These 6 excellent books prove pink isn’t always pretty

Pink can be a deceptive. So wrapped up in preconceived notions of the cute, cuddly and stereotypically ‘girly’ colour, most of us can pick up a magenta-coloured cover and think it’ll be nothing but fun, flirty read. Wrong.


Some pink books have hidden intentions; they’re all wicked teeth behind bubblegum lips and horrendous heartbreak wrapped up with a pretty ribbon.

‘Paper Butterflies’ is one of those books. Sure, it might seem like a lovely book, with a gorgeous cover in a harmless shade of pink, but be warned, readers: it’s full of heartache and tears and pain, pain, pain. Of course, it doesn’t stop us rereading the heck out of it and it shouldn’t stop you either. Let’s just be prepared for these not-so-sweet pink covers, kay?

Here are 5 books that might look sweet, but trust us, they pack more of a punch than your average contemp:

killtheboyband‘Kill the Boy Band’, Goldy Moldavsky

It’s all in the title folks. This book is a laugh-out-loud adventure of murderous proportions. 5 mega fans get more than they bargained for when they accidentally kidnap a member of their favourite band EVER – The Ruperts.

And who said fan girls shouldn’t be taken seriously?

‘Rebel Belle’, Rachel Hawkinsrebelbelle

Oh yeah, we hear you. This one? This one? With the pink and the pearls? YES. ‘Rebel Belle’ may begin with the story of a girl setting her sights of being Homecoming Queen, but it’s more than that: Harper’s a Paladin, part of an ancient line of guardians with super strength and mad agility. And she’s gonna save the world.


‘Pretties’, by Scott Westerfeld

Westerfeld is now onto the incredible ‘Zeroes’ series, but before that, he wrote ‘Uglies’, the story of a society hooked on beauty. In fact, you’re an ‘Ugly’ until you’re 16 and then you get the surgery. But what happens if you don’t want to be Pretty? What happens if you just want to be you? Amazing, fantastic, edge-of-your seat read.

under-rose-tainted-skies‘Under Rose Tainted Skies’, by Louise Gornall

URTS might look beautiful and read beautiful, but good grief, our hearts were a mess after that one.  A real, honest look at mental health and agoraphobia in particular, as well as learning to love yourself.

Go vote for URTS in MP! Bookish Awards!

etqiuette‘Etiquette and Espionage’ by Gail Carriger

“It’s one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It’s quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to finishing school.”

Sophronia is sent to Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality to become civilised, but gets a whole lot more than she bargained for.

paper-butterfliesPaper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield

And of course, the fantastic ‘Paper Butterflies’ –  gut-puncher extraordinaire. This is a gorgeous book about June, trapped by a terrible home life, and Blister, who might just be her escape. Pack tissues, readers, this one needs them.

Go vote for ‘Paper Butterflies’ in MP! Bookish Awards!

Have you found any other pink books that were terrifying, heartbreaking and otherwise NOT the typical cute contemp you may have expected? Let us know in the comments.

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Written by Laura Fulton

Book Channel Editor at MaxPop! Have a thing for the sea and pretty paperbacks. Saved by amazing grace.

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