My old roommate and I still exchange gifts at Christmas, usually something based on our current obsession - one year I'll get him My Little Ponies, the next he'll get me a Ken doll in the form of an action figure of wrestler Ken Shamrock.
This year it was a short stack of Barbie novels with personal annotations written in the margins. They pointed out logical fallacies, implications for the larger Barbie-verse, or were just plain old filthy jokes.
The annotations made this book worth it, otherwise this story of Ro, the little blonde orphan girl washed up on an island and befriended by a red panda, a peacock and even a baby elephant was a bit too saccharine and convenient. Someone, somewhere wrote that their biggest problem with Disney was the idea that stories end with weddings rather than begin with them. Sometimes that trope works, but literarily this whole story was just about getting married, the reveal of Ro's parents was given no emotional weight. It's weird.
A highlight was the evil villain, with a surprisingly thorough and specific backstory and decent plans, who was a much more well-developed character than our heroes.
But, because weddings are the. most. important thing. I'll be ending each of these reviews with a wedding doll, because I fricken have that many now.
A groovy, talking PJ still rocking her pigtails in 'Bridal Brocade' from 1971.