October 11, 2013

Sage's Book Tour: The Color Pink by Parker Paige

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I like that John is a thinker because I am a thinker, too. We are compatible on every conceivable level, and though nothing is ever promised to any of us, I am sure hoping for a happy ending.
-from The Color Pink by Parker Paige

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I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Synopsis: Can wearing the color pink attract true love? That is the question Summer Jones intends to answer.

In her early thirties, Summer Jones thought that she had found the perfect man, the man she planned to marry until she learned that he still had feelings for his first love. Now, at age thirty-five, Summer is ready to fall in love again. After she hears that wearing the color pink can attract true love, she sets out to do just that--and attracts more than just true love.

Follow Summer as she journeys into the world of color magic and find out how she uses that magic to help her choose between one man from her past and another man who is destined to become her future.

This romantic drama serves up something fun and sexy, proving that the road to love can be paved with many painful lessons and memorable moments. It’s a story about paying attention to your past so that you don’t always have to repeat it.

Review: This story of Summer Jones' search for love is something most women can relate to, especially if you've chosen to read a romance novel; however, The Color Pink just didn't resonate with me as a reader or a woman and I had a difficult time supporting Summer after all of the terrible choices she makes throughout the book.

Initially I thought this book was British because the dialogue is so stuffy (no offense to Brit lit, it's just a cultural style thing); once I was introduced to the fact that it takes place in Chicago I was thoroughly confused. There is no fluidity to the way the characters speak making everything they say unrealistic and trite in addition to being repetitive. This made it difficult for me to connect with the characters, especially given that I found nothing redeeming about them to begin with. Summer is so shallow and self-absorbed that I found it impossible to root for her happy ending. I think she may be believable if she were in her early twenties learning about relationships, but being in her mid-thirties I have no doubt why she's so unhappy because she never accepts what she has and always wants what she can't have. In short, Summer is every stereotype that give women a bad name and I just couldn't get behind her.

The supporting characters were equally disappointing: I never liked John, who is as equally bipolar emotionally as Summer; Overall I felt that they truly belong together. I wished the author would have made me understand as a reader why Summer found him so enchanting. The only thing I could find that she loved about him is that he's attractive and good in bed; those observations only support my feelings of Summer being shallow and vapid. On the other hand, Morgan is so nice that he's absolutely creepy. I would be more afraid to date him than John if I were Summer! And finally, Sarah Jane, Summer's best friend, is probably the worst fictional best friend I have ever met; she's clearly irritated with Summer as evidenced by the way she always talks to her with such condescension and judgement. Although, who can blame her? If I had to listen to Summer wax on and on about her poor choices in love I would probably respond with nothing but negative energy myself.

This was a really easy read and I wanted to like it, especially because the color feng shui theme was intriguing, but I just couldn't connect with it at all. Perhaps if this were written as a short story I might have appreciated it more, but there are just too many disjointed, repetitive scenes about an unhappy single girl who refuses to learn from her mistakes to satisfy me. This might be a great read for many, but it just didn't click for me.

Bottom Line: If you're a die-hard romance lover, you might like this more than I did, but I can't get behind a protagonist as weak as Summer Jones. 2/2 stars.

3 comments:

  1. meh, glad that i read your review. if i read the synopsis on the book only, i would be curious about the story. i think i wouldn't like Summer either. some leading female characters make me itch. talking about elena from the vampire diaries. i still can't understand why 2 smart men fighting over her.

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  2. I hate books that are stiff and don't have good dialogue! Summer sounds awful, too! This one sounds lame. Thanks for the review =)

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