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Ellie Pillai is Brown

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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. I don't think I read much of fiction with POC character so was quite delighted to receive this new debut with such main character. It reminded me of Never Have I Ever (which I also love) and it's different having a South Asian girl going thorough teen angst. The twist towards the end completely threw me, I hadn’t expected it at all which I loved, and I marvel at how well Pillainayagam celebrates so many elements of identity.

I do think I started to loose interest in the middle of the book - nothing attention catching was going on. I won a giveaway copy of this ages ago and I knew I’d enjoy it, so I have no idea what took me so long, but I know myself well (at least in terms of books! Insgesamt also ein nettes Buch, das man einfach mal lesen kann, aber es muss auch nicht unbedingt sein. Pillainayagam’s inclusion of lyrics in the book was genius, merging medias in that way worked so well. Ellie is such a great character and I do relate to her in many ways (I listen to music non stop and I express my feelings through writing) but I couldn't really get through this book.Seeing a Tamil character is always nice and I felt empathetic towards Ellie, especially in terms of feeling lost and just not knowing how to go about wanting to do what she wants whilst still trying to make her parents proud. Not only is it GCSE year, but it’s the year when the lie of drama lessons might be discovered by Ellie’s mother and father. Most days, Ellie Pillai is somewhere between invisible, and not very cool - and usually she's okay with that. 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.

I liked that her friend group could all have their own books written about them, and their struggles with their identities and home life really added to the story. I particularly loved Tamil representation as well as the story of Ellie Pillai, and I look forward to future works from Pillainayagam. and i really enjoyed the musical accompaniment that christine wrote, it was pretty cool to listen to ellies songs as they were being written.followed a heartwarming journey of Ellie Pillai during her adolescent years, being a Sri Lankan teen living in a different culture community with her strict and successful parents that always wanted her to be the best (to achieve her potential as what her mom always said) though in reality, she was always think she deserves to be sitting inside the invisible bubble and to feel awkwardly weird most of the times. I found the whole idea of using QR codes throughout the book to connect to Ellie's playlist absolutely genius! They think she’s taking computer science when all along she’s been taking Mr Grange’s drama lessons…. Home to William Golding, Sylvia Plath, Kazuo Ishiguro, Sally Rooney, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Max Porter, Ingrid Persaud, Anna Burns and Rachel Cusk, among many others, Faber is proud to publish some of the greatest novelists from the early twentieth century to today.

Love the characters dynamic although mostly were freaking overly dramatic and Ellie did frustrate me somehow when she goes judging her opinion and not trusting her friends when they said she was good (don't go being too toxic to yourself, kiddo). Most days, Ellie Pillai is somewhere between invisible, and not very cool – and usually she’s okay with that. This is a long book, which is the only reason I rated it down a little - the story did start to drag in a couple of places.

Der Schreibstil erzählt aus Ellies Sicht und das sehr leicht und flüssig, zudem sind die Kapitel meist angenehm kurz. 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. trials and tribulations at school, with family, friends and potential love interests, interspersed with musical interludes. We understand that she is desperate to be her authentic self, but how can she do this without upsetting her family and friends?

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