Saturday, July 14, 2012

Pretty in pink: PILGRIMS DON'T WEAR PINK by Stephanie Kate Strohm

YA Contemporary
204 pages, paperback
Available now (May 2012)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Review copy provided by publisher via NetGalley for honest review

A story of crushes, corsets, and conspiracy.

Libby Kelting had always felt herself born out of time. No wonder the historical romance-reading, Jane Austen-adaptation-watching, all-around history nerd jumped at the chance to intern at Camden Harbor, Maine’s Oldest Living History Museum. But at Camden Harbor Libby’s just plain out of place, no matter how cute she looks in a corset. Her cat-loving coworker wants her dead, the too-smart-for-his-own-good local reporter keeps pushing her buttons, her gorgeous sailor may be more shipwreck than dreamboat — plus Camden Harbor’s haunted. Over the course of one unforgettable summer, Libby learns that boys, like ghosts, aren’t always what they seem.

If you're looking for a cute, fast read, check out PILGRIMS DON'T WEAR PINK. While there's a bit of a history info dump at the beginning (this girl really loves her history), once you get past that, the story flows quite nicely.

Libby heads off to Maine, to be an intern at a living history museum and teach a group of little girls how to cook, sew, and act like 18th century kids. While the campers are adorable, her roommate definitely isn't. So, when a nerdy boy reporter tracking a story of local ghost sightings asks permission to camp out, intern Libby volunteers to keep an eye on him. But she's also keeping an eye on the super-hottie who chops her wood (literally, people) and lights her fire, much to the dismay of nerdy boy.

There are hints of Mary Sue when it comes to light that Libby is not only well-versed in early colonial America but she can also cook a mean pie among other things, sing and dance, and capture the attention of two guys with her size-six, blonde-haired self. Oh, and of course, she has a flamboyantly gay BFF. But Libby's a bit of a mess and tends to get herself in sticky situations, which prevents her from being a complete Mary Sue.

PDWP is a very pleasant way to spent an afternoon.


  1. Lool ok this sounds cute but maybe not something I would have picked up myself! And... to be honest the premise also doesn't woo me over completely... But. happy you spend a great afternoon with it :)

  2. I loved this book so much-I am scarily like Libby with our interests in American history, Jane Austen, pink, etc. A super cute contemporary!

  3. Yeah, no one is that perfect, well except for a Mary Sue. LOL I think I would skip out on this one, not really a fan of history dumps, but glad you enjoyed.

  4. You know, I totally agree with you. This was a perfectly pleasant book. It doesn't exactly hold up... like, there is so much I could complain about, and I think I did complain in my review, but it was a really fun book overall. I read it in the car on the way back from Ottawa last fall and it was the perfect book for that type of light reading.

  5. This one sounds really cute and if i remember correctly, Mimi liked it a lot. I don't have time for it now but in the future I might pick it up at the library.