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Rose, Interrupted

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  98 ratings  ·  26 reviews
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
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Paperback, 400 pages
Published July 25th 2019 by Hodder Children's Books
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Cora Tea Party Princess
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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!
Triston
Aug 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Huge thanks to PanMacmillan SA for sending me a free copy to review of this book!

TW: Restorationist Religious practices and confrontation of organized religion, Sexual offense, Sexting and reference to phonographic imagery, Using phonographic imagery as revenge.

I really enjoyed this book loads, I do think there was a lot of unnecessary chapters and it felt it bit "around the mountain" to get to a point, but near the end I was really into it. I had to put it down because t
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Sara Clyndes
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really wonderfully described and the characters are incredibly likeable. Sometimes it was difficult to tell what the plot focus should be but it was enjoyable all the same. I would definitely recommend this to YA who have suffered from cyber bullying.
Karen Barber
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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 awarenes
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Alexandra
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
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.
Leona Storey
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-star, my-thoughts
story felt disjointed, rambling and devoid of emotion. characters felt very flat and two dimensional. such a great premise, ruined by a boring narrative voice and a boring sub-plot.
ThatBookGal
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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charis
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
*DNF at p198*
Cringey cultural references, flat characters, and events with little to no precedent set for them happening. Igot halfway and reached the last straw and just could not justify carrying on - I stopped caring about how early events will be resolved.
Aoife
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 re
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Donna
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Kate
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thought Rose, Interrupted was really well done. I don't read many Young Adult novels because I often find them just predictable and bland, but I really enjoyed this book. It was really interesting to think about the perspective of Rose and Rudder and what it would be like to be in their situation. It felt very realistic throughout as far as the mistakes that were made and the character development. I also appreciated that there were no black and white characters; they were all genuine people w ...more
Bev
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
I Read, Therefore I Blog
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Patrice Lawrence’s contemporary YA novel is a subtle look at the pressures of modern teen life that examines sexism, different means of coercion and control and the meaning of freedom. Lawrence is particularly good in her sly critique of toxic Christianity and in the double standards that women are held to in comparison to men and although the pace did drag slightly in places, I cared a great deal about the characters and what happens to them.
Bookwormandtheatremouse
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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)
Ocylou
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
God I loved this book!!!
I love the different POV it is told from. All the characters, though some in a I love to hate them way. And how it all sort of works out in the end.
I especially love how Rose doesn’t just go with dressing like a normal worldly but chooses a different style, one which will make her stand out and be able to show off who she is
Eloise
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2019
I try to open my mind to different cultures and religions, but when I read books like this it makes me realise how little I know about other people. I loved the story of Rose and Rudder and their decommissioning into the 'worldly world'. The ending is wholesome, while the story progresses smoothly and keeps you on edge. I love this book and will recommend to anyone.
Alex
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Yet again Patrice Lawrence writes absolutely brilliantly about all the quirky, difficult, often horrible challenges that today’s teens have to deal with. She gets under the skin of her characters and describes their motivations and thoughts with a nuance and understanding that is uncommonly good.
Leonie
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Actual rating: 3,5/5 stars
Beth McCallum
May 07, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: tbr-my-bookshelf
dnf’d at page 120. didn’t understand the direction of the book so couldn’t invest in any plot line or angle
Liv Liv
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow. Just wow. This one is going to take a while to process.

One of the most powerful pieces of fiction I've ever read - Patrice Lawrence is a GODDESS!
Kate Larkindale
Oct 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Great premise, but it took too long to get to the meat of the story.
ashortbooklover
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
Real rating 3.5 stars
Pauline
Jun 05, 2019 rated it liked it
I normally like Patrice Lawrence's work but found it difficult and disjointed.
S
Jul 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Perfect for older Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone lovers as the male protagonist is the biggest fan. Very high content of sex tapes, revenge porn, nudes, abuse and language. Recommend 15+
Virginie (chouettblog)
Out of the frying pan into the fire comes to mind!

Meet Rose and Rudder.

While one sibling has decided she will do anything to shed her Pilgrim skin, even if her methods are questionable and have far reaching consequences the other, too young to bear the guilt inflicted by his former community, is desperate to go back.

For Rose, a young girl who has been raised in a strict religious cult calling anything outside it blasphemous, the Wordly World is full of new pos
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Patrice Lawrence is a British writer and journalist, who has published fiction both for adults and children. Her writing has won awards including the Waterstones Children's Book Prize for Older Children and The Bookseller YA Book Prize.
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