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Ellie Pillai is Brown

Ellie Pillai is Brown

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Yourself and Bob are much cherished in our booky world and I personally really appreciate everything that you do. I think my favourite thing about this was that it very much has the coming of age, British John Hughes-style vibe I was expecting, but kind of turns some the typical beats of that story around and subverts expectations, to the point I actually wasn’t sure who would end up with who because there were so many plausible possibilities for how things could turn out. Most days, Ellie Pillai is somewhere between invisible, and not very cool - and usually she's okay with that. Ellie Pillai shows the reality of being a brown girl in a small white town wonderfully, her quirky personality, love of old music and Sri Lankan background not fitting in well with her peers. Revolves mostly on friendship, family conflicts, bit on sexuality and those emotional hurdles and mental crisis of finding and exploring one's identify, the plot was a bit cliché to me yet quite interesting as it goes.

My main critique was quite how much was packed in, including themes of dishonesty, low self esteem, grief, sexual assault, alcohol abuse, LGBTQ+ characters, post-child loss pregnancy, teacher crushes (!Warm, funny and hopeful, this story is about a girl struggling to like herself and growing to learn that she is enough. I particularly loved Tamil representation as well as the story of Ellie Pillai, and I look forward to future works from Pillainayagam. This experience has been fantastic primarily for the children, the school and also for me (professionally). It’s why so few people, other than Jess, know about her playlists, her humour, her creativity, and then the backing singers she imagines in so many different situations.

I loved the fresh and original voice of this coming of age debut, approaching big themes with a light touch. Ellie is very much a dramatic teenager (shocker) and every time I was about to judge her for it, I remembered what I wrote in my diary back in 2011 and figured I was not one to talk. An sich ist die Message ja ganz süß, dennoch wurde ähnliches eben schon in hundert anderen Coming of Age-Stories durchgekaut und das etwas besser, denn hier fehlt teilweise der rote Faden und ein ausdrucksstarkes Fazit. Bronnie is so lovely with the boys and we also felt that having a man enthusing about the books set a great example.At this point I do feel like I've pretty much aged out of YA, especially contemporary, but I do like to go back to it every now and again to catch up and see what I've been missing.

Although Jess is ‘the ‘it’ girl’ who has people watching her wherever she goes, Ellie’s happy to fall into her shadow. Suddenly, her misfit style, her skin colour, her songwriting and all that getting lost in the music in her head seem to be okay too. Candy Gourlay introduces Wild Song, her companion novel to Bone Talk, in which Luki and Samkad leave their home in the Philippines for America.It follows a Sri Lankan-English girl named Ellie Pillai, who is navigating the stresses of school and shifting friendship dynamics, which become even more complex when a new boy starts at school and she falls for him despite him being with her best friend. You guys are such a force for good and I am a passionate supporter of Indie booksellers, so I'm so happy this worked out well (I'd love to know how many books were sold if you have it to hand - it felt like quite a lot!

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