Reviewed by K. Osborn Sullivan for TeensReadToo.com
Seventeen-year-old Babylon Edison is ready for the adventure of a lifetime. She's on her way to New York City to spend the summer as an intern at her favorite magazine, Orange. As an added bonus, she gets to work alongside her heroine, Orange's fabulous and famous Editor-in-Chief, Izzy LaPointe. Could life get any better?
Well, there are a couple of clouds on Babyl's horizon. First, she has to leave her gorgeous and sweet boyfriend, Jordan, behind in Boston. And she's assigned to live in a gross college dorm room with four other high school interns, all of whom are cutthroat competitive to get on Editor Izzy's good side. Oh, and then there's the uncomfortable lesson Babyl begins to learn about how not everyone is as wonderful on the inside as they look on the outside.
It's going to be a hot summer in the Big Apple.
ORANGE IS THE NEW PINK is a funny, exciting, fast-paced story that shows a group of girls from all over the country coping with their first taste of the real world. The experience changes them all in some way, but none of them lose the core of who they are - in fact, some of them begin to really understand their identity for the first time. The girls get themselves into quite a bit of mischief in the big city, but they all remain likeable and well-meaning throughout the book. The story also offers a bunch of handsome, talented college guys who are interning at a neighboring magazine, celebrity-filled parties, concerts, and a great scene with a romantic first kiss at Coney Island.
I really enjoyed ORANGE IS THE NEW PINK and recommend it highly. I like getting a "take away" message from good books, and this one did not disappoint me. In ORANGE, Babylon learns that things don't always turn out the way you expect. Her summer, her hero, her relationships with both the girls and boys in her life, were all full of surprises. But if you're open to the unexpected, it might end up being even better than you planned. That's what I walked away with when I turned the last page of ORANGE. That, plus a big grin on my face from reading such a fun and uplifting story.