Rosie Colored Glasses by Brianna Wolfson

Rosie Colored Glasses

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, b...

Details Rosie Colored Glasses

TitleRosie Colored Glasses
Release DateFeb 20th, 2018
PublisherMira Books
GenreFiction, Contemporary

Reviews Rosie Colored Glasses

  • Angela M
    I read the description and for some reason I thought it would be a lighter read. Maybe it was the use of the word whimsical. It wasn’t. It's a sad story, sadder even knowing that the character of Rosie and the story in some ways is based on the author's free spirit mother who was addicted to opiates. Sad because this starts out as a love story between two people who are polar opposites and in spite of loving each other, they both know that it w...
  • Diane S ☔
    When I was about thirty pages into this book I wrote in the comment section of my updates, that Willow was going to break my heart. She did, but what I didn't expect was that this whole family would. It is not that I am getting marshmellowy, but rather than going into a long discourse on my personal life, I'll just say this was a novel in which I could relate. Plus, as the author tells us this is a semi-autobiographical novel, a novel it took man...
  • Kendall
    Rosie Colored Glasses is an emotional and heart breaking read. To be honest, I was not expecting to be so moved and touched by this novel. Brianna Wolfe delivers a rare and inspiring novel about loss, love, attachment, and relationships. What I loved about this novel is how Brianna was able to create a "story" within a story. I loved this!! The novel starts off with introducing us to a unique but unhealthy love relationship between Rosie and Rex....
  • paulie
    4.539 stars - - - expected publication date 02/20/18 how appropriate a name, willow, for i am left weeping.such lachrymosity, such poignancy, delicateness in its writing. ten yr old willow thorpe embraces such beauty in her youthful, absorbing awe of the world - the world as seen through, seen with her mother, rosie. to say rosie is a free spirit is to say, "yes, an ocean does contain some water." rosie, flouncy fabric attracting all senses, can...
  • Debra
    I LOVED this book!!!!! I was a mess by the end but I loved every single page!This book reads like a fairy tale which I LOVED!!! Very nice touch. This book touched on so many things: love, loss, mental illness, addiction, bullying, family, Mother-child relationships, Father-Child relationships, etc.Rosie is eccentric! She doesn't stay in one spot for too long. She wanders around doing as she pleases living here and there, working numerous jobs, ne...
  • Cheri
    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ”Willow Thorpe knew friction. The heat it created when one thing rubbed against another. When one world rubbed against another.” From the prologue, we know that Willow’s world is filled with tension, with every “Late again, Rosie.” followed by a dismissive retort from her mother. With every time the walls of her world changed from the fanciful, art-filled walls to generic white ones that scream out that the rules ar...
  • Sharon Metcalf
    4.5 starsHeartfelt.    Evocative.    Poignant.    Beautiful.   These are just a few of the adjectives that found their way into my notes as I read this book.   A book I loved and which should really be required to carry warnings to potential readers.    You should be warned that your heart will be given a workout.    It will be stretched, it may be trampled, it will soar and eventually it should fall back into shape but it will...
  • Delphine Lurin
    I received an ARC copy of Rosie Colored Glasses in exchange for an honest review. Thanks goes to NetGalley as well as Mira Books for this advanced copy which is expected to be released February 20, 2018.Rosie Colored Glasses from author, Brianna Wolfson is, straight to the point an evocative, heart-wrenching, heart-breaking read. I was not expecting to be so incredibly moved by this book. I’ve been reading a lot of books pertaining to touchy th...
  • Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
    Rosie Colored Glasses was a truly sad, and yet beautiful book. I chose it because the blurb gave the impression of an emotional story, but I never thought it would be this emotional. Maybe not best to read if you have a sensitive heart, but a very moving and special story nonetheless. Read the full review here.Rosie colored glasses is a novel based on the authors own experiences and relationship with a mother with an addiction. It's a heart-bre...
  • Andi (A Literal Hottie)
    Finally! A solid 5 star read in 2018! I had a feeling I would love Rosie Colored Glasses. It's the story about a mentally ill mother with the story telling coming from the 5th grader, this sounded right up my alley. What I didn't expect was to have such fierce love for the father and brother, not to mention I never thought I'd find myself wiping so many tears from my face, I mean I was sobbing. The tears aren't because it's a heartbreaking story,...
  • Toni
    Boy meets girl and they fall in love, except they're totally wrong for each other. Although Rosie is playful, cute and fun, she's flitted from job to job, place to place never able to settle herself down anywhere or anytime. Not unusual for a twenty-something, but eventually most people coast to a grown-up spot of responsibility. Rosie seems to always be in double-time, never able to turn her brain off at night or put her restless body on pause. ...
  • MomIsReading
    I'm going to have to go against the grain here on this review. The blurb about for fans of Where'd You Go Bernadette feels completely off. I do feel the author is a great writer. I just wasn't that captivated by how the story was unveiled. It was a little too "once upon a time". I didn't like Rosie from the start and honestly I had a hard time connecting to Willow. Perhaps if we knew why Rosie was like she was I might have had some bit of underst...
  • Ashley
    Gotta go against the grain here. I feel like no one else was thinking when they read this book, just feeling. I really wanted to like it, and started out liking it, but just ended up frustrated, trying to burn through to the end. I couldn't stop thinking: WHERE ARE ALL THE OTHER ADULTS?? There are 2 parents doing a terrible job with their children and somehow there is not one other family member, teacher, therapist, etc present (and with no expla...
