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Pilgrims Don't Wear Pink (Pilgrims #1)

3.60  ·  Rating Details  ·  574 Ratings  ·  148 Reviews
Libby Kelting had always felt herself born out of time. No wonder thehistorical romance-reading, Jane Austen-adaptation-watching, all-around history nerd jumped at the chance to intern at Camden Harbor, Maine’s Oldest Living History Museum. But at Camden Harbor Libby’s just plain out of place, no matter how cute she looks in a corset. Her cat-loving coworker wants her dead ...more
Paperback, 204 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Oct 29, 2012 Giselle rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, own, contemporary
Libby, history nerd and fashion expert, doesn't know what she's getting into when she goes off to a summer internship at a living history museum. She expects to get her chance to live in her very own Jane Austin novel. Instead, she's thrown from a bitchy roommate, to an extremely irritating boat mate.

As a bubbly, outgoing girl, Libby is a fun protagonist that is great for such a light read. However, I felt quite irritated by her choices and lack of common sense in this novel. Especially when it
Mimi Valentine
I've read a lot of cute, smile-inducing, and totally fun books in my time — but Pilgrims Don't Wear Pink is undoubtedly one of the CUTEST on my list!

I have this epic love for Libby. She's a hopeless romantic, a lover of fictional characters, a super-fashionable teenager, and a total history girl... In short, she's a whole lot like most of us! She's bubbly and sweet and ridiculous and fun. Some of the things she says and does are so adorable that you just want to jump in the book and hug her!

Brooke Shirts
Sep 25, 2012 Brooke Shirts rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-fiction, 2012
Light, fluffy YA romantic comedy. I loved the premise -- Legally Blonde-meets-Colonial Williamsburg -- but some of the plot points stretch credulity (what summer internship would require a 17-year-old girl to be roommates with a young man on a tall-masted ship? How likely would a nonprofit museum provide free unlimited beer to minors at a work party?). The storyline will be familiar to any fan of Hollywood romcoms (there's even the requisite Sassy Gay Friend) but readers who pick this up probabl ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Apr 28, 2012 Christina (A Reader of Fictions) rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley
Initially, I thought this sounded awesome. I mean, the heroine loves Jane Austen and history. That's totally exactly like me, right? How can this not be great? Easily, apparently. All you have to do is make the heroine completely vapid and ridiculous. It reminds me a lot of Past Perfect, which was really popular with other people, but that I thought was disappointing. God forbid a heroine actually be able to handle only using her cell phone at night. THE HORRORS!

What's so incredibly frustrating
Rachel Harris
Truth: When reading e-books, I love highlighting certain turns of phrase, word choices, swoony moments, and things that are just fresh and cool and I admire.

Second Truth: I found myself highlighting more sections in PILGRIMS DON’T WEAR PINK then I remember doing in any other book in a very long time.

This story renewed my faith in the need and immense value in young adult literature that is light and pleasurable and just plain out fun. Don’t get me wrong, PILGRIMS DON’T WEAR PINK has serious mome
Karina Halle
Jan 22, 2013 Karina Halle rated it really liked it
When I'm writing under deadline, I seriously have no time to read. Still, I figured this time around, 30 minutes before bedtime couldn't hurt to clear my head, particularly if it's a light and fluffy book.

Well, this book is certainly as light and fluffy as it looks. And it's funny too, a lot funnier than I thought. And clever. And all sorts of good stuff.

The main character Libby reminded me a bit of myself back when I was a "fashionista" and had a fashion blog (it's all true and you can actually
Mar 31, 2015 Vivian rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya
I was primed to relish this fun "light romance". I loved the introduction to the characters and the plot -- so much so that I talked it up to my daughters (one of whom is a college graduate in costume design and the other who elected to snatch the book up and voraciously read it whilst I was at work).

In this awkward mash-up of Cinderella and Pride&Prejudice, the author makes it to page 130 before dropping the F-bomb. Sigh. Why? Why? Why? clutter an otherwise fun book with potty-mouth? Then
Dawn Vanniman
Feb 12, 2012 Dawn Vanniman rated it it was amazing
I received this book for review from

Libby gets a chance to work a summer internship at Maine's oldest living history museum and jumps at it. Her best friend, Dev, is appalled and wants her to intern with him in New York at Teen Mode (a fashion magazine).

This is not, honestly, the kind of book I generally pick up. But - it sounded cute and involved history. I'm so glad I picked it!

