Thursday, September 15, 2011

Pink by Lili Wilkinson

Theater week madness continues! Katherine stops by from Westover Branch Library to tell us about her favorite theater book:

Pink by Lili Wilkinson

Ava doesn't want to go to art school anymore. She's leaving behind her girlfriend Chloe and her black duds for the perfectly pink life at the Billy Hughes School for Academic Excellence. She wants to wear the right clothes, talk to the right people, be the perfect student, and maybe even date the right guy, just so she can feel like she fits in somewhere. But is trading her all black ensemble for pink really going to change who she is?

Her imperfect persona is outed when she tries out for the school musical. Big mistake! She has no singing talent while everyone else has been in voice lessons since birth.

Enter the Screws, aka Stage Crew. A bunch of misfits, each unlike the other, save their plywood and paint bond. Ava sees Stage Crew as a way to be part of the musical, even if she has to be the one aiming the spotlight, rather than the one in it.

Ava's parents, girlfriend, friends, and enemies are all pressuring her to fit into their mold of what she should be. Can Ava figure out what she wants before she screws up everything?

Vivid characters and a big finale make this book a great theatre read!

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