Book Review: What Red Was by Rosie Price

Why should you read this book?

What Red Was by Rosie Price was such a pleasant surprise. Crown Publishing pitched this book to me and, although the premise sounded interesting, I didn’t really know what to expect, especially because it focused on a difficult topic. But Rosie Price reminded me a bit of Sally Rooney and we all know how I feel about Rooney!

When Kate meets Max 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 generosity, social ease, and quiet repression. Until one evening, at the Rippons home, just after graduation, Kate’s life is shattered apart in a bedroom while a party goes on downstairs.

This novel deals with important issues like power structure, anxiety, struggle and depicts the aftermath of sexual assault. It’s not an easy book to read but I am really glad I came across it. I enjoyed the characters’ voice and the way the author developed these topics. Price didn’t glamorize certain behaviors like I’ve seen done in other books/movies/shows. I believe the novel itself has some flaws. It can get a bit messy but it’s definitely a book I recommend!

I’d like to thank Crown Publishing for sending a review copy. You can buy the book here.

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Summary:

Through their four years at university, Kate and Max are inseparable. For him, she breaks her solitude; for her, he leaves his busy circles behind. But loving Max means knowing his family, the wealthy Rippons, all generosity, social ease and quiet repression. Theirs is not Kate’s world. At their London home, just after graduation, her life is shattered apart in a bedroom while a party goes on downstairs.

WHAT RED WAS explores the effects of trauma on mind and body, the tyrannies of memory, the sacrifices involved in staying silent, the courage of a young woman in speaking out. And when Kate does, this question: whose story is it now?

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Book details:
Publisher: Crown Publishing (Penguin Random House)
Published on: August 2019
Format: Paperback
Pages: 336

 

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