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by Michele Jaffe

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Instead of celebrating Memorial Day weekend on the Jersey Shore, Jane is in the hospital surrounded by teddy bears, trying to piece together what happened last night. One minute she was at a party, wearing fairy wings and cuddling with her boyfriend. The next, she was lying near-dead in a rosebush after a hit-and-run.

Everyone believes it was an accident,


Instead of celebrating Memorial Day weekend on the Jersey Shore, Jane is in the hospital surrounded by teddy bears, trying to piece together what happened last night. One minute she was at a party, wearing fairy wings and cuddling with her boyfriend. The next, she was lying near-dead in a rosebush after a hit-and-run.

Everyone believes it was an accident, despite the phone threats Jane swears were real. But the truth is a thorny thing. As Jane's boyfriend, friends, and admirers come to visit, more memories surface-not just from the party, but from deeper in her past . . . including the night her best friend Bonnie died.

With nearly everyone in her life a suspect now, Jane must unravel the mystery before her killer attacks again. Along the way, she's forced to examine the consequences of her life choices in this compulsively readable thriller.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Jaffe (Bad Kitty) has honed her craft with several adult thrillers, and that's a big benefit for a story that is superficially identical to a slew of recent YA novels featuring innocent heroines sucked into the popularity trap by rich girls with evil hearts. Jaffe, too, presents the de rigueur litany of designer names and cliquey cruelties, and there's no surprise when the villain is unveiled. Where this story distinguishes itself is in character development. Jane Freeman is a believable adolescent, trivial and thoughtless most of the time, but capable of insight and empathy when she stops to think. And trapped in an ICU bed after a near-fatal hit and run, Jane has a lot of time to do just that. She also seems to have company, as eerie threats from a "secret admirer" appear in her hospital room. Jaffe fully develops the evolution of Jane's situation and the piecemeal return of her memories after her trauma-induced amnesia fades. Even when adults around Jane question her sanity, readers will continue to trust this character who has been so thoroughly and sympathetically unfolded. Ages 12�up. (Dec.)
VOYA - Suzanne Osman
Lying in a hospital bed and partially paralyzed after being purposely struck by a car during a party, Jane desperately tries to remember what happened that night. Meanwhile, the cops investigate her attempted murder, and a parade of friends and family members visits her bedside as she tries to convince the psychiatrist that the disturbing communications she receives from her would-be killer are real. Part campy late-night made-for-TV horror movie, part teenage literary romp, Rosebush plants a bewitching garden of spooky gift cards signed, "Your Secret Admirer," creepy phone calls warning Jane of her impending death, an excessively controlling boyfriend, a best friend who commits suicide, and a cute hospital volunteer who wrestles with his own demons. Through the use of flashbacks, hospital visits, therapy sessions, and eerie phone calls that only Jane seems to hear, readers begin to piece together the haunting events that led up to her injury just as the killer returns to fulfill the unfinished deadly plot. The writing of Rosebush is at once poetic, harrowing, and poignant. Jane's life delicately unfurls like a tender rosebud. Then, as her past slowly starts to intertwine with the events at the party, the story barrels to a spellbinding conclusion. And, like Jane, readers will never guess who her attempted murderer turns out to be. Recommend this book to patrons who relish chilling suspense, delicious murder mysteries, and intricate relationships between friends, family members, and boyfriends. Reviewer: Suzanne Osman
Children's Literature - Jennifer Waldrop
Rosebush has an interesting premise; a popular teenage girl named Jane Freeman wakes up in a hospital with no control of her body and mind. She discovers that her paralysis is the result of being hit by a car, but she has no memory of the event. Who hit her, and why? How did a girl who seemed to have so many friends end up nearly dying in a rosebush? The reader learns the answers to all these questions in flashbacks, starting from Jane's early high school years and ending on the night that she was hit. The mysteries and the suspense are compelling, making it difficult to put the book down until all the questions have been answered. However, the story is lacking. Jane is the cliche of the girl who gets a makeover and becomes popular only to discover that having a lot of friends isn't the same thing as having real friends. There is a secret in Jane's past that the book spends a lot of time leading up to, but it is not a very interesting secret and does not seem to enhance the plot. All of this could be overlooked if the end of the book justified the buildup, but instead it feels contrived and unrealistic. Reviewer: Jennifer Waldrop
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—As one of the Three Must-kateers, "because whatever they did, everyone else must follow," Jane is super popular in her suburban New Jersey high school. She has the perfect friends, boyfriend, and life. But not everyone loves her. One night, she is found nearly dead in a rosebush after being run down by a car. Waking up in the hospital, Jane doesn't remember a thing from the time of her accident. Now, she has to figure out what happened and whether someone really is out to get her, or if she is just going crazy. Part psychological thriller, part chick lit, this page-turner is filled with quirky characters who are easy to love and hate. There are also a few racy scenes and some references to drug use. A suspenseful modern twist on the classic murder mystery, this novel is a quick and enjoyable read.—Jessie Spalding, Tempe Public Library, AZ
Kirkus Reviews

