Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Book Review ~ My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier


What if the most terrifying person you'd ever met was your ten-year old sister? A spine-chilling psychological thriller from one of Australia's finest YA authors. 

'I promise,' said Rosa. 'I won't kill and I won't make anyone else kill.'

I can't see the loophole. Since the guinea pig there's been nothing. Months now without Rosa killing as much as a mosquito.

As far as I know.

Che Taylor has four items on his list: 1. He wants to spar, not just train in the boxing gym. 2. He wants a girlfriend. 3. He wants to go home. 4. He wants to keep Rosa under control.

Che's little sister Rosa is smart, talented, pretty, and so good at deception that Che's convinced she must be a psychopath. She hasn't hurt anyone yet, but he's certain it's just a matter of time. And when their parents move them to New York City, Che longs to return to Sydney and his three best friends. But his first duty is to his sister Rosa, who is playing increasingly complex and disturbing games. Can he protect Rosa from the world - and the world from Rosa?

My Sister Rosa will have you on the edge of your seat from the very first page to the last.

How do I start? This book was WOW and then some.

Rosa; sweet psycho Rosa. What an interesting character to read. A little girl with no empathy, manipulating everyone. Some of the things she does is basically what everyone says or thinks to do, but never does.
We know it’s wrong to steal, cheat or kill, but Rosa doesn’t understand things completely. What she has in smarts, she lacks in common sense.

I love how it was in the point of view of Che, Rose’s brother. Your heart just breaks on what he has to deal with, and he feels like he needs to deal with a psychotic sister, making sure she doesn’t go too far.
Having parents like Sally and David, I can see why he took on the responsibility of parent. I did have a few choice words for the “parents” throughout the novel.

I’m proud this is by an Australian author. Che, Rosa and the parentals (what the kids call them), are originally from Australia who move around from country to country. This story is centred around them living in New York.
Being Australian as well, I understood the Australian lingo that Che said. A few things made me laugh, only to see the confusion from his American friends.

What a twist at the end. I’m happy to say I didn’t see that coming, even though I had a feeling this book was going to leave me wanting more, typical.

My star rating for My Sister Rosa is: