My Life in Pink and Green (Pink and Green Series #1)

My Life in Pink and Green (Pink and Green Series #1)

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by Lisa Greenwald, Cassandra Morris

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Twelve-year-old Lucy Desberg believes in taking fate into her own hands. When the local homecoming queen shows up at her family’s drugstore with a beauty disaster that Lucy helps to fix, word gets out, and suddenly Lucy has a line of makeover customers for every school dance and bat mitzvah in Connecticut. But it’ll take more than makeovers to save the


Twelve-year-old Lucy Desberg believes in taking fate into her own hands. When the local homecoming queen shows up at her family’s drugstore with a beauty disaster that Lucy helps to fix, word gets out, and suddenly Lucy has a line of makeover customers for every school dance and bat mitzvah in Connecticut. But it’ll take more than makeovers to save the struggling pharmacy. Lucy searches long and hard for a solution that will resuscitate the family business and help the environment, too. But will Lucy’s spacey mom and stubborn grandma stop fighting long enough to listen to a seventh-grader?

In this funny and sweet debut novel, Lucy knows what she wants and is prepared to fight for it, whether it’s great makeup, a killer business plan, or a better world.

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Publishers Weekly

Displaying a lively familiarity with the topics of makeup, makeovers and adolescent angst, Greenwald makes a bright debut with this timely story. Prospects look grim for the Old Mill Pharmacy run by 12-year-old Lucy's mother and grandmother. In order to drum up more sales, Lucy decides to offer customers beauty tips and free makeup applications. Although her efforts prove somewhat fruitful, her best idea comes after she joins her school's earth club: what if they add an eco-spa to the pharmacy? Like the recent Teashop Girls, also about an enterprising preteen trying to save a family business, this novel takes an upbeat approach to serious issues-money struggles and impending foreclosure-underscoring the optimistic message that one individual can make a difference. Ages 10-14. (Mar.)

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School Library Journal

Gr 4-6

Lucy Desberg, 12, spends most of her free time at her family's pharmacy. It was once a popular hangout for fountain treats in their small Connecticut town, but the emergence of a large chain store has put the pharmacy in danger of foreclosure. Lucy overhears her practical grandmother and somewhat disengaged, eco-activist mom arguing about what to do, and she is determined to come up with a solution. When the high school's Homecoming queen rushes in sporting a hair disaster on the day of the big dance, Lucy bravely suggests how to fix the problem. A star is born when the products she suggests work, word spreads of Lucy's talents, and more and more young women seek her advice. Meanwhile, she and her older sister apply for a grant to be awarded by the mayor to locally owned businesses that are "going green." Greenwald has created a smart, spunky heroine with ingenuity and budding femininity. A natural beauty or business tip introduces each chapter. These helpful hints are age appropriate and environmentally current. Readers will enjoy the realistic portrayal of middle school friendships, crushes, and coming-of-age beauty concerns.-D. Maria LaRocco, Cuyahoga Public Library, Strongsville, OH

Kirkus Reviews
When 12-year old Lucy learns the family pharmacy might close, she decides to attract customers using her preternatural knowledge of make-up application and products. When not giving the homecoming queen lip-gloss advice and booking appointments, Lucy helps her best friend Sunny deal with the many mini-mortifications of a first crush. The squeals, giggles and tiffs between these best buds teetering on adolescence allow readers a glimpse of true tweendom. Boys still seem mysterious, like aliens, and to Lucy they remain more annoying than infatuating. Preteens will enjoy Lucy's sweet first-person narrative, a disarming combination of innocence and earnestness. She feels sick of adults patronizing her and treating her like a little kid, particularly her flaky mom and no-nonsense grandma. A Going Green grant for local businesses seems a perfect way to make the pharmacy relevant again and prove that she should be taken seriously. Greenwald clearly takes preteens seriously, emphasizing their ardent concern for the environment and desire for change. This refreshing novel successfully delivers an authentic and endearing portrait of the not-quite-teen experience. (Fiction. 9-13)
School Library Journal - Audio
Gr 5–7—While opening mail at the Old Mill Pharmacy, 12-year-old Lucy Desberg discovers that her family's business is on the verge of foreclosure. The enterprising, spunky girl decides to help out by offering her make-up and makeover services to the store's clientele. As word of the seventh grader's cosmetic expertise spreads, her confidence grows, and she begins to envision other ways to save the pharmacy, including reinventing an unused space in the store as a relaxation room. Motivated by these successes, Lucy and her older sister secretly apply for the town's "Going Green Grant," hoping to expand the pharmacy into Connecticut's first eco-spa. Listeners will root for Lucy—she's selfless, not selfish; smart, not smart-mouthed; and her excitement for her future is infectious. Cassandra Morris narrates Lisa Greenwald's debut novel (Amulet, 2009), authentically conveying Lucy's earnest enthusiasm, her girlish squeals of delight, and her frustration at not being taken seriously by her mother and grandmother. Perhaps the only downside to Morris's voice work is that she does too good of a job of channeling Sunny, Lucy's best friend, whose whiny voice is grating. Fortunately, her limited role doesn't detract from Lucy's encouraging story of one girl's quest to make a difference in the world.—Audrey Sumser, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Mayfield, OH

