Synopses & Reviews
Backstage mischief, secret kisses, and mysterious mishaps. Is Sage's holiday job a little too interesting? This is highly entertaining, original, pacy rom-crime for teenagers who like their fiction fast, funny, and chock-full of sass.
Sage gave Bianca a swift hug. 'Everything will be fine,' she said. 'You'll see.' They smiled at each other, but Sage felt uneasiness creep into the pit of her belly. Something was very, very wrong at the Lyric Theatre.
Sage is delighted to land a job at a theater. Mostly because it will earn her the money she needs for the photography course she's coveted since she first picked up a camera. And working for a magician should be interesting, right? Plus there's a cute stagehand named Herb, who could make it even more interesting. But Sage, Herb, and The Great Armand's beautiful assistant Bianca stay late at the theater one night, and a wand gets broken—on the stage. Bianca is horrified, convinced they've brought a curse upon themselves. Sage and Herb dismiss her concerns as irrational superstitions, even after they are mysteriously locked in the supply cupboard. Together. Overnight. And then things really go wrong, at the theater and at home. Sage must figure out who to trust, who's hiding secrets, what's real, and what's just clever trickery. Because when a person truly disappears, it is likely that there are more sinister elements at work than magic.
“This fun, razor-sharp, and moving novel reminds us that pinklike loveis 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
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.
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.
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.