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Ava is tired of her ultracool attitude, ultraradical 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.

But Ava soon 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.

Pink received an American Library Association Stonewall Award Honor for exceptional merit relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender experience.

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Specifications

Abridged
Y
Series Title
Queen's Thief
Publisher
HarperCollins
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
310
Author
Lili Wilkinson
Title
Pink
ISBN-13
9780061926549
Publication Date
October, 2012
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.00 x 6.00 x 1.50 Inches
ISBN-10
006192654X

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Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars

There is some humor, s...

There is some humor, some sadness, some love, some hate; all wrapped into a story that draws the reader in and holds the readers attention until the very end. Ava's struggle to find herself without losing herself is endearing. It is realistic. It is heartfelt. It is one of the best books I have read in a long time. 5 stars.

Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars

Smart and pink-loving ...

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. 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. 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. Lili Wilkinson doesn't try to fit Ava and the other characters into character types in LGBT fiction that have been done before. Instead, they are simply allowed to...exist as they are, and it's not a big freaking deal. David Levithan didn't quite do it for me with his utopian romance Boy Meets Boy, but I am enamored by PINK's skillful and intelligent handling of sexual orientation and identity. Speaking of intelligence, PINK has the type of smartness that will appeal to everyone, regardless of your IQ level. Ava and the Screw kids are, without a doubt, nerds-specifically of the sci-fi geek kind. This means that they constantly engage in the most entertaining of conversations regarding the strangest and most obscure topics everywhere. There's nothing like using one's excessive brainpower for nerdy humor, and as someone who goes to a nerdy-cool college, I adored the banter. The Screw kids are weird, but they're cool-weird, and best of all, each of the five has his or her own distinct personality. PINK has all of the essentials that I live in a contemporary novel: a strong-voiced protagonist who is still in the process of growing, wit, full characterization. Not to mention some delectable extras: the sci-fi geek details, musical theatre (!), a cute boy, and memorable side characters. Without a doubt, PINK is going on my favorites shelf, and I eagerly look forward to the next time I reread it, so that I can experience the joy of this wonderfully well-written book all over again.

Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars

I really liked this. W...

I really liked this. Was assigned to read it for the class discussion about GLBTQ literature in my YA genre class.What I liked best is that it's a book about a teenager who's a lesbian, and she's already come out. Now she has to navigate all kinds of universal teenage stuff about image and cliques...I was impressed, also, that the book resisted pigeonholing roles for its characters.

Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars

Summary: Ava is an emo...

Summary: Ava is an emo-goth lesbian who secretly wants to wear pink cashmere sweaters. When she gets the chance to reinvent herself by transferring to a preppy high school, Ava goes all out. But she's still living a double life-pretending to be popular and glitzy with her new friends, and telling her girlfriend it's all an act. Which girl is Ava, really? And how long before her two worlds collide, resulting in total chaos!? My thoughts: Pink is an interesting insight into the confusion of identity. Ava isn't sure who she really is-she loves her girlfriend, but wants to kiss boys; she tells herself she's a hardcore feminist when she really wouldn't mind being objectified at all. I really enjoyed the character development that went into Ava's self-discovery, and Lili Wilkinson did an excellent job of making her character's struggle feel realistic. Ava wasn't a particularly lovable character, but her bad choices and selfish personality made her believable. I found myself shaking my head at some of Ava's actions, but without them the story wouldn't have been near as effective. The characters that stood out the most to me were Ava's stage crew buddies. They were hilarious, intelligent, and just a blast to read about! I couldn't get enough of their banter. I would like a group of friends like this, please! All in all, I really enjoyed Pink. It has a great cast of minor characters, a foray into the world of theater, and a really great subject matter. I found it to be extremely fun, and despite some of the crazy situations that Ava got into, I couldn't put the book down. Pink is a hilarious, fast read that will make any reader recall what his or her own experiences with self-discovery were. And to readers who are just beginning their journey? Pink will definitely help make the trip that much easier.

Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars

Summary: Ava is an emo...

Summary: Ava is an emo-goth lesbian who secretly wants to wear pink cashmere sweaters. When she gets the chance to reinvent herself by transferring to a preppy high school, Ava goes all out. But she's still living a double life-pretending to be popular and glitzy with her new friends, and telling her girlfriend it's all an act. Which girl is Ava, really? And how long before her two worlds collide, resulting in total chaos!? My thoughts: Pink is an interesting insight into the confusion of identity. Ava isn't sure who she really is-she loves her girlfriend, but wants to kiss boys; she tells herself she's a hardcore feminist when she really wouldn't mind being objectified at all. I really enjoyed the character development that went into Ava's self-discovery, and Lili Wilkinson did an excellent job of making her character's struggle feel realistic. Ava wasn't a particularly lovable character, but her bad choices and selfish personality made her believable. I found myself shaking my head at some of Ava's actions, but without them the story wouldn't have been near as effective. The characters that stood out the most to me were Ava's stage crew buddies. They were hilarious, intelligent, and just a blast to read about! I couldn't get enough of their banter. I would like a group of friends like this, please! All in all, I really enjoyed Pink. It has a great cast of minor characters, a foray into the world of theater, and a really great subject matter. I found it to be extremely fun, and despite some of the crazy situations that Ava got into, I couldn't put the book down. Pink is a hilarious, fast read that will make any reader recall what his or her own experiences with self-discovery were. And to readers who are just beginning their journey? Pink will definitely help make the trip that much easier.


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