Pink

Pink

by Lili Wilkinson

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ISBN-13: 9780061926549
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/30/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 849,069
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

Born in Melbourne, Australia, Lili Wilkinson was first published when she was twelve, in Voiceworks magazine. After studying creative arts at Melbourne University, Ms. Wilkinson began working for the Centre for Youth Literature at the State Library of Victoria, where she managed a website for teens about books and reading. She spends most of her time reading and writing books for teens, but when she's not doing that, she's usually hanging out with friends, watching DVDs, and making monsters out of wool. Pink is her U.S. debut.

What People are Saying About This

Michael Cart

“Fit in or be yourself? Wilkinson explores this universal dilemma with just the right mix of sensitivity, ambiguity, insight, wit, and-yes-wisdom. A lovely, funny, and altogether engaging book!”

John Green

“This fun, razor-sharp, and moving novel reminds us that pink—like love—is a many-splendored thing. Read it. It might just change your life.”

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Pink 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 95 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i was at my local library looking at the new books section and i saw this book. i picked it up intrigued and i read the description. i decided to check it out and boy am i glad i did. it really explores a different type of book and is perfect for anyone looking for a good read
Reagan Todd More than 1 year ago
so far this book is really good im on the 6th chapter and it really good!!! i xan hardly put it down!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very good. Ava the main charecter is struggling to find her place in the world. I'm 13 and i thought itwas appropriate for me. Pretty good!! A few tgings happened in th plot that wern't followed up on in the next chapter. Not enough to notice though. Grade:B
epicrat More than 1 year ago
I forget where I first heard about pink, but I knew that I had to read it and I knew that I loved its slick cover design. Fast forward a year to now, and I can regretfully say that pink is the book I should have read sooner than later because it is one of those rare sock-rocking books that make up for all the reading FAIL! in my TBR pile. THE GOOD BITS {Girl cut from a different cloth} I loved the concept of Ava trying to figure out not only her identity, but also her sexuality. For some teenagers, these might be one and the same and quite obvious, but I think Ava represents those in-betweeners who feel alone in their indecision and uncertainties. Is she still a feminist if she likes the color pink? How can she crush on a boy when she is involved with a girl? Can two girls be friends if one of them is a lesbian? Is it too late to change your mind and/or change teams? Lili Wilkinson treads carefully and thoughtfully as the teenagers try to figure out themselves as well as each other in this whole crazy mess we fondly label as “high school.” {You eat, sleep, and breathe tech} There are no words to explain why I have such high regards to theater techies. I never really buried myself into the gritty underbelly of theater since it definitely required more commitment than I could handle in high school, but I could feel its allure. Set changes are the BEST. THING. EVER! to watch. In pink, I loved the cranky old stage manager, the geeky banter and random “would you rather” questions, and can I get a shout-out to Boys from the Dwarf? These were my people, and I always love watching the main character fall in love with them too. pink is a homage to techies out there, and I loved every moment of it! {Think PINK} This color pops up a lot in this book, and I love how the ending comes together for Ava, her girlfriend, and her classmates. The story begins with a pink sweater of incredible softness – what Ava deems as “normal” clothes and not the black chicness that her parents and girlfriend prefer. As a former pink-hater, I too can appreciate Ava’s embrace of the pink. Sure, it may be considered the color of girly power, but in the end it is just a color – and if we want to wear said color, it does not necessarily lead to simpering or emotional trainwrecks. In this book, pink becomes Ava’s trademark – it may have started out as a way to feel normal, but pink is the color that makes her happy inside. THE BAD BITS {Nothing} If there were any bad bits to this story, Lili Wilkinson just tickled me pink with everything else that I don’t remember them. Maybe that the ending tied together a little too perfectly? But, honestly, I wouldn’t have imagined it any other way. THE OVERALL Why did I wait so long to have my socks rocked by pink? I am not sure, but I am hoping that YOU do not waste any more time! The characters are far from perfect, but together they paint such a heartfelt and honest picture of the confusion everyone goes through in life. I laughed a lot, cried some, and enjoyed the entirety of pink – and when I reached the last page, I sighed with such satisfaction for a story well done!
Lauren Curnutte More than 1 year ago
I win this book in book firm through a contest, but it's awesome! I would have paid money fo it without hesitation! I reccomend it to anyone! It's interesting and very addicting. I highly reccomend you at least read the sample.
Anonymous 26 days ago
What rp is this?
sithereandread on LibraryThing 8 months ago
