Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Pink by Lili Wilkinson Review + Giveaway

Book:  Pink
Author:  Lili Wilkinson
Release date:  February 8, 2011
Publisher:  HarperTeen
Pages:  304
Source:  Publisher

Ava has a secret. She is tired of her ultracool attitude, ultra-radical politics, and ultrablack clothing. She’s ready to try something new—she’s even ready to be someone new. Someone who fits in, someone with a gorgeous boyfriend, someone who wears pink.

Transferring to Billy Hughes School for Academic Excellence is the perfect chance to try on a new identity. But just in case things don’t work out, Ava is hiding her new interests from her parents, and especially from her old girlfriend.

Secrets have a way of being hard to keep, though, and Ava finds that changing herself is more complicated than changing her wardrobe. Even getting involved in the school musical raises issues she never imagined. As she faces surprising choices and unforeseen consequences, Ava wonders if she will ever figure out who she really wants to be.

After reading tons of fabulous reviews I expected to love Pink.  Sadly, Lili Wilkinson’s US debut fell a little short of those expectations.

Ava wants to be someone new.  She is tired of trying to please her parents and her girlfriend, Chloe.  She wants to change who she is but she is terrified to do it with Chloe around.  That’s when Ava gets the idea to switch schools to Billy Hughes.  She just knows that she will have a better chance of starting over at Billy Hughes but can she really escape her past?  And will she ever find out who she really is?

Ava was my biggest problem with Pink.  She honestly did not know how to think for herself.  All she cared about was what other people thought of her.  Chloe was a bitch but Ava was too blind to see it and just made excuses for her.  Same with Alexis.  I wanted to see a change in Ava but I didn’t, at least not enough of one.

The plot was okay.  Nothing too spectacular but it wasn’t boring.  It was a little hard to get into at first but once it got going it was better.  It just wasn’t all that special and I found myself getting distracted from it very easily.

Overall, Pink may be great for some but it was just not one for me.  I won’t give up on Lili’s Wilkinsons future books but I will be a bit more cautious going in.  If this sounds like a book for you though, check it out.

First line:  “You’re leaving?”

Rating:  B-

Cover:  B-

Giveaway
One commenter will receive my ARC of Pink by Lili Wilkinson
Must be a US/CA resident and comment on this review
Contest ends on February 28
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36 Comments

  1. Riv Re

    I’ve heard lovely things about this one. Sorry you didn’t love it too, but at least it wasn’t a total waste, right?
    You win some, you lose some (and I’m hoping to win this time!).
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    rivkarno1(At)hotmail(dot)com

  2. Ivy

    Nice review! I’ve actually heard/saw mixed reviews for this book. I hope I am able to snag a copy! 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!

    Ivy
    ivykiddo[at]gmail[dot]com
    GFC: Ivy

  3. T.V and Book Addict

    Aww it’s unfortunate that you didn’t like it more. I think if I were to read this one I may feel the same way about certain things. Hopefully I will at least like the plot haha

    I’d love to try and win this book 🙂

    lcintocable[at]gmail[dot]com

  4. Vivien

    I usually enjoy reading all books, even I don’t like it in the end. At least I can say I’ve read it and made my opinion. Thanks for your review though!

    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  5. My name is Patricia

    What a great review! I hate getting frustrated with characters like Ava but at the same time they usually make the book that much better for me in the end. I can’t wait to read this one!

    PelicanJL[at]hotmail[dot]com

  6. Jessy

    I’m sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy this one 🙁 I have read many stellar reviews and am looking forward to reading Pink. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  7. Esmeralda

    Ive actually never seen this book aside from what people are commenting and opinion everyones is different i wish to read and give my own opinion the book looks and seems interesting.

    i hope to win:)

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