Pink & Green Is the New Black by Lisa Greenwald
Amulet Books, 2014
Lucy Desberg is in eighth grade, and she’s determined to make this year perfect. Over the course of the year, though, her talents for makeup and problem-solving will be put to the test. On the outside, things couldn’t be better: her family’s spa is doing well, and she has a boyfriend, Yamir. But Yamir’s in high school now, and Lucy’s too embarrassed to admit that he hasn’t called her in weeks. To take her mind off him, she throws herself into planning the eighth-grade masquerade, using her makeup skills to rally her classmates. But as she soon learns, ignoring a problem does not make it go away. It’s destined to pop up at the worst possible time. Lucy’s resourcefulness will be put to the test as she grows up and starts making decisions about the type of person — and girlfriend and friend and daughter and sister — that she wants to be.