Wild Roses

Wild Roses

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Wild Roses by Deb Caletti, Angela Dawe

You would have never recognized the Dino I lived with in the books that had been written about him before the "incident." No one had a clue. No one seemed to see what was coming.

Seventeen-year-old Cassie Morgan has a secret: She's living with a time bomb (a.k.a. her stepfather, Dino Cavalli). To the public, Dino is a world-renowned violinist and composer. To Cassie, he's an erratic, self-centered bully.

Dino has always been difficult, but as he prepares for his comeback concert, something in him begins to shift. He seems more high-strung than ever, set off by any little thing. He stops sleeping, starts chain-smoking. And he grows increasingly paranoid, saying things that Cassie is desperate to make sense of, but can't. So she does what she thinks she must: She tries to hide his behavior from the outside world. Before, she was angry. Now, she is afraid.

Enter Ian Waters: a brilliant young violinist, and Dino's first-ever student. The minute Cassie lays eyes on Ian she knows she's doomed. She tries everything to keep away from him, but is drawn to him in a way she's never felt before. It should be easy. It should be beautiful. It is not. Cassie thought she understood that love could bring pain. But this union will have consequences she could not have imagined.

As the novel crashes through two irreparable events and speeds toward its powerful end, one thing becomes clear: In the world of insanity, nothing is sacred.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781423396482
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 05/20/2010
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Deb Caletti is an award-winning author and National Book Award finalist. Her many books for young adults include Stay; The Nature of Jade; and Honey, Baby, Sweetheart, winner of the Washington State Book Award and the PNBA Best Book Award, and a finalist for the PEN USA Award. Her books for adults include He’s Gone and her latest release, The Secrets She Keeps. She lives with her family in Seattle.

