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Dad’s an aging L.A. punk rocker known as the Rat. Daughter’s a buttoned-up neat freak who’d rather be anywhere else. Can this summer be saved?

Now that she’s exiled from Canada to sunny Los Angeles, Katy figures she’ll bury her nose in a book and ignore the fact that she’s spending two weeks with her father — punk name: the Rat — a recovered addict and drummer for the famou...more
Hardcover, 307 pages
Published May 8th 2007 by Candlewick Press (first published January 1st 2007)
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Ash
I picked this book up because the blurb sounded interesting, but the main character and the cussing annoyed me to no end. I don't understand why it was necessary to drop the f-bomb every two pages. The main character(Katy)was excessivly annoying and a bit on the naive side. I'm not saying that to be mean but she acted like a total brat through most of the book. I could get that she wasn't happy about hanging out in LA with her punk rocker dad(Rat) who she hasn't been close to. She's pretty much...more
Jennifer
I'd really want to give it 3.5 stars, but I tipped the rating because I liked the setting of the book so much.

"Why does everyone want to be a musician? Music is dangerous. You could end up like Elliott Smith, stabbed right in the heart."

This book combines some of my favorite things - Los Angeles (especially the neighborhoods of Silver Lake, Los Feliz, and Hollywood), punk music, libraries, and French (due to the main character's origins in Montreal).

The story is fairly predictable, but the ch...more
Meg
Apr 19, 2009 Meg rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
Cecil's books go down way fast! I started this one before bed last night and finished this AM. Overall it was an OK time; I particularly liked how she really committed to Katy's feelings about music and didn't necessarily break her wide open for the sake of a good ending. Being inside the head of such an internal girl, though, I guess I expected a little more color? For someone who apparently has everything super-bottled-up, she shrugs a lot in her own narrative. But her manifesto was beautiful,...more
Lauren (Likes Literature)
More like 3.5 stars. Rounded down.

Summary: Katy is a good, polite girl, nothing at all like her punk-rock dad called The Rat, who drums for multiple bands- most (in)famously one called Suck. Katy thinks Suck, well, sucks, and she doesn't want anything to do with her dad, but she is dropped in the middle of L.A. for two weeks while her mom is on an excavation of the Incan ruins in Peru. Katy feels abandoned by her mom, especially when she then ditches Katy for the entire summer. Faced with two mo...more
Tracy
Oooh! I Heart Cecil Castellucci even more. I really dug this book. Just like "Boy Proof," you get a well written interior monologue. But, this time, Castellucci describes a newcomer's viewpoint to a certain L.A. scene. In "Boy Proof," Egg was very much an insider and in-the-know. In "Beige," Katy is a very uptight, repressed Canadienne forced to spend two weeks with her punk rock father in L.A. She has to let loose a new aspect of herself as she adapts to a new situation (not a new theme in YA,...more
laaaaames
I actually liked this quite a lot, probably I'd give 3 and a half stars, but since a great deal of that is that it takes place in my neighborhood, I'm leaving it at three stars.

What I liked:
1. Obviously! I've never read something set in Silver Lake/Los Feliz before, some really nice touches, like I got all IF THERE IS NO MENTION OF THE ELLIOTT SMITH MEMORIAL I WILL BE UNHAPPY but that got taken care of. (Totally made me go get a pupusa too, dammit!)
2. Family drama, seemed real within the world...more
Michael Burhans
At first I loved this book, it was well written and a darn good story. The conflicts and characters where real. Until the very end. The last chapter or two the lead protagonist just absolutely, and sadly unbelievably undergoes a metamorphoses into the exact opposite of everything she has ever been. nothing in the plot, her story arc, or anything in this book explains how this is possible. Nor, speaking as a musician, can someone who has never played, or sung music, who almost never even listene...more
Skai
While reading this book I was in two minds, to score it four or three stars, for it actually was giving me mixed feelings. Still, I guess it deserves a solid four. This book is not really anything special BUT at the same time has something inexplicably special in it. (It sounds awful as I read what I have written out loud, but I don’t know how to put it in other words. Maybe, you will get my point.)

So…
I have been trying to rewrite this paragraph for a while now, and guess what? This is not going...more
Kate
Dec 14, 2009 Kate rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who are curious to know more about Punk
Shelves: young-adult
Since this book has to be returned to the library today, I decided to spend my weekend dedicated to this book and I have to admit it was fun.

On dreary gray days here in Chicago, I was happy to escape to sunny Los Angeles with Katy and follow her on her journey into punk rock and learning about The Rat, Katy's father she never knew much about.

The first half of the book I thought Katy was kind of whiny and lived too much in her head. Her inner thoughts really got on my nerves, but then when she st...more
Jaemi
When Katy Ratner discovers she'll be spending two weeks of her summer with her father, The Rat, instead of in Peru with her mother, she's not happy about it. But she figures she can deal.

