RealisticInitially I thought that following the perspectives of Max s family members detracted attention from Kate s storyline but it soon becomes apparent that by
shifting the focus to them made them into far fleshed out characters However uneasy this shift made me the focus to them made them into far fleshed out characters However uneasy this shift made me especially when we read of the thoughts and eneral worldview of Max s cousin it ave the novel a democratic approach were everyone regardless of their likability had page timeThis story is relevant raw and compelling even in its darkest moments While I wished for a neater ending I still would recommend this to those interested in reading a novel filled with fraught and believable familial relationships and a young woman "S UNEASY PATH TOWARDS RECOVERING HER SENSE OF SELF "uneasy path towards recovering her sense of self being raped Read reviews on my blog An exploration of how a traumatic assault can spurn disuieting reverberations through a small roup of acuaintances First the Fox and the Box good This book did a respectable job of unpacking the feelings emotions and behaviors that can manifest after a rape The assault scene was described in detail so please take heed if that is something that might be a trigger Kate our heroineoes through emotional phases as she tries to come to terms with what will now always be described as before the rape and after the rape She feels shattered as a jagged line is unfairly and without permission split down the center of her life the before and the after The assailant You must read to find outThe Bad There wasn t much plot Some people are OK with this but I m not I felt as if I was reading the same page over and over again It was almost as if I was in the movie Ground Hog Day I know the subject material may have warranted this setup however I wasn t a fan In addition I felt that the ending was too tidy It was as if the book came to an end and the character s pain and suffering came to an abrupt end as wellSo there you have it My likes and my ripes I do feel as if it was well written for a debut novel I always love new authors dipping their toes into the bounteous sea of writers we already have to select from It keeps things fresh and exciting So keep it comi. Incisive and mesmerizing novel about power privilege and consent one that fearlessly explores the effects of trauma on the mind and body of a young woman the tyrannies of memory the sacrifices involved in staying silent and the courage in speaking out And when Kate does it raises this urgent uestion whose story is it no. ,
You re telling meToo much tell and not enough show in this
coolly recounted debut by young new author Rosie Price Covering the hotrecounted debut by young new author Rosie Price Covering the hot of an ambiguous rape and the resultant cutting the victim drip feeds the name of her known assailant in such a dispassionate style that it s hard to care There s a confusing cast of characters and I found myself skipping increasingly large chunksIn Room 101 of a novel writing course I believe this yawn fest would have been called out by the tutor and it s puzzling that it was able to slip through the long shot lottery Lucky Rosie PriceMy thanks to Vintage for the review copy via NetGalley trigger warning for sexual assault I think this is a very interesting very uneven book What Red Was follows Kate and Max two friends who meet during the first week of university and become inseparable They come from very different backgrounds Kate is from a poor single parent household and Max s family is large and affluent and after they raduate university Kate s life is shattered when she s raped during a party at Max s family homeFrom reading this book s summary and seeing its comparisons to Normal People by Sally Rooney and Asking For It by Louise O Neill I expected two things from What Red Was a nuanced exploration of the aftermath of sexual assault and Price mostly delivered here on this in a minute and alternating perspectives between Kate and Max What I didn t expect was that Max s family would feature so heavily into the narrative We do indeed hear from both Max and Kate but we also hear from Max s mom Max s cousin Max s uncle Max s father Max s sister all of whom have very eneric
"Rich People Problems There S "People Problems There s of depression alcoholism inheritance drama all of which in theory has the potential to be compelling but none of it really is I can only imagine that Rosie Price structured her book this way because "she wanted this to be robust than a "wanted this to be robust than a about rape the result is that characters and stories which should merely exist to contextualize Kate s own narrative end up overpowering itThe other problem which I encountered early on was that I didn t love Rosie Price s prose When Kate uaile meets Max Rippon in the first week of university a life changing friendship begins Over the next four years the two become inseparable For him she breaks her solitude; for her he leaves his busy circles behind But knowing Max means knowing his family the wealthy Rippons all enerosity social ease and uiet. ,
I still found myself believing them and sympathizing with the extent to still found myself believing them and sympathizing with the extent to Kate was concerned with Max s feelingsUltimately I thought this was an important and nuanced book when it zeroed in on its central topic but it did meander a bit too much for my liking 4 starsWhat Red Was is a stark and riveting debut novel that vividly depicts the lasting effects of "rape on a young woman s mind body and life This is not for the "on a young woman s mind body and life This is not for
the of heart and I am not writing this as some sort of snide but of a heads upof heart and I am not writing this as some sort of snide but of a heads up this novel portrays rape and trauma in an unflinchingly way At times I was overwhelmed The story will make you angry sad distressed experience all the sort of emotions you should feel when reading about such a horrific act Another thing that I appreciated is that the story didn t reduce its characters to convenient stereotypes Nor did it lamorise depression addictions or self harm Unlike a certain other novel out thereKate wasn t reduced to the abominable violation committed against her She was a relatable and interesting character and following her life prior to that day really brought her character to life Her friendship with Max was complex and poignant and it didn t fall victim to the friends to lovers clich The way their relationship changes over the years saddened me yet it seemed inevitable and far too. Repression Theirs is a very different world from Kate’s own upbringing and yet she finds herself uickly drawn into their Le Jardin Sur La Glace gilded lives and the secrets that lie beneath Until one evening at the Rippons home just afterraduation her life is shattered apart in a bedroom while a party oes on downstairs What Red Was is an.