What to read after... Dread Wood 28/02/24
When Rose leaves the stifling rigidity of life among God’s Pilgrims, governed by strict rules about everything, to live with the Worldly Wise, she formulates a ten-point plan to help her integrate into the outside world of freedom and social media.
Despite living in a squalid flat above a smelly kebab shop, and her mum working long hours in several jobs just to keep them off the streets, Rose thinks her plan is going pretty well. Until her boyfriend wants to take a topless photo of her.
He says everyone is doing it and, with no frame of reference, Rose becomes increasingly aware that there are a whole heap of unwritten rules for life as a 17-year-old that she has no idea about.
A thoughtful and compelling look at the rules, whether formal or unspoken, that govern all our lives, and a timely assessment of both the positive and negative aspects of a world increasingly focused on social media. The book also explores themes of self-expression, loyalty, and family dynamics.