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Rose Sees Red by Cecil Castellucci
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Mar 21, 12

Read in March, 2012

Starting out, this book focuses on one girl, Rose, who is an outcast and very much taken advantage of by an "old friend." She is in high school, in New York City, but is at a school for performing arts. Her passion is dance, specifically ballet, but when it comes to performing she always acts closed off. This takes place during Cold War times, when all the protesting against nuclear bombs and war is going on. She lives next to a girl from the Soviet Union, and one day, she is finally approached by people from her school, the girl next door sneaks over through her window, and manages to take Rose for the most amazing day of her life. Rose, the girl next door, the two triplet girls who approach her at school and their triplet brother, and the a boy from her ballet class, all set out to see the city and the wonders of NYC and surrounding areas. They run from CIA and KGB, cops, parents, and real life, living in the moment and only caring about the beauty all around them. They participate in protests, a parade, and many other things, only to come out realizing how much trouble they really could be in.

This book held some good real life relations, and really makes you think about different things in your life. I really like the book and how some things were written, but I think there was some room for improvement in grammar and literary skill. I recommend this book for people who want a different look at history, but are okay from seeing it from teenagers eyes. All in all, it was a good story with interesting twists, and really shows how powerful people can be with being heard.
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