My Sister Rosa
Seventeen-year-old Aussie Che Taylor loves his younger sister, Rosa. But he’s also certain that she’s a diagnosable psychopath—clinically, threateningly, dangerously. Recently Rosa has been making trouble, hurting things. Che is the only one who knows; he’s the only one his sister trusts. Rosa is smart ...more
This was phenomenal. Rosa is so twisted, creepy and scary. I would be terrified if I had a sister like her!
Despite all she has done to him, and put him through, Che still cares deeply for Rosa, even if he too is a little scared of her. He was a wonderful protagonist. Probably one of the most realistic teenage male characters I have ever come across. The way he has so many conflicting emotions, his decisions, his voice, it ...more
“Rosa is a ticking bomb. I don’t think it matters what you call it: psychopathy, sociopathy, antisocial personality disorder, evil, or the devil within. What matters is how to prevent the bomb from exploding.”
Pheeeww, where to begin...
The story's told from the first person POV of Che and as much as I dislike first-person narratives with a passion, surprisingly, I didn’t seem to mind it here because it's a coming of age story in which Che reaches many of the important benchmarks of bein ...more
Lists. Obviously. Liiiiiists.
(But first, the story is basically about a boy who's little sister is an undiagnosed psychopath and he's basically ...more
I received a free copy of this book from Soho Teen. I had no obligation to review this book and all opinions are my own. ...more
Q: Rosa was a toddler when I first made her promise not to kill. (c)
Q: I want to scream at them that I’m their seventeen-year-old son, not Rosa’s co-parent. But I am, even if they’ll never admit it. (c)
Bizarre, underresearched and overrated. Most of characters might want to try to get their heads out of their respective asses. It might miraculously cure them of their numerous conditions and ...more
My Sister Rosa is the story of a boy named Che, who moves from Sydney to New York with his mother, father and 10 year old sister, Rosa, who also happens to be a psychopath. Nobody except Che knows Rosa is a psychopath and if they do have some sort of idea, they deny it completely.
I read this book almost solely because the premise sounded absolutely awesome, and Justine Larbalestier delivered exactly that, and then some. This ...more
But that terrible little creature made for a fascinating read. This was an interesting short book that was a little less creepy than I was hoping for but was still a very entertaining read. It is predictable and some of it is not as accurate as many will hope in terms of the psychology aspects but its a fiction book so I do not niche pick.
Overall though I thoroughly enjoyed reading it! ...more
There are so many things I love about this book. If I ever find the time I will write a full review on my blog.
I love how diverse all the characters were:
- there was a girl who had two mothers
- a character who was neither a girl or a boy
- a character classed herself as Korean-american
It was good to see that not all the character were the same.
I loved the story!
Absolutely amazing read.
"The flight is long: Rosa will get bored, she'll look for ways to make trouble without Sally and David, our parents, finding out. That's the game she plays. My job is to stop her."
Question: do you like contemporary romances and books about mundane everyday life?
If you do, then congrats. Stop reading this review right now and buy My Sister Rosa. It has spades of diversity, a male protagonist dealing with everyday problems, and a creepy sister for that extra kick.
But if you're like me and went ...more
Story 4.5 So Fucked up Stars
This needs to be a series or at least have there should be a follow-up book. Rosa is one creepy kid that I would not want to cross paths with. 😰
Imagine having an adorable and brilliant 10yo sister… but what if she was a psychopath?
The premise of this book really intrigue me and I had to read it! You're following a 17yo boy who tries to keep his sister under control while trying to live his own life.
I enjoyed the book - it slowed down a bit in the middle then picked up again.
With that said, I think I would have enjoyed it more as an adult book than YA. It’s definitely creepy and worth the read!
What is not: perfect in every way teen romance that is incredibly boring; equally boring descriptions of boxing; even more boring pages and pages of boring texting. I respect that Larbalestier is such a socially conscientious and earnest writer (just check out her blog), but very often her ...more
If this is what 2016 promises in terms of YA, I am ridiculously excited.
Full review to come!
After reading this book, you’ll think everyone’s a psychopath.
But of course, that’ll come AFTER you get over the shock of this book, because let me tell you, it is a wild ride.
I had the ...more
I expected more of this book. It was such a promising plot, I mean the person that you want to protect the most is the person that scares you the most, of course I'm going to fall for that.
Che had a lovely family, an interesting family, a weird family… but it was his ten years old sister that was too pretty, too smart, too good to be true. Che made a psychopath list and Rosa checked it all, so he made her promise not to kill and not to make ...more
Maybe ten-year-old psychopaths aren't horrifying enough for this jaded reader, or maybe this book just sucks, but, either way, I was super disappointed. The build up to this book was strong considering Laurie Halse Anderson, an acclaimed YA author (though she hasn't written anything decent in years), state ...more
Have you ever met a psychopath? Although they represent less than 2% of the world’s population, how would you know if you’ve encountered, talked to or grew up with one?
That’s what makes My Sister Rosa absolutely terrifying. Che talks about his experience looking after his 10 year old sister from birth, who is also a psychopath. She can’t feel empathy, and takes pleasure in causing pain on others. Her emotionless words and co ...more
This book was...wowsers. It was compelling and creepy and messed up and I COULDN'T STOP READING IT. I mean, a story about a 17 year old guy who's concerned that his 10 year old sister is a psychopath was never going to be the easiest of reads, but holy hell.
What I loved
- The diversity. Not only does this book spend a lot of time dealing with characters who aren't neurotypical, but the love interest is a dark-skinned African-American girl with two mothers, one of whom is a preacher an ...more
Duuuuuuuude. You all know I love morally grey characters, but Rosa is like above and beyond that. She's not morally gray, she's a legitimate psychopath. I love the way her character was dealt with though. She wasn't a typical, horror character. She was real, which makes her even freaking creepier. Because people like her really do exist.
Che was a super interesting character. I loved seeing things from his POV and finding things out alongside with him as shit went down.
The stor ...more
I don’t even know where to start this review. I’ve never read a book like this before and I was hooked from the first chapter. This book and Rosa are so disturbing. Rosa wasn’t made out to be a scary psychopath like the ones out of movies and TV shows, Justine made her human and that’s what made it so ...more
How do I even begin to explain this story?
Damn, the first half of the book was mild but the second half.. HOLY HELL.
Everything went to hell and my heart is shattered to a million pieces all because of a little girl.
Rosa likes to kill and force her friends to kill small animals and I have seen quite a few murder documentaries and all of the murderers killed small animals when they were Rosa's age.
So let's just say Rosa freaks me the hell out. Che is the main character and ...more
The characters are fabulous, from the main character Che, to his array of friends, to the icy little sister Rosa, whom almost no one suspects of being a monster disguised as Shirley Temple. I felt nothing but compassion for Che and the stress he has to live under. It's a great story of a good person trying desperately to survive in a situation where he has ...more
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