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Length: 224 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Age Level: 12 and up
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After moving from Boston with her mom, Reagan Mercer is just trying to fit in at her new high school. By winning a coveted spot on the cheerleading squad, she accidentally bumps popularity poster child Kendra Farnsworth from the lineup and makes a new A-list enemy.

So much for blending in.

Things begin to look up after Kendra decides to play nice and make Reagan a part of her elite crew. But Reagan finds that acceptance has a steep price, as her new friends make life miserable for anyone who gets in their way. And after a tragic accident and party gone too far, can Reagan still make the right choice?

About the Author

Melody Carlson is the best-selling author of more than a hundred books, including the TrueColors series. She has two grown sons and enjoys an active lifestyle of hiking, skiing, and biking. Melody lives in the beautiful Oregon Cascade Mountains with her husband and Labrador retriever.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1027 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Navpress (October 10, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 10, 2011
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005UQRO26
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,133,584 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books (with sales around 6.5 million) for teens, women and children. That's a lot of books, but mostly she considers herself a "storyteller." Her novels range from serious issues like schizophrenia (Finding Alice) to lighter topics like house-flipping (A Mile in My Flip-Flops) but most of the inspiration behind her fiction comes right out of real life. Her young adult novels (Diary of a Teenage Girl, TrueColors etc.) appeal to teenage girls around the world. Her annual Christmas novellas become more popular each year. She's won a number of awards (including Romantic Time's Career Achievement Award, the Rita and the Gold Medallion) and some of her books have been optioned for film/TV. Carlson has two grown sons and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and yellow Lab dog. To find out more about Melody Carlson, visit her website at

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Warren on July 14, 2007
Format: Paperback
It's tough going to a new school, with a new set of cliques to figure out, but Regan Mercer knows how it works. She and her best friend from her former school developed a clissification system for rating friends. A, B, or C, with C being another word for desperation, and Regan's never been all that desperate.

She tries out for cheerleading and beats Kendra Farnsworth, who apparently considers herself the reigning queen of Belmont High. Now Regan has real problems. Kendra isn't the kind to lose gracefully, and she sets out to make life miserable for her new enemy. Then suddenly Kendra changes and decides to be friendly, but most things carry a price tag, and this friendship is no exception. Regan has some serious choices to make.
This is my first book in Melody Carlson's True Color series, and it's a book teenage girls will love. She gets her faith message across without being preachy, and the readers guide in the back of the book can open the way to a great discussion. I strongly recommend this one.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Heather Ivester on August 17, 2007
Format: Paperback
It's hard enough being a teen girl, but even harder when you've just moved cross-country and you make the cheerleading squad, knocking Miss Popularity from her long-time spot.

Reagan Mercer has problems at home as well. Her grandmother has Alzheimers, and it's up to Reagan to take care of her while her single mom works long hours.

In time, Reagan is invited into the inner circle, yet there's a steep price to pay for this mean-girl lifestyle. When a drinking party goes too far, Reagan has a choice to make - and having a new Christian friend helps.

This is the last book in Melody Carlson's amazing True Colors series, touching on topics that connect with postmodern teens, showing them the power of real faith in a tough world.

--Christian Women Online Book Buzz
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TWJ Magazine on October 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
Brand new to Belmont High, Reagan Mercer gains an enemy when she beats the "it girl" out of getting on the varsity cheerleading squad. Now that fitting in is no longer an option, she is determined to attain popularity. Reagan becomes the typical "Mean Girl" of high school. Though she likes to think of herself as a survivor, she uses other girls to get to be popular, caring little for any feelings she might hurt in the process. She even ranks these girls by how popular they are. Class B's and C's are only the catalysts to propel her to becoming friends with the girls at the top- The class A's. Will Reagan find out that popularity isn't all that it's cracked up to be?

Reagan's ambition to become popular isn't a bad thing in and of itself, but it's the way she goes about achieving popularity that's the problem. At first, it doesn't bother her if she uses a few people along the way. Reagan starts putting her "duties" as a cheerleader above her responsibilities and the needs of her family. Even she doesn't like the person she's becoming. She's willing to laugh at other's expense - as long as that means that she gets what she wants most - approval from the most popular girls. But the kind of life that seeks the approval of others only proves to be empty. Her life becomes filled by the constant competition with the other cheerleaders. It takes a birthday party turned near-tragedy for Reagan and other cheerleaders to finally get the wakeup call they need.

Harsh Pink wraps up the last of the Melody Carlson's True Colors series with perhaps the topic girls struggle with the most. Many people know the film Mean Girls starring actress Lindsay Lohan, much like that movie, Harsh Pink shows that popularity and peer pressure are hard to resist.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Flower T. Kat on October 28, 2011
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I confess, I expected this to be one of those "homework" books (one I only read to round out my reading experience). It's inspirational, so I was expecting nobody to fall in love, and even worse, it's an "issue" book. But Carlson's characters are solid and her tale is well-told.

Harsh Pink is #12 (the last) of Carlson's True Colors series. Each book deals with a different "teen issue," and in this case, it was mean girls.

The book opens with main character Reagan moving to a new school and inadvertently bouncing the most popular girl there from the varsity cheerleader squad. Sort of.

Apparently, Miss Popular blew off practicing for tryouts, and there's also a sophomore, the former JV cheer captain, who made the squad.

So Reagan's one of two new cheerleaders Miss Popular, as first alternate, takes aim at getting off the squad. Ultimately, Reagan gets pulled into Miss Popular's circle and former JV captain becomes the target of MP's stunts.

What I liked about Harsh Pink is the way Carlson demonstrates both the power of one popular person over the actions of many (weaker) others, and the pressure to conform when that popular person chooses to take you under her wing.

It's a very real experience most kids and adults can relate to, and Carlson captures the dynamics of school politics beautifully. Reagan's a sympathetic character. She's not the one pulling the pranks or leaving people out, but she often stands by and watches the events unfold--it's not her deal, right? The book isn't preachy. It's well-done.

At times, I found the writing a bit repetitive and there wasn't a lot going on outside the mean girl dynamic, but at 210 pages, that's OK. And knowing there's a tragedy by book's end keeps the tension high.

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