Author: Lili Wilkinson
Release date: February 8, 2011
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?”