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Bitter Rose: Color Me Crushed (True Colors #8) [Paperback]

By Melody Carlson (Author)
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Item description for Bitter Rose: Color Me Crushed (True Colors #8) by Melody Carlson...

Overview
A Mexican-American high school senior deals with the separation and divorce of her parents and their effects on her relationship with them and with God.

Publishers Description
Maggie blames her mom for the family's disintegration. "She's driven him away with her constant nagging and complaining and arguing. Honestly, who could stand to live with that woman?" she vents to her friend Claire.
However, there's more to the story, and Maggie desperately wants to know the truth--something nobody seems willing to tell her.
The eighth book in the TrueColors teen fiction series, Bitter Rose takes an honest look at divorce, forgiveness, and relationships.

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Maggie's parents suddenly split up after 25 years of marriage. The whole situation has Maggie feeling hurt, distraught, but most of all, violently bitter. She's near desperate for someone who can restore her confidence in love.
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Studio: NavPress
Pages   217
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.26" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.58"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 29, 2006
Publisher   NAV PRESS #111
Age  13-18
Series  True Colors  
Series Number  8  
ISBN  1576835367  
ISBN13  9781576835364  


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More About Melody Carlson

Melody A Carlson I started writing "professionally" about twenty years ago. I quickly learned that I'm a fast writer and, as a result, I've published more than 200 books--with more than 6 million books sold. And it stuns me to write out those numbers today. How did that happen? I've been told I'm in the top twenty "most prolific authors" of all time. Although I'm not certain this is true, it does make me wonder--and I wonder how other authors (in previous generations) managed to write so many books without the use of a computer. Last year I won a Career Achievement Award from Romantic Times. But that doesn't mean I'm ready to retire. I have lots more books coming out and new ideas popping into my head all the time. I write from a studio right next to the house I share with my husband in Oregon. My dog Audrey goes to work with me every morning. I have to say...it's a pretty good life...and I am grateful to God for every bit of it.

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > Issues > Divorce
3Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Family Life > Marriage & Divorce > Fiction
4Books > Subjects > Children > Religions > Fiction > General
5Books > Subjects > Teens > Literature & Fiction > General
6Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Teen


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Reviews - What do customers think about Bitter Rose: Color Me Crushed?

Family Feud  Aug 6, 2007
Maggie's family is going through a very rough time. Her parents have separated and on the verge of getting a divorce. Their bitterness spreads to Maggie who wants her parents to get back together and realize that they can work things out. But this won't happen because Maggie blames her mom for her dad leaving. Feeling as though her family has failed her, she turns to her aunt with whom she can share her true feelings with. However when the truth about her parents' split comes out and a tragedy strikes the family, Maggie has to learn whether she really wants this bitterness to take control of her life.

Once again, Melody Carlson focuses on another subject that is touchy among the Christian church. Divorce is not something a lot of people like to talk about. Therefore teens who are in families that have divorce often have no one to talk to and go through their suffering alone. Maggie's pain is understandable. No one wants to see their family split up. You don't want to see the two people who are supposed to promote family unity just give up and walk out on you. It makes sense that Maggie is bitter and cynical towards her parents. I just didn't like though how she didn't have all the facts and kept lashing out at her mother and blaming her for the split. She didn't give her a chance to explain and kept siding with her dad. So when the truth finally comes out, it hurts Maggie more than anything. I'm glad the ending of the novel doesn't end happily. Many Christian novels have everyone making up with the family getting back together and hugs all around. Unfortunately that is not always realistic. Maggie's faith keeps her strong throughout this whole ordeal. There is a subplot which involves teen drinking and the ill effects of it. With both parents involved with their own affairs, there's no one for Maggie to turn to so she gives into peer pressure and then pays for the consequences. This is an excellent book for teens who have experienced divorce. Highly recommended teen reading.
 
