Review: Pink

“As we wandered through the back alleyways of the city, Chloe burbled happily about the film’s self-conscious rejection of classical cinematic form and its youthful iconoclasm and its radical break with the conscious and conservative paradigm […] even though I had no idea what she was talking about, her enthusiasm was contagious.” p. 130

Pink by Lili Wilkinson.
HarperTeen, New York, 2009.
YA realistic fiction, 310 pages.
Stonewall Honor Book, 2012
Lexile: HL630L (What does HL mean in Lexile?)
AR Level:  4.3 (worth 9.0 points)

Ava is sick of wearing all black, attending radical protests with her parents, and pretending to hate school with her girlfriend Chloe.  She’s transferring to preppy private school Billy Hughes, and she’s ready to try out a whole new image.  Which means wearing pink instead of black.  Which means pretending she doesn’t have a girlfriend.  Which means trying at school, and doing her best to be popular.

Her first ticket to popularity and a gorgeous boyfriend will be starring in the school musical.  But when her singing doesn’t make the cut, how will she balance the different areas of her life and sides of herself?

Pink by Lili Wilkinson

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