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Rose Sees Red by Cecil Castellucci
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Jul 05, 10

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Read in January, 2010

It's 1982 and the Cold War is raging. Rose, a freshman at a performing arts high school, has been in a bad mood for weeks. Burned by her best "frenemy" in grade school, she's shy to make friends and now it's the middle of October and everyone is all cliqued up but her. She feels frozen and shy until a Russian girl, Yrena. who lives next door sneaks into Rose's room one evening and the two girls decide to head out for a night on the town. The story takes place over that one crazy night when everything changes and Rose finally begins to come into her own.

The story started somewhat slowly for me because I was trying to figure out when, exactly, it was set and what was going on. Once I got into it, I loved the story. Rose isn't exactly a likeable character and some might get frustrated with her. And parts of it felt a little too "After School Special". But overall, this was an enjoyable read.

(I could have done with an author's note explaining about Russians living in the US during the Cold War, which I knew nothing about. But you know me. I live for authors' notes.)

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Kelly My arc didn't have an author's note. I feel a little cheated!

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