Rose, Interrupted

Rose, Interrupted

Being a teenager is hard enough, but it's even harder in a world you've never known ...Eighteen months ago, 17-year-old Rose and 13-year-old Rudder escaped a strict religious sect with their mum. They are still trying to make sense of the world outside - no more rules about clothes and books, films and music, no more technology bans. But also no more friendship with the pe...

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Title:Rose, Interrupted
Author:Patrice Lawrence
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Rose, Interrupted Reviews

  • Cora Tea Party Princess

    Basically, I love everything that Patrice Lawrence writes.

    And Rose, Interrupted?

    Wow. Just, wow.

    I think it's even better than her previous books, which I didn't think was possible!

  • Bev

    Coming of age tale set in a gritty, real life environment with sexting, bullying, fanaticism and family ties as strong themes. Rose is finding it hard to acclimatise to living in the 'real world' after having grown up in a strict religious sect. Her younger brother Rudder who shows signs of being on the autism spectrum is struggling even more, with his love and loyalty to his father, still in the religious community, fogging his thoughts and making it hard for him to settle. A salutary story abo

    Coming of age tale set in a gritty, real life environment with sexting, bullying, fanaticism and family ties as strong themes. Rose is finding it hard to acclimatise to living in the 'real world' after having grown up in a strict religious sect. Her younger brother Rudder who shows signs of being on the autism spectrum is struggling even more, with his love and loyalty to his father, still in the religious community, fogging his thoughts and making it hard for him to settle. A salutary story about the inadvisability of being influenced too much by the people we love.

  • Bookwormandtheatremouse

    I was so excited when I realised the latest release from Patrice Lawrence was out in the world. I had loved Orangeboy and Indigo Donut. Rose, Interrupted did not disappoint and was also not at all what was I expecting (I refused to read the blurb and just jumped right in) - it tackles identity, internet safety and the control of a religious sect - it is engaging, entertaining and utterly brilliant. I would suggest that everyone reads it (and the previous two novels if you haven't)

  • Donna

    Rose Interrupted follows siblings Rose and Rudder, who have recently left a religious sect and are trying to adapt to the modern world. No more strict rules about what to wear, what to do and what relationships they can have. Rose welcomes the freedom and wants to distance herself as much from her past as possible- by countering every rule she has always been made to follow. Rudder on the other hand, wants to go back. He knew who he was, and what he was in the sect and struggles to cope with the

    Rose Interrupted follows siblings Rose and Rudder, who have recently left a religious sect and are trying to adapt to the modern world. No more strict rules about what to wear, what to do and what relationships they can have. Rose welcomes the freedom and wants to distance herself as much from her past as possible- by countering every rule she has always been made to follow. Rudder on the other hand, wants to go back. He knew who he was, and what he was in the sect and struggles to cope with the outside world. The decisions of both characters lead to a devastating event that could lead to big trouble.

    This was my first Patrice Lawrence book and I am kicking myself for not having read any others sooner! While the plot and setting of the book felt quite strange to me at first (their previous life seemed so far from anything I’d expect in the UK) it was believably written and utterly compelling. Patrice draws you in from the get go and doesn’t let go- all I wanted to do was read this book. She also writes about the topics and issues with complexity and care and the characters really come alive and off the page. Even when you don’t agree with the characters, you sympathise with them and can see why they make the choices/ decisions they do.

    Patrice covers feminism, forms of control, family dynamics, belief, extreme violence, sexting and more. This a book the teens in your life need to read!

  • Alexandra

    I loved the concept of this book, especially as someone who grew up in a restrictive church (though nothing like what Rose and Rudder have to deal with). Though there are funny moments, particularly with Rudder getting used to the outside world for the first time, it gets heavy. This is not a feelgood read, but it is nuanced and hopeful and beautifully written.

