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Wild Roses

3.56  ·  Rating Details ·  3,918 Ratings  ·  250 Reviews
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 composer. To Cassie, he's an erratic, self-centered bully. And he's getting worse: He no longer sleeps, and he grows increasingly paranoid. Before, Cassie was angry. Now she is afraid.

Enter Ian Waters: a brilliant young
ebook, 320 pages
Published August 23rd 2011 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
Jun 11, 2009 Samantha rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 04, 2013 Justin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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 02, 2015 Emma J rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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One word to describe Wild Roses would 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 found love?

Please note how I accentuated "love", because for me, what happened with Cassie
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 28, 2011 Herapia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
May 18, 2009 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 12, 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
Michael Burhans
Oct 08, 2014 Michael Burhans rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Jan 20, 2015 Ora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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?
I am finally done ugh this was just not the book for me. I deserve an award for finishing this, I wanted to drop this book so many times. Let me just stop now before I go into a review that only has bad things to say about this book. There's not even one nice thing to mention honestly, I just couldn't like this.
Apr 24, 2009 Girija rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 17, 2014 Mary Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My third Caletti book and I was not disappointed!
Sep 22, 2007 FreakPrincess rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 09, 2017 Taina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5. Lot of unnecessary fluff in the story line.
May 19, 2011 Hazellie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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.

While D

Judy (Geeky Reading)
Oct 13, 2010 Judy (Geeky Reading) rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own

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,
Mar 08, 2017 Emma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everyone pissed me off in this book except Bunny and Chuck.
Jan 01, 2017 Summer rated it liked it
Wild Roses is the story of seventeen year old Cassie who’s home life has become challenging since her mother left her father and married a mentally unbalanced violinist. Her stepfather is constantly cruel, being around him is kind of like trying to avoid broken glass with bare feet, and his animosity towards Cassie only increases when she falls for his student, a situation he is entirely against.

Cassie’s attitude towards her stepfather’s mental illness could be offensive to some readers, though
Jenny Rush
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
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Jun 02, 2011 Dreamergirl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Sloan Minor
Oct 28, 2013 Sloan Minor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was very interesting, yet surprisingly different. The basic plot is about a teenage girl named Cassie Morgan, who lives in Seattle. Her parents are divorced, and her mother got re-married to Dino Cavalli. Cavalli is a world-renowned musician, who to the outside world is seemingly perfect, with a ray of sunshine and elegance following him wherever he goes. However, Cassie and her mother, Daniella, know his real character. He is clinically depressed, so he takes medication, but he is ha ...more
Apr 30, 2015 Anita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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