Seventeen-year-old Cassie Morgan has a secret: She's living with a time bomb (a.k.a. her stepfather, Dino Cavalli). To the public, Dino is a world-renowned violinist and composer. To Cassie, he's...more
During this time, Dino takes on a student, Ian, a boy Cassie's age who is a violin prodigy and needs to prepare for an audition. Cassie and Ian fall in love despite the protestation...more
One word to describeWild Roseswould be cheezy. As well as boring, slow, and irritating. Harsh, yes. But true. At least for me.
Cassie is having a hard time. She's falling, but its with a wrong person, and at the wrong time. Cassie's seeing things that are totally different with Dino, her stepfather. How could this affect her mother, her father, and her new foundlove?
Please note how I accentuated "love", because for me, what happened with Cassie an...more
Wild Roses is a novel about seventeen year old girl Cassie Morgan who hates her stepfather, the brilliant, famous, self-centered musician Dino Cavalli. According to Cassie he is both crazy and a genius. So which is which? Then enters Ian Waters, a student of Dino, a violinist. Cassie fell in love with him at the very wrong time. You see when Ian gets his scholarship in Curtis, he will have to leave and be gone for a long time. But Cassie took the risk. Ian on the other hand, also fell in love wi...more
November 16, 2009
Wild Roses Response
Wild Roses by Deb Caletti was a mediocre read. Although, I found the narrative style to be interesting and original, Wild Roses was done in first narrative from the protagonist’s (a seventeen year old girl name Cassie) view. It was a different outlook on life through Cassie’s eyes; the author put Cassie’s thoughts and input on dialogue rather than state the story plot which was refreshing and humorous. At times this input was irr...more
this is the second book that ive ever read that i just didnt like. i get what deb was trying to do but she didnt do a very good job.
the whole first chapter is just the heroine yammerin on about insanity and whatever for 14 pages. i had to fight the urge to throw the book across the room and just re-read on of my better books; and keep reading! it wasnt something that grabbed you and held you there. you ha...more
Having never heard anything about it, I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I had checked out reviews on it befor...more
This story had some great parts. Like when Cassie was talking about what it's like to be in a divorced family situation. I come from a divorced family and books sometimes don't get what it's really like. This book did. At one se...more
This book was about Cassie Morgan, who has divorced parents, and a step-father who is a famous violinst. To the outside world, Dino may seem like a genius musician and composer from a small town in Italy, but Cassie knows the truth. Dino is a terrifying, selfish, insane bully, who just gets crazier and more paranoid every day. Cassie can't imagine why...more
"Wild Roses" was enjoyable, but not as good as I expected it to be. My friend raved about this book, begging me to read it, so I guess I had too high of a standard to begin with.
The biggest thing in favour of this book is the plot. It was so unique, something I really haven't read before. Plot twists were scarce but well done and pacing was slow but not tedious.
The writing style was fun and interesting. Humorous even at times when something serious was happening, and I liked that, altho...more
Cassie has one kooky family. Her mother, father and step-father all range from eccentric to outright nutty, and she has to deal with all of them on a regular basis. When Ian Waters shows up, she sees in him a person she could talk to, lean on, make out with...you know. All the regular teenage stuff.
Unfortunately, Ian's life...more
Article first published as Book Review: Wild Roses by Deb Caletti on Blogcritics.
Wild Roses tells the story of 17-year old Cassie Morgan, and the way she and her mother handle living with a temperamental and, at times, almost insane musician.
Dino Cavalli is a world-renowned violinist, and he’s also Cassie’s stepfather. At first, he seems like only a bully and an egomaniac, but when he goes off his medication because it blocks his creativity, he becomes manic, paranoid, and destructive.
I also, I admit, had to google to see if Dino Cavalli was real or not. The footnotes threw...more
Insane. Brilliant. These were the two words that Cassie Morgan described her stepfather as. Insanely brilliant, like the pants-eating artist, Vincent van Gogh, or the suicidal musician, Beethoven. Dino Cavalli was a world-renowned violinist and composer, who was on the edge of a delusional breakdown. He had married Ca...more
The narrative voice of Wild Roses captured me straight away. Cassie’s voice is edgy, real and has a conversational tone to it that I loved. It felt like she was telling her story, not having her story told for her. She has the voice of a teenage girl with all of the rash conclusions, dramatic moments, de...more
Oh, also, BIG BEEF, the way they advertise/summarize the story on the cover of the book is absurd - so over the top. (This was done in the story as well - just to keep baiting us along - annoying.) After finishing the story, it is like it isn't even hardly talking...more
Deb went to Lake Washington High School in Kirkland, Washington, U.S.A., and graduated in 1981. She earned a BA in Journalism/Communications from the Uni...more