Libby is a total fashionista whose also a serious history buff. She also bakes, crafts, reads and
Aug 17, 2014 Jen rated it really liked it
I read this in a couple quick gulps, perfect summer candy reading for me. I was interested initially in a YA about a history nerd girl who does a summer internship at a living history museum. Which then turned out to be really obviously modeled on Mystic Seaport, down to my being able to recognize descriptions of some buildings before I even knew the author was from Connecticut and figured that out. The resolution of the love triangle was obvious from the beginning but it was still nice to watch ...more
Gea Marín
Feb 22, 2015 Gea Marín rated it it was ok
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Jul 24, 2014 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, young-adult
This book was incredibly cute. I've never really been one for history, but I still really felt myself drawn into the story, and could still relate to Libby a lot with the book-loving and trying to fit in. I really loved the setting, and found myself wanting to be at Camden Harbor, being a part of the crew there, and getting involved in all of their crazy activities and sometimes drama. This book actually made me want to take up an interest in history myself and visit all the museums. We actually ...more
May 30, 2014 Meredith rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, middle, summer
Slightly smarter than your average pink book, but still frothy enough. There are no surprises, but there are entertaining (if stereotypical) characters and actual historical facts, more in depth history than you'd expect. Libby eschews beer and there's nothing more than kissing, and not really much subtlety to speak of; even though she's a rising senior in HS, this reads more as meant for middle school. Pop culture references will seem dated very quickly.
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Aug 13, 2011 Mlpmom (Book Reviewer) rated it really liked it
This was a really fun unexpected read. I really enjoyed the characters and the slight paranormal underlining mystery thing it had going for it.
Libby was a very real likeable character. Garret was fun and Cam was drool worthy (well, for awhile anyways. ;) ) and her friend Dev was such a riot.
I love the Jane Austen period and could totally relate to the whole falling in love with chivalry and poetry and the time period. When a man was a real gentleman and love ruled all.
I just loved Libby's charac
Aug 09, 2015 Kristi added it
Shelves: did-not-finish
yeah...... no. this one is cute but a little too cheesy for me. just can't get into it. dnf made it to about 30%. not sure I'll be picking this one back up
Jun 29, 2014 Katharine rated it it was amazing
This is not just a great concept. It is a perfectly executed realization of a great concept. Let me level with you, as a research nerd myself I really appreciate when you get a strong sense that the author knows what she is talking about.

Do you know what I mean?

I see glitches in books sometimes that totally turn me off, particularly if it's the kind of detail that would take a five second Google or Wikipedia search to clarify. It's not like you have to drive to the library anymore to look thin
May 08, 2014 Mati rated it liked it
Pilgrims Don't Wear Pink is a fun novel that I enjoyed more than I expected to. To be honest, I wasn't sure how much I would like the novel as Libby is such a different person from myself. I don't like fashion, I rarely wear makeup, and I think I have one pink article of clothing in my entire closet. Yet there was still something charming about this book that kept my interest.

Cam, unfortunately, is extremely stereotypical as an initial love interest. That far too perfect, out to get in your pant
Sep 01, 2015 Melissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reads
I have no idea how this book ended up on my to-read list. Just looking at it, it doesn't seem like the sort of book I would like. I must have read a super glowing review from someone I trusted and then grabbed this one on a sweet amazon sale. I wish I could say that it rose above my expectations, but, sadly, no. This is a book that reads a lot like a middle school reader, and if that were the case then I could probably overlook several of the things that bothered me with the writing style. Howev ...more
Aug 08, 2015 Beth rated it really liked it
I read the sequel to Pilgrims Don't Wear Pink initially (Confederates Don't Wear Couture). And this is a rare case where the sequel was actually better than the first book.

Don't get me wrong, though- this one had humor, history-buff inside jokes, and a sweet romance (which, yes, was predictable...but still sweet). However, where the second one tackled issues like taking people for granted, how to square yourself with re-enacting Civil War when your 'team' is the ones who wanted slavery, and the
Jun 09, 2013 Caitlin rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
Garrett just might be one of my favorite leading men of all time. A Trekkie who has a way with words and knows an independent woman when he sees her? Swoon.
I also love books that I can learn from. Libby's obsession with history taught me a thing or two about early colonialism. Gotta love lard.