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Wild Roses 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 71 reviews.
dholland08 More than 1 year ago
I can honestly say that I hated Wild Roses by Deb Caletti. This novel is about seventeen year-old Cassie Morgan, a girl who divides her time between her divorced parents' houses. Her mother married Dino Cavalli, renowned Italian violinist- who happens to be mean, critical, and paranoid. The story is told from Cassie's point of view. The story is narrated with forced sarcasm and is filled to the brim with nauseating clichés and metaphors. Caletti tries hard to make Cassie seem like a typical teen and make her world realistic, but it never really works. I didn't care about this protaganist at all and I cared even less about what happened to her. The dialogue was stilted and unbelievable- the author seemed to be under the impression that if she used the words sh*t and f*ck every other sentence it would make her characters' (especially her teen ones) dialogue seem more natural. And this totally worked. Not. Anyway, Dino has a big concert coming up and a record deal, for which he needs to compose three new pieces. To add structure to his life and help his creative process, Dino takes a student. He is the young violinist Ian Waters, a prodigy hoping to get a scholarship to Curtis, and is hoping that Dino can help him prepare for the audition. Alright, you judge if this is realistic. Cassie is one day standing at her bedroom window and then she she sees a boy bicycling up the street towards her house. Mind you, she is looking through a window that is two stories high. And suddenly Cassie is overwhelmed by a wave of emotion for this boy, a longing. And it's like, what?! She's never met him, can barely see him. He's just this random boy riding on a bike and all of a sudden she's obsessed with him. Just like that. Okay, maybe if you're going for the whole love at first sight angle it makes sense. But this idea totally didn't fit in with this story, this work of supposedly realistic fiction. Is it desire she's feeling perhaps? That would be more understandable. But she can barely see him! All she can see is that he has black hair and his black coat is flapping in the breeze as he approaches on his bike. Anyway, the boy turns out to be be Ian and (of course) they fall in love. But, oops!, their love is forbidden because Dino forbids him to have a romantic relationship so all his concentration will be on his music. During the whole story I looked for a reason for Ian and Cassie to be in love. I searched in vain and I never found one. They have nothing in common except for a shared dislike of Dino. The author simply tells you they are in love and expects you to believe it, the same way that she tells you Cassie loves astronomy. She has Cassie take out her telescope occaisonally and visit a planetarium, but none of her actions express a true love for what she's doing or even much of an interest. This novel is populated by stereotypical characters, from the girl Nicole Hower at school that Cassie describes as "Nickname whore... because her clothes gave the impression that she wanted to share her boobs with makind" to Dino Cavalli himself, as the crazed musical genius. Caletti's attempt to explore madness fails. Her overuse of examples of artists who were mentally ill/comitted suicide were too numerous and overdone. To summarize, I wouldn't reccomend this book unless you're looking for a dull, often preachy book with a terribly annoying heroine.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story, Wild Roses, by Deb Caletti is about a seventeen-year-old girl named Cassie, who struggles with the remarriage of her mother to a cruel and at times insane violinist and composer. He wants almost nothing to do with her until he takes up a violin student about her age named Ian. Her stepfather¿s insanity tries to pull them apart because he thinks their being together could ruin the boy¿s future in getting into a high-class music school. Cassie knows that being with Ian might not be the thing best for her due to her stepfather and Ian¿s chances of leaving in a few months but her love for him is too strong. Deb Caletti made a captivating story filled with love, hate, sadness, and struggle. Showing that even the famous and loved might not be as perfect as they seem. I enjoyed every word in this book and it was hard for me to turn the last page and find that the story had ended. This book will keep you entranced and wanting more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
sooooooooooooooooooooooo boring. I read like the first two chapters then skipped to see if there were any good parts. which there weren't! i think shes a good writer but she was just trying to write a meaningful love story that turned out to be extremely boring!
Pennley_Love More than 1 year ago
This book was very boring in most parts. In some parts it was good. In others it barely held my interest. If i had it to do over again i definitely would NOT waste my money. If you feel like you have to read it, check it out at the library. Because honestly, this book isn't worth your time or money.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Or most definately NOT. I absolutely ABHORRED it. Nothing was going on and the main character was just so redundant and plain annoying. I could not help but notice how many times she said or thought the word 'yummy'. This book made me cringe.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my fave deb calleti book, i was surprised to see so many negative reviews! I loved the message and it kept me thrilled to the very end. Very interesting, complex characters and unique plot lines! I know that some of calleti,s books get dull or pointless (honey, baby, sweetheart,) but this one didnt have one bad moment for me!!
Awesomeness1 More than 1 year ago
Before this I've only read another book by Deb Caletti (The Nature of Jade), and it was just okay. Thankfully, I liked this one much much better. This book was about Cassie Morgan, who has divorced parents, and a step-father who is a famous violinst. To the outside world, Dino may seem like a genius musician and composer from a small town in Italy, but Cassie knows the truth. Dino is a terrifying, selfish, insane bully, who just gets crazier and more paranoid every day. Cassie can't imagine why her mom fell for him, and doesn't want anything to do with love....that is, until she meets Ian Waters, Dino's new protege. I really liked this book. I found Cassie to be a wonderful narrator. She was both funny and insightful. There were many parts where I was nodding in agreement or stifling laughter. Denifite quotable material. Initally though, I didn't quite like the style. It seemed a little too informal for my taste, but I quickly got over it. I found the characters lively and three-dimensional. Except for Ian. I did not like him. He was hardly in the book, which made the romance seem improbable. I liked this book, but I wouldn't consider it a romance. In fact, it would have been fine without any romantic aspects at all. Just the family dynamic seemed enough. I was also surprised with how everything turned out. It's not a suspenseful edge-of-your-seat book, but is certainly absorbing. I will definitely be checking out more of Deb Caletti's books in the future.
Auden150 More than 1 year ago
I often exagerate how good books are but when they are this great... I mean it! This was an amazing book, I literally read it, like, 20 times. I mean, who can resist a love story in which the main characters risk pretty much everything to be together? Ok, maybe a lot of people, but not me!!! I seriously loved this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I read the summary of the book I was excited to get it. The next time I went to Barnes and Nobles I picked it up and started reading it. I have to admit that it was pretty boring. The romance parts were a little interesting but the rest of the book dragged on. Thats when I rushed through to finish the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book Wild Roses was great. It shows how powerful insanity is, but how it also can be overcome. I think my favorite part of this book was how throughout, the author gave different real life examples of brilliant people in history who were indeed affected by mental illness. To conclude, Wild Roses was a lovely read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I read the summary about the book, It was on my 'must get' list. I picked up the book at a barnes and noble and went straight home to start reading. It was a very boring book. I mean the parts with the romance was good and everything but it wasnt what I expected. If you really want to read it don't buy it pick it up from a library or have a friend lend it too you because its not worth it if you buy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Started reading this book after all the wonderful reviews I read, but I must have been reading a different book cause this was not so wonderful. I just thought the book was predictable and boring. I agree with another reviewer where she tried too hard to write a meaningful love story, but it just fell short. The two fall in love way too quickly, but it's not believable. I was just kinda disappointed with this book. I have not read her other books but maybe those will be better.
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This was such a good book! The way it was written was beautiful, and the events, characters, actions, and words all seemed so real and plausiable. The main character was so real, and the author really seemed to know about worries, love, life, and dealing with divorced parents. I loved this book, and there is nothing bad to say about it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a very good book. Hard to understand sometimes but definitely not a waste of time. It actually made me cry at the end
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is super lame. All they talk about is stupid classical music and stuff. It felt like I was reading one of those dumb stories on an english exam.
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Dream_On_Dreamer More than 1 year ago
This book was a disappointment. After reading for a bit I was bored and kept spacing out. I kept reading on anyways hoping the book would get better, but ended up falling asleep a couple of times. Oh and I couldn't even finish the book because the copy that I have, in the middle of chapter 14 the pages skip from 248 to 281. So I you still plan on reading this book out of interest I suggest you either borrow it from a friend that already has it or check it out at the library and save yourself your money for a better book.
Kailee Felix More than 1 year ago
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