Rosie Colored Glasses

“Because love is crazy and magical. It’s right and it’s wrong and it’s simple and it’s complicated. But no matter what, you feel it all over, you let it in, and it twists through your insides.”

Brianna Wolfson – Rosie Colored Glasses

Rosie Colored Glasses was beautiful. whimsical, and heart-breaking.

It tells the story of two people who fall in love, Rex and Rosie, and how their relationship impacts their daughter, Willow. Rex is a steady, serious, sometimes impatient man who creates a lot of rules for the sensitive, dreamy Willow. Rosie is vividly alive, enchanting and fun. She loves her daughter in a way that seems special and perfect to Willow, allowing her to dress in her favorite outfit (purple leggings and a t-shirt with a silver horseshoe) every day, feeding her a steady diet of pizza and sugar, and loudly singing along and dancing to their favorite music.

But all is not as it seems. Rosie suffers from bi-polar mood swings and substance abuse, and while Rex appears to be strict and un-loving, he struggles to find a way to connect with his daughter and protect her from the parts of her mother’s personality that could cause her harm.

I fell in love with Willow and Rosie from the very start. Their quirks, the way they created joy together, and how hard they loved.  I cried for Willow when the other kids teased her, and my heart broke for Rosie as she struggled against depression and tried to love her children the best way she could.

Rex was the biggest surprise for me, though. His character seemed selfish and overly-regimented at the start of the book, but you could see him grow as a person as he navigated his relationship with his wife and children.

This book was beautifully written and perfectly conveys the feelings of a child struggling to navigate through the end of her parent’s relationship and find her place in the world.

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