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Bitter Rose: Color Me Crushed


Bitter Rose: Color Me Crushed

eighth installment in Melody Carlson's TrueColors series
once again maintains the author's previous high standards --- in
relevance, quality and readability. High schoolers and young adults
alike will discover another heartwrenching (yet all too common)
scenario that today's ever-evolving family unit must face and come
to terms with --- the divorced or soon-to-be divorced parent
dilemma. In her text, Carlson opens with a shattering display of
emotional despair in which Maggie Fernandez, the third child of
Roberto and Rosa (who are born-again Catholic Christians), exclaims
to her best friend Claire that her life is over. Claire, whose own
parents split when she was younger, understands, commiserates, and
throughout the story finds ways to shelter and support

Perhaps one of the most realistic aspects of this book is Maggie's
emotional journey from initially observing her mother's outbursts
of anger (and assuming her mom has driven her father away) to
discovering that most presumptions are frequently inaccurate, which
leads to re-thinking the situation, re-establishing broken
relationships and recovering from the pain. Maggie gets firsthand
experience at learning to hold back on premature pronouncements
until she has gotten the facts straight. Indeed, her mom did lash
out at her father, but only after she learned of his affair.

Humbled by this knowledge, Maggie slowly attempts to rebuild the
mother-daughter relationship once she learns the truth, but it
isn't so simple. While Maggie was busy condemning and alienating
her mother by siding with her father, mom was becoming increasingly
bitter and began changing her own life by outwardly transforming.
As Maggie watches her mother take greater personal care of her
appearance, she also sees that God and the church are no longer the
foundational support it once was. Maggie finds it unsettling to
watch as formerly held Christian convictions get discarded in favor
of anything that anesthetizes the pain.

Still, Maggie keeps on going, working a new job, befriending a
co-worker and just taking life one day at a time. She does an
admirable job of attempting to stay focused on school and other
responsibilities. After some months, when the divorce becomes a
reality, Maggie already has learned much and, despite a family
tragedy, recognizes the need for both of her parents. Lots of
examples of genuine forgiveness are presented --- some received,
some not. A lot like life.


Reviewed by Michele Howe on October 18, 2011

Bitter Rose: Color Me Crushed
by Melody Carlson

  • Publication Date: January 5, 2006
  • Genres: Christian, Fiction
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: NavPress
  • ISBN-10: 1576835367
  • ISBN-13: 9781576835364