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3.81  ·  Rating details ·  205 ratings  ·  57 reviews
Little Peach meets We Were Liars in this haunting YA debut about a troubled teen searching for her birth mom who uncovers disturbing family secrets along the way.

After her father passes away, seventeen-year-old Rosie is forced to live with her abusive stepmom Lucy and her deadbeat boyfriend, Judd, who gives Rosie the sort of looks you shouldn’t give your girlfriend’s step
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published July 11th 2017 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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Veronika's ReaderFeeder
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

For a debut novel it was really good! Although I could figured out the big twist about halfway through the book, it was still interesting and it was a great concept. Congrats to the author!
Cathy(The Crazy Bookworm)
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
That, fellow bookworms is how you write a book! Bravo, Julie Shepard, bravo!

Rosie, Girl will capture you heart from page one. I finished this book in nearly one sitting; believe me, I tried to slow down and savour every moment, but I simple couldn't peel my eyes away. I devoured it, searching for the answers just as desperately as Rosie. Rosie, Girl stole my heart and has yet to give it back.

In this character driven novel the author weaves a delicate tale about a young girl and her fervent ques
Meg Eden
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Amanda Searcy
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really, really, REALLY loved this book. The story is so intriguing from the very beginning that you will have to keep reading to see where it's going (and it definitely goes somewhere :) ). Don't let this book slip past you. The story is super unique and Rosie is a memorable character with a fantastic voice. ...more
Medeia Sharif
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rosie is miserable living with her stepmom and her creepy boyfriend after her father’s death. When she stumbles on a clue that her real mom is alive, that her mom's not dead as she had been told, she needs a private investigator to track her down. Her friend Mary dips into illegal and dangerous territory, bringing Rosie along, to help her friend come up with the cash to pay the PI. Rosie’s haunting memories, her friendship with Mary, and a stalker who comes into the picture are suspenseful facto ...more
Karen Moser
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Rosie Girl is a brilliant debut novel by a talented and insightful author. From the stunning opening to the shocking twist at the end, Rosie Girl is layered with nuances and secrets that unfold provocatively in a dangerous teenage reality that’s anything but normal. Shepard’s language is deceptively simple; her plot and her protagonist are complex. My heart ached for the heroine, who feels abandoned and unwanted and yet never wallows in self-pity. She simply gets on with her agenda (finding her ...more
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
Don't read too many ROSIE GIRL reviews, several spoil the plot, but do read ROSIE GIRL.

Rosie's best friend Mary takes turns tricks to help the almost-eighteen-year-old earn money to hire a private investigator. After Rosie's father's death, she learned her birth mom isn't dead as she believed and Rosie needs to find her. She needs to get away from her unloving stepmother and her creepy boyfriend. Mary wants to get away from her dysfunctional family too, but only secondarily to helping Rosie. The
Donna L
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone over 15
LUCKY ME! A few weeks ago, I was given the ARC for this YA debut novel. I just finished it (in only two days) and couldn't get to my computer fast enough to write a review. Let me first say that YA is not my typical genre, but if every YA novel was like this one, it would be. Without giving anything away, I cannot begin to tell you how completely thrown I am from reading this book. I literally said, "Holy S#&t!" when I finished. I have read other books written in the same vein but have never bee ...more
Oct 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Not sure what to think about this one. It had a big twist towards the end which I suspected, but was lacking the love element that seemed to keep building. Would rate it 3.5 stars if I could.
Mar 07, 2018 rated it liked it
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Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rosie has lost her mother and her father. Her ex-boyfriend dumped her when she wouldn’t put out for him. Her stepmother is a chain-smoking drunkard and the boytoy who’s sharing her bed has been giving Rosie sleazy stares that do not bode well. Thank goodness for her best friend Mary, the one constant in Rosie’s life.

This novel is a stealth bomber; it sneaks up on you and drops its payload in your face. The action is slow but steady with various people swirling in and out of Rosie’s orbit. Certai
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
I am having a difficult time choosing a rating for this novel because the quality of form/content is so disparate from the level of writing. The topic is a necessary one but suffers from too many details. The writing lacks subtly and I had to actively dismiss the copious and often times unnecessary details in order to focus on the story. For me, the story also suffered because Rosie as a narrator, while being deliciously unreliable, was less a psychological study and more a list of attributes, t ...more
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Julie Shepard writes an emotional tale about a girl's journey to find her birth mother, who was thought to be dead her entire life, in Rosie Girl .

