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Set in New York in the 1980s, this story of two ballet dancers (one American, one Russian) recounts the unforgettable night they spend in the city, and celebrates the friendship they form despite their cultural and political differences.

Kindle Edition, 209 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by Scholastic (first published June 24th 2010)
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Cara
Rose is a dancer at heart. It's hard for her to fully embrace that though because chasing her dream has proved to cost her a lot. Right next door to Rose is a Russian girl. In all reality she doesn't know much about her but since she can see her into her room she feels a kind a thin line of connection with her. One day that all changes when the Russian girl, Yrena, decides to bridge the gap and climbs into Rose's bedroom. What follows is a night to remember.

In the beginning Rose is in a pretty m
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Tara Chevrestt
This was all right.. I'd say it is aimed at ten year olds more than young adults except for some underage drinking on the museum steps.. There isn't really a major plot. It's just about a girl that wants to have friends and has to decide if she should just be herself or be what everyone else wants her to be in order to have friends.

The girl, Rose, all of a sudden makes friends with the girl next door, A Russian that is pretty much under lock and key with the CIA and KGB watching her family. A n
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Megan Hawks
It really was quite an interesting book.
Very insightful dialogue between the characters & being set in New York was really good.
I am familiar with some of the sights (such as the Statue of Liberty, etc) that Yuena (the Russian girl) sees before she moves back home to Moscow.
I also really enjoyed how the main character, Rose, overcame her shyness (just like me) and befriended Yuena. Yuena appreciated the new friendship with Rose as well as the friends Rose began interacting with...whom all
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Margo Tanenbaum
When I saw the cover of this novel by YA author/diva Cecil Castellucci, I thought it was a contemporary fairy-tale retelling, a la Beastly. Instead, it's a novel set in the early 1980's about the last years of the Cold War, dance, friendship, and freedom. The main characters are two teenage girls: Rose, a talented dancer who attends the New York High School for the Performing Arts, and her neighbor Yrena, a 16-year old ballet dancer who lives right next door in a Soviet compound.

Rose has given
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Jessica Saylor
Quick Overview: Rose Sees Red by Cecil Castellucci is the type of book you want to read when you are in a bad mood. It's inspiring events makes you want to go and experience life.

I am very glad I read Rose Sees Red. Rose starts off being like a lot of teenage girls are: so eager to fit in that they forget themselves entirely. Rose is doing the bare minimum for life, and she is barely squeaking by. Rose really spoke to my inner insecure 14-year-old counterpart, and I know that she will speak to o
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Jessica
It’s about a girl named Rose who goes to a performing arts school (for dance) in New York in 1982. That it took place in 1982 is great, but I wish it had been made clearer in the beginning of the book. There were some statements made (Rose lives next to a Russian family and, well, you can see where I’m going: KGB, Soviet Union, etc.) that made me raise my eyebrow, but I honestly didn’t put it together until halfway through the book. That’s a fairly minor complaint, though, and one of few that I ...more
Claire
Set in the height of the cold war, Rose lives in NYC across from a Russian station the 'men in suits' that loiter the streets are assumed to be KGB or CIA. Rose has seen a Russian girl in the window across the street for two years. On this day, they smile and meet and have a wonderful adventure that crosses the oceans, continents and mindsets that divide.
Castellucci describes Rose's life as one dominated by her cruel 'friend' clearly showing girl bullying and alpha behavior. Rose has sidelined
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Jan
Although I am an admirer of Castellucci, I thought this modern day fable was also predictable and a bit of a yawn. It had its moments, but we really never understand why Rose is depressed at the beginning of the novel and it seemed as if the character development was sacrificed to engineering a “message” fable about peace and freedom. The 80’s setting was kind of fun, though. But it was just kind of nice and oh so predictable. You knew that Rose was going to bust out and take Yrena with her for ...more
Savannah Callway
I had no idea that this book was about the 80's till half way through it! Maybe I wasn't paying attention??? But the book was only was "okay". I felt like it was a little pointless (just my honest opinion, no need to get all pissy) she was your classic depressed-youth and I didn't care for her much, Rose that is.
I was confused with how suddenly Caleb was showing interest in her, I thought that she had the hots for Maurice. . . . Not Caleb. . . Oh well. It was a short book so not a huge waste of
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Ashley.d
Rose red
In yerna’s school there was a rumor that yerna is going to be a dancer and that is when she started to get friends nonstop, and all the popular girls also came to talk to her. She said it was the coolest thing to ever because all she ever wanted was to be famous. But like always it faded off.
One day yerna was taking out the trash when she heard a soft voice. Then the girl appeared, she is a girl from school her name is Rose. They have been friends for over four months now.
Yerna’s birthd
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Lydia
OMG GUYS you all HAVE to read this. It takes place in 1982 and is all about about peace and love and protest and acceptance and adventures and most of all FRIENDSHIP!!!!! Read it!!!!!!!!!!
carla
A nice, breezy read. Predictable but I enjoyed the 80s backdrop and the message about being true to who you are.
Rosa
What a phenomenal book. I absolutely loved it. Rose goes to the performing arts high school in Manhattan. Making this decision seperated her from her best friend Daisy (who wasn't really a good friend) and made her feel like having friends was too hard. So she has closed herself off, until the day two girls at school reach out to her and her next door neighbor comes in through her window. The book chronicles Yrena and Rose's night in the city. But it's sooo much more then that. The book takes pl ...more
Lizz
I love Cecil Castellucci. She creates worlds that suck you in, worlds you don't have access to (Hollywood, punk rock, the High School for the Performing Arts, 80s Cold War) and worlds that feel completely real. Even as I sometimes quibble with her details, I still buy her characters, their reactions and actions, and the settings hook, line and sinker.

