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Wild Roses

3.56  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,760 Ratings  ·  236 Reviews
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 see what was coming.
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
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Simon Pulse (first published August 30th 2005)
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Maybe love too is beautiful because it has a wildness that cannot be tamed. I don’t know... All I know is that passion can take you up like a house of cards in a tornado leaving destruction in its wake. Or, it can let you alone because you have built a stone wall against it... set out the armed guards to keep it from touching you. The real trick is to let it in, but to hold on. To understand that the heart is as vast and as wide as the universe. But that we come to know it from here. This place ...more
Eh. I just couldn't get into this one. I don't know if it was just too much Deb Caletti too soon or if it is just not really good. Caletti also has this weird thing in all her books where the girl sees a boy and immediately falls in love with him and then the boy and girl are magically (but for really) making out and pledge to be together forever. The boys are all pretty bland and not much (if any) conversation seems to take place between boy and girl before the making out and love pledging. It' ...more
Jan 07, 2013 Justin rated it really liked it
Where do I begin? Wild Roses was a book I had never heard of until I had received a mashup with two Deb Caletti books. I had heard of Deb Caletti, but only knew about some of her most talked about books. After having done some research, I found that this one really isn't that well known compared to other books. Which I am assuming is why it was republished into this new mashup.

Having never heard anything about it, I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I had checked out reviews on it befor
Jun 12, 2009 Samantha rated it did not like it
Shelves: least-favorites
I can honestly say that I hated Wild Roses by Deb Caletti. This novel is about seventeen year-old Cassie Morgan, a girl who divides her time between her divorced parents' houses. Her mother married Dino Cavalli, renowned Italian violinist- who happens to be mean, critical, and paranoid. The story is told from Cassie's point of view. The story is narrated with forced sarcasm and is filled to the brim with nauseating clichés and metaphors. Caletti tries hard to make Cassie seem like a typical teen ...more
Oct 07, 2011 Christiane rated it it was ok
The only reason I gave this more than one star is because I like Cassie's wit. (Her dad and grandmother are fun, too. As are Chuck and Bunny.) Other than that I just didn't care. I didn't care whether or not Ian made it into that school, I didn't care what was happening to Dino Cavalli (who is so damn unlikeable I almost couldn't stand it), I just didn't CARE. I knew Cassie was scared, because she told me 800 times, but I didn't FEEL it. I didn't feel anything but irritation throughout the whole ...more
Emma J
Mar 09, 2015 Emma J rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
4.5 stars!!!

~I ordered this on amazon right after hearing someone rave about it (and Deb Caletti in general) so needless to say when I saw that beautiful package waiting for me on my doorstep, I dove right into it. Before I get into the actual review, it should be known that i had extreeeemely high expectations for this book, so that may influence what I'm about to say (for the better and/or for the worst) but all in all, I really did enjoy this!!.~

Wild Roses deals with a lot difficult issues
Morgan F
Before this I've only read another book by Deb Caletti (The Nature of Jade), and it was just okay. Thankfully, I liked this one much much better.

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
Aug 05, 2009 Kaylynn rated it did not like it
if anyone's looking for a 'love story'; dont read this.. it doesnt do the genre any justice.

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
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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
Nov 02, 2011 Herapia rated it it was amazing
Category: None.
After reading Honey, Baby, Sweetheart(a novel by Deb Caletti) I wanted to read more of her books. This story was alot different to the first book of hers, but again had me amazed and sent a strong message. I loved that the book captured me within the first few sentences. If you have a deep love for really meaningful stories then Deb Caletti books are the ones for you. I enjoyed this book because it captivated me in this whole different world where young teenagers suffer but find a
Michael Burhans
Oct 11, 2014 Michael Burhans rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
This is a YA author that writes with surprising depth. Each one of her novels surprises me with the theme and characters. when I was first told of her work, it was with a number of other authors whose work I enjoy, but who are a little more prosaic. At first Ms Caletti surprised by by how good her books were. Now she surprises me because I cannot believe that all her books are that good.

she is on my must buy/must read list.

This book is all about the fine edge between genius and madness, love
Jun 04, 2009 Katie rated it it was amazing
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Jan 20, 2015 Ora rated it really liked it
I loved this book for its humor, good writing and snarky character. I hated this book because of the s#%* and f@!# words throughout. A LOT of swearing! It would have been one of my favorite books if those words weren't consistently thrown in my face. It also would have been more appropriate for a teenager to read. Now I feel like I can't recommend it to any of my nieces. Darn! Was the author raised by a Marine or something?
Sep 24, 2010 Noura rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I think its Horrible! I even couldn't finnish it to the end because I felt bored! Waste of Money on a bad written story.


I have finnished reading it. My decision about it didn't change. I don't recommend it to everyone. The plot is absolutly bad. The first 300 pages is rubbish. Tells you the same thing over and over again. Just in the end, something happens and changes the actions of the characters.

If you want to waste your time reading abou
Nov 01, 2015 Madison rated it really liked it
Shelves: goodread-project
This book Wild Roses, by Deb Caletti, starts with this girl (Cassie) and her mother and most of the book is based off of them dealing with there insane father (Cassie's stepfather) Dino Cavalli. He is a world renown violinist. He seems like a rude, annoyance to Cassie but that is because he's not on medicine which blocks his creativity. Though there isn't any physical fighting between anyone, there are some scenes so intense, but it's more of a emotional aspect. There is also a love interest in ...more
Jenny Rush
May 07, 2015 Jenny Rush rated it it was ok
Deb Caletti wrote "Wild Roses" with hopes to entertain her reader, and that she did. Caletti tells the story of a teenage girl whose parents have been divorced and her new stepfather, who is a world renowned violinist, is absolutely insane and treats her terribly. To add to all of the madness Dino, the stepfather, takes on a new student who falls in love with Cassie, the main character, at first sight. Dino becomes very upset with their relationship and forbids that the two kids see each other a ...more
Jun 25, 2014 Adrienne rated it liked it
Shelves: teen, contemporary

