The Pink Hotel
Weetzie Bat grown up
A Sophia Cuppola film
The smell of asphalt drying in the sun
Sitting and waiting in a sticky cafe
Sleeping on a strange mattress on the floor
Desperatley Seeking Susan
it's really good ...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
An unnamed MC (I really hate that, btw) goes to LA for the funeral of the mother 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
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
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 Ameri ...more
The writing is really great. Anna Stothard's storytelling is so descriptive that it really do ...more
What I noticed about the book is that I couldn't remember the protagonist's name. Even though I've only just finished the book. I suspect its because her name is never mentioned in the book. However, I could be wrong. It just felt odd thinking of her as the teenage girl. She's not quite anonymous. But she is nameless. A drifter with a strangled identity.
GRITTY EDGY READ.
Occasionally, I do feel that that there is a reoccurring theme with young female authors, a sort of rite of passage that (a ...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
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
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
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
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
The protagonist is a compulsive liar and when it rears its ugly head like you expect it to, you’re left unsure what just transpired and disappointed that there’s not more to it. By that point, you don’t even really care for the characters anymore (assuming you did in the first place).
Towards the end there’s too much bizarre and unnecessary des ...more
I think the short chapters made it harder to put the book down at times too, so it turned into a page turner and quite entertaining overall. I picked it up as I will be taking part in a rainbow ...more
The premise is intriguing, but I just kept getting caught up on how much I didn't like the daughter.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, all opinions are my own. ...more
I won't spoil the ending, but I like that in this one there's more clarity in the ending than "the art of leaving".
I recommend this book because I obviously enjoyed it! ...more
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.