From excellent New Wave fashion descriptions to avoiding cliches, this book presents a night in the life of emo Rose and her Russian neighbor Yren
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Lori (Pure Imagination)
Aug 01, 2010 Lori (Pure Imagination) rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lori (Pure Imagination) by: grumpybear17@msn.com
Rose Sees Red is a fast but compelling read. It really gets to the heart of people stuck in situations out of their control. The book takes place in 1982 in New York City. The Cold War is in full effect. Rose shares her neighborhood with people from the Soviet Union. The CIA and KGB are on every corner. That makes it a little difficult to see NYC and have a little fun. But when the Russian girl from next door pops in her window, they might just have to find a way.

I read this book in a few hours
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Kat Alexander
There are certain things Rose has learned living next to the Soviet compound in the Bronx, New York, in 1983. How to tell the KGB from the CIA, for instance (it's all in the eyebrows). Also, that world powers can act an awful lot like children.

Not that Rose cares all that much. Tagging the suits as KGB or CIA is fun, as is watching Yrena, the Russian girl next door, but Rose has other things to worry about. School at the Performing Arts academy, avoiding former best friend Daisy, et cetra.

Rose
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Jacki
Summary: The year is 1982, the setting is New York, New York. Rose is in a black period. She loves ballet, but her lack of confidence holds her back, and her social life is in ruins because of her backstabbing ex-BFF. Then one night, the Soviet girl next door comes through her window and takes her on an unlikely journey into friendship and understanding.

Plot: The setup's an old favorite. Teen girl has a passion she's afraid to pursue with all her heart. She had a bossy, smothering best friend wh
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Lucille
Rose is a quiet girl with a fear of being rejected by friends after her best friend dumped her over Rose's decision to pursue ballet. She lives in New York during the 1980s, where the Cold War is a hot topic, especially on her street, because of the Soviet apartment building next door. Yrena is a teenage Russian girl who deeply desires to experience one night of freedom. She has an idealized version of the typical american teenage experience, and she badly wants to have one of her own. On a nigh ...more
Mary (BookHounds)
This turned out to be one of my favorite books that I have read this year. The words just rolled off the pages and into my brain. I have had this book sitting around since last June and wasn't prompted to read it until I saw Cecil Castellucci read from her entry in Geektastic about how not to act in front of your favorite authors. She sold me on her writing. I have to admit the first line of the book was a little depressing and I wasn't inclined to give it a chance. I didn't even give it the ful ...more
Khy
The Russian history class I took in the latter half of my freshman year of college was my favorite of the year, and since its end I've been mourning the loss of my semiweekly acquisition of knowledge of the country. For that reason, I'm glad I kept Rose Sees Red unread until after the class was over, since my newfound knowledge of the Soviet era made this book even more interesting. However, I do prefer this book for giving insight into the lives of such normal people during the time, rather tha ...more
Brianna Soloski
Rose Sees Red by Cecil Castellucci
197 pages
3/5 stars

