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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 307 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (May 8, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763630667
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763630669
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,280,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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While her mother is off on an archaeological dig, Katy is forced to leave Montreal and go to Los Angeles to visit her long-lost father. Her father, The Rat, is a drummer for the punk band Suck, and his apartment is a mess—even the soap is dirty. When he asks what Katy might like to do in L.A., she thinks, There is nothing I want to do in L.A. Not one thing. Except leave. Castellucci gives a fresh spin to the familiar exiled-teen plot by mixing details of the L.A. punk scene with memorable characters and witty dialogue. Nicknamed Beige for her bland personality by Lake (a girl bribed to befriend her), Katy becomes the merch girl, selling T-shirts for Lake's band, even though she hates its music. But by the end of the story, Katy has lost some of her Beige ways, and the lessons she has learned will help her deal with a sudden change in her mother's plans. Chapter titles of punk songs and band names will give readers a starting point for learning more about the music. Consider this pure Nirvana. Dobrez, Cindy

About the Author

Cecil Castellucci is an author, filmmaker, actress, and singer-songwriter. She says, "When I first moved to Los Angeles from Montreal, I wrote in a café owned by Eric Melvin from NOFX, had Thanksgiving dinner with Tim Armstrong from Rancid, and had my taxes done by a guy who was in the Circle Jerks. Everyone was So-Cal Punk crazy and I felt so . . . beige. I wondered what it would be like to grow up around adults that cool, especially if you were plopped into that scene when it wasn’t yours." She lives in Los Angeles.

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Small Girl. Big Party. Author of the novels The Year of the Beasts, First Day on Earth, Rose Sees Red, Boy Proof, The Queen of Cool, Beige and The Plain Janes. Former indie rocker known as Nerdy Girl and Cecil Seaskull. DIY filmmaker. enfant terrible. modern 21st century flapper.

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That was the fun part.
Mette Ivie Harrison
The first time I will listen to the chapter song while reading that chapter.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mette Ivie Harrison on May 15, 2007
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Beige/Katy is dumped into the Punk rock scene with her father in L.A. and is a fish out of water. But she figures it out. That was the fun part. The really great stuff, though, is the characters and their relationships with each other. I fell in love with Rat, despite his weird hair and inability to dress himself. I liked Lake Suck in the end, which is a trick because at the beginning she is very unlikeable. Cecil is so good at this, making you love characters you think you must hate. She did the same thing in Queen of Cool.

Buy this book! You'll be glad you did.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on June 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
When Katy is shipped off to Los Angeles to live with her father for the summer, she is less than pleased. Why couldn't she stay in Canada, or go with her sensible mother on her trip? After all, her father is Beau Ratner, the aging punk rocker known by his fans as "The Rat."

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
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ZeeSays on January 16, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Beige is an amazing read. When I started reading the book, I didn't think I was going to be able to relate to any of the characters. The roster contains Katy, our narrator, who let's face it, is one of those typical teen girls who never sticks up for herself and represses all her feelings, keeping them bottled up until she explodes. I hate characters like that. Then there's the free-spirited mom, totally oblivious to her daughter's pain. There's the father who never grew up. And then we have Lake, who is one of those people that thinks "really original" can only mean one thing. That goes around insulting everyone who isn't punk.

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.
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Format: Paperback
Some books just transport you, the combination of writing about music, the recommended play list and the story itself will do that with this story. The story is about a teenage girl from Montreal going to L.A. to spend a few weeks with her estranged father the legendary and infamous rocker The Rat from the band Suck. Katy feels like she has been exiled, her mother has gone to Peru for her PhD thesis. Katy does not know anyone, does not want to be there and does not know how to communicate her true feelings. Yet even with that this book is full of surprises.

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
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