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Book Review- Pink by Lili Wilkinson [LGBT Book Series]

Posted on: January 21, 2015

Hey! This is a thing I’m trying out. I love lgbt YA titles so I’ve collected my thoughts here and there, and felt like sharing! First up is Pink ***SPOILERS AHEAD***

I liked this one! The whole “bi girls always cheat” trope was prevalent, but slightly less so than other books. By the time Ava was saying “Oh, I still like girls but I wanted to like boys too and I don’t fit in anywhere” type lines I wanted to gently float down from the heavens, singing angelically that Bisexuality and Pansexuality exist. But no, this is YA fiction world where the b and p words are evil and must be avoided at all costs.

Whatever.

The characters were hilarious yet flawed and everything tied up nicely in the end. It had good, honest dialogue.

I’m so sick of books that paint feminists as whiny, annoying and ignorant pains, constantly misusing terminology and (in this book’s case) being corrected by enlightened males. Whether its Ava’s family, Ava, or Chloe, or Jesse from The Diff. between you and me, I’m seeing this trend where feminist awareness is incorporated into these novels via female protags being unbearably wrong and needing correction.

Overall, Pink is entertaining and worth a read! It clocks in with 3 (count em, 3!) named lesbian characters and 2 gay characters, which is already more than other LGBTQIA YA books.

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