Cassie's stepfather, Dino, is world-renowned violinist, who is also mean, arrogant, and on the brink of insanity. As he is working to compose three new pieces for an upcoming concert, Cassie and her mother are fighting a losing battle as they try to keep his depression and paranoia from spiraling out of control. When Cassie and Dino's student violinist, Ian, fall for each other, Dino is adamant that they cannot be together and that Cassie will ruin Ian's opportunities. As Dino's behavior gets wo
Krista Stevens
Apr 25, 2014 Krista Stevens rated it liked it
Some great writing, but the plot is somewhat uneven. Cassie's mom seems lovely, reasonable, nice but for some reason (never a strong reason), divorces Cassie's dad (who also seems pretty cool, reasonable and nice)to marry a world-renowned violinist/composer who has already been married three times before and is a really horrible human being (domineering, critical, mean - p. 142) who suffers from a variety of mental illnesses. I almost gave it a two for that reason alone, I never could buy her mo ...more
Shalynn Zachary
Feb 17, 2016 Shalynn Zachary rated it liked it
Shelves: books-1-10
Wild Roses is about a 17 year old girl named Cassie living with her single father, Dino. Dino is an unstable but expert violinist. As Cassie splits her time between her divorced parents, you see how rude and paranoid Cassie's father is. Dino teaches violin lessons to a talented teenage boy named Ian Waters. Ian and Cassie quite obviously fall in love and it goes through their love story and trials. It deals with themes like divorce, recklessness, love, bullying, anxiety and a lot of other mental ...more
May 03, 2015 Anita rated it really liked it
I thought this would be a cute, fluffy, light read between two heavy adult fiction novels. This novel was anything but that. While Wild Roses is a realistic YAL novel, the plot does deal with some serious issues. Cassie is a daughter caught between two dueling families. Her father wants her mother back. Her mother has moved on to famed violinist Dino Cavelli. Dino wants to finish his new compositions and tutor his protege into the Curtis Institute. Cassie wants her family to stay out of her new- ...more
J&B Reviews
Jul 13, 2014 J&B Reviews rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good.

This book was not what I was expecting. It went deeper into the mind of a very intelligent 17 year old girl named Cassie than I thought it would. I was expecting a somewhat lighthearted story about the life of a young girl who finds herself in the position of being the stepdaughter of a world renowned violinist.

It was actually the story of a young girl who is living with a stepfather who has stopped taking his much needed medication because he believes that it interferes with his creat
Jul 28, 2010 Pseudonym rated it liked it
I always find love at first sight uncompelling, but it was an enjoyable read that kept me turning pages. Unlike the main characters, however, my persistence wasn't motivated by the love affair, but by the other plot layers Caletti used to give the story some depth.

The characters were believable, the plot good, and the love story heartwarming, if initially a little hard to believe. I liked it, though, ultimately.
May 25, 2009 Girija rated it really liked it
Wasn't her best but it was still a good book. Deb Caletti is just an amazing author, so it was really well written and all that. It was a little slow to start off, but it got a lot better. its different than any of her other books that she has written so it was good! read it!!!
Mary Elizabeth
Oct 20, 2014 Mary Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My third Caletti book and I was not disappointed!
Sallyann Van leeuwen
Apr 25, 2014 Sallyann Van leeuwen rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
Quite an original narrative of a girl who is living with a musical genius step father, who is rapidly heading for a mental breakdown. Cassie's parents marriage broke down when her mum fell passionately in love with violinist Dino. Cassie is collateral damage in this affair, as her dad, who hasn't stopped loving his ex wife and delves into Dino's past to prove to his wife that her new husband is not all he says he is.

Living with someone with a mental illness was the main storyline for me, with a
May 24, 2012 FreakPrincess rated it it was amazing
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Nov 22, 2015 http//luke rated it did not like it
Honestly I'm not a fan of this book. I'm not gonna say much but it makes people who suffer from depression look like paranoid assholes and I mean based on his behaviour and symptoms I think Dino had more than that.
The whole romance aspect of this book is pretty inaccurate as well. It's kind of a 'immediately fall in love skip to making out kind of thing'. Very unrealistic. No one builds that kind of bond and behaves that way with someone they barely know. There are some good parts of this I gue
Apr 27, 2014 Bookaholiclover rated it really liked it
Wild Roses

There was always something with Dino and she knew it. But her mother didn't want to notice it. Her father did too. But there was always something that bothered her. When Dino decided to take in a new guy who plays the violin, Ian, she feels head over heels for Ian.

But Dino doesn't think so well likely of there relationship.

Deb Caletti never fails to show the different obstacles that you would have to go through in a relationship, that despite the different things that you must go thro
Aug 17, 2015 Jessica rated it liked it
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May 11, 2015 J.N. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition


The plot would have been neat if it had been better executed. As it was, the plot dragged on for so long that what interest I had began to drain away. I was glad to be finally done with it. It took me over a week to read, and I typically finish a book within two to three days so that tells you how difficult it was for me to get through it.


I really enjoyed the setting at Cassie's dads (who doesn't want a view of whales) as well as the picturesque imagining of Dino's birthplace.

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Deb Caletti is an award winning author and National Book Award finalist. Her many books for young adults include “The Nature of Jade,” “Stay,” “The Last Forever,” and "Honey, Baby Sweetheart," winner of the Washington State Book award, the PNBA Best Book Award, and a finalist for the PEN USA Award. Her first book for adults, “He’s Gone,” was released from Random House in 2012, and was followed wit ...more
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