Rosie Colored Glasses, Brianna Wolfson
Rosie Colored Glasses, Brianna Wolfson
Genre: General Fiction
I found this book hard going in that so much of it is like reading a long monologue of thoughts, mostly willows. I so felt for that poor girl, she’s going to need lots of help to cope with the trauma her parents have put her and Asher through. He’s a cute boy but Rosie shields him from much of the hurt, nurturing and protecting him from his own parents.
The parenting they received from Rex was safe but needed more affection, but Rosie’s parenting, full of on-the-surface affection was irresponsible at best, incredibly dangerous at worst. That they survived it was more a testament to Willow’s resourcefulness that their parents.
I didn’t like Rosie, as a single lady she wasn’t carefree, more careless. She was single-minded, only what she wanted to happen was allowed to happen, and she shaped her world that way. It did make me wonder why she was like that, how she survived financially when she walked out of jobs at whim…I guess my practical minded self always figures on things like that. In the real world we just can’t do that and still have a roof over our heads, warmth, food etc.
I didn’t much like Rex either, so rigid and set in his ways. There are people like him though, and once more there’s usually something in their upbringing that has made them have this irrational need for total control.
You couldn’t have found two more opposite people. I could see they had an attraction for each other, someone so different from themselves but I reckon a few dates where Rosie doesn’t turn up, or is late, or dressed unsuitably, and where Rex annoys her as he’s too pompous, too overbearing and that would be the end of them.
I just can’t see how they’d last more than a few weeks. But they do, and have two precious kids and that’s where the story gets so sad. The kids have to bear the results.
Rosie’s parenting means No Rules, just Fun all the Way, and Rex, well, he seems to feel he needs to make up for it by having Rules, Lists, and No Fun. Rosie’s is all kisses, kisses, kisses and Rex doesn’t seem to know how to show affection. I could see he cared for the kids, loved them in his way, and I just can’t imagine in that case that he wouldn’t give them a hug and kiss, even if only sporadically.
Of course the spiral of two such different parenting styles cause issues for the kids, and it was heartbreaking seeing it happen. I disliked Rosie when she was single, but she wasn’t hurting anyone ( except the poor saps who employed her), but as a parent she was a disgrace. It looks like all fun, but really its just Rosie doing what she wants, to be a parent that’s loved, to be a friend to her kids, and she’s not doing them any favours, and her behaviour becomes dangerous at times. Anyone who’s stood out at school for being different will know how cruel kids can be, I was a skinny kids, glasses, dark skin tone and that set me up for bullies. Nothing to be done about that, but Willow and Asher, Rosie turned them into victims by her careless parenting.
Things get harder for Rosie to deal with, she’s struggling with life before she has the kids and after, and then the divorce, well, its hard. I felt for her, she was clearly depressed, but dealing with it by getting more and more OTT, more manic, more outrageous in what she does with the kids.
I was furious at her way of coping, who does that when they love their kids? To me it felt Rosie was a show parent, wanted them and others to see her as fun, but didn’t really care enough about them to deal with her issues, once more it was Rosie’s needs that superceded everyone else. You just know its leading to disaster….and it does, big time.
Stars: Two and a half, a story I struggled to believe in, just couldn’t see Rex and Rosie getting past a few early dates. It had some harrowing events, some heartbreaking moments. I wouldn’t call it whimsical, that suggests light-hearted and this is anything but. Its well written but not want I want to relax with.
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