  • Mara
    Willow's parents are complete opposites. Rosie is a free-spirit who believes in the power of colors, the Rocky Horror Picture Show, and not keeping to a schedule, and seems to exist solely on Pixie Stix, cream soda, and pizza. Rex is firm and regimented and believes in balanced dinners and to-do lists. Opposites may attract, but they can also explode. And what happens to the kids when the attraction ends? Willow can tell you, but it's not pretty....
  • Marti
    This book which I read in two days has touched my heart and opened my eyes. This book really went in depth on mental issues. The author made you feel the hurt Willow was going through. I cried the last 30% of the book. This is a novel that I will encourage others to read. This really is an outstanding piece of work
  • violet
    This book is a good start for 2018.I loved everything about this book. I loved the author’s writing style, the way she describes situations with feelings that stabs through my heart. I was hooked right from the start and I couldn’t leave my place without finishing this book. I cried, I laughed, I sympathized, I got angry, and I related to this book so, so much.
  • Phaedra Patrick
    A wonderful debut charting the highs and lows of love. Highly recommended
  • Donna Hines
    A fabulous read dealing with the most strenuous issues including post partum depression , drug addiction, and sadly parental alienation.When you watch someone self destruct from an addiction it's not something anyone takes lightly as countless lives are affected by one's choices and those choices have dire consequences .Rosie and Rex Thorpe seemed to live a life of envy until you learn that their two kids are being neglected do to the mother's hi...
  • Kaylie (
    *4.5 stars* Wow. Just wow. Based on the synopsis, I wasn't 100% sold on this story. 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 simultaneous...
  • Stacy Fetters
    "Because Rex Thorpe finally knew what love was. And she tasted like Pixy Stix and wore polka-dot underwear."This warmed and broke my heart at the same time. From the start, I knew that these characters were going to break me and I wasn’t wrong. A truly heartwarming read that left me breathless. No words can help me express my true feelings for this book. But I do say these words with tears in my eyes and goosebumps on my arms. This magnificent ...
  • Lizzy
    4.5 so many feels. Heartbreaking and tender. Interesting to read 10 year old POV in adult novel. Felt like reading middle grade novel but with the truth of the situation and parent background fully explained in the in between chapters.
  • Heather
    I really wanted to like this book as it deals with a topic that I have had to endure in my life. I just felt the writing was too rushed, too forced, and didn't really touch on Rosie's mental health.I really liked Willow, and the complete seperation of the love she received from her Mom vs her Dad and why they loved her the way they did and how it was shaping her to be who she was. There were a lot of cute moments in the book, as well as heavy mom...
  • Ciara Noonan
    This book is incredible. The narration is so wonderful, it reminded me of Matilda a little bit. The characters are all so well crafted it was such a pleasure to read about them and each one's quirks.How cute is Asher? The chapters with him were a joy. With the band-aids? Oh, I full-on sobbed. What a sweetie. However, make no mistake. This book will break you. I ugly cried for the entire last bit of the book. It's a truly heartbreaking tale of add...
  • Krithika
    At once heartfelt and heartbreaking, Rosie Colored Glasses paints every one of its characters with equal and vivid clarity. The book explores a relatively short time frame, but does so from multiple facets and viewpoints to underscore that the world and the people who inhabit it are anything but binary.
  • Wit & Wonder Books
    ***ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review***Poignant and heartrending, Rosie Colored Glasses by Brianna Wolfson dredged up so many emotions that I am not sure where to begin. Written in an unconventionally poetic style, this unique novel reaches deep down and tears your heart to pieces.Sweet Willow, a fifth grade girl, is different than the other children in her school. Awkward and quirky, she takes after her mother, Rosie. S...
  • Marzie
    A very moving and timely story of a family dealing with the fallout from mental health and addiction issues. The titular Rosie is an ebullient, force of nature with, as we see from the first pages, serious boundary issues. While her life with few rules and much love sees her as a relatively functional single adult, her marriage and parenting are harmed by her choices and behavior. Rex, an uptight, straight-laced and success-driven man falls in lo...
  • Phyllis Krall
    This one will pull at your heartstrings with its poignant narrations by Rosie and her daughter Willow.This story is based on the author’s own relationship with her mother.Rosie is a free spirit, living life in her own terms and having fun doing it. She meets Rex, who is her total opposite and is perfectly organized. He is mesmerized by Rosie and the two get married. A move from the bustling city to the suburbs in Virginia dims Rosie’s spirit ...
  • Villivonkansbooks
    Willow och hennes bror Asher tvingas pendla mellan sina föräldrar efter deras skilsmässa. Deras mamma Rosie är inte som andra mammor. Hon bär kläder i regnbågens färger, kör bil med Prince på högsta volym och låter Willow måla om sitt rum när hon vill. Pappa Rex däremot bär dyra skräddade kläder och hans välstädade tysta hus är fullt av att göra listor. Willow känner sig mest i vägen hos pappa. Men hos mamma börjar snart ...
  • Carol Feldman
    I scoured the reviews on this book looking for others bothered by the style of writing as I was and found few. Obviously, this book went over better with most than me. So, I rounded up to2. I got so very tired, yes tired. More than tired, very, very tired of repetitive incomplete sentences.And one line paragraphs.This went on throughout the book, over and over and over and then over again. And again. (I quote!). Rarely did words contain more than...