Shortly after arriving at the airport she changes her mind. Upon arrival at the Rat's apartment she knows she can't do this. Mess, everywhere. Her room, she can tell he tried with her room. Except it's still not her. She pleads with her mother via text messages, but apparently her seriousness has such an edge to...more
Sue Larson
Katy is sent to Los Angeles to stay with her estranged father, The Rat, drummer for the punk band Suck, while her mother goes off to a dig in Peru. Katy hates everything about LA and her father’s filthy apartment. Katy is nicknamed "Beige" by Lake, the daughter of another member of Suck who is being paid to spend time with Katy. Katy tries to deal with all of this while keeping her polite “nice girl” status. She’s lonely, she and her father have nothing in common and she is desperate to leave. W...more
Susan Gottfried
I'd heard good things about Cecil Castellucci's Beige, so I attempted extra lengths to get my hands on it. A copy popped up at Paperbackswap.com before I could get to a bookstore and wouldn't you know, but it's the latest in a year-long epidemic of books showing up with water stains (despite my clear request that these sorts of books NOT be sent my way. Sigh).

Still, a little water will only prevent me from re-listing the book at PaperBackSwap. It won't prevent me from reading it... with a canis...more
YA Reads Book Reviews
Katy and her mom are a team. They’ve always done everything together – everything. So when Katy’s mom tells her that she’s going on a research trip without her, Katy can hardly believe it. She really can’t believe it when she learns that she’s being shipped off to L.A for two weeks to stay with her dad.

The Rat aint going to be winning any prizes for Father Of The Year any time soon. He’s barely had anything to do with Katy her whole life. He tried to cross the border into Canada to see her once,...more
Bianka
Beige
By Cecil Castellucci
320 pp., Candlewick
ISBN: 0-763-63066-7

Beige by Cecil Castellucci is a basic story of a teenage girl that finds her true self. Katy's parents are divorced and after living most of her life with her mom, Katy is sent off to her dad's house in Los Angeles for the summer. Her mom had to go on a trip far from their home in Canada for work. Katy's dad is known as "The Rat" by his fans because of his supposedly well-known punk rock band. Yeah, punk rock band. Not exactly Katy....more
Amy Wilder
Apr 25, 2011 Amy Wilder rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: CC, Cheryl
Recommended to Amy Wilder by: Tanya Allen
Shelves: young-adult
I'm reading a lot of paranormal YA lately but it's nice to take a detour into something more emotionally honest and deeper. It's not that paranormal can't tap deep feelings - but they tend to tap deep feeings like fear, anger, denial and overwhelming desire. Emotions on the scale of regular human teenagers just don't register when they fall between action scenes that make your heart stop beating for a second.

So a book like Beige in which focuses minutely on moments between an estranged father an...more
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I borrowed Beige from my friend Hannah from Hannah’s book Wonderland about two weeks ago, and I finally got around to reading it.

Beige is a really fun read. Its the classic 'exiled teen' plot, but its also a great coming of age novel (which if you haven’t guessed by now I love coming of age novels) about a girl who never really got to know her father growing up, who suddenly finds herself in the position of having to go live with him for a while.

Beige is about identity, throughout the book Kat...more
Maddie
The book Beige by Cecil Castellucci is a fiction novel. It is geared toward anyone, preferably the age for teens and older. I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book at first because the cover looked different. Never judge a book by its cover. So I decided to read it and im glad I did. It was funny, loving, and very good. This book relates to me in a way because the main girl in the book Katy has to live with her dad for two weeks in the summer because her mom is on a business trip for work...more
Carla
first saw this book over at That Cover Girl and the cover just spoke to me....I mean look at it. that guitar, that pink on the stark black background. That GUITAR. I have always wanted to be able to play the guitar! and I can a little but my skills are majorly lacking. Then I read the synopsis and as soon as I saw the words The Rat and "aging punk rocker" I was like HEYO. Sold. And people say blogs don't sell books. Pssssh!

Honestly? I fucking loved this book. I like really loved it. I think I e...more
Emily
15-year-old Montreal girl Katy has to spend the summer with her dad in Los Angeles while her mother goes on an archaeological dig in Peru. Oh--and her dad is a legendary punk rock drummer. And she hasn't seen him in a couple years because the last time he was up in Canada, he got kicked out of the country for brining in drugs. It is not a positive way to start out a summer. But because of the kind of novel this is, you know that she will grow to love the people here. This isn't surprising; but i...more
Alex
I am actually kind of surprised at how much I liked this book. I want to start off by saying that pretty much the sole reason I picked this book up at the library was it's punk playlist chapter set, the story seemed like one I've heard before and there really was little appeal to it other than the fact that it was gonna be a lot about punks. That said, that may be pulling a little weight in my opinion on it. I really did not like many of the characters, they were all flawed, obnoxious, and just...more
Laura
Beige is a nowhere colour. It doesn’t stand out or get noticed and most of all it is blank. It doesn’t swing one way or another and just is what it is and so when Katy gets giving Beige as her nickname it couldn’t be more fitting. Her estranged dad, The Rat as he’s called by all that know him, has always been an extreme person from one of the legendary Californian punk bands, Suck, who never made it huge but influenced everyone. Now after years apart and due to her mum’s work taking her away to...more
Hannah
I got this a while back, but I've held it off until recently. I shouldn't have doubted Beige, because I only missed out on reading a fun read sooner. The story line was pretty typical in itself, but Cecil made the story fun. Cecil has a very sweet voice, and so reading was easy.

