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Robin's Blue [Paperback]

Pam Alster
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22 Oct 2012
Robin's Blue, Pam Alster's debut novel, is an epic coming-of-age story set aagainst 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.

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  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Plexigirl Media (22 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0988328216
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988328211
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.3 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Pam Alster wrote and performed the critically acclaimed plays Shop Bloomingdale's, Find Mother and Millennium's Eve. She is a former television writer and studied Master Fiction Writing at UCLA. Her blogs for her own website Posts From the Evolution and she is presently is a contributing blogger at 85 Broads and BlogHer. She lives in Los Angeles with her patient husband, old-soul daughter and two yappy rescue dogs. Robin's Blue is her first novel.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Robin's Blue 21 Jan 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Like most of coming of age tales, the plot promises unfolding dramas as Robin tries to negotiate her way into adulthood. The book flows very well, with descriptions so vivid it felt like I was right there with her in glamorous St. Tropez or the grimy streets of New York. However, I did find myself struggling to empathise with Robin. The life she leads is undoubtedly harsh, in a world most of us will never get to see, but my main gripe was her lack of responsibility. She definitely appeared to be her own worst enemy and although this was to be expected, I found it went on a little too long and the conclusion to the story came too late for me. The entire book spans over a number of years, which made it difficult for me to relate to some of the characters and keep track. With the exception of two or three, they tended to feel like caricatures, particularly Melanie, Robin's haughty and disinterested sister. I would've liked more of back story from her Dad and sister - two integral people in the story. There were little to no details about her late mother and despite being told fleetingly about the violence she endured as a child, I struggled to picture her Dad this way since whenever he appeared he was relatively calm, if a little off-hand.

All this being said, the book is very well written. While there are a few typos here and there, it's polished very well and a lot of effort has been put in to creating what is definitely a realistic plot. The descriptions are bang on and there are some really powerful passages of self-analysis sprinkled throughout.

Despite being flagged as Women's Fiction, I think readers of both genders would get on with this. It's not at all girly and is at times very harsh. Whilst it might be lacking for those who want more romance, it has an energetic amount of sex, drugs, drama, adventure and for those who like gritty reality, its right up your street.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree 9 Aug 2014
We are proud to announce that ROBIN’S BLUE by Pam Alster is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best fiction I have read in a decade! 25 Oct 2012
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Format:Kindle Edition
I literally felt like I was stepping into a world written so cleverly and deftly that it was if I was in the room with these people!
Rich, layered, complex characters, sexy sassy era and a driven plot line made this a big page turner for me. I got on a whim for airplane reading and did not put down until finished. The story is so relatable, honest and REAL that I laughed and cried and took an honest look at my own life and history.
I haven't been this moved by a novel in...YEARS! The author is a fantastic writer and I will buy whatever she puts out!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! Real page turner. 25 Oct 2012
By Lego Blocks - Published on
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"Robin's Blue" is a personal, provocative and heartrending story of one woman's journey through a crazy time in American history. Alster has captured the 1980′s in such vivid, visceral and authentic detail, you'll almost smell the Jean Nate! If you're the least bit nostalgic for that time, or curious about what those days were REALLY like - or just enjoy a genuine page-turner - this is your book. It's one of those novels I could not put down - a truly addictive read. I cannot recommend it more highly. Loved it!
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2.0 out of 5 stars maybe I read a different book 12 Nov 2012
By smileeys - Published on
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I think the only reason I finished this book is because it had so many wonderful reviews. If you start reading this book and think it will get better - it doesn't. It was a depressing book with alot and I mean alot of characters who were selfish, empty, manipulative, uncaring, and just awful human beings. Fiction is fiction but there seemed to be a sense of trying to make the plot seem real, but to me it was unrealistic. The prostitution scenario and that she was in situations over and over that most people eventually experience being sexually assaulted but she wasn't are two examples. This is not an enjoyable book and at no point did I laugh or cry.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Special 8 Dec 2012
By Iman O - Published on
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Read the previews! Read the reviews! Downloaded the book! That is where the excitment ended.

Robin's Blue was probably one of the most boring books I have ever read. Nothing special about Robin, her life was like many others in the 70's and 80's, boucning from job to job, doing drugs, trying to figure out life. OK, her daddy didn't love her, but he was such a small part of the book, I almost forgot about that. Also, she doesn't get along with her sister, her sister doesn't accept her. Well, aren't most sibblings usually at odds at one time or another?

I pushed through to get to the end. Their was no ending, the book just ended. I even went a few pages back, reread, nope, didn't miss anything.

Huge let down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love love love Robin's Blue! 27 Oct 2012
By Monique Barda - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I literally couldn't put "Robin's Blue"down from the moment I picked it up. As I devoured this deliciously juicy book, I was eager to see what highs and lows Robin would experience as she searched for love "in all the wrong places." Alster has written a highly entertaining cinematic style book with great attention to the rich emotional life of her character and the era she lived in.
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