My Sister Rosa

My Sister Rosa

Book - 2016
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When his father's business takes the family to New York City, a seventeen-year-old Australian boy must balance his desire to protect his ten-year-old sister, a diagnosable psychopath, from the world with the desperate need to protect the world from her.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Soho Teen,, [2016]
ISBN: 9781616956745
Branch Call Number: TEEN FICTION Larbales Justine
Characteristics: 312 pages ;,22 cm


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Jul 07, 2019

Required reading for my daughter's Young Adult Literature class in her Masters of Library Science program. She loved it so I read it too. I thoroughly enjoyed this story of 17-year old Che, the apparently only sensible and sensitive enough individual in his family to realize his 10-year old sister Rosa is a psychopath. While simplified a little, I thought the psychology base of this book was very sound and believable; maybe I've been a little too close to some of this pathology in my work. I really liked that the author took the time to give us a decent-sized cast of characters and fleshed them out - it wasn't all psychological thriller intensity. But bottom line: this was a heck of a very creepy ride and I couldn't put it down. The slower-paced chapters in the middle just set us up for the last 100 pages of twists and reveals and horrors. Great ending, but I think maybe there's a chance that we revisit these characters in another book? I hope so!

Mar 01, 2017

This is probably one of the darkest books I've ever read.
Don't let the start of the book fool you. At first, you think you're just on another YA ride about an awkward but cute guy whose got a crush on the hottest girl at the gym, but his family problems keep him from truly getting what he wants. The more the plot thickens, however, the more you start wondering just how twisted Rose can get. There are several plot twists that are nicely and believably incorporated. This is a must for anyone interested in personality disorders or a good psychological thriller.

Feb 03, 2017

This was a novel that was highly praised and am not sure why. Found it dull and often silly.

ArapahoeCatherine Jan 15, 2017

What makes this book really disturbing is that it could actually happen. A great choice for teens that like creepy reads. Imagine a psychotic Shirley Temple...
Warning: There's a fair bit of explicit language and sexual content for a teen book.

Jan 13, 2017

Boy am I glad Rosa is not my sister. Enticing read all the way up to a stunningly shocking end.

Jan 03, 2017



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