Fear and anticipation stalk this psychological thriller as popular, pretty Jane tries to recover from a hit-and-run accident while wondering which of her beloved friends is trying to murder her. All of Jane's friends are pretty—in fact every young character seems to have stepped straight out of Vogue—and most are super-wealthy. Jane's fears come across as somewhat more realistic than her friends do, however, as she copes with threatening phone calls, dire messages written on mirrors and frightening gifts delivered to her in her hospital room. Plausible red herrings abound, along with the creeping suspicion that Jane might be imagining things. Jaffe manages the suspense marvelously while also unfolding Jane's emotional life, especially her estrangement from her mother and her hidden knowledge of the death of another friend. The friends alter before readers' eyes as they learn ever more about them through the veil of the unreliable narrator, who, as her hospital orderly observes, is a lousy judge of character. Cleverly written with a finger on the pulse of the target audience—awinner. (Thriller. 14 & up)

Product Details

Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
Product dimensions:
7.34(w) x 11.92(h) x 1.10(d)
HL680L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Michele Jaffe is the author of the young adult novels Bad Kitty and Kitty Kitty, and the adult thrillers Loverboy and Bad Girl. She has always dreamed of becoming either an FBI special agent or a glamorous showgirl. She lives in New York City. You can visit her website at

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Rosebush 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Heidi_G More than 1 year ago
Thanks to Puget Sound Council for providing this review copy. So who did it? Jane awakens in the hospital, remembering little from the party at the Jersey Shore the night before and even less about the accident which injured her. Her two best friends are there for her in her recovery but her boyfriend might not be her boyfriend any more. People seem to believe she tried to kill herself by kneeling in the road on that dark night but why would she do that? Jane doesn't believe she was suicidal but her memory can't confirm that. Friends, enemies, Mom's hated boyfriend--they all play a part. I was surprised at the ending and a bit disappointed at the reasoning for why the person tried to kill Jane, but a good teen mystery with plenty of twists and turns.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Jane goes to a party on the Jersey Shore expecting to have fun with her friends and a romantic night with her boyfriend. Instead, she is run down by a car and left for dead - tangled in a rosebush on the side of the road. Waking up in the hospital, Jane realizes she has no memory of what happened at the party, and that she is also paralyzed. With snatches of memory coming back at random moments and accounts from her friends, Jane attempts to piece together what really happened that night and who wants her dead - because the killer isn't finished with her. Jane receives mysterious gifts and phone calls from the person responsible for her accident. The problem is, no one believes she is in danger. They blame the paranoia on all the drugs she is taking for the pain. Will she be able to figure out who is after her before it is too late? Michele Jaffe has crafted a great mystery. She is able to make the reader continually change their minds about what happened by presenting us with several feasible suspects. So, you might ask why I didn't give it 5 stars. Honestly, I didn't find the final culprit to be believable. Other suspects had better reasons for wanting Jane out of the way than the actual person who harmed her. Also, I liked Jane, but she was too easily swayed by boys. Every time she met a new one she seemed to like him immediately. But, even with these two things, the book was great. I totally couldn't put it down.
A_Readers_Record More than 1 year ago
Michelle Jaffe brought to us a twisted story of friends, enemies and how sometimes you can't tell the difference between the two. There really isn't much to say about Rosebush beyond not everything is as it seems. While reading the story of how Jane ended up, left-for-dead, in a rosebush, it felt like I was driving a never ending curving road around a mountain, through a mountain and over a mountain. The twists and turns never stopped. I was constantly peaking over the edge of the mountain too see how far up I really was. Every time I thought I figured out the mystery of who and why, a new turn of events left me grasping for anything within reach. I almost felt like a crime scene investigator, putting together the evidence, reading between the lines of personal statements, and trying to figure out who had the biggest motive of all. Though, it is hard to do that when all of your friends, and even those you never liked before, seem to all know something the other one doesn't and is trying to cover up something completely unrelated to the actual question at hand. While there are many reasons to pick up this book I didn't find myself troubled to put it down. I didn't make any connections with the characters, though, with a book this speed it can be a tricky feat to form a connection worth holding onto. The plot was well thought out and formed but I felt that I watching a slightly mediocre episode of some crime-drama through a dark tunnel. I saw it all but only at a fraction at what it could have been. Despite the few qualms I have with Rosebush there are many reason why Rosebush is a great read. Characters with completely different personalities from different life styles topped with mystery and suspense make this stand alone young adult thriller what it is. Cover: 4 Characters: 3 Plot: 4 Overall: 3 On the cover: Couldn't be more appropriate, could it?
