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3.62  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,360 Ratings  ·  189 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 307 pages
Published May 8th 2007 by Candlewick Press (first published January 1st 2007)
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Jan 25, 2009 Ash rated it did not like it
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
Jul 29, 2009 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009
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
Apr 19, 2009 Meg rated it liked it
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 (the lame lady)
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
Jan 11, 2008 Tracy rated it really liked it
Shelves: awesome-ya
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
Mar 23, 2009 laaaaames rated it liked it
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
Jul 19, 2015 Molly rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, young-adult, 2015
Would've adored this when I was a teenage girl, but the number of clichés in the writing are a little tough to stomach. I really like the graphic novels Castellucci has written since, so it seems that her writing has improved over time. Or perhaps it just lends itself more to graphic narratives.
Jan 25, 2015 Alissa rated it it was amazing
Made me think of Weetzie Bat and miss LA.
Oct 18, 2015 Carien rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
I have yet to read a book by Castellucci that I do not love.

This is yet another great read.

I will confess that although I liked Katy, I didn't completely understand her. I mean: yes, I could understand her desire to be the nice girl, to not be noticed, to be left alone. I think that every introvert (teenager) will recognize these feelings in some way (I just never succeeded to be Beige, I was too weird for that it seemed). But how can anyone not like music!? It was her total indifference to musi
Michael Burhans
Feb 13, 2014 Michael Burhans rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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
Jun 23, 2015 Katrina rated it liked it
Beige is a fascinating read--the setting (Los Angeles Punk Rock Grunge scene) was especially nostalgic for me. The way Castellucci describes the relationship between music, lyrics, and the human impulse is captivating. Too bad the main character/narrator, Katy, is a total brat. She's a jaded, selfish teenager who (I'll admit) has had a lot of misfortunes in her life. An extreme introvert with absolutely no respect for the culture around her, Katy is jaded by her past and until the last 50 pages ...more
Christine Osborne
Mar 21, 2016 Christine Osborne rated it it was amazing
That was good. Really Really good. I started it this morning and read it throughout the day, not paying attention to anything around me. The character development was fantastic and I loved Lake lots. Lake was such an amazing character, she was real and just wanted to be herself and tried to bend the world her way and she was great. She should get her own book where it tells her introduction into music and her punk. The punk scene was really real. Suck was a realistic example of what punk is and ...more
May 13, 2014 Skai rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
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.)

I have been trying to rewrite this paragraph for a while now, and guess what? This is not going
Dec 14, 2009 Kate rated it liked it  ·  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
Jan 11, 2009 Jaemi rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-fiction
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
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
Jan 10, 2010 Susan Gottfried rated it liked it
Shelves: rock-fiction
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 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
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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,
Jun 14, 2009 Bianka rated it really liked it
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.
Amy Wilder
Apr 25, 2011 Amy Wilder rated it really liked it
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
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Aug 17, 2010 - - rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, borrowed
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
Nov 05, 2010 Maddie rated it really liked it
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
Jul 01, 2011 Carla rated it really liked it
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
Feb 14, 2008 Emily rated it really liked it
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
Dec 07, 2013 Alex rated it liked it
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
Aug 28, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
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
Jul 09, 2010 Hannah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
shanice Davidson
Apr 11, 2013 shanice Davidson rated it it was amazing
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
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
Jan 20, 2013 Yensy rated it really liked it
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Cecil Castellucci is an author of young adult novels and comic books. Titles include Boy Proof, The Year of the Beasts (illustrated by Nate Powell), First Day on Earth, Rose Sees Red, Beige, The Queen of Cool The Plain Janes and Janes in Love (illustrated by Jim Rugg), Tin Star Stone in the Sky, Odd Duck (illustrated by Sara Varon) and Star Wars: Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure.

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“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.” 6 likes
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