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Pink by Lili Wilkinson
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Apr 27, 2016

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bookshelves: ya, lgbtq
Read from May 12 to 15, 2011

Pink is about Ava, an Australian girl in high school who dresses all in black and has a glamorous girlfriend and progressive parents wholly supportive of her sexual identity. Ava has considered herself a hip lesbian, but she has a secret: she's going to transfer to private school and start dressing like a girl who shops at the mall. She wants to try to be "normal" and maybe date a guy, but, more importantly, wear pink sweaters and pastel clothes and be popular.

Of course, this ends up being about her learning who she is and finding her place. Interestingly, the sexual identity and romantic aspects are much less important to the story than her friendships with different groups. This seemed really true to me; instead of obsessing on who she's attracted to, she obsesses more about what sort of people she wants as friends. The notion of bisexuality is completely taken for granted as being a normal thing, and Ava doesn't spend a lot of time being tormented about having to choose to date either boys or girls. Instead, she runs into trouble and has to figure out whether she wants to be cool or whether she wants to have fun with the geeky kids who work in the stage crew.
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Raina Yay for acknowledgement of the bi!

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