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Harsh Pink: Color Me Burned

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Harsh Pink: Color Me Burned

Author Melody Carlson closes out her TrueColors series with this final installment that focuses on mean girls, popularity, and the price of compromising right and wrong to get into the "it" circle. Carlson has consistently offered teenagers an alternative, soulful retreat with each of her 12 “Color Me” titles, and this last book is no exception.

Reagan Mercer, newly transplanted from the Boston area, is very grateful to have made the varsity cheerleading team at her new high school. But her happiness isn't enjoyed for long when she is coldly greeted and assessed by the girl whose place she beat out with her superior cheering skills. Kendra Farnsworth, who "owns" most of the girls on the squad, lets Reagan know that there will be a price to pay for edging her out.

Quickly, Reagan buddies up with another first-time varsity cheerleader, Jocelyn Matthews, whose big mouth is certain to get them both into trouble. Reagan tries hard to fit in without becoming a casualty or committing social suicide. She is smart and talented, so it doesn't take long for her to inch her way into the good graces of Kendra and her friends. What Reagan doesn't realize is that the price will be steep. She'll have to turn her back on more worthy friends, compromise her morals and attempt to reassure herself that everything she’s doing is okay.

Adding to Reagan's cheerleading pressures is her mom's workaholic tendencies, which leaves Reagan in charge of her elderly grandmother, whose Alzheimer's is quickly taking over. Reagan then remembers the one "geeky" friend she made over the summer, Andrea Lynch, and how she ditched Andrea when school started.

As Reagan continues to straddle the high-stakes games of being popular with home stresses, it looms into nightmarish proportions and Reagan finally cracks. But will she have any "friends" there to help her pick up the pieces of her broken heart?

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Reviewed by Michele Howe on October 18, 2011

Harsh Pink: Color Me Burned
by Melody Carlson

  • Publication Date: June 14, 2007
  • Genres: Christian, Fiction
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: NavPress
  • ISBN-10: 1576839524
  • ISBN-13: 9781576839522