Divorce Court!  Feb 16, 2007
Oh no, this is huge!!! Maggie comes home to find that her parents are getting a divorce. Maggie is so confused as to how her Christian parents split up. She stays at her best friend's house and tries to figure things out. Maggie suspects that it's her mom's fault that her parent's got a divorce, because her mom is always yelling. Maggie's dad gets a cool new apartment, but finds out that her dad has a secret that he won't tell Maggie. She tries to talk to her best friend Claire, but she doesn't understand and she can't tell the rest her family because they don't believe in "divorces." She gets a job at her Aunt Louise's restaurant to get her mind off things, and she becomes really close to her Aunt. She also thinks that her mom and dad might get back together, but when a family member dies it puts a hole in Maggie's heart. Maggie hopes and prays that her mom and dad will get back together so that she can move on with her life.
The thing I love most about Maggie is that even when her parents split up, she always turned to God for help and she stayed strong. I was really surprised when she went to work at her Aunt's restaurant. That's what I would also do to get my mind off things. The one thing that I liked least about Maggie is that she blamed somebody for something that she didn't even know was true. Like when she blamed the divorce on her mom and later her dad, I didn't really think that was fair. I also didn't like when Ned, a boy she liked, took her to go snow sledding with his friend and Maggie had a ton to drink. I was very unhappy with her. All in all, this book really was good.
 
Divorce Court!  Feb 16, 2007
Oh no, this is huge!!! Maggie comes home to find that her parents are getting a divorce. Maggie is so confused as to how her Christian parents split up. She stays at her best friend's house and tries to figure things out. Maggie suspects that it's her mom's fault that her parent's got a divorce, because her mom is always yelling. Maggie's dad gets a cool new apartment, but finds out that her dad has a secret that he won't tell Maggie. She tries to talk to her best friend Claire, but she doesn't understand and she can't tell the rest her family because they don't believe in "divorces." She gets a job at her Aunt Louise's restaurant to get her mind off things, and she becomes really close to her Aunt. She also thinks that her mom and dad might get back together, but when a family member dies it puts a hole in Maggie's heart. Maggie hopes and prays that her mom and dad will get back together so that she can move on with her life.
The thing I love most about Maggie is that even when her parents split up, she always turned to God for help and she stayed strong. I was really surprised when she went to work at her Aunt's restaurant. That's what I would also do to get my mind off things. The one thing that I liked least about Maggie is that she blamed somebody for something that she didn't even know was true. Like when she blamed the divorce on her mom and later her dad, I didn't really think that was fair. I also didn't like when Ned, a boy she liked, took her to go snow sledding with his friend and Maggie had a ton to drink. I was very unhappy with her. All in all, this book really was good.
 
Outstanding book, wonderfully done...  Aug 18, 2006
This is a great book, by Melody Carson, about a girl who is a senior in high school, Maggie, whose parents are suddenly getting a divorce. I think this is the only book that I have read, that truly captures the impact of divorce on the kids in the family. Maggie is torn between her father who she loves, and her mother who she never got along with. When she learns the real reason of the divorce, she is shocked, hurt, and stunned that this could happen to her family, but she also is trying to piece the family she once knew, back together with what little information she has. This is a real life lesson in this book, and that is EVERY family has problems. Every family out there has something wrong, and the grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence. This was a novel that wasn't exciting to read, but had some truths in it, and that made it worthwhile to read.
 
Bitter Rose  May 22, 2006
Bitter Rose by Melody Carlson is about a girl whose parents are splitting up. The girl is named Maggie. Maggie is trying to get her parents back together. Maggie finds out that the reason her mom kicked her dad out was because he was cheating on her. In the end, Maggie realized to stay out of it even though her parents don't get back together.
When I read this book, I thought it was going to be boring. After I got farther in the book, it got more interesting. The lesson I learned was to stay out of other people's business. People who like the other color books in this series would like this one. I would love to read more books by Melody Carlson. All of her books try to teach all of us a lesson.

 

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