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My name is Rosie Moon. I am nearly sixteen. I’m hungry for a juicy life. I lean out the window at night and I can taste it out there, waiting for me.

Popular and smart, fifteen-year-old Rosie Moon is the quintessential good girl. She also wishes she could be someone else for a while, someone more interesting. Asher Fielding is the mysterious new boy at school who has dreadlocks and a love of Jim Morrison. On the first day of tenth grade, Rosie...

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Overview

My name is Rosie Moon. I am nearly sixteen. I’m hungry for a juicy life. I lean out the window at night and I can taste it out there, waiting for me.

Popular and smart, fifteen-year-old Rosie Moon is the quintessential good girl. She also wishes she could be someone else for a while, someone more interesting. Asher Fielding is the mysterious new boy at school who has dreadlocks and a love of Jim Morrison. On the first day of tenth grade, Rosie develops a crush on Asher, and when the two pair up for a poetry assignment they quickly form a bond. When Asher is falsely accused of stealing a wallet at school, he and Rosie decide to escape it all—their families, their school, their ordinary town—and hitchhike up the Australian coast. They know they shouldn’t, and that is exactly why they do. Part road story, part love story, Guitar Highway Rose is a thrilling ride for anyone who has ever dreamed about escaping everyday life, even just for a little while.

Rosie is bored with her life and herself'. She wants to do something different, be someone interesting. Then she meets Asher, a new boy at school. He has dreadlocks and a guitar, and breaks the school dress code every single day. When Asher decides to run away, Rosie goes with him. Their lives are turned upside down as they take to the road to discover the world, strengthen their friendship, and learn the darker and lighter sides of their own identities. Told in interchanging voices, this heartfelt novel explores the emotional roller coaster of adolescence, and the heartaches and great joy that arise from taking chances.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
PW called this novel about a 15-year-old who develops a relationship with the new kid at school when they pair up for a poetry presentation on Jim Morrison an "artfully constructed novel." Ages 12-up. (Feb.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
What are some of the many problems that confront typical teenage kids today? Friends, school, parents, parties, clothes, appearances, teachers, and homework are just a few of the issues that fifteen-year-old Rosie Moon must address on a regular basis. Like most adolescents, she feels deeply misunderstood. This, combined with her desire for excitement, convinces her to runaway from home. Accompanied by Asher, a boy who is new to her school, Rosie begins her adventure. Both Rosie and Asher soon learn that running from your problems does not solve them; in fact, in some ways, it creates even more problems. This book uses a unique writing style to present the point of view of almost everyone involved. The story is interesting and the characters are well developed. The issues are those that many teenagers can identify with. There are a few rough words, however, and the mature subject matter may not appeal to everyone. 2005 (orig. 1997), St. Martin's, Ages 12 up.
—Denise Daley
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Rosie, age 15, likes hanging at the beach with her best friend Pip. She has a penchant for chocolate, and has lived in the same town all her life. Rosie is "hungry for a juicy life." Asher has dreadlocks, a disdain for the school dress code, and a quiet mysteriousness. He is angry since his parents split and he moved from New South Wales with his mom. Rosie falls for Asher. As luck would have it they are assigned to work on a poetry project together. Asher falls for Rosie. Dissatisfied with school and home, they set off together up the coast of Australia, not quite knowing what exactly they are looking for. Along the way they meet people who will change them forever. Near the end of their journey, a surprise event jolts them and their families and they realize what is most important in all their lives. Told in diary format and filled with the landscape and lingo of Australia, the journey of Rosie and Asher will connect with many teens. The author has constructed a story for those who swim upstream, those hit with the pain of family breakups, and those just searching for something more than their everyday life offers. KLIATT Codes: JS—Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 1997, St. Martin's Griffin, 196p., Ages 12 to 18.
—Holley Wiseman
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I really enjoyed reading this book. The way the author formatted it made it interesting. The point of view changes often, giving readers the chance to see things from each character's perspective. Each character has his or her distinct tone, which is really neat. The book is suitable for high school students because it deals with teenage emotions that might be harder for junior high students to relate to. VOYA Codes: 4Q 4P S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2003 (orig. 1997), Holiday House, 208p., Ages 15 to 18.
—Jennifer Yan, Teen Reviewer
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Rosie Moon, 15, lives in Perth, Australia, and wants some excitement in her life in this novel by Bridget Lowry (Holiday House, 2003). Asher Fielding, the new boy in school, is a mysterious rebel with dreadlocks and a guitar who doesn't follow the school dress code and wants to return to the life he had before his parents split up. When Asher is falsely accused of stealing a teacher's wallet, he and Rosie run away and hitchhike up the coast. They learn a lot about each other and about themselves, and come to realize that sometimes the road one takes is as important as where one wants to go. Kate Hosking brings alive the lyrical nature of the writing and engages listeners with a narration that is emotionally intense and easily distinguishes each character. This Australian import is realistic, romantic, and entertaining.
—Stephanie A. SquicciariniCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

