Pink by Lili Wilkinson

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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.

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About Lili Wilkinson

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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 manages 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.
Published February 8, 2011 by HarperTeen. 325 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Frustrated at being penned in by her counterculture parents, 17-year-old Ava shifts away from her unconventional school and a longstanding relationship with her beautiful but sometimes chilly girlfriend in this funny and poignant Australian import.

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I thought about all of the books out there now about gay teenagers (still not enough, in my opinion), and realized that most of them were about coming out, and that there were very few books about bisexual teens.

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Leanne Hall Critical Summary Lili Wilkinson gives an ingenious new twist on LGBT literature by creating a protagonist, Ava, who is surrounded by people who already accept her for being different but who secretly has a hankering to be “normal.” Critics agree that Ava, her girlfriend Chloe, an...

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Ava Simpson has the opportunity to totally change herself.

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