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My Life in Pink & Green (Pink & Green #1)

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  8,501 Ratings  ·  727 Reviews
Twelve-year-old Lucy Desberg is a natural problem solver. After the local homecoming queen shows up at her family’s struggling drugstore with a beauty disaster that Lucy helps to fix, Lucy has a long line of makeover customers for every school dance and bat mitzvah. But all the makeup tips in the world won’t help save the pharmacy. If only she could find a way to make the ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Harry N. Abrams
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Jennifer Wardrip
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Lisa Greenwald has a nice combination of things going on in her debut novel MY LIFE IN PINK & GREEN. Put together "green" living to save the earth, the trials and tribulations of being a 7th-grade girl, and the financial stress of running a family business, and you have a real page-turner.

Lucy will be the third generation owner of a family pharmacy - that is if her mother and grandmother can keep the store going against the com
Mar 08, 2009 Ellie added it
My Life in Pink and Green is an immediately endearing story. The Old Mill Pharmacy, the business that Lucy’s family revolves around, is in danger of going out of business, and Lucy will stop at nothing to save it. Lucy is strong, smart, and resourceful, and her spunk and green solutions will appeal to readers young and old.

The Old Mill Pharmacy sounds like the perfect place to hang out, and Lucy is determined to revive the aging establishment’s popularity in her town before it’s too late. While
Apr 30, 2009 Heather rated it liked it
12 year old Lucy lives with her mom and Grandma, who run a local pharmacy. Lucy has spent her whole life helping out at the Old Mill Pharmacy, but times are tough and it looks like they might have to sell the place. Then Lucy comes up with an idea to expand buisness, go green and utilize her make-up skills - will it be enough to save the store?

This is a cute book. Lucy is likeable (if a little too good to be true) and I love the "feel" of the pharmacy. It makes me think of a beach read for 5th -
May 22, 2009 Deanna rated it it was ok
Realistic fiction, small town, friendship, family drugstore, makeup and beauty tips, middle school crushes.

Lucy Desberg is a 12 year old girl who opens the family mail and realizes they are about to lose their pharmacy. Business isn't good anymore because people are going to big box stores to purchase groceries and fill their prescriptions at the same time. One of her hobbies is playing around with and applying makeup on her older sister. Eventually she decides to use these skills to help the yo
Emmeline Guest
Mostly unrealistic characters -

A Yale graduate who lives in her mothers house, with her two daughters, and helps run an old fashion drug store (think medicine, soda fountain, and cosmetics). A 7th grade girl who can fix any hair/beauty problem with her mad skills (and a bottle "Fix-a-Frizz). A best friend with an obnoxious brother, a red rec room, and an extensive collection of hindu figurines.

Although some may relate to the economic struggles the family faces, as they attempt to make mortgage
Alina Seifert
Jul 13, 2011 Alina Seifert rated it it was amazing
This book had a main character named Lucy who was thirteen. She lived with her mother, her sister who was away at college, and her grandmother. I liked this book becauwse the author had three parts that each were very interesting to me. One of the parts was that the pharmacy that Lucy's mother and grandmother owned was going out of business. How Lucy saved the pharmacy and started her own make-up busniess was exciting. Another exciting part was that Yamir, the brother of Lucy's friend Sunny,star ...more
Sep 05, 2011 Heather rated it really liked it
As if 7th grade isn't difficult enough - dealing with 8th graders and first crushes - Lucy has to worry about her family's livelihood as well. Her family's pharmacy, complete with soda fountain and grill, simply isn't the hang-out it once was. Lucy decides to take matters into her own hands - adding make-over services and designing a business plan for an eco-spa, but will this all help - will anyone take a business plan from a 7th grader seriously?

