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Guitar Highway Rose

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  1,408 ratings  ·  93 reviews
My name is Rosie Moon. I am nearly sixteen. I'm hungry for a juicy life. I lean out the window at night and I can taste it out there, waiting for me.

Popular and smart, fifteen-year-old Rosie Moon is the quintessential good girl. She also wishes she could be someone else for a while, someone more interesting. Asher Fielding is the mysterious new boy at school who has dreadl
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Paperback, 208 pages
Published January 24th 2006 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published January 1st 1997)
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Limonessa
I WISH this were my favorite quote from the book:

Some ideas are not born of logic and good sense. They are made of clouds and cobwebs. They sprout from nowhere and feed on excitement, sprinkled with adventure-juice and the sweet flavour of the forbidden. The psyche moves from the realms of the ordinary and takes a delicate step towards the territories of the unknown. We know that we shouldn't and that is exactly what we do.

However. Unfortunately.
It is this:

Sometimes you think you know where yo
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Nomes
Guitar Highway Rose by Brigid Lowry is one of my most favourite nostalgia books <3

it came out when I was 17 and in my final year of high school.

i loved it.

my mates loved it.

i carried it around with me.

i wanted to be Rosie. i crushed on Asher.

i doodled all the little icons out of it into my journal.

i answered some of the profile-y parts in my journal, too :)

it's such a perfect teenagery book.

it's about crushes and first love. running away. a road trip. a kombi van. hippies. it sweet and quir
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Arlene
Sep 06, 2011 Arlene rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Arlene by: Street Corner Bookers - Nomes
Book quote: Some ideas are not born of logic and good sense. They are made of clouds and cobwebs. They sprout from nowhere and feed on excitement, sprinkled with adventure-juice and the sweet flavor of the forbidden. The psyche moves from the realms of the ordinary and takes a delicate step towards the territory of the unknown. We know that we shouldn’t and that is exactly why we do.

Wow! How beautiful is that?

Guitar Highway Rose is filled with amazing thoughtful passages, enlightening Aussie li
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Emily May

The recent reviews I've read on this have been mediocre at best but I really didn't like it. The language is childish and the characters are boring. In the very first chapter there are sentences that repeatedly use "and" or are short and choppy, it reads like a young kid's book!
Nic
Favourite Quote: Some ideas are not born of logic and good sense. They are made of clouds and cobwebs. They sprout from nowhere and feed on excitement, sprinkled with adventure juice and the sweet flavor of the forbidden. The psyche moves from the realms of the ordinary and takes a delicate step towards the unknown. We know we shouldn't and that is exactly why we do.

Guitar Rose Highway is a fun read. It is quirky, charming and vibrant story that captures the joy and angst of being a teen.

Lowry'
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Jasprit
Favourite Quote;
“Sometimes you think you know where you are headed. You
think you know what each day will bring. You think there will be
a breath to follow this breath. It has always been that way
before. You think that lunch will follow breakfast and sometime
later dinner will naturally appear. You think that you know that the
sky is blue and that trees are green, that cats are furry and that
life will go on quite smoothly for ever like an infinite ripple of
turquoise ribbon. But sometimes you are
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Shirley Marr
The odds seemed stacked against me liking this book - the 90s is my least favourite era, I don't think anyone other than Joyce and Faulkner should attempt stream-of-consciousness narrative and I dislike hippies (sorry no offence to anyone). So an experimental book written in 1997 about two teens with the gypsy blues? I would say no thanks! But I'm glad I gave this novel a go - this novel charmed me over and I had to agree at the end that yes this is a gorgeous book!

Upon starting this, I was ins
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Victoria
I'm sorry, but all the run-on sentence/paragraphs without any commas or anything even drove me nutty! This book totally brought me back to 1997 considering all the music and fashion mentioned (in which I was a teenager at that time as well). It was nice that they gave you so many perspectives in this book. Sadly though, I was bored out of my mind. I was glad this was such a fast and short read. I couldn't even attach myself to the characters. I was extremely surprised to find that this book did ...more
Thebookbutterfly
I adored this book. I loved the poetic prose and the varying perspectives: it swooped from teenagers to adults to the younger brother in a way that kept me rapt the whole time I was reading it.
It's inspiring and creative and Brigid Lowry approached YA fiction with such a refreshing take on teenagers that I could not help but be drawn into the promise of it on first sight.

