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Good-Bye Pink Pig (Pink Pig)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  233 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
Ten-year-old Amanda is small, quiet and colorless. She knows that she's a disappointment to her elegant, ambitious mother who focuses all her attention on Amanda's charming older brother, Dale. Her mother is obsessed with getting Dale into an Ivy League college, although Dale protests that neither his grades nor his athletic skills are sufficient for the scholarship he wou ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published December 28th 1986 by Avon Books (first published December 1986)
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as part of my personal reading challenges for 2017, once a month i will be revisiting a favorite book from when i was a little bitty karen and seeing if it holds up to my fond memories and determining if i can still enjoy it as an old and crotchety karen.

fingers crossed.

so: first things first. in answer to the question 'does this book hold up?', i think i gotta say "no." this is the first book of the great 2017 MG reread project that i have liked less as an adult than i did when i was little.
Nov 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
You'll forgive me for indulging in what is essentially pure nostalgia and reviewing a book I hadn't thought of in years, but which had a profound impact on me as a young girl. I was remembering the school I attended in fifth grade the other night and mentally wandering the halls and rooms. I remembered the wonderful library it had and the kind librarian there who listened to me talk about how much I loved Lloyd Alexander and Susan Cooper and, smiling, led me over to wonderful, new authors such a ...more
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Child me: 5 stars
Adult me: 5 stars

*For the first book in a "child/teen/middlegrade/nostalgic" book, I am going with the rating younger me would have gone with, then if I read on in the series, I will rate the books what adult me believes it should be rated. If the book is a stand alone, I will go with whatever rating I feel most comfortable giving the book. Please note, I do not really think books should have an age limit. People should read what they want to regardless of the intended age group
Janet Shaw
Oct 09, 2007 rated it really liked it
Another book that I read when I was in high school that I thought was great. I identified with the girl who was going through fitting in and retreated to a fantasy world. Love the make believe worlds!
Aug 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile
My parents bought me this book, and I didn't want to read it because the cover is atrocious. But I did read it, and it became my favorite book for quite a number of years. I will always remember this book because it truly taught me to never judge a book by its cover.
Jul 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grades
An older book that captures the mid-80's style. The ten year old main character, Amanda, is the quiet child who gets lost in her dysfunctional home. she finds a way to survive through her imagination.
Mar 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: character, thematic
My copy of Good-Bye, Pink Pig was secondhand and missing its dust jacket. It didn't have any cover art or information about the story, beyond the title, author and publisher. For years, I shamelessly judged it by its generic bright blue cover and didn't touch it.

I'm almost glad for it though. When I finally read it, I didn't know what to expect but I was lonely and I discovered for myself that this book had been written for lonely people like me, with a habit of talking to imaginary friends who
Rebecca McNutt
There's a certain amount of childhood nostalgia I have attached to this little novel, so my review may be slightly biased, but in my opinion this is the way children's fiction should be written. It has memorable characters, an original plot and vivid imagery - something most children's books today are lacking. It's an excellent novel about the power of imagination, growing up and how much family matters in the world. The main character s unforgettable; any child who has ever been shy, socially a ...more
Nov 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library, 2011
This is a cute kid story of a little girl learning to grow sorta reminded me of Toy Story in the fact of a girls favorite figurine losing it's importance as the child outgrows the need for it's friendship as she finds real friends. Some parts were dull, but the overall theme of the story is very touching!
H. Anne Stoj
Mar 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childhood
I remember reading this as a kid and something in it stuck with me, though I couldn't remember what it was about. Recently, I found a used copy and read it again. I found it touching and sweet, and looking on it as an adult I think there are many things about Amanda that I can certainly see in my childhood self. It was a pleasure to rediscover it.
Feb 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
One of my favorite books when I was a wee pre-teen. Take heed, Hollywood--this would make an amazingly beautiful film.
Feb 28, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: childrens
This book disturbed me as a kid. I wasn't sure whether I was supposed to believe the heroine was delusional. Just creepy.
Mar 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
this is the very first novel i've read when i was in gradeschool. been looking for this forever! never got bored with it
Jun 14, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-adult
I remember liking this book pretty well when I was a kid, not so sure how I'd view it as an adult.
May 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
My Favourite book when I was 8
Jun 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone with kids.
This book holds a special place in my a kid in a stressful place, it gave me hope that using my imagination would pay off for me.
Jan 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
I read this when I was yougner, A favorite of mine~!
Miranda Lee
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Read this as a kid and loved it.. I wonder if I'd feel the same way reading it now?
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