When Rosie's father dies, she is thrust into the world of her abusive stepmother and her stepmother's loser boyfriend. Rosie's best friend, Mary is the only comfort she has while living in that environment. And Mary would do anything she could for Rosie. That includes hooking up with boys so she could get cash from them. Mary is willing to do t

Really, really boring.

And that ending...

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Simone Marie
Sep 24, 2017 rated it liked it
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May 17, 2018 rated it liked it


So... in this book you have Rosie. Her dad just died of a heart attack and she learns that the mother who raised her is not her real mom. She decides to hire a Private Investigator to help locate her real mom. But Rosie is broke. The $10 She get from her mom won’t do. So her best friend decides to sl
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I chose this book from a selection my library had as prizes for a reading challenge. I wasn't sure if it was really my style (it's a young adult book and I'm 55 years old), but it sounded the most interesting to me. I am so happy I picked Rosie Girl! It's so much more than I expected! Rosie is a 17 year old girl who is living with her step-mother Lucy and Lucy's deadbeat boyfriend Judd (Rosie's father passed away). Luckily for Rosie, she can always count on her best friend Mary to help her throu ...more
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I was not expecting that ending at all! It felt abrupt, but it was the most unexpected twist. My mouth literally dropped open. I feel like I have to reread the whole book now with the new knowledge I have and see how that changes my experience.

Rosie Girl is a fast and addictive read. There are a lot of secrets in Rosie's past that she begins to learn about after her father passes away. There are too many secrets and not enough answers, so Rosie decides to hire a private investigator to help her
Debbie Reed Fischer
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've been eager for this book to come out ever since I saw these words on the cover: "Her very best friend. The worst kind of secret." What could be the worst kind of secret? I couldn't wait to find out, and I wasn't disappointed. The secret turns out to be a whopper, and there's more than one. Reveals, twists and turns keep coming in this suspense-filled journey, but that's not what makes this book a stand-out. In addition to the thrill ride, Rosie Girl is a sensitive, fresh portrayal of a trou ...more
Aubri Elle
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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"best friends say they’d do anything for you, but i dare you to test that theory. most won’t. but she's different. she’ll not only take a bullet for me, but she’ll also remove it with her bare hands and then stitch herself up with the needle i’ve threaded."

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a missing birth mother, a dysfunctional family, a private investigator. how can you say no to that? rosie girl is more than a tale of tale of identity, devotion and desperation. it's a psychological character study of an unreli
Temarewe Biremon
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Stephanie Schwartz
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was intrigued enough to keep reading, but I felt a little let down because I felt like the way the blurbs described this book, it should have been more "disturbing" and "haunting". I'm not saying it's not because a lot of the stuff that happened was f***** up, but I've read books that were more "disturbing" and "haunting" than this. I have to say though, that ending had me literally gasping out loud. I couldn't believe it and now I'm questioning every action that Rosie and everyone else made t ...more
Kath Ann
Ahhhhhhh...... suspend belief here. Yes, it was a compelling read, but so bizzare. At first glance I said, "What kind of friend DOES THIS?!!" No. Too bizzare.

As I finished, I then asked, what kind of people allowed this to progress to this point? It caused me to re-read parts to see that what we thought was going on, was not what was portrayed, and I could not believe that somebody didn't step in and do something.

Probably will appeal to teens who like wierd twists.

But, *spoiler alert* the dia
Stacy Davids
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating, disturbing, suspenseful, and memorable! If there was an option to rate this mystery novel more than 5 stars, I would give it 10! Mary saves the main character, Rosie, from being raped, and they become best friends. They are like yin and yang – Rosie being prudish and Mary being wild and daring, but both have difficult home lives. Rosie finds out her allegedly deceased mother may be alive, and the main plotline is Rosie’s quest to find her mother. Shepard’s writing is superb from beg ...more
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Tonya Preece
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most compelling and un-put-down-able books I've read in a while. Compelling and well-paced for a surprise ending (although, I kind of figured out what was going on pretty early on - no spoilers!). The author handled delicate subjects with care and grace I highly appreciate, and this book will be on my mind for a while. This is an author to watch out for, and I can't wait to see what else she writes. ...more
Linda Steighner
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: won, ya, new-adults
Julie Shepard's "Rosie Girl" was a quick read book for older YA or NA. There was a lot of language and inappropriate sex. But the book was very well written. Rosie is living with her step mother and her step mother's boyfriend after her father's death. Then she discovers that her birth mother had not died as she had always been told. SO she wants to hire a PI to find her mom. The ending of the book surprised me as it was not what I was expecting. I would love to see something else from this auth ...more
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