Monday, February 14, 2011

Pink by Lili Wilkinson

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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.

I loved Pink from the very beginning, because who doesn't try to live up to other's expectation even when it doesn't seem right to you. Ava was a compassionate, funny, and confused girl that wasn't sure exactly who she was or what she wanted to do. So she reinvents herself and goes to a new school. Ava's journey towards discovery was enthralling and exciting. I was immediately sucked into Ava's life. Her (ex)-girlfriend Chloe was so negative and I couldn't help hating her every second. The Screws were amazing and made me laugh so much. I particularly love Sam and how he continued to challenge Ava. The plot of Pink was epic. I wasn't exactly sure what would happen next and Wilkinson kept me guessing every other second. The history of the color of pink was also a fun part. I also think that everyone can relate to not knowing exactly who they are. Wilkinson's writing was clever and beautiful in how she made the characters and the plot develop, which made it both unique and exciting. I can't wait for more books from Wilkinson, her debut book in the US was honest, witty, and raw contemporary narrative. This book is a must read and definitely a new favorite.

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