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Surrender the Pink Paperback – May 12, 2012
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If you want to know more about Carrie Fischer & Paul Simon's relationship - read this. It's funny and sad and kind and silly.
Best line: "Bend over. Bend over so I can get over you."
Ok, actual review - Surrender the Pink is alright. What bothers me about it is how Dinah (the main character) accepts the less-than-stellar events of her life. Sure, you can't write a perfect modern woman of the 21st century. That just wouldn't be interesting or realistic. However, unlike Postcards' Suzanne, Dinah isn't a sympathetic character. You just don't root for her, flaws and all. Her character is written so that she finds ways to enable the cruddy men in her life while at the same time pigeonholing all men in general with this thwarted version of manhood. And somehow, as the reader, I wasn't drawn in the same way as Postcards. I found myself thinking, "Damn it, Dinah. Pull yourself together!" Even though, between Suzanne and herself, she could arguably be called the more "stable" one, she just came out as frustrating rather than someone to root for.
Anyway, this isn't a negative review, really. The book has its moments and there are many profound lines to be found in it. The pacing is also more steady than Postcards. But overall, I didn't enjoy the story as much as its predecessor because here was a tale of a girl who I wasn't sure I wanted to follow in the first place.
p.s. Saw some reviews negatively reacting to the "sex" aspect of the book. Really? The book's title itself is a sexual reference. What did you expect?