Anyway. Probably a 3.75 star book that I'm kind of in love with.
Sep 02, 2011 Ayesha rated it really liked it
Aww how cute. Sweet and fluffy yet with meaning. I thought Libby was a little silly to not realize what was going on faster - with Cam and with the ghost - but I'm willing to chalk it up to first love butterflies.... Except that Cam ...... yeah. But nevertheless, a pretty little beach read.
Julie Graves
Well I rarely do this, but I'm giving up on this one. I'm sick of the use of God and Jesus Christ as curse words. I'm tired of wasting my time on this piece of writing that no longer interests me because of the language and pointlessness of the story.
Morgan Rash
May 11, 2015 Morgan Rash rated it liked it
For the first one hundred pages the book was utterly annoying. The main character, Libby, throws herself at one of the male leads. The stereotypical hotty, is well, steroetypical. Around page one hundred I did get into the plot and despite the story being somewhat immature, and hanging on the edge of melodrama at times, it was a cute summer read.

Because it was so short, the characters and plot didn't have time to develope or build a reader-character relationship. At the end I was happy for Libb
May 08, 2014 Brianna rated it liked it
Libby goes to work at Camden Harbor for the summer hoping that she might have her own little Mr Darcy moment and along the way teach some kids about history. I bet she never thought it would go like it did!!
Libby is so cute and bubbly and so amazing I want her as my BFF! Seriously!! But where she might be good at history and kids, she seriously lacks judgement in boys. Cam is a first class jerk and yet she thinks he is going to be the one to sweep her off her feet. In reality he just makes an as
Mar 05, 2014 Drucilla rated it liked it
Shelves: s
Actual rating: 3.5 stars. I almost gave this book 4 stars. Libby is a great character. She's smart both fashion and history wise. She doesn't fall for Cam immediately. She's in control of her girl's camp from the beginning. Garrett is a nerd but isn't shy and doesn't lack self-confidence. The setting was great and even Ashling and the feud was fun. However, there were cliches that hurt the book. Dev is your stereotypical gay friend character and Cam reveals his true colors a little too suddenly. ...more
May 11, 2014 Brianna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
Don't let the cover deceive you. This book is awesome. So clever, so funny.

Full review forthcoming on
Apr 08, 2014 Jenna rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-reads, funny
This book was definitely a fast read, in every possible way. The characters were a little two-dimensional, the plot wasn't anything really groundbreaking, but it was still quite funny and enjoyable. The humor is sort of slapstick, but the dialogue can be witty, and I enjoyed the setting of a historical reenactment village. I could have killed Libby a couple times though for being so dumb about Cam - he was clearly such a tool! I would recommend this to fans of romance, humor, history, and fashio ...more
Oct 09, 2014 Jacquy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Libby ist ein großer Geschichtsfan und freut sich deshalb sehr darüber, ein Praktikum in einem Museum machen zu können, in dem das Leben im 19. Jahrhundert dargestellt wird. Leider ist sie aber genauso besessen von Mode und ihrem Handy und kommt deshalb gar nicht damit klar, dass diese Dinge dort aufgrund der historischen Korrektheit verboten sind. Außerdem ist sie wohl mit der schlimmsten Mitbewohnerin aller Zeiten gestraft. Ob der Sommer trotzdem gut werden kann?

Libby legt sehr
"This is my closet?"

When fashionista and history nerd Libby Kelting gets an internship at a living history museum, she thinks her dream has come true. She gets to dress in fashionable period clothes every day, hang out with other history lovers, and she just might find her Mr. Darcy. What she doesn't count on is a fanatical co-intern, an annoying local reporter, or rumors of a ghost living in a ship in the harbor. Will she be able to survive til the end of summer?

I picked this book up, because
Jun 11, 2014 Maggie714 rated it liked it
This book is a silly summer read. There is a love triangle, a little growing up, all agains tthe background of a historic museum. Libby has a summer internship where she gets to run a summer camp in a fishing village. She is a fun character - smart, goofy and tries hard. Language and references put this fun book on high school aged and up shelves. I left this book wishing that Janna Jameson wasn't mentioned and some areas were toned down a little so I could share it with my middle schooler.
Apr 23, 2014 Rebecca rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, romance
The summer before her senior year, Libby, whose love of history is only equalled by her love her fashion, is interning at a colonial living history museum in Maine. Some of it is wonderful: the beautiful dresses, the sweet girls in her 'domestic arts' camp, the view of the half-naked 'squaddies' who work the historic ships, the fact that the best-looking of them is interested in her. Some is not so wonderful: the viciously-tongued roommate whose obsession with historical authenticity verges on p ...more
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Stephanie Kate Strohm is the author of The Taming of the Drew, Pilgrims Don't Wear Pink, Confederates Don't Wear Couture, and the upcoming It's Not Me, It's You and Prince in Disguise. She grew up in Connecticut and attended Middlebury College in Vermont, where she was voted Winter Carnival Queen. Currently she lives in Chicago with her fiance and a little white dog named Lorelei Lee.
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