Book Review: Robin's Blue by Pam Alster

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Robin's Blue by Pam Alster
(Started: August 15, 2013; Finished: August 19, 2013)

Robin's Blue is an epic story set amidst the disco 70’s through the Reagan-era 80’s, when divorce was the norm and casual sex and recreational drugs were ubiquitous. Robin Daniels, a runaway from a violent and emotionally desolate upper middle-class home, repeatedly navigates her world without guidance. After a failed marriage, she discounts love as an option and moves through a series of jobs and men. A futile attempt to live as a kept woman compels her to become a high-class call girl. She searches unsuccessfully through the resulting transient experiences and escalating drug use for the one lesson that will resolve her omnipresent question of purpose. Before AIDS and addiction became household words, Robin’s Blue speaks to a generation that basically raised itself. Robin’s journey takes her from suburban Philadelphia to Miami to the South of France and ultimately to New York City where she is obliged to make peace with the girl inside she left dormant at sixteen. (From Goodreads)
Review: 1 star
Publication Date: October 24, 2012
Source: Smith Publicity through Netgalley
Shelf: Goodreads, Shelfari
I'm speechless and it's not always a good thing. I wasn't able to connect to the story. It was dull and dragging. I thought it was just slow paced, but it wasn't. Although I have to give it to the author for trying and writing a book with a plot. Since the protagonist was a female, I thought that she would eventually emerged from her issues (drugs, sex and men, fear and insecurities) and become a better and empowered woman. But that was not the case, and that made me so disappointed and indifferent towards Robin. I tried to give hope to her character especially towards the end when this supposed turning point of her life happened but Robin's development had a u-turn and went down the drain. The story could have sown how a woman could change the impressions toward her especially during that period but it failed to do so. Robin could have had an inspiring story but it made me want to hit her on the head. She had no dreams or goals to begin with. She always self-pity and relies on others to decide for herself. How can others love her if she doesn't love herself first? I think that's what I've wanted for her to realize. I'm sorry for the bad rating but I always root for strong women who inspire me and/or underdogs who want and will prove something.

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