'Guitar Highway Rose' is not one thing in particular. Its part love story, part road trip, part families and friendships, and
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Sarah
This is one of my favorite books ever! I love the author's unconventional writing/formatting style. It has a very sweet story and quirky, fun, interesting, lovable characters. :D
Choco
3.7 stars (yes it's very close to 4)

When I was around 15, I was obsessed with the TV series My So-Called Life. And I can see how teenagers in Aus might have been in love with this book as I see similarities. The book also captures adolescence psych well: their burning desire for independence, their frustration with the parents as well as love and need for them, and their struggle and confusion with both internal and external variables which they cannot control (their hormones, family breakup, re
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Alexa
I inhaled this book, it's so gorgeously told, so vibrant, and sensory. I could see the waves on the beach, smell the salt air, taste the pasta and porridge, and feel Rosie's intense longing for something to happen. It made me want to pack everything up in a blue VW van and head for Australia, to road trip up and down the coast.


Guitar Highway Rose is a coming of age story and it really captures how it feels to be a teen. To have that longing for change and control over your life.



I loved Rosie and
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Jess - The Tales Compendium
I read this book for the first time when I was 12 years old and have continued to reread it every few years (I am now 24). It is one of my all time favourite teen novels and highly recommend it.

Edit 24.3.13
Now 26, I have finally attempted to review this properly.

In a Nutshell: Guitar Highway Rose is a novel about growing up. It’s about the family dynamic, in a variety of forms such as mothers and daughters, husbands and wives. It’s about teenage acts of rebellion and the restlessness felt at bei
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Sonatajessica
Ok, I am out. I am not exactly done but what is it they say? Life is too short to read books you don't enjoy.
This book with its wonderful title is told in fragments, little snippets i would call them. In those short chapters we get a mix of descriptions (of how characters dress, how their rooms look like, etc.), thought snatches, dialogues between main characters, poems and diary entries and some similar details. It is sure an interesting idea to tell a story this way but it really didn't work f
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Joy (joyous reads)
Rose is waiting for life to happen; to break free from her mum’s suffocating way of caring. She wanted her dad to do something about his suffering marriage to her mum.

Asher wanted nothing to do with Perth. He’d rather be back to his old hunting ground where everything was normal and familiar.

This is a story of two kids who found themselves on the run from a petty crime Asher was accused of. But mostly, they wanted freedom. Along their adventure, while their parents were going insane with worry
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Lacey Louwagie
Jul 19, 2007 Lacey Louwagie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who like vignettes
Shelves: youngadult
This book is about two teenagers -- Rosie and Asher -- who decide to run away together, Asher because he's been falsely accused of theft at school, and Rosie because she's tired of being "good." Brigid tells the story in little snapshots that take you inside the minds of everyone in the book -- Rosie and Asher, the people they meet while they're hitchhiking, their teachers, their parents, their siblings, etc. While I could appreciate the experimental story-telling and the little details that mad ...more
Sarah
I absolutely love this book.

I think I first read it in 2007/08 (Around the time I first read Looking For Alaska and many other books that stuck with me), and I've just re-read it at least twice a year since.
I need to get a copy of my own, it amuses the librarian at my school everytime she sees I've picked it up again.

I don't know what to say. I love where it's set, I love Asher and Rose and Rose's best friend's relationship with her Mum, similar to my friend's.

Brigid's book Tomorrow All Wi
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Nancy
Rosie Moon lives in a small seaside town in Australia, where experiencing life is limited to walks on the beach and secretly piercing your nose. She's not sure how to impress the quietly rebellious new boy in her class, Asher Fielding. Asher just moved to town with his newly single mother and desperately wants to leave his restrictive new school and head back across the country to his father and his old friends. Rosie and Asher's friendship begins when they are paired up for a poetry project. Wh ...more
Paige [eastIndies.]
One of my best friends suggested this book to me. I absolutely love it. It's my kind of book- about two teenage runaways who learn a lot about life in the process of their exciting getaway. I especially love the way the author writes in this-- Not your everyday, typical teenage angst, but given to the reader in a lighthearted and somewhat humorous perspective.
Muphyn
Oct 16, 2009 Muphyn rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Spooky Cookie, Sally
Loved this one, especially the cool narrative style, switching between view points, stream of consciousness type thing, lists, letters, ... at times, I laughed right out loud about the comical things people think and do. made me think of what it was like being a teenager...
Lesleigh
Brigid Lowry brings us Guitar Highway Rose a novel told in everything from prose to poetry to stream of consciousness writing and in multiple viewpoints. We primarily hear from Rosie and Asher, the two teens the story revolves around, but their parents and friends and even the people they meet also get their say.

