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Candlewick Press, 2009 - Juvenile Fiction - 307 pages
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"Castellucci mixes details of the L.A. punk scene with memorable characters and witty dialogue...Consider this pure Nirvana." — Booklist

Exiled from Canada to Los Angeles, Katy can't believe she is spending the summer with her father—punk name: the Rat—a recovered addict and drummer for the band Suck. Even though Katy feels abandoned by her mom, even though the Rat's place is a mess and he's not like anything she'd call a father, Kathy won't make a fuss. After all, she is a girl who is quiet and polite, a girl who smiles, a girl who is, well, beige. Or is she? From the author of BOY PROOF and THE QUEEN OF COOL comes an edgy L.A. novel full of humor, heart, and music.

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Review: Beige

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Would've adored this when I was a teenage girl, but the number of clichés in the writing are a little tough to stomach. I really like the graphic novels Castellucci has written since, so it seems that her writing has improved over time. Or perhaps it just lends itself more to graphic narratives. Read full review

Review: Beige

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I have yet to read a book by Castellucci that I do not love. This is yet another great read. I will confess that although I liked Katy, I didn't completely understand her. I mean: yes, I could ... Read full review


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About the author (2009)

Cecil Castellucci is an author, filmmaker, actress, and singer-songwriter. She says, "When I first moved to Los Angeles from Montreal, I wrote in a café owned by Eric Melvin from NOFX, had Thanksgiving dinner with Tim Armstrong from Rancid, and had my taxes done by a guy who was in the Circle Jerks. Everyone was So-Cal Punk crazy and I felt so . . . beige. I wondered what it would be like to grow up around adults that cool, especially if you were plopped into that scene when it wasn't yours." She lives in Los Angeles.

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