The Pink Hotel
Occasionally, I do feel that that there is a reoccurring theme with young female authors, a sort of rite of passage that (a few unfortunately f...more
Despite the title and the cover, this novel is not 'pink and fluffy' chick lit, it is an intelligent, emotional and very cleverly written story about a young British girl's experience in America. It's about finding out about yourself and where you come from and facing up to life and discovering just who you are.
Lily left her daughter many years ago, just ran away and was never heard from again. When her daughter hears that Lily has died, she steals money from her Dad and books a ticket to Americ...more
The novel started off well and captured my attention from the first page. The narrator of the story was a seventeen year old British girl who when the story opens was attending a drug and alcohol fueled party in California at the Pink Hotel given in honor of the memory of her mother who abandoned the girl when she was three years old. Her mother died in a motorcyc...more
An unnamed MC (I really hate that, btw) goes to LA for the funeral of the other she never knew, who abandoned her when she was about three. She ends up staying in LA to track down some of the people that knew her, old coworkers,...more
As readers, we learn along with the narrator about the character that was Lily. We learn that “her bedroom reeked of cigarette ash and stale perfume” on the very first page. However, this small detail is not enough for the narrator, a girl who relishes in ample sleep and physical pain. Like someone who incessantly presses a bruise, the narrator delves deeper into the world that was her mother’s. She wears Lily’s clothes (even her underwear),...more
The Pink Hotel is quite a strange and heady mix of a story, echoing perfectly the heady strangeness of its setting. There’s a fairy tale quality to the protagonist’s narration (she meets The Giant and the Red Haired Man), but this sweetness builds up into something unexpected; this...more
At times harshly realistic, this is definitely not your typical coming of age story, but that was one of the reasons why I appreciated it so much. The unnamed protagonist is hard to understand at first and seems to be lacking clear emotions or motivation. But the more you learn about her li...more
It rarely happens I dislike a main character as much as I did in the case of The Pink Hotel, what an annoying, bland and disconnected girl! And so many of her actions and the storylines didn't add up. For instance on one page a character tells her she...more
In Anna Stothard’s candidly unflinching, evocative, and razor-sharp debut novel The Pink Hotel, the female protagonist is interested in creation stories and myths. The Epic of Gilgamesh, Noah’s flood, and the Aztec legend of “Coatlique” fascinate the astute and precocious 17-year-old British girl. And there’s a reason for her curiosity: her mother, Lily, left when she was only three. The girl desperately wants to know her own creation story, and her dad has never been forthcoming about the tale...more
The first-person narrative and a text rich with witty and entertaining dialogue make it a smooth and easy read despite some of the darker subject matter. Characters discuss everything from jellyfish and treasured words to their experiences of Lily, revealing more about their own eccentricities in the process.
The Pink Hotel is a self-assured...more
So, this book was not exactly what it says on the synopsis. I was expecting a normal girl as the main character, but it was so unlike what I had in mind. Lily had a ver strange imagination and she was sleeping with her mother's ex boyfriends, who were so much older than...more
I found it difficult to relate to this novel's main character, as we never find out what her name is, and she has such difficulty in relating to herself. So although the narrative is written in the first person and the reader is insi...more
The story begins with the young girl (we never do get to find out what her name is!) turning up in the middle of the wake for her mother, Lily, at the hotel she had run with her husband. She wanders around apparently unnoticed and then walks upto her mother's bedroo...more
The writing is really great. Anna Stothard's storytelling is so descriptive that it really do...more
We never get to learn her name (yawn). I suppose the case could be made in a novel about finding one's identity for using this literary...more
I think the synopsis of the book is incredibly wrong. Indeed she, does go to LA but she doesn’t attend the funeral instead she breaks into the hotel which her mother owned and steals a suitcase full of her mother’s stuff. After she escapes a close encounter with her mother’s new husband she decides to find one person who was mentioned in the suitcase. Not lots of people like it states in the synopsis. After reading this book I still don’t see how...more
This book is totally different, yet captivating and really descriptive. I loved "being in LA for some days". The author describes LA so good that it really felt as if had been there for some days.
This story is about an English girl who wants to find out who her dead m...more
The heroine is not typical in any sense but you end up really caring and hoping that everything comes right for her.
I've been to some of the areas described in the book and I can well imagine its an accurate portrayal of the s...more
This is a book I checked out at random in the library, on the basis of the praise on the front cover. (If its good enough for Helen Dunmore its certainly good enough for me.) I found it a very good read. The story flows beautifully, the no-shade feel of LA pervades, and...more
Finally, this nameless girl started to get interesting to me. Her story began to really flesh out and I was hooked. This is where she meets August, her mothers first...more
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Anna Stothard was born in London, but has lived in Washington DC, Beijing and Los Angeles. Her second novel, The Pink Hotel, came out in 2011 and was longlisted for the 2012 Orange Prize.
She now lives in Chalk Farm, London. Her third novel, The Art of Leaving, is out March 2013. She also writes about travel for The Observer Magazine.