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Friday, April 6, 2012

Review: Pilgrims Don’t Wear Pink by Stephanie Kate Strohm

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Source: Amazon Vine
Publication Date: 08 May 2012
Series or Standalone: Standalone
ISBN: 0547564597
Format: Paperback (ARC)
Pages: 204
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Place(s) Traveled to: Camden, Maine
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
First Line:  Please remind me again why you’re going to pilgrim camp.
At first glance Libby Kelting isn’t someone you would think would want to spend an entire summer interning at a colonial reenactment camp but who says a girl can’t love clothes, makeup and history?  But there is more to Libby that one might think and even though she clashes with one of her roommates and with Garrett, the boy reporter, she is bound and determined to make the most of her experience.

Pilgrims Don’t Wear Pink was a fun contemporary and a great way to spend a couple of hours. Some of the characters were a bit cliched, like Cam, and made me roll my eyes…a lot. He was so one note that I found it hard to believe that a girl as smart as Libby would have put up with his idiocy for as long as she did. I much preferred Libby’s interactions with Garrett and Dev even though both of their characters fell into the stereotypes that surround them. The only character that really defied expectations was Libby and I just wish that sort of character development could have occurred across the board. 

What I did like about Pilgrims Don’t Wear Pink is that it made history seem fun and gave a new look at work in a historical reenactment facility. In some ways this book reminded me of Leila Sale’s Past Perfect which deals with a similar setting and fans of that book will probably enjoy this one as well. There were several funny scenes in this book that made me laugh and others that made my heart ache. There was even a bit of a mystery which was an unexpected twist to the book. 

The ending though seemed a bit rushed and I wish that the book was just a little longer so that more time and detail could have been put into finishing touches. Pilgrims Don’t Wear Pink isn’t a perfect novel but it was a good debut and one that makes look forward to future books from Stephanie Kate Strohm. I definitely would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys history and romance and just wants an adorable contemporary to pass the time.

One Response to “Review: Pilgrims Don’t Wear Pink by Stephanie Kate Strohm”

  1. Sarah

    I think the reason I want to read this one is because of Leila Sales’ book and its setting. I’m all about reenactment camps I guess!