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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (February 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061926531
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061926532
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,321,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“I never wore pink. Pink wasn’t cool. Pink wasn’t existential,” explains Ava as her story of identity confusion begins. But clad in cotton-candy cashmere, she starts life at a posh new private school where both academic success and a smooth conformity seem the norm. Too bad Ava has to hide her desires from both her aggressively antiestablishment parents and her supersophisticated but desperately jaded girlfriend, Chloe, who’s been left behind in public school. Ava, despite coming out as a lesbian, especially feels the need to hide the thought that she might want to kiss a boy. The change of environment creates its own perplexities, foremost among them Ava’s encounters with a bunch of theater-crew misfits. How to make the world of the “screws,” Chloe, and the more conventional new school friends fit together (or not) powers Ava’s narrative. Written with a great deal of snarky wit, this Australian import never gets overly heavy despite all the hand-wringing. A refreshing addition to the LGBT oeuvre. Grades 8-11. --Karen Cruze

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“This fun, razor-sharp, and moving novel reminds us that pink—like love—is a many-splendored thing. Read it. It might just change your life.” (John Green, Printz Award-winning author of Looking for Alaska)

“A witty, refreshing look at high school and adolescence that obliterates stereotypes along the way. Laugh-out-loud funny, endearing, and heartbreaking.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (Starred Review))

“Refreshing.” (Booklist)

“An entertaining story about teen angst, sexual identity, and high school relationships from a promising debut author.” (School Library Journal)

“I laughed, I cried and I occasionally burst into song.” (Justine Larbalestier, author of Liar)

“Fit in or be yourself? Wilkinson explores this universal dilemma with just the right mix of sensitivity, ambiguity, insight, wit, and-yes-wisdom. A lovely, funny, and altogether engaging book!” (Michael Cart, author of YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE: From Romance to Realism)

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My only quibble with the book was that, I felt like the story was a little heavy-handed in places.
Madigan McGillicuddy
Until the very end, I was trying to figure out what she will choose--just like she was trying to figure out herself.
Jadore
One of the things I loved most about Pink was the fact that Lili Wilkinson's characters felt so real to me.
Lauren

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Book Vixen on March 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Why I Read this Book: The first thing that caught my attention is that cover. I love it! It really stands out and catches your eye. The premise sounded interesting enough however, the book didn't live up to my expectations.
What I Liked: The writing was good in that it flowed well and was easy to read without any hang-ups. And the title and the cover are a good fit for this book.

The people in the stage crew were a fun group. I love the camaraderie between them. Sam was my favorite character in the book. I was more interested with what was going on with his character than I was with Ava, the protagonist.

What I Didn't Like: My biggest problem with Pink was that I couldn't connect with Ava, at all. She was trying to fit in by pleasing everyone that she never did anything for herself. She likes Ethan because Alexis tells her to like Ethan. She tries out for the school musical because Alexis tells her it will get her closer to Ethan. Ava got the opportunity to re-invent herself and I thought she would amount to more. That just didn't happen. She goes through an identity crisis and I feel like she really didn't know who she was at the end of the book any more than she did in the beginning.

I did get a small case of the warm and fuzzies (probably because it involved Sam) at the end but other than that the story fell flat. I was surprised to see that the story had ended when it did; I was expecting a little more.

Overall Impression: Pink was a miss for me. I didn't connect with the story or the main character. I could have easily put this one down except the author's fluid writing style made Pink as easy read. If you enjoy reading about high school drama, clichés, and don't mind a bland, meek protagonist, then Pink might be for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Su on March 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover
THAT'S IT. Upon my college graduation this May, I am packing up my worldly possessions and moving to Australia, land of infinite YA talent. I have been fortunate enough to read a number of wonderful Aussie YA authors--Cath Crowley, Kathy Charles, and Kristy Eagar--but Lili Wilkinson's PINK raised in me the rare and wonderful feeling of wanting to walk up to everyone I see and go, "This book. Oh my word. It's...words fail me in describing its awesome. READ IT." I'm going to equate this feeling to the one I got when I finished Robin Brande's Fat Cat, still one of my favorite books ever, and then gushed endlessly about it for years and years and tell people repeatedly that they need to read it.

Smart and pink-loving Ava Simpson wants a chance to be normal. So she leaves behind her girlfriend, the cool and sophisticated Chloe, for a new school, and eagerly dives into a new life filled with girly clothing, challenging academics, hanging out with the "Pastels," and crushing on a hot boy.

But what is normal, anyway? And, more importantly, who is Ava? When Ava joins the stage crew and befriends a quirky group of geeks, she feels torn between Chloe, the Pastels, and these "Screws." But juggling all these different identities is not easy, and Ava has to figure out who she is before she loses everyone.

So. *breath* Let's begin to explain why PINK is the Holy Grail of YA Contemporary Awesome, at least probably for those who share my taste in contemporary fiction. First of all, it is important to note that this is the most elegantly casual portrayal of LGBT teens I have encountered in YA. "Elegantly casual" sounds like an oxymoron, but what I mean by that is that it is a lovely realistic presentation of the ambiguities of teen sexuality.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rhianna Walker VINE VOICE on February 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I usually sum up a book's plot in my own words at the start of my reviews but this one doesn't need it. The blurb will give you what you need to know as far as that goes. What it can't tell you though is how intelligent, deep and thought provoking this book is while still being entertaining. Often we see a teenaged girl portrayed in cookie-cutter stereotypes seeking ways to fit in or break out of fitting in. Ava is so much more complex than that. She doesn't know who she really is yet because she's been told she has to be one thing or another and this is her adventure in finding out who she is.

Amidst humor and timely pop culture references Ava's journey raises questions about sexuality, gender, stereotypes and what it really means to fit in. Through her lies and sins of omission Ava manages to alienate friends while endearing herself to others. Does she like girls or does she like boys? But does she even have to pick one or the other? For me that was what truly struck a chord with me. Why couldn't Ava--or any other teenager--be attracted to both? Why couldn't she wear her fuzzy pink sweater with her black pants?

Even though I'm long past my teens I remember how I struggled with seeing the preppy crowd in their beautiful, expensive clothing from fancy chain stores but still liked the vintage tees I bought at thrift shops. I loved hanging out with the smart girl and the goth boy and the sporty upperclassmen. But I never fit in anywhere. I wish I'd had this book then because what I gained from adult life and this book is a perspective on figuring out who you are. You don't have to conform to society's ideas nor do you have to rebel against everything either. Learn who you are and be happy with who you are.
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