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Rose, Interrupted

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  256 ratings  ·  48 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 with the pe
Paperback, 421 pages
Published July 25th 2019 by Hodder Children's Books
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Sep 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
#mytop10 This book is SO good. Rose and her brother, Rudder, are no longer part of a pilgrim group due to some issue. Rose has had some dirty issues with her boyfriend she wants to amend. She gives in to join the pilgrim group again and by the help of a new friend, she takes down the dirty issue along with her own problems.

This book taught me how to speak up for the problems I have because if I don't then they will only become bigger.

My favourite part is when Rose met her new friends or when Rud
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!
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really 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 assault, Sexting and reference to phonographic imagery, Revenge Porn

I really enjoyed this book a lot, it was hard to get into at first but near the end I was really liking it. I had to put it down because the first half didn't have me as hooked and I felt myself too easily distracted but the story was definitely worth it! As someo
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.
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 awareness?
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
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.
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
Apr 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
This was book dealt with two important topics; cyber bullying and extreme religions/cults and the effects they have on peoples lives. However I feel that these two topics combined took away the meaning and emphasis of the main topic of the characters being from a extreme religious group. I feel that although the Pilgrims beliefs were explained clearly, we didn’t get a true insight into what it was like for Rudder and Rose when they lived as a Pilgrim - and this is something I thought the book wa ...more
Rachel Churcher
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Seventeen-year-old Rose is not at home in London. She's used to the unbending, patriarchal rules of her tight-knit religious community, but when her family is excluded from the sect, she has to figure out the new rules by herself.

Rose embraces life outside the sect. She can finally read the books she wants to read, wear what she wants to wear, experiment with makeup, and hook up with boys. She has a plan for decommissioning herself from the expectations she ha
Oct 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me far too long to get into the book and when I did, I found that I didn't really care much for any of the characters. The beginning, I felt was wrong. The book is basically about a girl called Rose and her brother who (from what you can work out) left a religious cult about a year or so ago. I felt that it would be better if the author introduced Rose and her brother while they were in the cult, rather than a year later as it feels all over the place.
Maybe I am just the wrong demographi
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 restrictive and wron
Sarah Jasmine
Aug 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Rose grew up in a restricted Church which didn't have many relations to the outside world. Suddenly her world is turned upside down and has to adapt to live in "normal society". With all this going on Rose's boyfriend wants her to do things that she is unsure about since she doesn't know if this is what is normal in a "normal society". This book was definitely a very interesting read but I would only recommend this book to 14/15+ since some bits are a bit inappropriate for younger readers. It wa ...more
Mar 26, 2020 rated it liked it
2,5/5 stars

This book took me so long to read. I struggled throughout the whole of the story, even though I was so intrigued by the synopsis. It's about a girl and her brother, who both escaped a religious cult. They lived there all their of their lives, but now have to figure out how to be 'Worldly'. It's told in dual perspective: we live in the heads of both Rose and her brother's. This is one of the things that just didn't work for me; I found Rudder's perspective quite boring. I did like Rose
Jayne Bauling
Apr 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
UK YA, OV, two points of view, those of seventeen-year-old Rose, and her thirteen-year-old brother Rudder, who with their mum have come out of a repressive religious sect.
The “worldly world” frightens poor Rudder, who comes across young for his age, possibly due to his sheltered early life with the Pilgrims, for whom sin looms large and terrifying. Convinced that he is a sinner (in part for reading Harry Potter), he desperately wants to atone and return to the Pilgrims, even though they have hur
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Despite a confusing start and being puzzled over the direction of the book, I found each time I put it down, I needed to pick it back up again. The characters have that pull that drags you back in, I couldn't wait to find out what they were going to do next. I've never felt more understanding of what it must be like to be thrust into the unknown more than listening to Rudder's voice and it made me think once again, of how very vulnerable children are and how our adult world still gets it wrong t ...more
Andrea (andoreawandorea)
*It was more of a 1.5 read for me

I was so intrigued with the synopsis since it has a really good idea and it has such a beautiful cover and so I had high expectations for it... but oh well, I was pretty disappointed 😔. There wasn't a lot of things going on up until the first half of the book. It was very slow and I was so close on dnf-ing the book.

After the first half, the story went pretty well. I liked Rose's adventure enough and I could connect and feel more of what Rudder's feeling even tho
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
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
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) ...more
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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.
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
When you're raised in a strict religious cult, but your mother occasionally sneaks reading material and toys that are not approved, it's not surprising that you'll get kicked out. Rose and her brother Rudder are now trying to figure out how the rest of us live - what the mores are, how to interact with people who aren't as conversant with the Bible as they are and who grew up with food and popular culture that they've completely missed out on. It's easy to see how they can make missteps, some re ...more
Jan 06, 2020 added it
this book is about boy who post naked pictures of his past girlfriends. There are a variety of cultures in here which includes The Pilgrims and the real country where we live. Pilgrims are meant to be the people who would not be judged but ascended into heaven. If they do something wrong they have to make amends. Reading Harry Potter books are not allowed in this culture, the amend could be to burn the book.
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. ...more
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
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.
Belle Lupin
Jan 25, 2020 rated it liked it
I did enjoy this book. The writing is very good. It switches between the two main characters very smoothly and without creating confusion, which would have been quite easy to do. I did find the very beginning hard to get past though.
Jun 05, 2019 rated it liked it
I normally like Patrice Lawrence's work but found it difficult and disjointed. ...more
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Actual rating: 3,5/5 stars
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