Also, "Consider this pure Nirvana" -Booklist, is what's quoted on the cover. Ohmygoodnes, YES! You don't know how often I dropped my book to search whatever band Cecil wrote about. It wasn't just any song list either... y...more
shanice malik
i decided to read this book because as i was looking for a book in the library, it stood out. i felt like i needed to read it because it felt like it was calling out. its creativeness with the guitar on the cover grew attention. its sound grew louder as i get closer. as i pick up the book and get it out, i knew i had made the right choice of picking that book. i think this novel fits under the category of our class theme friendship. i think this because its about how Katy spends two whole weeks...more
Jodysegal
I'm not sure how realistic this one is but it tries and it's fun. When Katy's mother ships her off to spend time with the father she doesn't know, an aging punk rock star named Rat, Katy feels miserably out of her element. Beige, the name bestowed upon her by the too- cool daughter of a band-mate, seems to fit this fourteen-year-old, who prefers order and quiet to the excited chaos of the music scene. But Katy and the rest of the cast grow to appreciate and care for each other over the course of...more
Yensy
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Adele
Aug 03, 2009 Adele added it
Beige had been sitting on my shelf for awhile when I read an entry over at Stephanie Kuehnert's where she was absolutely raving about it. That was enough for me...Stephanie can write like a dream and turns out, can recommend like a dream too.

Beige tells the story of conservative and restrained Katy who is sent to stay with her father in LA for the summer. Katy is a complete fish out of water in the grimy world of punk rock, the smell of it particularly permeates through the pages and it allows y...more
Maria
I absolutely love this book. Thsi book is a book about a girl named Katy and she lives with her mom in Montreal. Her dad is a drummer in a band called Suck. He and his mom used to use drugs and drink when they were Katy's age (15). Her mom is going to Peru for her job becasue she has to dig for her thesis that she is working on. Her mom cant take her to Peru, so she send her to The Rat, her dad's stage name, who lives in Los Angelos. She makes a bunch of new friends and she gets played by her cr...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Jocelyn Pearce for TeensReadToo.com

When Katy is shipped off to Los Angeles to live with her father for the summer, she is less than pleased. Why couldn't she stay in Canada, or go with her sensible mother on her trip? After all, her father is Beau Ratner, the aging punk rocker known by his fans as "The Rat."

Katy is not a punk rock kind of girl. She's not even a music kind of girl. Katy's a good girl. Even if that means keeping it all inside. Even if that means hating everything to d...more
bjneary
Katy's mom goes on an archeological dig in Peru and she is sent to spend 2 weeks with her father in Los Angeles. Her father is a recovered addict who was banned from Canada and seeing Katy when she was very young. "The Rat" as he is known in music circles is the opposite of his daughter. He talks nonstop, has tattoes up and down his arms, is scruffy and Katy doesn't think she has much in common with him. As she smiles, she thinks all kinds of things. Katy meets Lake, Sam Suck's daughter and has...more
Abby Johnson
Katy has been transplanted from Montreal to LA for the summer to stay with her ex-punk-rocker dad while her mom is out of the country doing research. Katy has only met her dad a handful of times and hasn't seen him since she was seven. She has no desire to make up for lost time. She's thrust into this greasy, sweaty, dark punk-rock world and she knows that she doesn't fit in. Compared to the people around her, she's so... beige. She tells herself that she'll hold her nose, power through, and pre...more
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Cecil Castellucci is an author of young adult novels and comic books, most notably Boy Proof and The PLAIN Janes. Upcoming in 2014 is book one of her new sci duology TIN STAR.

She is also the author of The Year of the Beasts, First Day on Earth, Rose Sees Red, Beige, The Queen of Cool and Janes in Love. Her short stories can be found in various anthologies such as After, Teeth, Truth & Dare, Th...more
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“Everyone got older but forgot to grow up.” 5 likes
“Sometimes my feelings get so big that I just want to swim out into the darkness. Just jump off the end of the world. Sometimes I want to dig, right down to the bones of everything. Sometimes when you dig, you dig up stuff you might not want to find. But that’s where the good stuff lies.” 5 likes
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