Ava Simpson is uber cool. She’s all about an ultracool attitude, ultraradical politics, and ultrablack clothing. And she’s sick of all of it. She’s ready to become someone new. She’s ready to strip the black dye from her hair and become someone who fits in. Someone with a gorgeous bf, someone who wears pink.
But changing yourself is more complicated than just changing the colour of your favourite sweater. As Ava is taken under the wing of the perky, popular Alexis, she finds fitting in – with her edgy girlfriend Chloe, the handsome Ethan, her new pastel friends, and the misfits of the stage crew for the school musical – raises issues that she never imagined, and she realizes that her shiny new life is much more fragile than she thought.
YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, and a Stonewall Award Honour Book, Pink by Lili Wilkinson is a light hearted but timely story about a teen’s attempt to figure out who she really wants to be.
*Originally published in the Minden Times on June 11th, 2015.