Pilgrims Don’t Wear Pink by Stephanie Kate Strohm
Libby Kelting isn’t just a pink-loving fashionista, she’s a not – so – secret history nerd. She’s proud of the fact that she can spout historical factoids at the drop of a hat, and why shouldn’t she be!?
It’s all those factoids that helped her land an internship at Camden Harbor, a living history museum located in the wilds of Maine. There, not only will she have the chance to dress in period appropriate costumes, but she also will be able to pass along her love of all things history to the next generation of history buffs.
Excited about the summer ahead of her, Libby isn’t letting anything or anyone stand in her way. That is, until she meets her roommate Ashling. Cat-loving Ashling seems hellbent on making Libby’s experience at Camden Harbor and summer miserable.
In a desperate need to get away from Ashling, Libby volunteers to move out of the intern house onto a supposedly haunted ship with a Star-Trek loving, fresh out of college journalist, Garrett.
But once aboard, Libby finds more than she bargains for.
Full of laugh out loud moments and a touch of sweet romance, Pilgrims Don’t Wear Pink is author Stephanie Kate Strohm’s debut novel.
Vividly descriptive, Pilgrims Don’t Wear Pink will keep readers entertained and engrossed. Strohm’s writing is simple, yet strong. Often letting the storyline drive the writing, readers get a real sense of what Camden Harbor represents as a living history museum, just how cramped her shared room aboard the historical ship is. But above all those things, from Strohm’s expressive writing, readers get a sense of who the real Libby is – a fashionista who, not only takes pride in the way she looks, but who she is on the inside.
Speaking of Libby — she’s a great character! Richly created, Libby is open and honest, emotionally driven, and real. Far from perfect, Libby has flaws. And it’s exactly those flaws that make her realistic and relateable. She’s a bit clumsy, what with falling head first into a barrel, flashing her Hello Kitty undies to the world. She’s emotionally driven, always following her heart while sometimes forgetting to follow her mind. She’s an unlikely hero, who, when push comes to shove, always does the right thing.
Readers, young and old alike, will find out that a little bit of Libby lives within them. We’ve all known humiliate in front of hot guys, we’ve all experienced overwhelming emotion. Libby is an unlikely hero who readers will root for. That’s what makes her such a great character.
But Libby isn’t the only great character to full the pages of Pilgrims Don’t Wear Pink. Cam is the perfect bad boy that every girl will fall head over heels for. Libby’s best friend Dev is simply fabulous. He’s the embodiment of true friendship – always there for Libby through good hair days and bad! And than there’s Garrett, who may not compare to Cam in the hot bad boy department, but he holds his own in the boyishly good-looking one.
There is a whole lot to like about Strohm’s Pilgrims Don’t Wear Pink. What I enjoyed most about this debut was the fact that it was so surprising. Admittedly, judging a book by its cover, I wrongly assumed that this book would be a light, fluffy read – a good beach read. But what I found was the opposite. Pilgrims Don’t Wear Pink is a book full of wit, smart writing, and charm – everything I look for in a good book.
At only two hundred and four pages, Pilgrims Don’t Wear Pink will make readers crave more – more of Libby, more history-filled storylines, more fun. And lucky for us, Strohm has a new book out – Confederates Don’t Wear Couture – in June that is sure to please all fans.
If you’re looking for a great book, look no further than Strohm’s Pilgrim’s Don’t Wear Pink.