My Sister Rosa

My Sister Rosa

by Justine Larbalestier


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"Beats The Silence of the Lambs for suspense—it's the kind of book that had me literally gasping aloud as it rattled to its incredible conclusion."
—Cory Doctorow, New York Times bestselling author of Homeland

What if the most terrifying person you know is your ten-year-old sister?

Seventeen-year-old Aussie Che Taylor loves his younger sister, Rosa. But he’s also certain that she’s a 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, talented, pretty, and very good at hiding what she is and the manipulation she’s capable of.

Their parents, whose business takes the family from place to place, brush off the warning signs as Rosa’s “acting out.” Now that they have moved again—from Bangkok to New York City—their new hometown provides far too many opportunities for Rosa to play her increasingly complex and disturbing games. Che’s always been Rosa’s rock, protecting her from the world. Now, the world might need protection from her.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616958176
Publisher: Soho Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/26/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 162,388
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Justine Larbalestier is the Australian-American author of many novels, including the award-winning Razorhurst and Liar, which both received four starred reviews. Justine lives in Sydney, Australia, and New York City, though not at the same time. You can find her on Twitter @JustineLavaworm and her website,

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My Sister Rosa 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am not a young adult; nevertheless, I was caught in the web of this book from the very 1st page! It is well written, well researched and gives more than one sleepless night. The lead character Che is so darn likable in all his innocence and the thankless task he has set for himself. All the characters are well-defined and oh-so 'real'. Rosa is someone one hopes never, ever to meet! Mightily impressed wt the author, and would recommend this book to all ages
Caitie_F More than 1 year ago
This is the best book I have read this year. Every single character was incredible - so many layers to Che, Sid, and everyone else. Rosa is one of the best written characters. The author not only researched, but used that research to create a character who will never leave my head. The suspense had me at the edge of my seat. I may have stopped reading the book twice, but it stayed with me during the entire break Also, the NYC in this book felt like that NYC I know, love, and work in every day. This book will most likely never leave my brain. Get this book now.
TheBookishGirl More than 1 year ago
Wow, that was intense. It was a great book in terms of most YA that is out there today. It was exciting and gripping. This book was seriously moving. It was fast paced tale. This is a shocker. It has a sucker punch that will surprise you, and make you question everything. The premise of this book is this girls sister is like the most terrifying person on earth. Think psychopathic and crazy obviously. Che Taylor is the main character and he is just your average teenager. Except he is convinced she is a psychopath. She is a very talented liar, super smart and cunning, as well as stunningly pretty. She hasn't hurt anyone, as of yet but its just a matter of time. Following a move from Sydney to New York their lives turn upside down. This book was jam packed with diversity. Which is a breath of fresh air in the YA world. I also liked that it had a male narrator, in a world filled with female main characters. All of the characters were pretty fantastic. They had personalities and were pretty developed. I thought there was a few to many characters but that is just a personal taste of mine. The writing in this book is so brilliantly beautiful. Its casual and fun. At some points you forget that you are reading a book and feel like your living life with the characters. That is how much they jump off of the page. This book is filled with plot twists galore, mainly toward the end. You will never be able to guess what happens. The story changes directions rapidly. It will leave you wondering what the heck just happened. I love the contemporary feel to a book that could easily be a thriller. It has that summery read feel to it, even though your dealing with topics that are tough. I was provided a review copy from SOHO Teen in exchange for an honest and 100% unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My sister rosa is “terrifying, brilliant, and heart-wrecking. A must read” as stated in the back of the book. I one-hundred percent recommend this book if you’re into mysterious, creepy, and dramatic books. My sister Rosa is about a little 10 year old girl who is extremely gorgeous, almost perfect, too perfect. As you go along you will soon realize Rosa is dramatically intelligent, and has a very dark side of her. Almost dangerous. She somehow convinced her bestfriend go kill their hamster, and plots situations to get rid of those she does not please or who dont fall under her charm. She has a brother who she tells everything to, Che. Che tends to try and control Rosa and almost try and be a step ahead of her before she can hurt anyone. May I mention their family is extremely odd as well, they are broke and avoid to confront what’s really wrong with Rosa, they also call their parents by their first names and not mom and dad...strange right!. You slowly start realizing Che has a obsession trying to bust Rosa and some secrets of his own, well secrets besides him crushing on the girl he meets in boxing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Antisocial disorder has to be the creepiest thing to see in a child and this book has you yelling at the characters. You get a gut dropping physical reaction reading this book. I could not put it down.
19269684 More than 1 year ago
When I saw movies like The Bad Seed and The Good Son, I wondered: How on earth does a child manage to manipulate in such a way? How do they kill and nobody notice? It was always a mystery to me; a disappointing mystery. I was hoping this story wouldn't disappoint me. I can understand a parent not wanting to see the ugly truth, but simply turning a blind eye...? Che is an Aussie teenager with a sister who admits things like, "I love ice cream. I love chess and mathematics... I love getting away with things. But I don't love people. They're either useful or they're not. You're useful to me, Che. But I don't think that's love." -Rosa, Che's sister, is clever, highly intelligent, fearless, callous and so much more. All the qualities of a Antisocial Personality Disorder (APD). She's a developing psychopath. This story was a breath of fresh air, but there were a few issues that kept nagging at me. The first: I believe this book should sit in the New Adult category. Yes, it's a teen story, but there are a few scenes I wouldn't want my teen reading. I even felt a bit voyeuristic, but not a huge deal-buster. Where I had the biggest issue is with the parents, David and Sally raised their children to be inquisitive and discover information for themselves. They were also atheist. So why in the world were they calling Jesus and God and Jesus Christ so much? Is that a norm for atheists If you don't believe, why call on him? Again, it's no big deal, but since it was a major point in the story, I found it rather vexing... *For the full review: My Sister Rosa Justine Larbalestier Soho Teen November 15, 2016
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like to read stand alone books in between series i read as a way to cleanse the palate so to speak. This book had my attention from the first chapter. To me it was a fairly light read with some unexpected turns and a question or two left unanswered. I cant remember if this was a free book or not, but it is worth the read regardless.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is terrific. So finely crafted. the characters become real people within just a few lines of meeting them. I cared about some, despised others, just like real life. One big mystery left unexplained...why the financial support? Sequel maybe? One can only hope.