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Robin's Blue

3.26  ·  Rating details ·  112 ratings  ·  19 reviews
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 thr ...more
Kindle Edition, 1, 417 pages
Published October 24th 2012 by Plexigirl Media (first published October 22nd 2012)
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Pam Alster
Oct 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
As the author, I am biased. I worked very hard on many drafts of Robin's Blue. My feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Please read the reviews. Book club discussions will follow, as I am just entering this data to be built upon. Thank you for considering my book to add to your "to read" shelf, you will not be disappointed.
Paula Margulies
Sep 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
I liked this book -- the writing is clean and crisp and the main character, while a bit hard-edged and forgiving of her own foibles, manages to keep our interest, and even some of our sympathy, throughout the novel. I didn't really understand why Robin spiraled down the path of prostitution and drugs; she had a tougher upbringing than most (dead mother, emotionally absent and sometimes abusive father), but I didn't get the sense that her childhood demons were driving her actions. It almost seeme ...more
Christy Mcbrayer
Oct 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing

"Robin's Blue Is a Juicy Page Turner". Pam Alster's "Robin's Blue" is a beautifully detailed journey of an ambitious young woman's wildly colorful experiences throughout the decadent seventies and eighties with a magnificent balance of poignancy and pathos. I couldn't put it down until I read the last juicy page! I absolutely loved it!
Oct 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Zesty and Exciting. Just the right cocktail of heartfelt drama and sensuality. If you enjoyed "Sex &the City" it's time for you to graduate to "Robin's Blue." ...more
gj indieBRAG
Aug 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tour, arc

Traveling was how I saw myself. Away. Further. Could it only be viewed through the window of luxury?

“Robin’s blue” lo avevo scelto casualmente su Netgalley, colpita dalla copertina e dalla storia, insolita per me. Non ho mai letto niente del genere e ne sono rimasta affascinata, perché a qualche anno di distanza la vita non è cambiata. Ci sono tante giovani che si spengono per trovare la felicità e l’aff
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book a lot. I found it hard to put down. The biggest reason is that I really enjoyed the way it was written. The author has a great way with words.

The storyline is not new - girl feels abandoned by family, girl goes on her own, girl allows herself to be used by others, girl doesn't know how to make changes, girl gets it in the end.

It didn't bother me that this wasn't a new story because the main character, Robin, is interesting. She is aware of her poor choices and she is a
Mar 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
Robin's Blue by Pam Alster is a hard look at a young woman growing up in the eighties, trying to find her place in the world. She has a variety of issues from the beginning--her mother is dead, her father is always a bit distant, her sister is a sociopath. The novel begins when Robin is just sixteen, partying it up with all of her friends, coworkers and a host of bad influences.

The novel continues to follow Robin through her love and marriage to Jeff, her turn to prostitution, and her eventual
Arra Abella
Aug 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
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 indiffer ...more
Jan 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
Robin's Blue is an interesting journey with a young girl as she moves from runaway teen to a self sufficient adult through the turbulence of the late 70's and early 80's. Her journey takes her through a loveless, controlling marriage, drug addiction, partying, losing friends to AIDS, and mindless sex for hire.

I loved the writing style of the book. Short, sharp sentences that took you into Robin's head, her vulnerability and her toughness combining to make her a unique woman.

The problem with th
Jun 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Robin's Blue is a depressing look at Robin as she goes through life. Every time she seems to be on the verge of happiness circumstances change and she falls deeper into despair. She always seems to bounce back but between her family, her friends and her own self she ends up worse off than before. The book could be taken as a cautionary tale on drugs but in truth it is Robin herself who sabotages any hope of happiness she may have. The amazing part of the story is that she survives no matter what ...more
Mar 18, 2013 rated it liked it
In the story Robin's life goes from bad to worse after her mother dies. She is left with an indifferent and sometimes abusive father, a cold stepmother, and a critical older sister. She tries to comfort herself with sex and drugs and winds up as an escort who is addicted to cocaine. She keeps trying to win her father's approval with little success. She is afraid to get close to people and is devastated when her best friend dies of AIDS. Robin tries to change her lifestyle but keeps being drawn b ...more
Karen Davidov
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Robin's Blue by Pam Alster is a grand adventure that chronicles a young woman's coming of age between the sexual revolution and the AIDS era, in a sharp and smart look at what it means to become your own person. Robin's difficult journey is turned into a highly entertaining read by Alster's vivid writing and eye for period detail. I loved it!
Kandy Johnson
Nov 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Pretty good. It makes you feel so sorry for Robin and the way her life goes.
Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms
*I received a free ARC of Robin's Blue from Plexigirl Media via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review*

ARC received on May 23, expected publication date October 24th*
Jul 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
Mar 12, 2013 marked it as to-read
Tiffany Tinkham-Graves
At times it was hard to follow, but was a good story that followed a girl after she leaves home.
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Not finished. Marked as read to get it off my shelf.
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Pam Alster is a former television writer and studied Master Fiction Writing at UCLA. She is a contributing blogger to and She lives in LA with her patient husband, old-soul daughter and two well-fed mutts. Robin's Blue is her first novel.

Robin's Blue was honored as a FINALIST in the 2013 USA Best Book Awards for Women's Fiction, honored as FINALIST for a 2014 Indie Excell

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