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  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Plexigirl Media (22 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0988328216
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988328211
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.4 x 20.3 cm
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About the Author

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. www.pamalster.com

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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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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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2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Special 8 Dec. 2012
By Iman O - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
2.0 out of 5 stars A Long, Consequence Free Coke Binge 26 April 2013
By Judson E. Crump - Published on Amazon.com
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First, the Good: the author knows how to write. Her style is good and her voice is immediately sympathetic.

But the story is weak. And unfortunately, I think that most readers care more about a story than good grammar.

Here is what happens: a girl (apparently a drop-dead, smoking hot girl who attracts men of all shapes and sizes with no effort or personality on her part) begins her adult life very early by having sex with her boss and every boy at the place she works. Like all incredibly promiscuous teenage girls, she has daddy issues. Her lavish tastes keep her in perpetual financial trouble, which she solves by leveraging her only noticeable asset: her looks. She enters into dozens of casual relationships with various rich men, some of whom are one-night stands, others, repeat customers. Occasionally romantic feelings develop, but they are quickly suppressed not by circumstances outside of the heroine's control, but by her own need to find another guy with lots of cash. We are treated to a firsthand look at most of these 'relationships,' along with sexual scenes that the heroine recounts in a disturbingly mechanized manner.

Because it is the 70s/80s, her life in the fast lane involves a lot of cocaine. She lives like the characters in BOOGIE NIGHTS for about 10 years or so, but never suffers any negative consequences. That's right: she has sex with at least a hundred sleazeballs and never contracts an STD or gets pregnant. She snorts a truckload of cocaine and smokes a field of cigarettes, yet somehow never suffers health problems or loses her bombshell looks. If you've ever met a burnt out coke addict, you know that they ALL show it.

But it is not so much the unrealistic slickness with which our Teflon heroine evades all of the consequences of her super-dangerous and super-unhealthy lifestyle that makes the book so disappointing. It is the fact that she never learns anything. She never grows up; no major conflict comes to a head to teach us anything or resolve any of the family or personal issues that we are led to believe to be the cause of her decade of dope. There is no epiphane, no catharsis, no tragic die-off. The story just ends. Like the Sopranos, but without "Don't Stop Believing" playing in the background as a consolation prize. It's just... a bummer.
5.0 out of 5 stars A glimpse inside a provocative life and a trip down memory lane 19 Nov. 2012
By Kim Castle - Published on Amazon.com
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"Robin's Blue" is a provocative and deeply personal journey of one woman's search for love and herself amidst a crazy time in American history. In this image-filled novel, author Pam Alster takes you behind the scenes and deep inside a life that one rarely gets to see yet most people, if they would be honest with themselves, is fascinated by.

Alster has captured the 1980′s in such vivid, visceral and authentic detail, you can almost smell the Charlie perfume in the air! In addition to taking the reader deep into the emotional lives of her characters, each reaching for a life of love, Alster's acerbic sarcasm reveals the emptiness and the pain that personifies a generation that gave us cocaine addiction and dayglow leg warmers.

I rarely take the time to read anything accept a magazine these days but for some reason I reached for this one, and I'm glad I did! If you're the least bit nostalgic for that time, or curious about what pretty girls without a home do, you'll definitely enjoy this book and all the rich characters in it. It's a a genuine page-turner. I cannot recommend it more highly. Loved it!
5.0 out of 5 stars This was being a girl, raising ourselves in the disco, cocaine excess 70's. 3 Nov. 2012
By MissKitty - Published on Amazon.com
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I generally enjoy historical novels. My usual preference is English Royals from Middle Ages through Elizabethan era. I enjoyed this book because I have never seen the time that I grew up in reflected so truthfully, with such raw precision and insight. Robin's Blue, it's protagonist as well as the supporting characters rung true to me in a way that no other novel has ever done. Probably because as a girl who experienced the 70's in this way - unprotected, unsafe, unsettling way and who grew to womanhood in the 80's - I relate so deeply to the story and plight of the heroine with a visceral, passionate connection. I am in awe of the writer's courage to tell this difficult story - with no easy answers, cliches or hackneyed truths. The complex characters and situations they find themselves in are indicative of a complex, difficult time. Especially for women. Even more so for the girl in this story. The young, troubled girl. I embrace her and am happy for her eventual triumph. I want to see this as a movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Talented author creates hard-to-put-down novel 6 Mar. 2013
By Twinzzmama - Published on Amazon.com
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Reading is hard to come by these days, with 3 kids and a million activities, but every free second I had, was spent reading, "Robin's Blue". Alster has created a wonderful, nail-biting novel in which you actually feel like one of Robin's friends, experiencing life alongside her. This book was extremely well written with a strong and passionate voice. Kudos to Alster, for so eloquently expressing such emotion, the realistic picture of the era, and for bringing her readers "in".
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