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Wild Roses

3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  3,270 ratings  ·  210 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...more
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
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...more
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
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...more
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...more
Jules (Jules Bookshelf)
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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...more
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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...more
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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...more
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

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...more
Krista Stevens
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
J&B Reviews
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...more
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.
Emily  (ObsessedReader)
Deb is one of my favorite authors, so me not liking something she has written is pretty much unheard of.
The plot was very original, but I can't say it was my all time favorite out of all of her stories. However her flawless writing and character development continues to amaze me. READ HER BOOKS! They are so worth your time.
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!!!
Sallyann Van leeuwen
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...more
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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...more
Rachel Charyk
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November 16, 2009
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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
As I musician, I really connected with Dino's music obsession, as well as Ian's love-hate relationship with it. I am also tirelessly preparing for university auditions as we speak, although my teacher is not as mean as Dino, and it was, in a way, a really comforting read despite the subject matter. To me, this book holds the perfect balance for a YA novel. It deals with difficult subjects, namely mental illness, and by no means glosses over the subject. What I loved about it was how Deb Caletti...more
This book was (and is) the best book ever written and narrated by an author! It made me get a little teary at some places and made me feel a lot of sympathy for the main character. I can't believe how good the characters were (the protagonist especially), though I would have liked to see a little bit more about Ian, but that's fine considering all of the other great things that this book held. Usually when I write a review of a novel I've read a while back that was really good I can't remember a...more
“You would have never recognized the Dino I lived with, to the books that had been written about him before the ‘incident.’ No one had a clue. No one seemed to see what was coming.”

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
Allison (The Allure of Books)
I never really felt connected to the plot or the characters in this story. That being said, I didn't dislike the book. It was just more of an average read then anything else.

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
This book almost made it to a 4-star rating, if only Deb Caletti didn't mess it up for me mid-part. That cliched "You are... real" as a love confession just about sucked out all the enthusiasm I had for the first half of the story. And if you think you're going to find a teenage love story in this, don't. Okay, you will but you won't like it. Can I say any more contrived and unreal? I know, so harsh, but it was just going great the first couple of chapters and then it went downhill. I understand...more
Wild Roses is my first Deb Caletti book and I wasn't sure how I was going to like her writing or it. The inside flap cover of it was interesting to me. The idea of something that fragile could be going on, and you could capture it through writing. Sounds pretty awesome.
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
Aug 20, 2013 Tracy rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: teen
Seventeen-year old Cassie lives with her mother and step-father on an island near Seattle. Her step-father, Dino, is a world famous violinist and composer, but what the world does not know is that he is paranoid and anxious, and as he prepares for his come-back concert, he becomes increasingly difficult to live with.

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
Novels about musicians fascinate me…something to do with the blurring of lines between insane and genius. I don’t have the talent or skill in such creative aspects, but I admire those that do. This story shows how music can be a passion that leads to insanity and pain but it still shows the beauty of music too.

The other theme almost as important and large in this novel is the subject of divorce. Dealing with her divorced parents is enough for Cassie to have to deal with in itself. Even though sh...more
Judy (Geeky Reading)

I’ve read two other books by Caletti, one of which I really enjoyed (the Nature of Jade) and one of which I thought was more meh (the Queen of Everything), and this one ended up being rather below meh, and a very big disappointment since I had thought it would be very good.

Cassie Morgan lives with her mother and her mother’s new husband, Dino. Dino is a genius musical composer, and he’s going literally crazy. He’s beyond paranoid, sometimes goes a bit off the deep end for very little reason,...more
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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 Story of Us,” 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 tenth book with Simon & Schuster, “The Last Forever,” released in April 2014. Her first book...more
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