chaos but not me. For me, piles of things on top of things scattered on things equals me not being able to think straight. A Mess actually hurts me physically." p.13 As soon as a read that I was hooked and knew that I would like Katy if we were to meet in real life.
This book comes with a recommended playlist, by about the third chapters I pulled it together and listened to it while reading the book. It really does enhance the book.
Beige's Exclusive Punk Playlist!
1. No Way - Adolescents
2. Too Drunk to F**k - Dead Kennedys
3. Hanging on the Telephone - Blondie
4. Spellbound - Siouxsie and the Banshees
5. Lexicon Devil - The Germs
6. Body Bag - NoMeansNo
7. S**t from an Old Notebook - The Minutemen
8. In the City - The Jam
9. Tattooed Love Boys - The Pretenders
10. U. Suck A. / We're Fed Up - Scream
11. F**K Armageddon ... This is Hell - Bad Religion
12.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was fun read, I think if you wondered about LA, it is a good start.Published 8 months ago by Lominj
I have read this book before and loved it so when I seen this book at such a great price I just had to have it!! :)Published 8 months ago by Kristen Benefiel
I really enjoyed this book.it was all that i expected and more the way it describes Katy's struggles and the right of passage for every teenager was simply incredible this book... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Julissa Perez
Makes me want to buy more Cecil Castellucci. She's amazing.Published 14 months ago by Karla Mae Manlangit
I always love Cecil's works! She is a truly talented author!!Published 17 months ago by Jennifer Graniel
I want to be dumped on the LA Punk scene! And if only my Dad's name was Rat! I really enjoyed Katy and Rat's relationship as it develops. Read morePublished on May 16, 2013 by S. Beaudoin
My daughter got this book from our local library and read it. Once she was finished she told me to read it. I loved it! Read morePublished on July 28, 2012 by Jessi Spray
Beige is an adorable novel that will appeal to all those who have music in their hearts. When Katy is forced to spend a summer in Los Angeles with her aging rockstar father, she... Read morePublished on January 5, 2012 by Rachel S
Beige is a really fun read. Its the classic 'exiled teen' plot, but its also a great coming of age novel (which if you haven't guessed by now I love coming of age novels) about a... Read morePublished on February 3, 2011 by Dija