By Lili Wilkinson
(HarperTeen, Hardcover, 9780061926532, 320pp.)
Publication Date: February 2011
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
Ava has a secret. She is tired of her ultracool attitude, ultra-radical politics, and ultrablack clothing. She's ready to try something newshe'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.
Humor, heart, and the joys of dramaon- and offstagecombine in Ava's delight-fully colorful journey of self-discovery.
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.
“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.”
-John Green, Printz Award-winning author of Looking for Alaska
“A witty, refreshing look at high school and adolescence that obliterates stereotypes along the way. Laugh-out-loud funny, endearing, and heartbreaking.”
-Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (Starred Review)
“An entertaining story about teen angst, sexual identity, and high school relationships from a promising debut author.”
-School Library Journal
“I laughed, I cried and I occasionally burst into song.”
-Justine Larbalestier, author of Liar
“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!”
-Michael Cart, author of YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE: From Romance to Realism