Ellie Pillai is Brown by Christine Pillainayagam



This book is about a teenage girl called Ellie Pillai, who is better at connecting with music than with people, and hears songs in her head, making her what ‘normal people’ would call weird. She has two friends, Jessica and Hayley, both which are trying to make Ellie connect with the world, however hard she may find it. This story is about teenage love, lies, drama, music and standing out. I recommend this book for teenagers that are into romance and music. By: Yumi (age 13).

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The perfect coming-of-age summer romance by the most spectacularly funny and original debut UKYA voice. My name is Ellie. Ellie Pillai . . . And I suppose I am a little bit weird, but then, aren’t we all, just a little bit? Most days, Ellie Pillai is somewhere between invisible, and not very cool – and usually she’s okay with that. But suddenly, Ellie feels different. Maybe it’s the new boy at school who makes her brain explode into rainbows every time she sees him (and also happens to be going out with her best friend), or maybe it’s her new drama teacher, the one who seems to have noticed she exists. Suddenly, her misfit style, her skin colour, her songwriting and all that getting lost in the music in her head seem to be okay too. Because maybe standing out isn’t a bad thing after all.