Enchanting story with a strong female protagonis
Sep 12, 2011 Oumiie rated it it was amazing
I think the book is excellent. It all about Lucy and her mothers Pharmacy. Her mothers Pharmacy don't have a lot of clients. So Lucy got a great idea, which was to add change the pharmacy into an eco-spa
Sindhu Gowda
This is one of the best books i have ever read. You should read it if you like realistic fiction.
Oct 19, 2011 Maren2014 rated it it was amazing
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Erin Forson
My Life in Pink and Green
by Lisa Greenwald
Anyone who knows me can tell you that I am a recycling fool. If I could “Go Green” all the way and minimize my impact on the Earth (otherwise known as my carbon signature) I would. It's hard work sometimes, lugging dirty plastic and smelly cardboard to the recycling center, but I feel good about doing it even though my friends sometimes tease me. So what does going green have to do with a pharmacy that is best known for its cosmetics and Lucy, its young
Lauren S
Dec 07, 2011 Lauren S rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a really fun book to read!!!!!! It talks about so much!!!!! I love this book becuase it has a happy ending and who wants to have a book with a sad ending. So if you want to find out the happy ending you will just have to read the book!!!!!!!!
Gabrielle Aaronson
Dec 05, 2011 Gabrielle Aaronson rated it it was amazing
This book was fantastic because this girl was working at a pharmacy and it seems so real to me because it's half pharmacy and half makeup and beauty! They are starting to lose the pharmacy so they have to make a plan with her friends from Earth Club. Lucy and her friends start to make plans on how they could save there pharmacy. Lucy's mom and grandma are starting to worry that Lucy and her friends aren't going to be able to save it and they'll have to close there pharmacy. If they close the pha ...more
Jun 11, 2012 Abigail rated it really liked it
My Life in PInk and Green is a story about a girl that lives in a small apartment with her mother and grandmother. Her mother and grandmother own a pharmacy. But when the pharmacy starts to go out of business she tries to solve the problem by trying to convince her mother to turn the store into an eco friendly spa, but her mother doesn't totally agree. They decide to start off with adding a relaxation room. She also has a best friend that she does everything with, but when for some reason she st ...more
Jun 15, 2012 Anthony rated it liked it
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
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Eden Schanzenbach
Oct 12, 2012 Eden Schanzenbach rated it it was amazing
I loooooved this book! The cover, to me, looks really cheesy, because I don't like girly girl book, but it was amazing!! It had such a great story to it! It was about a 7th grade girl, so I could really relate. This has probably moved it's way up to being on of my favorite books! I would recomend this ANYBODY!!!!! It made me want to read more books by this author. It was a great book!!!

This book is about a girl who's family doesn't have much money. She is really struggling. Her family
Nov 21, 2012 Leeor rated it it was amazing
My life in Pink and Green by Lisa Greenwald is a story about a determined seventh grader named Lucy. Lucy’s family owns a pharmacy that is on the verge of going out of business. The story follows her quest to save her family’s business. Lucy thinks of clever and creative ideas to make money to save the pharmacy such as doing makeup for girls in the community. Lucy’s sister, Claudia, is optimistic and helpful but her grandma and her mom have some doubts. Nevertheless, Lucy is persistent and refus ...more
Brennan H
Jan 16, 2013 Brennan H rated it it was amazing
I have just finished reading My Life in Pink and Green by Lisa Greenwald. Lucy Desberg, her mother, and grandmother work at a family famacy. Lucy has been there as long as she can remember and has had nothing but good times. When suddenly, she revealed a secret, the phamacy can't afford to pay all the bills. Unless they get some serious cash, it might close! It just so happens on High School, Homecoming night, that Courtney Adner, Homecoming Queen for two years in a row, comes in with (A very w ...more
Apr 02, 2013 7706anjali rated it it was ok
"My Life In Pink And Green," by Lisa Greenwald, is about a girl, Lucy Desberg who is determined to save her families pharmacy. Lucy wants it to be a place where people come to hang out, have fun, relax. In order to achieve this though, Lucy has to spend a lot of hard work, time and effort. She has to research ways to help her families business become "green", but her "green" idea also has to be the key way to make the business succeed.
I think anyone who enjoys stories about strong, smart girls,
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
May 15, 2013 Christina (Ensconced in Lit) rated it it was amazing
I've seen good reviews of this book hanging about and I knew I had to pick it up. I don't think I realized it was a middle grade read, but I have to say this is the best middle grade/younger adult book I've read in a long while.

