Contributed By Andrew Ong
From its title and pastel pink cover, one would be forgiven for assuming that Love, Pinkie (>.<) is a fluffy, chick lit type of book. Far from it—fiction it is, but the inspiration behind it is as gritty as real life gets.
Love, Pinkie (>.<), sold as an e-book, tells the story of Pinkie, a young girl confronted by the daily bombardments of internal struggles prevalent in our fast-paced, perennially wired, 21st century society. The book is presented as a journal of her reflections and soul-searching thoughts. In Pinkie’s world, various issues associated with growing-up pains such as self-worth, beauty, materialism, money, sexuality, religion and relationships are explored. Readers will be drawn into Pinkie’s melancholic and introspective world. They will also be able to relate to Pinkie’s personal journey towards self-discovery and meaning in life.
Love, Pinkie (>.<) is a debut effort from 26-year-old Singaporean Christina Siew, who left her accounting job two years ago to write full-time. Inspired by her involvement in youth community work among girls, Siew conceived Pinkie as a reflective image to guide her young readers through their growing up phase.
This is a relevant, highly recommended read especially for girls on the cusp of adulthood, one that offers brave insights in navigating through life. Like any journal, do not expect an arresting read that will unravel an exciting plot with each turn of a chapter. Instead, expect a non-fictional style novella peppered with nuggets of wisdom and truth that draws from God’s perspective in finding life’s equilibrium.
Price: S$4.99 (log to www.lovepinkie.com to purchase)