Friday, December 7, 2012

Review: One Pink Line by Dina Silver


SUMMARY FROM NETGALLEY.COM:
Can the love of a lifetime be forever changed by one pink line? Dina Silver's tender, absorbing novel, One Pink Line, is the warmhearted, wry story of love, loss and family, as seen through the prism of one singular, spirited young couple who find themselves in a predicament that changes the course of their lives, and those closest to them. With heart, humor and compassion, this debut work of women's fiction is certain to stir anyone who relishes a good laugh, can stand a good cry, and, above all believes in the redemptive power of love.
This unique, contemporary story gives readers a dual perspective. Sydney Shephard, a sweet-tempered, strong-natured college senior is young, in love with an exceptional man, and unexpectedly pregnant. Faced with a child she never planned for, she is forced to relay this news to her neurotic mother, relinquish her youth, and risk losing the love of her life. Then there's Grace, a daughter, who believed she was a product of this great love, grows to realize her existence is not what she assumed, and is left with profound and puzzling questions about who she really is.
Spanning generations and every imaginable emotion, One Pink Line reveals how two points of view can be dramatically at odds, and perhaps ultimately reconciled. Simultaneously deeply felt and lighthearted, One Pink Line deftly mines how the choices we make are able to alter so many lives, and how doing the right thing and living honestly can bring unexpected, hard-won happiness. It's a must-read for anyone who craves a great love story, absorbing characters, and plenty of laughs along the way.
MY TAKE:

The summary of this book sounded so interesting to me so I didn't think twice about requesting it.

In One Pink Line, Sydney and Grace tell their stories from their younger years to their adult years. Sydney gets pregnant in college and must then decide what to do with the baby. Grace, on the other hand, is trying to come to terms with the fact that the father she's always known isn't her biological father.

I actually expected something of a mother-daughter drama, but what I got was a story of a young mother and the story of a young child trying to understand her roots. Their bond didn't really stand out to me. It's not so bad, though, as both stories can stand on their own.

At the start, though, I was confused when the narrative suddenly switched to Grace's point-of-view. Usually, when I read books for review, I don't reread the blurb. As such, I had no idea who she was and at first I thought that the author had originally named her character Grace and just forgot to change the name in some chapters, especially since Grace's narrations read a lot like Sydney's.

In terms of the plot, there was so much going on that it seemed like there were parts that were rushed and there wasn't enough build up. As such, I didn't care as much about some of the characters as I could have, especially the secondary characters. There were also times when I thought that the characters' reactions didn't seem realistic. The writer's sense of humor makes this an enjoyable read, though.

Thanks to NetGalley and Createspace for the e-copy.

THE GOOD:

  1. It's a feel-good book.
  2. There's a lot of potential here.
  3. Some girls might be able to relate well to Sydney or Grace.

THE BAD:

  1. Some parts may feel a bit rushed.

FAVORITE QUOTE/S:



"It's hard to say," she said, looking at the ticker tape. "We never know when our guest of honor will appear."
"Doctor Pearl?" I asked hopefully, and saw Kendra roll her eyes.
"No," Peyton smiled. "Your baby."



READ IT IF:

  1. You like chick lit.
  2. You or someone you know had experience similar to Sydney's.
  3. You can relate to Grace.

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