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 people they've known all their lives, no community and no certainty. It doesn't help that their mum has to work all hours to pay rent on their cramped, smelly, one-bed flat above a kebab shop in Hackney.While Rudder gorges on once-taboo Harry Potters and dances to Simon and Garfunkel and show tunes, Rose swaps the ankle skirts and uncut hair of the Woodford Pilgrims for Japanese-cute fairy dress and her new boyfriend, Kye. Kye, who she wants with all her being. But there's loads of scary stuff about their new life that Rose and Rudder have no idea how to handle - it's normal for girls to let their boyfriends take naked pictures of them, right?When Rudder accidently sets a devastating chain of events into action, Rose must decide whether to sacrifice everything and go back to the life she hates, in order to save the people she loves.A story about coming of age, slap-bang in the middle of a strange new world.

Rose, Interrupted Details

TitleRose, Interrupted
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 25th, 2019
PublisherHodder Children's Books
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Religion, Fiction

Rose, Interrupted Review

  • Cora Tea Party Princess
    January 1, 1970
    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!
  • Karen Barber
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • ThatBookGal
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Aoife
    January 1, 1970
    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.Mikhail unzipped the trolley and handed Rose a bundle of leaflets. ‘Smile, Sister Rose. The Worldly-Wise can’t often resist smiling back.’‘You are full of the Lord’s love,’Gayle said. ‘As are we all, Sister Gayle.’Mikhail passed her leaflets too. ‘I’m sure you will be an excellent example to Sister Rose. Your mission work is admirable.’Gayle’s head bobbed. ‘Thank you, Brother.’She smiled at Rose. ‘Look ahead, but be ready to make eye contact if a worldly makes eye contact with you. It makes you look friendly.’Getting friendly with the Worldly-Wise? That’s my speciality, Sister Gayle. Rose looked over at Gayle. How old was she? Twenty, max. She’d spent every moment of her life with Pilgrims. Outside was a terrifying place, infested by Satan’s plans to turn her from the Lord. Gayle held the burden of cleansing worldly souls ready for the Clean Slate tally. She hadn’t known anything else. She couldn’t be anything else. And perhaps Gayle really was better off staying where she was. The world was terrifying. It was full of games with rules made up to trip you and when you fell, the hurt stayed forever.
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  • Donna
    January 1, 1970
    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!
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  • Bev
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Bookwormandtheatremouse
    January 1, 1970
    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)
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  • Beth McCallum
    January 1, 1970
    dnf’d at page 120. didn’t understand the direction of the book so couldn’t invest in any plot line or angle
  • Pauline
    January 1, 1970
    I normally like Patrice Lawrence's work but found it difficult and disjointed.
  • Alexandra
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    Witty, engaging, relevant and more than a little chilling at times. Another tour de force from Patrice Lawrence.
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