Genre: Realistic Fiction
The pink jumper was practically glowing in my grey bedroom. It was like a tiny bit of Dorothy's Oz in boring old black-and-white Kansas. Pink was for girls.
Ava Simpson is trying on a whole new image. Stripping the black dye from her hair, she heads off to the Billy Hughes School for Academic Excellence, leaving her uber-cool girlfriend, Chloe, behind.
Ava is quickly taken under the wing of perky, popular Alexis who insists that: a) she's a perfect match for handsome Ethan; and b) she absolutely must audition for the school musical.
But while she's busy trying to fit in - with Chloe, with Alexis and her Pastel friends, even with the misfits in the stage crew - Ava fails to notice that her shiny reinvented life is far more fragile than she imagined. edit.
I got this book from the library simply because I wanted to read something. This book sparked my interest because well, pink and black are two of my favourite colours. I really did enjoy this novel because it not only interesting but because all of the characters were unique and the banters between them were always entertaining.
This book is the first book I've read where the main character wasn't straight and it provided a new perspective of life. In this book Ava couldn't be labeled as anything which is true for real people. We can't be labeled as anything because if we were all labeled, some of our qualities would 'conflict' and 'contradict'. Ava was not just a 'pastel', a 'goth', 'lesbian' or 'straight'; she didn't even know what she was. She had many qualities that made her relate with characters from each category.
After switching schools Ava became friends with people she wouldn't have been friends with at her previous school. She became popular and well liked but also hung out with another crew of kids who were the opposite of her new friends. However she wouldn't have hung out with any of these people at her previous school because her girlfriend Chloe would've deemed them self-absorbed (the pastels) and immature (the stage crew). Soon Ava started to lie to everyone in order to maintain each of her images which didn't end so well.
I really liked the ending of the book because it was realistic and tied lose threads without giving a definite conclusion.
Likes: Ava, Sam, Jenny, Alexis, etc.
Dislikes: Chloe (she was very controlling and bossy).