The Rip is the story of a young woman living on the streets who is caught in a downward spiral of addiction. She is fragile, yet full of strength. Despite her homelessness and poverty, despite her addiction, she sees meaning in her relationship with her dog, Sunny, and the only friend, Anton. Things take a turn for the worse when they meet Steve. And when you get unknowingly get caught in a rip, the more you struggle, the harder it can be to get out of it.
This is one of those books you could read in one sitting. Brandi grabs you right from the beginning. The protagonist is a relatable character and one you can’t help but root for. Her strength, her resilience, her acknowledgement of not wanting to be pitied or treated like a victim is endearing and makes you empathise with her all the more. The world she lives in might be one more readers are not familiar with, yet, the author manages to bring it to life.
I really enjoyed this tale and exploring the dark side of Melbourne. But what I loved was the kindness and the humanity in the story. This isn’t a voyeuristic view into lives we may not have experienced or lives we’ve been sheltered from. Rather, it’s the brutal reality. But it’s also how small kindnesses can change someone’s life. And that is what kept me reading to the very end.
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***Linking with Jo at Booklover Book Reviews for the 2019 Aussie Author Challenge. Also read for Erin’s book challenge 11.0***
Until next time,