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Girl meets boy, and reader's heart starts racing

April 25, 2006|by ELINA MIR

"Wild Roses," by Deb Caletti, is about a girl named Cassie who is struggling in her small city in Washington state. Cassie's mother marries Dino, a world-famous musician who is preparing for his big comeback. Cassie must learn to adjust to living with a musician.

On the day of Dino's return to the stage, everything goes wrong and he runs away. Back at the house, Dino starts smoking, yelling, shouting, insulting Cassie and making her mother cry.

Cassie is still adjusting to her new lifestyle and to the nature of her stepfather when she meets Ian, one of Dino's violin students. Cassie falls for him and everything changes.

Throughout the novel, there are life-changing events. Your heart will be racing to find out what's next.

I liked the plot but I didn't like how the author made the stepfather seem evil. I think she couldn't create a better main conflict for the book.

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The vocabulary isn't hard but there is a little Italian. The genre is realistic fiction. The novel is 296 pages long.

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