Book Review (#100): The Recovery of Rose gold by Stephanie Wrobel

Title: The Recovery of Rose Gold

Author: Stephanie Wrobel

Published: 5 March 2020

Publisher: Michael Joseph

Rating: 3/5

This book is very much inspired by the real life accounts of Dee Dee Blanchard and Gypsy Rose minus the matricide and because it is so that it intrigued me to read it. I wanted to know the motivations as to why the protagonist and abuse victim, Rose Gold, was willing to accept her mother back into her life as well as wanting to ascertain why her mother did such heinous things.

But, my hopes were sadly dashed because the book in my opinion not only did not delve deep into these complex issues but also I did not see the point of the book. I did not understand what the book was trying to tell me. What was the message?

Was I suppose to pity Rose Gold and her sad life?

Was I suppose to relate to Rose Gold’s mother?

What was the ending even all about?

I do admit that the book was still interesting to read because you read how Rose Gold went on with her life after her mother went to prison. You read at how she struggled to find a job, struggled to find friends, essentially struggled to fit in without having any therapy and such and one might say why did she not go to therapy? Well, most probably she couldn’t afford it.

I didn’t enjoy reading as to how Rose Gold’s father treated her though, I felt off about that section of the book because, here is a young woman who has been abused all her life so of course she wouldn’t fully comprehend that her actions are borderline psychotic if it meant that she would have somebody be with her and claim her as family.

The father expected that Rose Gold would be a perfectly sane and balanced individual and when she wasn’t, he immediately just wanted to cut her out again. Like dude. If you can’t take on the full responsibility of being a father to an abused daughter; yes I grant that he didn’t even know about Rose Gold’s existence until recently but still, then don’t even try you know?

Overall, the book had interesting aspects to it but lacked in providing the reader with a message or lesson. I would still recommend this book for a light read, just don’t expect too much from it.

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