  • ThatBookGal

    The premise of Rose, Interrupted is quite an interesting one. Siblings taken from the sheltered life they have always known, and thrust into the 'worldly world.' The complexities of social media, relationships and the wider world, are hard enough to navigate when you've lived it in every day, let alone having to work it all out at the age of 17. Rose and Rudder had a totally believable journey, that had me hooked because I wasn't sure what direction it was going to take.

    Rose is 17, and is tryin

    The premise of Rose, Interrupted is quite an interesting one. Siblings taken from the sheltered life they have always known, and thrust into the 'worldly world.' The complexities of social media, relationships and the wider world, are hard enough to navigate when you've lived it in every day, let alone having to work it all out at the age of 17. Rose and Rudder had a totally believable journey, that had me hooked because I wasn't sure what direction it was going to take.

    Rose is 17, and is trying to embrace the wider world as much as she can. I loved her willingness to throw herself into every situation, and her adoption of weird and wonderful outfits. Lawrence writes such vivid descriptions of her outfits that I could just picture her perfectly. Rose's naivety was sometimes painful, but to be expected.

    Rudder is 13, and way more reluctant to be away from the community he grew up with. I found I could empathise with him, and so enjoyed his chapters/passages a little more. He was sweet, and naive, and I wanted to see him make hundreds of friends, and discover that the world is not actually as bad as it first seems.

    This was a quick and interesting read, and I enjoyed the little journey of worldly world discovery that Rose and Rudder took me on.

  • Aoife

    A year and a half after leaving their family's cult, Rose and Rudder are still struggling; Rose desperate to experience more of the world, Rudder desperate to return to the only world that ever made sense to him. Between them, they have to try and understand this strange new world and how to live in it.

    Cult stories are always sort of sickly fascinating. It's amazing to read, but a little uncomfortable. Luckily, in this book, our main characters are out and mostly realise how restrictive and wron

    A year and a half after leaving their family's cult, Rose and Rudder are still struggling; Rose desperate to experience more of the world, Rudder desperate to return to the only world that ever made sense to him. Between them, they have to try and understand this strange new world and how to live in it.

    Cult stories are always sort of sickly fascinating. It's amazing to read, but a little uncomfortable. Luckily, in this book, our main characters are out and mostly realise how restrictive and wrong things were in the Pilgrims. Rudder has some trouble still; he reads as maybe autistic or on the spectrum to me, but it might just be that his upbreaking has left him younger than his actual age.

    The mystery at the heart of this story wasn't as compelling, to me, as the family dynamics, but it is still interesting to see the different ways Rose and Rudder tackle it and how their disparate experiences come together to mean they can work it out. This is a very enjoyable read and I'll be watching out for more by Patrice.

    Receiving an ARC did not affect my review in any way.

    Getting friendly with the Worldly-Wise? That’s my speciality, Sister Gayle.

  • Karen Barber

    What do you do when the life you’ve led shelters you from outside influences? For many within the Pilgrim community it’s not a question they’ve ever had to consider, but for Rose and her younger brother every day is a minefield.

    Excised from their strict religious community, both children struggle to fit in. Innocent with regard to so much, the children have so many questions about life on the outside. How can they ever hope to adjust to life on the outside when they have so little awareness?

    When

    What do you do when the life you’ve led shelters you from outside influences? For many within the Pilgrim community it’s not a question they’ve ever had to consider, but for Rose and her younger brother every day is a minefield.

    Excised from their strict religious community, both children struggle to fit in. Innocent with regard to so much, the children have so many questions about life on the outside. How can they ever hope to adjust to life on the outside when they have so little awareness?

    When Rudder inadvertently sets in place a chain of events with very serious consequences, he’s desperate for help.

    This book was fascinating. While raising awareness of issues surrounding sexting and the use of the internet, it also explored attitudes to organised religion.

    A huge thank you to NetGalley for granting me access to this prior to publication.

  • Pauline

    I normally like Patrice Lawrence's work but found it difficult and disjointed.

  • Beth McCallum

    dnf’d at page 120. didn’t understand the direction of the book so couldn’t invest in any plot line or angle

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