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One Pink Line Paperback – 28 May 2013
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"The skillful transitioning and Silver's clear, concise writing make for an engrossing read, as two stories unfold from two viewpoints and generations. One Pink Line is a delightful read, perfect for young adults and adults alike." —IndieReader.com & USA Today
"I loved every single word of this book. I loved the two different points of view between Sydney and Grace and I just adored how it all came together. Beautifully written and just wonderful." —Tara Sivec, USA Today bestselling author
"I couldn't put this book down, I found myself so invested in the characters and in the storyline that I kept wanting to turn the page, and the whole book felt fast-paced like that for me." —The Reading Nook
"One Pink Line is is a breath of fresh air, beautifully written and well executed, it kept up pace from start to finish and had a real mix of emotions throughout." —Fiction Fascination
"This book is exciting, romantic, sad and overall capturing. I love that we follow these ladies through years of their lives, as they face troubles and grow up." —Novel Girl
About the Author
A graduate of Purdue University, Dina Silver has worked as a copywriter in the advertising industry for the past fifteen years. After seeing the bulk of her professional prose on brochures and direct-mail pieces, she is delighted to have made the transition to novelist. Her debut, One Pink Line, was chosen as a 2012 Top Title by IndieReader and was also a finalist in their 2012 Discovery Awards. Silver lives in Chicago with her husband and son.
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The front cover has the tagline `a novel' but throughout the book I was hooked by the confessional - rather than dramatic - tone. It really felt like I was reading a memoir, even though I knew I couldn't be because the novel combines two stories from two different protagonists. The writing style is very straightforward, confessional and honest rather than the more melodramatic, often slightly flowery, narrative style I'd expected of an American author of contemporary romance.
One strand of the novel follows Sydney, from her late-teenage years when she meets and falls for Ethan, through her college years when she balances love and a social life, and into early adulthood as a young mum after not following her own mother's advice to `be smart'.
The second strand follows Grace, a little girl with a happy home life who realises after a sex education class that her dad can't really be her dad. It follows her as she grows up, constantly curious about the circumstances of her birth, who her real father is, and what implications this has on who she is.
One Pink Line is described as contemporary romance, even by the author herself, but I think this slightly belittles it - it's more than romance. This is a novel about relationships and love on so many levels: between romantic partners, yes, but also between parents and children (especially mothers and daughters), between friends, between extended families. It's not a happy-ever-after portrayal of love, either: it acknowledges that love is complicated, sometimes dangerously close to hate, that it is as painful as it is wonderful, and that sometimes you have to make a hard choice between one type of love and another.
It's really a pleasure to read. There are moments that will make you smile, or even laugh, without the humour being overstated. There are other moments that will move you, without being soppy or overdone. In particular, I found I really empathised with Sydney and the decisions she had to make based on one lapse in judgement. But I also admired her, for the decisions she did make and for the uncomplaining, level-headed, focused way in which she dealt with the consequences of those decisions. I felt less attachment to Grace - perhaps partly because I haven't ever been close to a situation like hers, but also I think because she is younger and therefore a bit more selfish.
There are no big twists or revelations, no big dramatic scenes. I've read reviews that say the ending is predictable, which I didn't agree with. I felt everything was moving steadily towards the ending and, while I had an idea of what that ending might be, the pace and the lack of a big unpredictable twist was in keeping with the matter-of-fact style. This is just real life, experienced by normal people, sensitively and authentically portrayed.
One Pink Line is probably more suited for female readers, but I'd recommend it to any men looking to explore female relationships and dilemmas. I realised at the end that it's based on real events - I don't know how loosely, and undoubtedly this alone isn't responsible for the excellent style and tone adopted in the novel, but it goes some way to explaining the sense I had of it being a memoir.
Dina Silver has a real talent, I think. I can't think who I would compare her to, but I will definitely revisit this book in years to come and would recommend it heartily.
The book does make single parenthood seem a lot easier than it actually is for a lot of people and there is not a lot of depth to the relationships in the book, friendships are formed very easily and Sydney's poor relationship with her mother which suddenly improves dramatically is never really explained.
Having said all this I really enjoyed this book, it didn't take too much thought or concentration and was a bit like a modern day fairy tale..........everyone is happy, things go wrong and then everyone is happy again!
It worked for me and I will probably read more by Dina Silver.
I would highly recommend this book....go on, give it a try, I'm sure you won't regret it.
Also told from Grace's point of view, an 11 year old who finds out that the person she knows and loves as dad isn't really biologically and how she deals with this after finding out in a science class.
How these stories are intertwined and told from alternating POV's brings ypu a tale of life, love and being human.
A lovely story for girls and women everywhere to read.
This isn't a taxing read, very easy and light. Great book to read on a quiet summers day or on a beach when you have the time to relax and finish it.
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