PINK, by Lili Wilkinson, is a journey of teenage proportions that explores the self-doubt of one girl who has yet to figure out where she belongs. Ava is a wicked intelligent girl who is not challenged enough academically at her school. One thing holding her back is her radical girlfriend who she absolutely adores. But being in that school and with Chloe doesn't feel right to Ava and she wants more of a stereotypical girly life with pink clothes and a boyfriend. Her balancing act with her old life and her new one gives her more insight to herself then she could have ever imagined.The cover originally drew me to this book. I mean how awesome is it? But inside the book is where the awesomeness lies. Wilkinson created a cast of amazing characters. Each character had layers upon layers that kept me reading more. The stage crew kids were my favorite. As a theater geek, I was in heaven. The 'Screws' (as they called themselves) were a mish-mash of different kids with their love for being backstage. In a high school setting, I think this group is more accepting of unusual talents and intelligence that other groups can't handle.Ava was extremely clueless to the world around her. She molded herself to fit into where others saw her. When she was around Chloe she was radical and sarcastic. When she was around Billy Hughes peers she was whatever they needed her to be. In the grand scheme of things, she actually belonged to the Screws even when she thought they were losers. These kids pulled the real Ava out from her hidden layers and made her think about her choices.The relationship dynamics were intricate. Ava's relationship with Chloe was always on thin ice with Ava (I think) caring more for Chloe than she did for Ava. Ava and Ethan's relationship boggled my mind from the beginning. She was set up to 'get with' Ethan. Of course he was the popular, gorgeous guy, which made Ava want him even more. And then there was Sam, one of the Screws. He was not the typical hot, popular guy. But since I am a total fan of gingers, I was smitten. He was the most 'real' with her which made him even more likable.Overall, this book has everything a young adult contemporary book should have. Drama, geeks, self-doubt, self-discovery, and an amazing three-dimentional cast of characters that will make you laugh and cry. I look forward to more from this amazingly talented author.
ander23 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
There is some humor, some sadness, some love, some hate; all wrapped into a story that draws the reader in and holds the readers attention until the very end. Ava's struggle to find herself without losing herself is endearing. It is realistic. It is heartfelt. It is one of the best books I have read in a long time. 5 stars.
YABookieMonster on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Pink was not at all what I though it would be, but in a good way. I wasn't really sure what to expect from it, because it's not my usual type of book, but I'm glad to say that I did quite enjoy it!Pink deals with alot of great themes that I think that so many people, teens and young adults in particular, can relate too. It deals with losing friendships, gaining friendships, relationships, discovering one's sexuality, and just finding one's self in general (I'm sorry if that sounded corny, but it's true!), which are all things that everyone experiences in their life, especially during their teenaged years when they are really just starting to learn who they are. When I first started reading Pink, I kind of found the main character, Ava, to be a little shallow. All that she wanted to be was a "normal" girl who liked boys, wore pink (hence the title), and was popular. She was so worried about what her girlfriend would think about her that she would act completely different when she was with her, she really wasn't being herself. As the story went on, my opinion of her really started to change. She really began to realize that she couldn't be what her girlfriend wanted her to be or the cookie-cutter girl that she wanted herself to be because she started to realize that she was neither of those things. She still wasn't quite sure who exactly she was, but she realized that she needed to stop forcing herself to be something else and that she was happiest when she was just being herself.Ava's sexuality was something else that she struggled with. She'd always thought that she was a lesbian, and she and her girlfriend, Chloe, had been together for a couple of years, but she really starts to become confused when she feels attracted to boys. Through the course of the book, Ava tries to decipher her feelings and decide whether she is really a lesbian or if she is straight, and what I really liked about this book was that, just like in real life, she never really gets an answer to whether she is straight or gay. Finally though, in the end, she realizes that she may never truely know, and that she just needs to do what she feels is right when it comes to love. I thought that that was a really good message and I was really glad that Ava was able to realize it. An important factor in Ava really discovering herself was a group of kids called the "screws" or the stage crew kids. This group of people were just so comfortable being who they all were, didn't care what anyone thought about them, and as Ava began to spend time with them and really get to know them, they ended up having a huge effect on her. I don't think that Ava would have been able to grow so much over the course of the book if it hadn't been for this group of kids. Overall, I think that Pink has a ton of great themes and messages in it, although there are some not so great ones mixed in there too. It really shows us that we should just be ourselves and not try to be