Product Details

Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
Pink and Green Series, #1
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Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Lisa Greenwald works in the library at the Birch Wathen Lenox School on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. She is also a recent graduate of the New School’s MFA program in writing for children. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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My Life in Pink and Green 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 225 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good book. An entertaining one too. Teaches you a lesson that you can do anything. A little girly, but both girls and boys can enjoy it. I would definitely recommend it to a friend.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Lisa Greenwald has a nice combination of things going on in her debut novel MY LIFE IN PINK & GREEN. Put together "green" living to save the earth, the trials and tribulations of being a 7th-grade girl, and the financial stress of running a family business, and you have a real page-turner. Lucy will be the third generation owner of a family pharmacy - that is if her mother and grandmother can keep the store going against the competition of large chains and consumers only looking for one-stop shopping options. She hears their constant arguments about which direction is best for the business her grandfather started years ago. Lucy's mother's objections are that the store is stuck in the 80's, while her mother, Lucy's grandmother, says her own daughter is the downfall of the business because of her poor money management skills. All Lucy knows is that she doesn't want to lose the family business, and she thinks she just might have the answer. Being a 7th-grader is also a challenge for Lucy. Her older sister is away at college, but thanks to Claudia, at least Lucy knows how to look her best, and with the help of good grooming she maintains a high level of self-confidence in the face of middle school stress. She has always been interested in make-up, and growing up in the pharmacy with its make-up aisle so easily accessible, she has developed a certain knack for making people look their best. When people begin realizing her talent, she finds herself running a makeover business that is bringing in needed cash for the store. In an effort to boost her friend Sunny's confidence with boys, Lucy joins the school's Earth Club. Membership in the club revives Lucy's interest in recycling and promoting some of the more nature-friendly make-up products she uses with her customers. When an afternoon of research for the club causes Lucy to stumble across a city grant offering some major money help for local businesses who "go green," she believes she has truly found the way to save the family business. MY LIFE IN PINK & GREEN grabbed my attention right from the start. Lucy is portrayed as a fun, upbeat 7th-grader not afraid to test out her innovative ideas. The addition of the financial stress in the family business brings this story into the here and now of our economic woes and will help hold the interest of readers dealing with their own tough times. By adding humor and a bit of young romance, Lisa Greenwald has really hit the mark with this novel. I look forward to reading what I hope will be a long line of her YA work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book and I absolutely loved it! Once I started reading it I couldn't put it down! I just kept on reading. People who liked this book might also like Lisa Greenwalds Sweet Treats and Secret Crushes. (I also read this and loved it)!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really great i dont have it on my nook but i have the actual soft cover version. I probally finished it in about 3 weeks but im a really fast reader and couldnt put the book down! A great way to pass the time and a book u will definitly love! Good for probally ages 10-14 although many people older will think its great, too! Its very inspiring and will show kids they can make a differance too! Its about a girl who is trying to save her family's pharmacy bydoing makeovers. Then she finds a way to make the pharmacy a eco-friendly one. Youll love this book if u love makeovers and being eco-friendly!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!:):):):):):):):):)CLICK YES BELOW!!!!!:)
Julia Leclercq More than 1 year ago
I love this book! it was just so sad at the begining but after a while it got better!!!!!! I just like it so much cause its well pink and green!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book! I wish there was a series because at the end it kind of leaves you hanging. But otherwise great read. Would defently reccomend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thought this book was going to be horrible but it was really good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book i am only 11 and i reconmended to all my friends you should really read it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Totally loved it! I read it in two days! It talks about a headstrong girl who wants to save her family's phramacy and help the planet, too. Readers will enjoy this heartfelt, yet funny book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I actually didnt love the book. I liked the plot but hated the ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i started this book and couldnt stop ;0)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From beginning to end, My Life in Pink and Green makes evert little detail count. The moment I started reading, I fell in love with this book (it also has great makeup tips! LOL!!!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I know Lisa Greenwald and she signed all of my books by her. She is amazing and this is an amazing book!!!! It has more to it than makeup...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the book but the end was a cliff hanger! What happens with the store? What about Sunny and Evan? What about Lucy and Yamir?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I used to have a bunch of achne and never took care of myself. Buti read this book. It really changed me! I have clear skin, have lots of friends ( not enough to be popular though), and have a better fashion sense. I used to be a shy helpless girl, but now i am like a tiger! This book has enspired me and changed my life. Read this book and it might do the same! ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read sweet treats and secret crushes it is a great book its by the same other to. I loved it its amazing! Now I never read this book. My life in pink and green but I'm gonna try it. If you like this then you will love sweet treats and secret crushes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very good. I recommend to anyone. It has very loveable characters, and the story is definetly something peopl can relate to. Read! You won't regret it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have only readpart of it and it is amazing so.far Cant down Have 2 read it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really the best book ever it show the up and downs of being a tween it even has beauty tips in it the second book my summer in pink and green is just as good i just love the cover other good books to read are models dont eat choclolate cookies, and cupcake queen, please dont use the reviews as a chat room or dont try to patishon for games or say bad stuff on it it is very rude, thank you
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cant wait to read it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a great book and i enjoyed it a lot
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This book I wished would never end I want more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it