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Ava is tired of her ultracool attitude, ultraradical politics, and ultrablack clothing. She's ready to try something new--she's even ready to be someone new. Someone who fits in, someone with a gorgeous boyfriend, someone who wears pink.

But Ava soon 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.

Pink received an American Library Association Stonewall Award Honor for exceptional merit relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender experience.

Supports the Common Core State Standards

Publisher: New York : HarperTeen, 2011, c2009.
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780061926532
Branch Call Number: YA WILKINSO
Characteristics: 310 pages ; 22 cm.


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May 13, 2013

Pink is a fresh take on the typical high school angst storyline. Ava is a character who struggles with her identity on many levels – from her sexuality, to what she likes to wear and who she wants to hang out with. Like many teens, Ava must do some serious soul searching and make some pretty big mistakes before she is able to follow her instincts and ultimately her heart.

nypl_115th_street Feb 15, 2013

Ava wants to wear pink, which isn’t a crime; or is it? The book centers around this. She secretly buys a cashmere sweater that she hides in the back of her closet (I’m not sure if that was suppose to be a metaphor but it worked for me). She secretly gets it out, all the while scared that her parents will bust into her room and catch her. Opening it she peels back the green sticker and pink paper( at which point I kept thinking it was something out of pulp fiction and the glowing brifecase) and there it was the pink sweater.

Here are a few reasons why I liked the book and this is in no particular order:

The cover, just look at it, it’s beautiful in it’s simplicity
The writing. The writing was dare I say witty, sharp and funny.
The teens smoked and drank.
The characters (at least some of them) were not all beautiful, this story was like a goulash.
The fact that it did not take place in America, yes there are teens in other countries that are fun to read about.
And last but not least, there were adults in the book, which is novel considering in some YA books there are no adults let alone parents. The parents are away somewhere unknown that is sometimes never explained, or just not around but made mention of. Five adults, who at times had recurring roles.

I do like this book enough to recommend it to teens. I give it 4 ½ pick cashmere sweaters.

Hailee_V_Boom Nov 25, 2012

Slow at some parts but a really fast read!

VaughanPLDaniela Jun 25, 2012


beebopp9 Apr 03, 2011

I love how this book deals with finding communities and the pressure to shape yourself to fit the community you find instead of just romantic/sexual orientation. Great characters as well!


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nypl_115th_street Mar 20, 2013

nypl_115th_street thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over


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