something else. Although I did definitly enjoy Pink, it's not my usual type of read and I probably would have enjoyed it even more were I a bigger fan of the genre. Lili Wilkinson's writing was pretty good, although because she is an Australian author, there were some (what I assume were slang) words, that were unfamiliar to me. You may also need a dictionary while reading this book because some of the "screws" had very impressive vocabularies! I know that I was left scratching my head at some of things that they said!If Pink seems like the type of book that you usually like to read, I would say go for it, as I'm sure you'll enjoy it! If you, like me, are mostly interested in paranormal books, and arn't sure if Pink is really something that you'll like, I would definitly think about giving it a shot!I hope that you enjoyed my review of Pink by Lili Wilkinson!
Kayla-Marie on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I really enjoyed this one. The beginning reminded me a bit of the Shopaholics series-it had the same humor. Ava would often find herself in embarassing situations, and since I am so sensitive to a character's humiliation, I found myself cringing a lot in empathy. I thought the characters were great, especially Sam and Jules. I wish I had had friends like that in high school, who throw around different bits of trivia and go out on those awesome missions (seriously, how fun would it be to sail a couch down a river?) and go to one of those 24-hour sci-fi movie marathons. It's geeky, but it sounds so fun. The ending was nice. Everything wasn't wrapped up in a nice pink bow (ha, ha) but it was satisfying and realistic. Ava is still trying to understand who she is at the end, but she has a better handle on her life and where she wants to be.**This was a review copy
foggidawn on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Ava changes schools because she feels like she has been conforming to her girlfriend's idea of what she should be like, and wants to try other things: wearing pink, auditioning for the school musical, and maybe even liking boys. She tries to be like the perfect, popular, pastel-wearing girls who befriend her on her first day of school, but eventually finds that conforming to them is just as restrictive to her real self as conforming to her girlfriend's image had been. When she doesn't make the cut for the school musical and falls in with the stage crew, a group of happy misfits who slowly accept her into their ranks, she starts realizing that discovering who she really is, is more complex than she could have imagined. This, of course, does not stop her from trying her hand at "helping" the other members of the stage crew find happiness and fulfillment, which (of course) backfires horrendously.Pink has a lot of great humor mixed in with the serious stuff, and it is a fast and gripping read. Fans of YA realistic fiction a la John Green and Maureen Johnson should definitely be on the lookout for this one!
renkellym on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Summary: Ava is an emo-goth lesbian who secretly wants to wear pink cashmere sweaters. When she gets the chance to reinvent herself by transferring to a preppy high school, Ava goes all out. But she¿s still living a double life¿pretending to be popular and glitzy with her new friends, and telling her girlfriend it¿s all an act. Which girl is Ava, really? And how long before her two worlds collide, resulting in total chaos!? My thoughts: Pink is an interesting insight into the confusion of identity. Ava isn¿t sure who she really is¿she loves her girlfriend, but wants to kiss boys; she tells herself she¿s a hardcore feminist when she really wouldn¿t mind being objectified at all. I really enjoyed the character development that went into Ava¿s self-discovery, and Lili Wilkinson did an excellent job of making her character¿s struggle feel realistic. Ava wasn¿t a particularly lovable character, but her bad choices and selfish personality made her believable. I found myself shaking my head at some of Ava¿s actions, but without them the story wouldn¿t have been near as effective. The characters that stood out the most to me were Ava¿s stage crew buddies. They were hilarious, intelligent, and just a blast to read about! I couldn¿t get enough of their banter. I would like a group of friends like this, please! All in all, I really enjoyed Pink. It has a great cast of minor characters, a foray into the world of theater, and a really great subject matter. I found it to be extremely fun, and despite some of the crazy situations that Ava got into, I couldn¿t put the book down. Pink is a hilarious, fast read that will make any reader recall what his or her own experiences with self-discovery were. And to readers who are just beginning their journey? Pink will definitely help make the trip that much easier.
