Seventeen-year-old Cassie Morgan lives with a time bomb (a.k.a. her stepfather, Dino Cavalli). To the public, Dino is a world-renowned violin player and. You would have never recognized the Dino I lived with in the books that had been written about him before the “incident.” No one had a clue. No one seemed to. Deb Caletti is the award-winning author of The Queen of Everything; Honey, Baby, Sweetheart; and The Nature of Jade, among others. In addition to being a.

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The book’s title comes from Van Gogh’s Wild Rosesone of the paintings he completed just before his suicide. Some rlses may seem less credible e. Lot of unnecessary fluff in the story line. Check out her Web site at www. May 18, Katie rated it it was amazing. Article first published as Book Review: It also would have been more appropriate for a teenager to read.

Seventeen-year-old Cassie has discovered that living with a musical genius sounds more glamorous than it is. Caletti’s attempt to explore madness fails. The plot is absolutly bad. Let me just stop now before I go into a review that only has bad things to say about this book.

Cassie thought she understood that love could bring pain. If you want to waste your time reading about a girl who is suffering from a mentally ill step-father concurrentlly with a slight caletyi story that in the end it doesn’t progress, read it! Like Holden Caulfield, literary character Cassie Morgan dev definitely her own person. Cassie never liked Dino Cavalli, a “world-renowned composer and violinist, a combination of talent virtually unheard of,” the man her mother married five days after divorcing her father.


If you have a deep love for really meaningful stories then Deb Caletti books are the ones for you. I don’t know if it was just too much Deb Caletti too soon or if it is just not really good. Open Preview See a Problem?

So very, very terrible. Cassie has her concerns about Dino, but it is not until the pressure to create something new brings out the worst in him that Cassie understands the depth of his problems. The story is told from Cassie’s point of view.

Published October 1st by Simon Pulse first published August 30th They were all just meh for wil, other than Bunny, who was pretty dang funny. In short, great writing – it’s just not for me. Unlike the main characters, however, rroses persistence wasn’t motivated by the love affair, but by the other plot layers Caletti used to give the story some depth.

Want to Read saving…. I calrtti say that I hate or like Cassie, Ian, Dino and all the other characters. I really liked this book.

Wild Roses by Deb Caletti

I refuse to continue reading a book when I want nothing more than to punch the main character in the face. Dino is a terrifying, selfish, insane bully, who just gets crazier and more paranoid every day.

Lists with This Book. They say they love each other rather early. Cassie is so sarcastic and real and if it wasn’t for goses personality I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much as I did.

Cassi believes he is a self-centered human being.

Entertaining without being shallow, this will have strong appeal as an outrageous family story. Rosse the end, readers will empathize with each trapped character, even Dino himself.


Wild Roses

But she can barely see him! As well as boring, slow, and irritating.

Overall I found this book to really good and emotional. She lives with her mother and step father, Dino Cavalli, and periodically stays with her dad and grandma, all according to the divorce decree.

He has to go away to some college to earn money for his family and her heart is broken.

He stops sleeping, starts chain-smoking. When tragedy strikes at the concert, Cassie discovers the relationship between passion and insanity, and comes to realize how her mother could love someone like Dino.

For her to stand back and let that arseholian Dino talk to Cassie the way he did was unforgiveable in my eyes. Let’s just say that causes a lot of drama. It’s not a light book in my opinion, there is some humor but it can get pretty heavy especially later on.

She writes about the beauty and power of music, and wold does it without pretension. It also made me feel mad anxious. Its just so deep, it is way too descriptive without providing insightful information about Cassie. The romance in this book isn’t even the main subject-its mostly Dino and his mental issues–which I for one appreciated because I wasn’t in the mood for a full, blowout, passionate love affair kind of thing.

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