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...more
See what the problem was?
The beginning of the story thrusts us into the unlikely scenario of Ava suddenly switching schools because she wants to go to a place where it's okay to wear pink. "Pink" is the code word for not only the freedom to wear girly clothes and sport your nat ...more
Ava’s parents are supposedly very liberal, and her girlfriend Chloe has an owerpowering personality. Together they’re pushing Ava into an alternative lifestyle she secretly hates. Oddly enough, all Ava wants is to wear pink and sing in a music ...more
In a few words, it's a story about not worrying about what people think you are or should be, not boxing yourself into "approved" social niches and just embracing your own individuality.
Not a groundbreaking premise, but the amusing cast ...more
I think the words "this book was written by an Australian author" would suffice. But then it just wouldn't be as fun for me :D
This book was on my mental TBR list long before I became a member of goodreads and before I had written a single review. It's taken me all this time to get around to reading it and I can honestly say: I was missing out! It covers all the issues that I'm interested in: feminism, femininity, individuality, sexuality and stereotyping. Plus, I like pink, regardless of whatev ...more
Pink starts off with Ava deciding to switch schools and attend Billy Hughes academy. She’s on a que ...more
It all starts with a pink cashmere sweater.
That's what Ava wants to wear instead of her usual goth all-black attire. Because, you see, Ava is a lesbian and a feminist and does not wear pink. Or maybe she isn't. What is sure is that Ava is in the middle of a crisis, with her girlfriend, with her beliefs, with her sexual orientation.
By applying to a posh private school, she hopes to get a fresh start and be able to experiment being someone else from whom she is usually expected to be. ...more
I've been neglecting the Aussie YA Challenge the past few months because I still have the rest of the year to finish it and I only need two more books. But when my good friend Celina offered to let me borrow her copy of Pink by Lili Wilkinson, I decided to go ahead and read it. I've been hearing good things about this book. Also, that's one less book for me to buy. Thanks again, Celina, for lending your copy. :)
Pink is a delightful, contemporary Aussie read. It's all about ...more
Ava is just an ordinary goth girl, born to liberal parents and possessing an ultra-hip, feminist crusading girl friend. Ava knows her role and it has served her well. Problem is Ava wants more. She’s tired of always wearing black, especially when she is nursing a secret love of Pink, and though her girl-friend is great and mega hot, Ava sort of wants a boyfriend, just to see what it’s like. ...more
Ava is sixteen, and she has a secret. No, her secret is not that she's gay and that she has a girlfriend. Her secret is this: she wants to be a normal girl. Ava is 16, and she has very liberal parents and she has an ultra-radical, ultra-feminist and ultra-cool girlfriend, Chloe, who she knows she loves. But Ava is tired of being ultra-cool and always wearing black. She wants to care about school. She wants to study. She wants to fit in. She wants to even try dating ...more
Ava is a quasi-goth emo lesbian that applies to Billy Hughes to reinvent herself. New friends, new wardrobe--she's going to date boys and be pretty and popular and most importantly: be pink. But it's diffecult to be all of these things and continue to see her girlfriend Chloe and get along with the school's ...more
Because Pink is a book that ur going to want to read. Srsly. This is like contemporary fiction at its absolute best, and Wilkinson is a ga ...more
She’s unsure of what she wants, what she wants and who she is. She’s not a hundred percent on what makes he ...more
Ava never comes to life quite as much as the people around her, who comprise one of the best secondary casts ever, and it's not always clear what others see in her-- which may reflect Ava's own insecurity, since she's narrating, and she ...more
Oh, and there's a school musical! And she's on crew! Therein lie SHENANIGANS. Techies forever, amirite?
In this book we follow a teenage queer girl (is she gay? is she bi? WHO KNOWS. NOT HER ANYWAYS) called Ava who *gasps* likes girly stuff!! Like pink things and fashion and going shopping!!!! This proves not to go down well with her wannabe-goth, intellectual hipster of a girlfriend called Chloe. Ava changes schools to get away from Chloe so that she can ~be herself~ and starts hanging out with a gang that 1) really resembles the Plastics from Mean Girls 2) are just your stereotypical rude po ...more
Ava has just gotten into Billy Hughes School for Academic Excellence. At Billy Hughes, Ava has the chance to be a pink-wearing, boy-liking, *girl*. She loves her girlfriend and doesn’t mind putting up with Chloe’s rants against the evil du jour. She appreciates and respects her progressive and outspoken parents. And, hey, she hates misogyny as much as the next woman. But she also likes pink. She wants to enjoy learning without persecution. She wants to ditch her all-black, ...more
Great characters who you really pulled for, a true depiction of how it feels to be pulled in many different directions at once, HILARIOUSLY accurate portrait of teenage pretentiousness. And considering it's about hugh school musical theater, even my hatred of all things Glee didn't sully it (it reminded me more of the excellent Dramarama by E. Lockhart.)
Now, a note on heartwarming crowdpleasers. Because this book kin ...more
Well, Ava doesn't apply that label to herself, but for shorthand purposes the label works. Ava makes it very clear that her relationship with her girlfriend isn't a phase or anything. But she's curious about boys, too. More books need to represent this fluidity of the Kinsey scale.
More to love: musical theatre geeks, SF references, and feminist discussions (though I have to say, Ava wasn't living in the most forward-thinking-feminist environment with some ...more
The book itself covers the lengths to which a young Australian girl, Ava, will ...more
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. Sa ...more
Of course, this ends up being abou ...more
If any of my book-friends are thinking of reading this, ask me for the full diatribe, but otherwise, I'm not going to spend more time on a review with so many good ...more
Reading Pink was a breeze. It was sharp, funny and full of witty dialogues. I kept turning page after page even though it was already wee hours into the night. So far there are only two kinds of books that can make me this hooked - either there's lots of action and adrenaline-rush going on, or it's comedic enough to spur me on. Obviously, Pink was the latter.
I loved how the ...more
Ava’s Point A is this: living in Australia with her liberal college professor parents, she f ...more