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Ellie Pillai is Brown

Christine Pillainayagam

The perfect coming-of-age romance by the most spectacularly funny and original debut UKYA voice.

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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.

‘I adored this.’ Simon James Green, author of Alex in Wonderland
A feel good coming-of-age gem.’ Observer, Book of the Year
‘I loved the fresh and original voice.’ Bookseller, Highlights of the Season
‘A hilarious and heart-warming story.’ Aisha Bushby, author of A Pocketful of Stars
‘Warm, funny and hopeful.’ A M Dassu, author of Boy, Everywhere
‘A fresh, funny, feel-good story.’ Rashmi Sirdeshpande

Critic Reviews

Ellie Pillai is frank, funny, warm-hearted and wise. I adored this celebration of making your own kind of music, and dancing to your own beat.

Critic Reviews

Pillainayagam has an amazing ability to make poignant narratives heart-breaking and hilarious in equal measure... Ellie Pillai Is Brown is not the clichéd ‘torn between two cultures’ read. Instead, it’s a joyous portrayal of a witty, smart Sri Lankan teen whose confidence blossoms as she overcomes emotional hurdles, with a little help from friends. A beautiful tale about how those around you, especially during your fragile adolescent years, can enrich your life, shape your ambitions and ultimately, provide the love you haven’t managed to give yourself yet.

Brown Girl Magazine
Critic Reviews

This funny, heartfelt, true-to-life, coming-of-age page-turner fizzes with emotional energy and the power of music.

Critic Reviews

A warm hearted read that really perfectly captures what it feels like to be a teenager: it’s a real whirlwind of emotions and complexity… a really funny book.

Critic Reviews

I loved the fresh and original voice of this coming of age debut, approaching big themes with a light touch.

Critic Reviews

Very authentic... hugely enjoyable

The Scotsman
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