My Life in Pink and Green by Lisa Greenwald stars Lucy, one of the spunkiest and smartest 12 year olds I've ever read about. She has a mother that still lives at home and a grumpy grandmother who is trying to hold their finances together. They all work/live in a pharmacy
Dec 18, 2015 JoLene rated it really liked it
Lucy is a 12 year old going on 30. Her grandma other and mom own a local pharmacy, but business is bad. Lucy wants to help and when she joins the Eco club at school, she finds out about a grant for a green local business. Convincing her family however takes some time.

This was an enjoyable story and if I probably would have loved it as a kid. I listened to the audio and the narrator captured Lucy perfectly. Lucy is a bit of a Mary Sue, so while I think it would appeal to middle schoolers and has
I loved this book. I thought it was awesome the way it had ended because no one believed that Lucy could save the pharmacy with the makeup and relaxation room. But that ended up being very successful because the all the girls from town came to get their makeup done! On top of that in the last chapter the Mayor got back to Lucy and he approved the grant! I love the message in this book which is that you are never too young to make a difference in the world.
Sep 27, 2013 Ella rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I definitely recommend it. It's about this girl and the troubles she goes through with the pharmacy her and her family own, and her life in seventh grade. It may sound boring but it's really not at all it's basically about this girl and her life in seventh grade. I read this book a while ago and I read the second one in the series called My Summer in Pink and Green when you finish this book I also recommend reading the second, it's just as good if not better! (I couldn't put e ...more
Kaleigh Clow
12 year old lucy is a natural at problem solving,lucy her mom and grand mother all work at there family pharmacy. which used to be a great place to hang out but after her grandfather was gone business went down hill.

Un till after the local homecoming queen came into there pharmacy with a beauty disaster that lucy fixed she had a line of girls makeup to do for all the school dances.

lucy has a solution to fix the pharmacy, but will her mother and grandmother stop fighting and lisen to 12 year old
Trysta Dyer
Feb 10, 2014 Trysta Dyer rated it really liked it
My book, My Life in Pink and Green is about a girl who helps out at her mom and grandma’s pharmacy, she overhears her grandma saying that the pharmacy might be in foreclosure, now she has to figure out how to save the pharmacy. Or she will lose her home. The main character then sees that she has a famous guest visiting her pharmacy, and sees she needs help with something now she might be able not to lose her home.

I think that the book is very entertaining to read, i love the story, characters an
Don't read this. Just don't.

Rtc (rant to come)
Elizabeth Marante
i found this book very interesting.The drama in the book can relate to any kid in middle and high school. I like that the author wrote the book in lucys point of view because she had lots of thoughts and wonderful ideas with her imagination. That made the book interesting because I kept wanting to know what she was thinking and how would she create her plans to fix the pharmacy. I really like how the author related with a normal kids emotion and lisa greenwald perfectly captured what a kid at he ...more
Nadia Lotfy
Dec 03, 2015 Nadia Lotfy rated it really liked it
This book is about a girl that lives a normal life and when things change she has to try to get enough money to help. She and her sister have to try to do things together and help save their parents. I like this book because it is about people standing up and doing what they think is right, I recommend this book to any people who like that kind of thing like standing up and trying to fix things.
Andrea Medina
Feb 29, 2016 Andrea Medina rated it really liked it
This book was about a girl that had problems with her family and bills. She had a pharmacy and they couldn't afford to keep paying for it because they didn't have enough money to pay for it. She tries to help out her family, but they don't take her seriously because she's still a kid and they think that what she says isn't going to make any sense. I like thins book because it actually has a problem that most families with businesses have.This is a very common problem. I recommend this book to gi ...more
Kahari Coleman
Mar 04, 2016 Kahari Coleman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ficton
Lucy she is 13 years old and she wants to start this echo spa for her family to raise money
Sunny is 12 years old she is Lucy's best friend and she wants to help Lucy with the echo spa and also has a crush on a boy
Claudia is Lucy's older sister she is 19 years old and she also wants to help Lucy but Claudia is in college at Northwestern and can't come home and help Lucy
Jill is Lucy and Claudia's mom and she wants to help Lucy but she's really busy taking care if the house.
Conflict: In
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that a famous journalist (maybe Barbara Walters) is interviewing me.
The only thing is, I'm making up the questions.
If you think of any other questions you'd like me to answer, send me an email and ask away!

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