Rose Sees Red tells the story of Rose, a ballerina who is trying to find her place both on stage and in her typically teenage life. She meets her neighbor, Yrena, in person for the first time more than two years after Yrena moves in. They go on an NYC adventure that has the potential to rival any other. Yrena is from Russia and although she hasn’t defected, she is being watched. Rose and Yrena bond over an unforgettable night in NYC – from a p
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Mark
As much as I loved the Janes graphic novels that Castelucci created with Jim Rugg, I was thrilled when I received the ARC of this book, her first novel in some time. It's great to see Castelucci's distinctive voice back in full paragraphs.

Rose is a dancer, although by her own admission, not a very good one. She attends the School for Performing Arts in NYC, a decision which lead to the loss of her friendship with Daisy. Now relatively friendless and alone, Rose is convinced that she belongs to
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Leeah George
Rose has given up. She's given up on friendship, on happiness, on life being anything other than black, black, black. Yrena wants out. She's a dancer who doesn't want to dance, a prisoner in her own home, a resident of New York who never gets to see the city. To Rose, Yrena has always been the Russian girl who lives next door, seen through the window but never spoken to. At least not until Yrena crashes into Rose's room-and Rose's life-and sets in motion a night in New York City that none of the ...more
Kelsey
Rose Sees Red was my first read by Cecil Castellucci- and it definitely won't be my last! This was a short read (under 200 pages), but it included so much detail and development. I was drawn into the story from the beginning. Rose was a main character I liked right away and grew to like even more as the story progressed. The other characters were all well developed and likable as well and the plot was so different than anything I've read before.

A ballerina, Rose wants nothing more than to be a f
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Aaron
It's 1982, and Rose is starting off her freshman year at an arts school in New York City. It was a rough ending to the summer as Rose's best friend, queen bee Daisy, decided they couldn't be friends anymore. Now, Rose, who has always been shy, is finding it difficult to get settled in and make new friends even in an environment when all of the other students are into the arts.

Rose has always loved art. She has taken lessons since she was a little girl. Unfortunately, she has always doubted her
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Eden
The cover:

I like the single red rose standing out against the vines and the NYC skyline, but I'm thinking they could've done that with the title, too -- maybe keep "Rose Sees" in navy blue or black, and then make "Red" red. As well, the skyline could've been a more distinct colour, like navy blue or even brown; a whole cover of gray is a little monotonous.

The book:

In the beginning, Rose is not a pleasant character. Her thoughts are black, in her own words, and she continually puts herself down w
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Deborah Takahashi
Rose sees, and lives, in black. After losing her best friend, she believes she will never fit in or make friends. Not only has her world turned upside down, she lives in a neighborhood where the Soviets and the Americans are incredibly suspicious of one another. According to Rose, the Cold War hasn't ended in the Bronx, especially when one can notice who is a KGB agent and who is CIA. However, one night, Yrena, her Soviet neighbor knocks on her window and invites herself in. Little does Rose kno ...more
Brittany
Rose lives next to a Soviet Russia compound in New York. Everyday, there are men in suits outside, KGB or CIA(you can tell by their eyebrows).When Rose chose dance at The Performing Arts School instead of following her friend Daisy to Bronx Science, she lost a friend and was shunned from the group. She is too shy to really open up and be vulnerable at her new school and therefore hasn't made any friends. That is until the girl from across the street (in the compound) decides to befriend Rose bec ...more
Kathy G.
Cecil Castellucci’s Rose Sees Red is an adventure back in time. Back to the early 80’s and the Cold War feeling. Back to what it feels like to be young and not sure of yourself. This was a wonderful YA novel.
Our main character, Rose is a high school teenager living in the Bronx in New York. She has had many disappointments and especially with a “best friend” who really was not the best. I found Rose so much like myself and the way I felt at that age. She wants to fit in, but doesn’t quite fit in
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.com

Rose has made her decision. When she chooses to attend the High School of Performing Arts rather than the Bronx Science school, her friend Daisy disowned her. Rose couldn't even tell Daisy that she was going to try out for the dance program, because Daisy decided a few years back that they shouldn't do ballet anymore. It made Rose realize that Daisy wasn't a real friend in the end.

Every morning, Rose and her brother, Todd, watch as the Russian girl next doo
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