Wilkinson, Lilli. Pink. New York: HarperTeen, 2011. Print,ISBN-10: 0061926531. Paperback. $4.00  Hardcover. $ 6.80.

Annotation: Ava decided to change from Gothic, gay girl to pink cashmere cutie. Now, she is not sure where she belongs, who she is and how she feels about her new life.

Book talk: Have you ever wanted to reinvent yourself? I think we have all had times when we wish we could “try on” a different life, and that is exactly what Ava Simpson decides to do when she switches schools to Billy Hughes School for Academic Excellence.  Ava seeks to change everything in her life, leaving her black, gothic clothes and her girlfriend Chloe behind to transform into the antithesis of her former self adorned with pink sweaters, the popular crowd, and a boyfriend.  As Ava seeks to discover who she really wants to be, she leaves a whirlwind of confusion and anger behind her and dances with the chance of ending up totally alone.

Seeking out change is so common for teens, it is your time to experiment, it is a journey and in this case, we are riding along with a sixteen-year-old girl trying to figure out who she is in a world of options, expectations, and pressures.  Ava’s experiences bring to life many of the standard characters/people we often cross paths with as we move through the teen stage of our lives.  It is a struggle for many of us to figure out who we are, where we fit in, and who are we happiest with.  Ava’s engaging story reaches out to LGBT teens wrestling with complex emotions, humor and tribulation of coming to terms with who they want to be.  So where will Ava’s choices lead her in the end?  With Chloe, the “Pastels”, the “Screws” or alone?

This was an entertaining read, ages 15+

My rating: 3

(1 is poor and 5 amazing! )

Genre: LGBT


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