The story flows surprisingly well for something that jumps around so often from character to character, from style to style. Once you are caught up in it, the story weaves a web around
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kate.o.d
guitar highway rose (allen&unwin), by brigid lowry, was published in 1997.

it is the story of rosie: who lives in perth and is hanging around being fifteen, arguing with her mother, wishing she was older, waiting for her life to begin. it's also the story of asher: a dreadlocked, reluctant byron bay evacuee, come to perth because his parents have separated. theirs is a sweet and quirky friendship and then developing into, possibly, something more. they both love music and secondhand clothes,
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PickyReader
Hm. I don't know what I think of this book. I don't like the themes, or the confusing writing style. Or the characters. Or the terrible language.
But I do like the Aussie slang, as well as the different point if views expressed in the book. I like Mr. E's POV the best. That about sums up my reasons why I "like" this book.
I don't like the home life expressed in this book, because everybody, every teen, has fights with their family. It may encourage readers to do irrational things because these c
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Karissa
Guitar Highway Rose written by Brigid Lowry, is part road story, part love story of two teenagers trying to find an adventure. One is Rosie Moon, who is bored with her life in Perth. Her parents don't seem to understand her and she hungers for something more. The other is Asher Fielding and he is new in town, and tired from his parents recent divorce and misses home more everyday. When the two cross paths, they find the feeling of wanting to get out is mutual and they decide to run away togeth ...more
Jolanta Stephens
Let me set you a scene.
My bedroom, the year is 1998.
A single bed with coloured sheets. An old wooden armchair covered in an old sari. My grandfather's old stereo system complete with record player and tape deck. A black CD player on top, surrounded by CDs like The Cranberries, The Doors, and Kate Bush. An antique dressing table covered in odds and ends, sparkly makeup, scarves, flowers, beads. A shelf running along the wall covered in candles, incense, crystals, rocks, ornaments, and underneath,
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Caitlin Simm
This book was a fantastic book, even though the structure was different. The headings made it interesting and fun to read, and all the different perspectives and switching between first and third person. I liked some of the music that Asher liked in the book (The Doors) and Rosie and Asher's complicated relationship at the beginning when they first meet
Michelle
Sometimes you think you know where you are headed. You think you know what each day will bring. You think there will be a breath to follow this breath. It has always been that way before.
Guitar Highway Rose is truly a book for teenagers. It's about crushes. It's about family you love but sometimes can't stand. It's about rebelling against your parents. It's about best friends who always have your back. It's about wanting to be somewhere else, or someone else.

I loved that I could easily relate
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Lyn Tiernan
I think this book ticks a lot of boxes as a YAL novel. The main characters are adolescents trying to work out where they fit in their families and social groups. As the same time they wish they were someone else or somewhere else. Lowry's narrative style is, at first, challenging as she uses a multi voiced approach to the narration. We could call it polyphonic? Readers have to 'fill in the gaps'as the story is delivered in small bites and a range of text types, including diary, interior monologu ...more
Hespa Broomhall
I loved this book, and re-read it more than once. I did not see the ending coming, and I was interested the whole way through the book. loved it, and would recommend
Claudia
I really hated the way it was written, the lack of punctuation is not only irritating but distracting too. It is for this fact that i had to stop reading halfway through.
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“I'm hungry for a juicy life. I lean out my window at night and I can taste it out there, just waiting for me.” 68 likes
“Some ideas are not born of logic and good sense. They are made of clouds and cobwebs. They sprout from nowhere and feed on excitement, sprinkled with adventure juice and the sweet flavor of the forbidden. The psyche moves from the realms of the ordinary and takes a delicate step towards the unknown. We know we shouldn't and that is exactly why we do.” 47 likes
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