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Rosie and Skate

3.59  ·  Rating Details  ·  338 Ratings  ·  84 Reviews
A wonderful YA debut full of drama for two very different sisters.

It's off-season at the Jersey shore, when the boardwalk belongs to the locals. Rosie is 15 and her sister Skate is 16. Their dad, an amiable drunk, is spending a few weeks in jail while their cousin Angie looks after them in their falling-down Victorian on the beach. Skate and her boyfriend Perry are madly i
ebook, 224 pages
Published August 11th 2009 by Wendy Lamb Books
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for

Rosie and Skate are sisters. Rosie is a worrier, mostly concerned with holding things together at home and making a good impression. Skate is a free spirit, mostly interested in riding her skateboard down the boardwalk and spending as much time as possible with her boyfriend, Perry. The one thing Rosie and Skate have in common is their alcoholic father.

Rosie finds comfort in attending a support group for teens with alcoholic parents
Alethea A
Dec 16, 2009 Alethea A rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teens looking for a good read with meaning
Recommended to Alethea by: the Ingram catalog
Love, love, love this book. Skate and Frank will make you hungry, Barney and Lorry will make you want puppies, Rosie will make you want to use a lot of exclamation points (!!!) Realistic fiction for which the cataloging description "children of alcoholics" was tailor-made, where love fizzles and blooms again, and Drama Queen dishes advice that sounds like it won't work, but does, if you use it right. This is a keeper. It's going right next to my copy of The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart... teachers and librarians, this is for ...more
Mar 31, 2010 Connie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-books
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Feb 18, 2010 Additeenlibrarian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Rosie and Skate are sisters. Their dad is in jail -- he is an alcoholic and does stupid things when he drinks too, too much. The chapters alternate between Rosie's and Skate's voices. The two young women view the world, their father, and their lives very differently. Rosie finds a new guy she likes, while Skate has problems with her great boyfriend being far away at college. Why is it that the only thing that stays the same is their father who can't get it together?

I like how this book flowed --
Nov 21, 2015 Aira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rosie and Skate are sisters. Rosie worries a lot because her father is an alcoholic. He's in jail, too. Skate, on the other hand, does not care about her father. She lives with Perry's (her boyfriend) mom. AND her real name is Olivia.

A meeting is always held for children with alcoholic parents. Rosie goes to these meetings and she meets Nick—her classmate with an alcoholic father. Skate goes to Perry's dorm all the time without telling his Mom and her cousin Angie.

I like this book because it's
Jul 02, 2011 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Zoe, Kadence
Thing I liked:
The characters, Drama Queen, The ending, FRANK, the puppies, the setting was rich and believable. I liked the strangeness and comfortableness of their whole situation, the way Skate lived in so many houses, and loved so many people and yet was virtually the hard sister compared to Rosie. I liked Nick and Rosie too, that they were lost together and yet completely seperated.

Things i didn't like:
I knew that perry was going to go. not because i didn't like him at first, i totally did,
Jul 11, 2010 Serena rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was simple. There wasn't anything wrong with it, you just knew where the book was going to go once the author gave you a slight clue.

Although the author lets you into the minds of the two sisters, I never really felt like I was completely in Skate's head. Instead, I could tell more about her from the description of the characters' actions and words around her.

I liked the switch in perspectives of their father by the end of the book. I felt like it helped develop Skate's character bett
Mar 23, 2016 Adrienne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young Adults
*Spoiler Alert*

