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Rosie Colored Glasses by Brianna Wolfson – Book Review

Synopsis:
Sometimes even all the love in the world is not enough to save someone.
Willow Thorpe knows friction… The friction between her parents, Rosie and Rex. The friction inside herself as she tries to navigate two worlds since their divorce.
But life has not always been like this.
When Rosie and Rex first met, theirs was an attraction of opposites. Rosie lived life for those heightened moments when love reveals its true secrets. Rex lived life safely, by the rules. Common sense would say theirs was a union not meant to last, but it was genuine love.
Now Willow just wants to be with Rosie, to bask in her mother’s outsize glow and, she thinks, protection. Because Rosie is the only person who can make Willow feel totally alive and completely loved.
But as Willow and Rosie and Rex try harder and harder to stay connected as a family, Rosie’s manic tornado of love continues to sweep up everyone in sight, ultimately to heartbreaking results.

Wow. Just wow. Based on the synopsis, I wasn’t 100% sold on the plot of Rosie Colored Glasses. Boy, was I wrong. I devoured the story in less than a day and am currently nursing one massive book hangover. This book wrecked me in the best possible way and had me full-on ugly crying in my hair salon once I got to the end (side note: don’t read the end of emotional books in public places). It was so powerful, so devastatingly beautiful and painful simultaneously. Watching the two stories converge (essentially “before and “now”) provided the reader with a completely different side of the same story and shows just how much a different perspective can change your opinion.

The story oscillates between two times, essentially “before” and “now”.  “Before” starts with how Rex and Rosie met, fell in love, and started their family.  Rex and Rosie are complete and total opposites- Rex is reserved and traditional while Rosie is a whimsical, free-spirited romantic.   “Now” is told from the perspective of Willow, the daughter of Rex and Rosie after their separation.  Willow is struggling with the joint custody agreement, primarily because she feels a closer bond with her affectionate, whimsical mother than her reserved, stricter father.  As the story progresses, however, Rosie’s behavior becomes increasingly erratic, more influenced by her prescription drug abuse and mental illness, and less beneficial for her children’s needs.

“Rex knew that Rosie was someone in tune to all of the tiny ripples of the world.  All of the individual, human-to-human forces in it.  And that those forces moved in waves through her.  And that Rosie absorbed those waves deep within her body.  It was the thing that made Rosie, Rosie.  The thing that made her so special.  But it also seemed to be the thing that exhausted her.  Caused her to crave the calm of that high.”

I truly commend the author (Brianna Wolfson) for sharing this story with us because (as she mentions in a letter to the readers) this story so personally resonates with her own history. It made Rosie’s (and her family’s) struggles all the more realistic and heart-wrenching.

My only complaint for this book was that I felt as though the ending was a bit implausible.  I can’t say much more for fear of spoilers, but even with an ending that I wasn’t 100% sold on, I can still force random strangers into buying this book at the local book store (yes, this did happen).

If you’re looking for an emotional story that lets you experience so many emotions within the binds of the book cover, get your hands on a copy of Rosie Colored Glasses ASAP.  Thank you so much to Harlequin Books for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.  It is truly my privilege to share my thoughts on this book with the world!

Xx,

Kaylie

 

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