theepicrat on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I forget where I first heard about pink, but I knew that I had to read it and I knew that I loved its slick cover design. Fast forward a year to now, and I can regretfully say that pink is the book I should have read sooner than later because it is one of those rare sock-rocking books that make up for all the reading FAIL! in my TBR pile.THE GOOD BITS{Girl cut from a different cloth} I loved the concept of Ava trying to figure out not only her identity, but also her sexuality. For some teenagers, these might be one and the same and quite obvious, but I think Ava represents those in-betweeners who feel alone in their indecision and uncertainties. Is she still a feminist if she likes the color pink? How can she crush on a boy when she is involved with a girl? Can two girls be friends if one of them is a lesbian? Is it too late to change your mind and/or change teams? Lili Wilkinson treads carefully and thoughtfully as the teenagers try to figure out themselves as well as each other in this whole crazy mess we fondly label as ¿high school.¿{You eat, sleep, and breathe tech} There are no words to explain why I have such high regards to theater techies. I never really buried myself into the gritty underbelly of theater since it definitely required more commitment than I could handle in high school, but I could feel its allure. Set changes are the BEST. THING. EVER! to watch. In pink, I loved the cranky old stage manager, the geeky banter and random ¿would you rather¿ questions, and can I get a shout-out to Boys from the Dwarf? These were my people, and I always love watching the main character fall in love with them too. pink is a homage to techies out there, and I loved every moment of it!{Think PINK} This color pops up a lot in this book, and I love how the ending comes together for Ava, her girlfriend, and her classmates. The story begins with a pink sweater of incredible softness ¿ what Ava deems as ¿normal¿ clothes and not the black chicness that her parents and girlfriend prefer. As a former pink-hater, I too can appreciate Ava¿s embrace of the pink. Sure, it may be considered the color of girly power, but in the end it is just a color ¿ and if we want to wear said color, it does not necessarily lead to simpering or emotional trainwrecks. In this book, pink becomes Ava¿s trademark ¿ it may have started out as a way to feel normal, but pink is the color that makes her happy inside.THE BAD BITS{Nothing} If there were any bad bits to this story, Lili Wilkinson just tickled me pink with everything else that I don¿t remember them. Maybe that the ending tied together a little too perfectly? But, honestly, I wouldn¿t have imagined it any other way.THE OVERALLWhy did I wait so long to have my socks rocked by pink? I am not sure, but I am hoping that YOU do not waste any more time! The characters are far from perfect, but together they paint such a heartfelt and honest picture of the confusion everyone goes through in life. I laughed a lot, cried some, and enjoyed the entirety of pink ¿ and when I reached the last page, I sighed with such satisfaction for a story well done!
summerskris on LibraryThing 8 months ago
In a society that encourages children, teens, and adults alike to be unique and to express their individuality, Lily Wilkinson's Pink asks: What if I want to fit in? What if I like what everyone else is doing? I first read Pink last year when I won a copy of the book in a writing challenge and enjoyed reading about Ava's story about becoming herself in a very un-radical fashion that would receive disapproval from her parents and old girlfriend.While I appreciate characters strong enough to break away from, say, a brainwashed society, I appreciate books that look into not-so-well-explored topics like 'what if someone doesn't want to be a radical?' In this case, I think it takes a heck of a lot more courage to be who you want to be. It is easy to buy black clothes and act disinterested in society when you want to rebel against everyone else, but it is much harder to try and conform to society when your parents are into radical politics and everyone else, especially said parents, expects you to be the same. What I love most about this book is the message that conformity doesn't happen with just the 'in' crowd; it happens to someone belonging to a group of radicals. It happens to Ava, a former radical and lesbian who decides to wear pink and be straight.While she isn't a total conformist, Ava is quite demure compared to her parents. In fact, it is easier for Ava to see her ex-girlfriend as someone belonging her to household than herself, and she doesn't know what to expect of herself, other than the fact that she wants to wear the color pink. However, Ava lacks the courage to wear pink in front of her parents, and she gets a girlfriend because she wants to be like Chloe (her ex) and it is what her parents expect of her in spite of their constant encouragement for Ava to be herself.It is at Billy Hughes School for Academic Excellence, away from her parents and ex-girlfriend, that Ava finally finds the courage to try new things. Only, it's easier said than done to try and be herself. Ava makes her fair share of mistakes while trying to fit in for the first time. After having been her parents' little radical for so long, she feels the need to swing to the other extreme and conform to the 'in' crowd before she finally realizes that all she really needed to do was be true to her heart. Pink is a heartwarming and very realistic story about a girl attempting to express her true self for the first time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yoo.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Party! He smirks
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walks in
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can i come-christian;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im here ill be back i have to take ashower
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I want some too..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*smiles* hey.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walks in
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You are everywhere lol.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was okay, I was kind of dissapointed. I finished it in a few hours. It was really funny at parts, so it was worth the read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Notices alex and cant stop