“Rosie and Skate,” is a novel by Beth Ann Bauman about two young sisters whose dad is an alcoholic in jail. Rosie and Skate's cousin, Angie, is staying with them in New Jersey, but Skate frequently stays with her boyfriend, Perry. Rosie is very sweet and girly, but Skate is very tough and is usually very rude. Rosie meets Nick, who becomes her boyfriend, at one of her support meetings for her dad's problem. Nick comforts Rosie when her dad loses h
As soon as I saw the cover, I wanted to like this book. It's Seaside, at the Jersey shore, which reminded me so much of my childhood. My family spent 2 glorious weeks every summer in Seaside Park, and so it brought back some great memories. Rosie and Skate are sisters, and I love the opening lines, "My dad's a nice drunk. There is such a thing." Rosie, the younger sister, goes on to tell her side of the story, and in alternating chapters, Skate tells her side. There's a lot going on here, as Ska ...more
Nov 02, 2009 Karlan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Two teenage sisters cope without their alcoholic father when he is sent to jail for a few months. The novel portrays the girls extremely well and shows their loneliness and longing. The writing about the sex lives of the two may be the best I've seen in a ya title.
No joke Beth Ann Bauman is my favorite YA author right now. She could write about anything and I would probably read it. But I am glad she writes aboutv real girls living on the Jersey Shore.
Saleena Davidson
Feb 05, 2014 Saleena Davidson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rosie and Skate was a "recommended read" for Garden State Book Awards. I had many people tell me I really should read this sweet and touching I did...and ya know what? They were right. Rosie & Skate live on the NJ Shore and are dealing with their father's alcoholism and incarceration (petty theft to support his drinking) in their own ways. The story alternates between both girls' voices and is an honest portrayal of living with an alcoholic and also of the different ways people ...more
A sweet and simple romantic contemporary. A book that could be read agin and again. :)
Dec 02, 2014 Ambria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-readers
Great juv fic book.
Rosie and Skate are two teenager sisters that live in the Jersey Shore area. They have a hard life since their mother died while they were still babies, and their dad is an alcoholic and is now in jail. Rosie lives at her house with her cousin as her guardian, and Skate lives with her boyfriend’s mom. Both Rosie and Skate deal with many problems but they each have their own main conflict that they have to face. Rosie, starts hanging out with Nick, a boy in her support group to help deal with the ...more
Realistic YA fiction just got another stellar book on its list with Rosie and Skate.
Rosie and Skate's alcoholic dad is in prison again and things are tough. Rosie's holding out hope for Dad to get better. Skate is trying to deal with her boyfriend going to Rutgers and starting a long distance relationship. Skate lives with her boyfriend's mom and Rosie is in their worn home, being looked after by her cousin. As life moves on, the girls' grow up.

I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. If I
Jan 21, 2013 Estelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, jersey
Review originally posted on Rather Be Reading Blog

It wasn’t until Hurricane Sandy hit and I was sitting home watching the devasting pictures of the Jersey Shore I love so much that I remembered I had Rosie and Skate to read. I dug through my bookcase, pulled out my used copy, turned it over and spotted a familar sight: the Ferris Wheel at the center of so many aftermath photos all fine and dandy. It kind of threw me for a loop.

So I started Rosie and Skate in hopes of preserving some of my own me
Katie Mccauley
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Rachel Karyo
Jun 11, 2012 Rachel Karyo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's autumn at the Jersey Shore, and teenage sisters Rosie and Skate are going through a difficult time.

Their alcoholic father has been arrested for drunken shoplifting and incarcerated for several months. In his absence, the sisters must grapple with strong, complicated feelings. Their mother cannot help them, because she died when they were very young.

Rosie finds solace attending meetings for families of problem drinkers, but Skate doesn't have patience for the "drama." Meanwhile, Rosie charts
Oct 05, 2013 jackie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
Let me first say that when I laid my eyes on the cover of this book, I knew I had to read it. The cover is so pretty and unique, I didn't even bother to read the jacket before I checked it out. That's something I hardly ever do, but I did in this case. It's even prettier in person than when you look at it on a screen.