TeenReaderr More than 1 year ago
While browsing online, I was looking for a teen romance when this book came up. It sounded so good I knew I had to have it, so I got it that day and finished it the next night. It was so addictive I couldn't put it down. I don't usually read suspended books or "murder mysteries" but this book had a little bit of everything and is very well written. I recommend it to literally anyone because everyone will enjoy something about it. I can't believe this book is not more well known. Get this book, you will not be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When i read the summary of this book i automatically wanted to read it. If you're into mystery and suspense this is the book for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this, it keeps you wondering until the end. I read it any chance I got.
Meg Donohue More than 1 year ago
i read this book a few months ago and i am still thinking about it!!! a perfect book for teenage girls. soooo freakin amazing. funny. adorable. thrilling. suspenceful. awesome. unexspected. buy it now you will not regret it!!!!
SallyLockhart More than 1 year ago
Thank you, Michele Jaffe, for another smart, sharp, irresistibly readable novel! Perfect pacing, just the right amount of suspense, an intriguing mystery, well wrought tension, and a keen understanding of and empathy for what goes on in high school. I admit, I was expecting more humor based on Jaffe's other teen books (BAD KITTY: Funniest. Book. Ever.), but I think she made the right choice to tone it down here. Jaffe's wit, nimble dialogue, and real characterizations all shine. ROSEBUSH reminded me of vintage Joan Lowery Nixon (such a fan!), but as a very current, more fun reincarnation.
_book_worm_69 More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down for more than 5mins! It's a real page turner that will leave you guessing until the very end!!
Ladystorm More than 1 year ago
Jane was the victim of a hit and run accident, or was it a accident? Instead of spending time with her friends during Memorial Day weekend on the Jersey shore Jane is in the hospital. She is surrounded by Teddy Bears and flowers but she isn't really feeling loved. Jane can't really remember what happened the night she ended up in the Rosebush. As she starts piecing things together everyone is a suspect, from closest friends to boyfriend. Who is this secret admirer who keeps sending her things? Who wants her dead? Nobody believes Jane when she says that someone keeps threatening her not even her mother, they all think she is delusional. Her only friend ends up being a volunteer at the hospital named Pete. Will she be able to piece together what happened that night at the party before the killer comes back to finish the job? I really wasn't sure about this going into it, sounded a bit like some other books I had read lately. I wasn't sure if I would like it but I got wrapped up in the whole whodonit atmosphere that the author creates. Jane is one of the popular girls with the great friends and handsome boyfriend, but it that really any reason to want someone dead? I am not really sure that I liked Jane all that much, but I did feel a little sorry for her when nobody would listen to her about someone threatening her. Then I thought maybe she really is delusional and should just stop whining. Though if there really was a killer it had to suck being stuck with out being able to move, being stuck in a hospital bed wondering if who ever comes in the room is coming in to kill you. That was her first reaction to Pete, the volunteer, Jane thought he was the killer. Pete, he is a really nice guy who is only volunteering because his father thinks it will help build his character. Pete is a drop out and not real sure about were his life is going. I liked Pete, he was probably my favorite character. Everything revolves around Jane in the hospital trying to remember what happened at the party so you get a lot of flashback. You learn a little about her friends, her boyfriends, a guy friend Scott who is into photography like Jane is, but I don't really think they are fleshed out enough to really decide if I liked any of them. Over all I thought it was a decent read and I think if your into those dramatic teen mysteries like Pretty Little Liars, or The Lying Game then you will probably like Rosebush. (Though its not a series type book and you get to find out whodunit in the end!)
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I should make you a nest ( magic of the heart first result)
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