09/09/2013

Book Review: One Pink Line By Dina Silver

Blurb: Can the love of a lifetime be forever changed by one pink line? Dina Silver's tender, absorbing novel, One Pink Line, is a 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.

I had my first real boyfriend in high-school when I was almost seventeen. His name was Nick, and his family was Italian. My dad always said that Italian boys are only after one thing.

"What's that, Dad?" I'd inquire.

"The same thing every other boy is after," he'd say.

An ecstatic debut by Dina Silver narrating a story of life altering mistakes, childhood sweethearts coupled with wild and fun teen years.

Though this book was published way back in 2011, there's nothing ageing about it. The themes are still fresh and current, applicable in the lives of so many women today and forever.

One Pink Line follows the stories of two young women, Sydney and Grace whose lives are drastically altered as a result of mistakes committed in the past.

This story kick-starts when Ethan and Sydney meet at her best Friend, Taylor's birthday party. The two instantly take a liking to each other after one steamy spin the bottle game. Now the two are going fast in a newly-formed relationship consisting of more making out at wherever than necessary. They are the perfect epitome of lovesick teenagers. Until Ethan returns to College and Sydney begins college in a different city far from the boy she'd grown to adore. With pain and lots of tears and more making out, the two finally part after one last encounter.

College comes with sororities and fraternities, new people, new friends, parties, booze and dances. Summer vacations arrive with Ethan and more making out at public and secluded spots.Sydney manages to stay faithful to Ethan, until her senior year, after one drunken night finds herself out of bed one morning with one of her closest friends, Kevin.

Her final exams are looming and she's pulling all-nighters to pass her Spanish exam, with a dreaded thought she realizes her period is weeks behind. And soon confirms her fears after seeing pink lines on a home pregnancy test kit.

Grace, being awkwardly tall and the odd one in her family, realizes at eleven after one lesson in sexual education at school, that she's not the child of the man she's known all her life as father. This revelation shocks her world, and leaves her in utmost confusion questioning if she's with her biological family.

Sydney faces the most difficult decision that would alter her life no matter her choice.

Will she do what's right and keep the baby? Or, would she do what's right and get rid of it?

I adored this title, an emotional journey of a new adult portrayed with a tint of humor and so much heart that gives the story depth making you reach for your Kleenex at some moments and laugh your heart out at others.

I am a bit skeptical about an (indie) author's debut , only a few very gifted ones manage to pull it off excellently. Dina Silver is one of those gifted ones teaming this dense chick-lit with subtle humor and a constant suspense keeping you flipping and flipping to the fulfilling end.

My first star of the book would go to Dina's constant fast feature which she makes no formal announcements of but marks the beginning of a chapter with the words 'Sydney' or 'Grace' so you know who's now narrating in first person. To me all writers are sneaky originators, always plotting to keep you dumbfounded, you never know if they are going to go with the obvious or turn things around before you know it. So as much as possible I kept reading these two stories of these two women with a huge gap in age difference differently, never did I try to make a connection. I wanted to view it as a writer portraying the same theme of illegitimacy using different characters. When I found out there was a connection after convincing myself to believe my assertion above, I was gobsmacked.

I loved how relatable this theme of unwanted pregnancy was. Many at times, women all over the world after getting themselves into these situations are plagued with the toughest question: To abort, or not to abort. I love chick-lit that preaches on these life-altering moments when all of a sudden you think you have it all in (birth) control then the next minute, you don't. Every, every woman can relate to this theme whether you've experienced bringing forth a child out of wedlock or not-second star.

My third star would be awarded to the cast of this title. You'd love Sydney's mother who keeps books on parenting as her bible, her father who's always on Sydney's side when her mom gets annoying, Kendra the always supportive sister. Oh speaking of support, you'd love the support in this book from characters who surprise you by being least supportive, to characters who surprise you by being very supportive. Characters who keep coming back despite our lead girl's mistake, to characters who don't bother returning calls. With a cast of funny and very well-constructed characters, I had a blast reading this title.

Oh, you'd love the structure of this story thanks to the fast-forwarding feature. Everything flows harmoniously to the very perfect end. After you make the connection between the different leads, reading this book is like a breeze and you are saved from the constant brow-furrowing (this book might go against your anti-ageing procedure) and the puzzlement. Very well-written and a quick read.

My final star would go to the surprise elements in this book-the Oh moments of Gees. It's terrific how the story would be going smoothly and to your expectations then one character's appearance in the form of a lawsuit shatters everything. Besides the above, Sydney's decision to abort or not to abort, the Ethan drama, the connection and so much more leaves you shocked at most moments. And what's a perfect Chick-lit without the surprises.

Overall, it's obvious my rating is a five out of five stars.

Dina Silver's surprisingly perfect debut can be found on

I recommend this book for anyone who's experienced the to abort or not to abort situation personally or from a friend, or anyone who hasn't at all. Anyone who wants to go down memory lane to their high-school spin the bottle years and their vibrant or not so vibrant college life. If you want something that's soulful and dense and humorous so you don't empty your Kleenex cabinet, pick this title. I had a blast, and I trust you would too.

Praise to a perfect debut by Dina Silver.

My work not done here. Off to post my review on Goodreads.

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