School Library Journal
Gr 7-10-Rosie Moon, 15, is waiting for life to happen-school is dull, her mother won't let her get a nose ring, and her parents seem to be breaking up. Along comes Asher Fielding, transplanted with his mother to Perth from New South Wales after his parents separate. He has dreadlocks, loves Jim Morrison's poetry, and gleefully defies the school's dress code. When Asher is accused of stealing a teacher's wallet, he and Rosie hitchhike up the coast and take up with two hippies and their young daughter. Instead of presenting a predictable object lesson about the danger of the road, Lowry allows the pair to discover themselves and one another as they play on the beach, sleep outdoors, and marvel at the workings of a happy family. The story is told in cleverly titled vignettes in the voices of the characters, including parents, teachers, Rosie's younger brother, and occasional words from the omniscient narrator. The language and format-ample space between the short monologues-are simple and engaging. The narrative, however, is far from simple. Lowry describes the Australian land- and seascape in colorful detail. Her prose is crisply observant in some places, stream-of-consciousness in others, and full of British/Aussie humor and one-liners. What starts in choppy, snappy sentences, la Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones' Diary (Viking, 1999) or Louise Rennison's Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging (HarperCollins, 2000) grows into more fluid, emotional prose. Although the ending is a little too neat, this is a romantic, entertaining, and thoughtful novel.-Johanna Lewis, New York Public Library Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Multiple narrators and diverse narrative forms, including stream of consciousness, lists, and excerpts from Living with Teenagers, all tell the engaging story of Australian 15-year-olds Rosie and Asher. Rosie tests new boundaries with her parents, especially over the issue of a nose ring, and becomes exasperated over frequent confrontations with her controlling mother. Asher, a dreadlock-sporting product of former hippie parents who are now split up, enters a new, repressive school and is soon falsely accused of stealing a teacher's wallet. Both teens hunger for a taste of freedom and set out on a hitchhiking adventure that leads to romance and self-discovery, not only for the teens themselves but the parents left behind. Portraying the adolescent experience from many sides, the author reveals growing up and fitting in not only as a universal, adolescent event but a life-long achievement. Lowry's Australian lingo, lyrical descriptions, likable characters, and creative format are sure to be an instant hit with teens. (Fiction. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823417902
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/2003
  • Pages: 208
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Brigid Lowry is the author of award-winning poetry, short stories, and young adult novels. She is well-known in Australia, where Guitar Highway Rose was a runaway success with young readers and a finalist for or winner of numerous prestigious awards. She spent much of her life in Australia but now lives in New Zealand, where she was born and raised.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2004

    Awesome Summer Read

    This book is one of my favorite books about a girl who lives an ordinary life until she meets Asher, the new kid in town. Asher is going through tough times, he just moved in town with his mom because of his parents divorce and is forced to attend a school that has a dress code. Asher has a hard time fitting in and being accused of stealing a teachers wallet is the last straw. He decides to run away, and Rosie insists on going with him. The two learn many valuable life lessons on the trip, and learn what it means to love. The story has a great plot and never gets boring. I highly recommend reading this novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2009

    Teenage reality

    A 15yr old girl named Rose Moon lives in Austrailia with her parents Lily, Robert and her brother Harry. She doesn't get along with her mother. Its also about a 15 yr old who came from Byron Bay who lives with his mother, Malvina, in the city. His father and mother are divorced. He doesn't like the school that he is in. The first time he got to run away he got caught by the police and they brought him back home. Now the second time he's run away he brings Rosie with him. Do you think they'll get caught by the police and brought back home or to prison? Will the adventure go on?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2008

    Guitar Highway Rose Review

    Guitar Highway Rose by Brigid Lowry is a book about 16 year old Rosie Moon. Guitar Highway Rose is interesting because it's a part road story but at the same time, it's a love story. Brigid Lowry, the author wrote the book so it's almost impossible to predict what's next. Rosie Moon and Asher Fielding are on a hitchhike to see Asher¿s father again. Parents are scared that they won¿t come back alive while the policemen are searching for them. The illustration for the front cover is very well drawn. I would recommend ¿Guitar Highway Rose¿ to my friends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2007

    Good Golly this was a great book!

    There are many reasons I really enjoyed this book. One of the main reasons is that fact that the point of view changes every few pages. First it will be in Rosie's view, then Asher's, then Lily, and so on. Also I love teen-age romance stories and this was a perfect example of one, because you know both Asher¿s and Rosie¿s thoughts, it makes the connection between the two much more interesting. It isn¿t just a one sided story. The character of Asher really interested me, because he seemed like the kind of person I would love to know. Another thing was the style of writing that Brigid Lowry uses is very different. For instance at some points I the book a whole section won¿t contain one capitol ¿i¿, or one punctuation. For those reasons and many more I strongly suggest that you read this book. It¿s one of the best books I¿ve read in quite a while.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2007

    hmm... Wonderful

    I've read this twice, and I wasn't really able to appreciate it the first time I read it, I was too young (like, say eleven or twelve) to grasp its brilliance. This book is cute, quirky and fun. It alternates from almost all of the characters point of view, and gives their take on the situation. But what I really loved about is that it was written so amazingly. Everything is described vividly and uniquely and utterly great. Guitar Highway Rose is one of the reasons why literature is Wonderful and powerful and amazing. It's a must read for anyone looking for something unique, with breath takingly real characters. (Which I'd say is most everyone.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2004

    odd but compelling

    this book is fantastic! kind of hard to follow at first but very very good . asher and rosie run away together {very romantic if i do say so myself!} and find out about themselves i give this book a double thumbs up {besides the stars of course!!}

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