Rosie and Skate are two very different siblings. But despite their differences, they still went well together. I can't imagine them both being wild or them both being peaceful and
Aug 09, 2011 Jean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rosie and Skate deals with two teenagers living in the shadow of their father's substance abuse. The Old Crow, as they call him, is an alcoholic and currently in jail, leaving Rosie and Skate in the care of their cousin. Rosie is the youngest, and at first is consumed with resolving the issues around her father's problems, while Skate, at seventeen is getting her feet wet with her first serious relationship, with a college boy. The girls orbit around the scattered home they've created for themse ...more
I really liked this one. Rosie didn't really seem 15 to me in the beginning but she does grow as a character. Skate was a little frustrating but I liked that she was herself. I really liked Frank and most of the other supporting characters. There is a distinct way of speaking throughout and having never been to New Jersey I don't know if it is authentic but I thought it was a nice touch.
I signed up for a YA reading challenge and chose this book because it sounded kind of interesting in the description on Amazon. Rosie and Skate are sisters who are living with a cousin in a dilapidated Victorian house in a tourist town on the New Jersey shore. Skate is in love with a college freshman and Rosie is angry with her father, in prison for crimes committed when he was drunk. Rosie attends alcholic anonymous meetings for family and friends of alcoholics. She struggles to understand and ...more
Another book that wasn't what I was expecting.

I love Jersey beaches/boardwalk. In fact, I just got back yesterday from a vacation in Wildwood, south of Jersey shore. I liked the idea of sisters that live there all year round. So I grabbed it.

I wasn't that impressed, though. It's a really short book, but I had a hard time reading it. It was slow. Not much seemed to happen besides the sisters having boy problems and avoiding each other. They only thing that really stood out was that Skate was melo
Jul 23, 2016 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rosie and Skate are two sisters. Their mother is dead and their alcoholic father is in jail, so they are often left to figure out their own lives (although a kind aunt lives with them). They learn to navigate the rocky waters of love and sex and how to accept their father without blaming themselves. A very good, quick read.
Nov 19, 2012 Michaela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
I loved this story of two high school-aged sisters in a New Jersey beach town over the winter. Bauman gets the setting and mood just right -- smooching boys amidst the dunes, biking down cold, windy streets, hanging out in nearly vacant arcades. The arc of the sisters' stories is entirely plausible, and wholly diverting. The only thing that kept me from falling fully into the world of "Rosie and Skate" was an inconsistent series of choices Bauman made about using Jersey Shore place names. They r ...more
Dec 02, 2010 Brynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this YA title in the pursuit of reading some books from the collection that have gotten great reviews but haven't circulated much. I think the cause for this one is the cover. The inside of the book, however, is marvelous. It's a serious and engaging story of a pair of sisters who are a sophomore and junior in high school when their alcoholic father is sent to jail for stealing money from a drug story to buy booze. The chapters alternate back and forth between their very different pe ...more
A perfectly serviceable, if unremarkable, YA novel about two sisters coming of age and dealing with their father's alcoholism and imprisonment. The alternating first person POV is something I was specifically studying to incorporate into my own writing, and it's done well here with two very distinct voices, even if the prose could be stronger in places. The setting (the Jersey Shore in the offseason) is described beautifully and realistically, and the alcoholism themes are handled deftly. But so ...more
Mar 16, 2012 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another interesting book is Rosie & Skate. It is set in New Jersey's beach and boardwalk area. Rosie and her older sister Skate (she always skateboards everywhere) have an alcoholic father who is in jail. Their mother died when they were very little and an aunt has come to care for them. Needless to say, they have difficult lives and share with us their feelings, since they don't really have anyone else to share with.
For anyone who has ever had to grow up all by themselves, especially with
Nov 24, 2009 Ellen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rosie and Skate are sisters who live on the Jersey shore. Their mom is dead and their dad is in jail for shoplifting while drunk. His alcoholism has been a problem for their entire lives - Rosie, who is 15, wants to forgive and Skate, who is 16, is tired of forgiving. Their cousin has come from Miami to live with them while their dad is serving his sentence. Skate is in love with a boy who has gone away to college at Rutgers and has stopped answering his phone when she calls. Everyone else sees ...more
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Beth Ann Bauman is the author of the acclaimed short-story collection Beautiful Girls and the young adult novel Rosie and Skate, which was a New York Times Editors' Choice and a Booklist Editors' Choice, as well as a Booklist Top Ten for Youth in two categories. Her newest book Jersey Angel hits the shelves on May 8, 2012. Beth is the recipient of fellowships from the Jerome Foundation and the New ...more
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