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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Don't Poke the Bear is a work of fiction in the interpersonal drama, women’s fiction, and slice of life subgenres, set in recent contemporary times. It is intended for the general adult reading audience was penned by author Robin D'Amato. The year is 1995 and the city is New York, where we find ourselves following the lives of three quirky nonconformists struggling to make their lives balanced during the tumultuous Mayor Giuliani era. Allie, Natia, and Rihanna share their woes, relationship dramas, financial and work struggles as they make tough choices to keep their dreams alive. At the center of the tale is the true grit and determination of life in (and love for) New York City.
When author Robin D'Amato tells you that this book is “Sex and the City for real people”, she holds nothing back and really does deliver an emotionally raw, empathetic, and no-holds-barred approach to 90s life in the Big Apple. There was a wonderful range of diversity between these three central figures with full representation, and also a keen sense of the love and bond they share as they go through life’s difficulties together. I also really especially enjoyed the characteristic NYC dialogue intermingled with the characters’ authentic backstories and cultural differences, which moved the plot along superbly and gave the central cast a lot of attitude and grit. Overall, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Don't Poke the Bear to fans of realistic women’s fiction with witty, original writing. A truly engaging and inspiring read.