Sunday, April 10, 2011
Wild Roses is yet another dynamic and emotional read from Deb Caletti with a strong voice and a distinctive setting. Cassie's situation is a unique one, and her narration is very engaging and authentic. She deals with her family situation with a lot of humor and sarcasm, but she refuses to be defined by her parents' divorce or her stepfather's behavior, and she tries to balance them all the best that she can. Dino is a bit scary, and he does put the reader on edge, which builds plenty of tension in the novel. There's also a bit of a mystery to the book in that Cassie doesn't understand why her mother fell for Dino in the first place, and her father is determined to prove that Dino isn't who he says he is...and if he isn't that person, what is Dino's true story? Ian Waters is a good character as well, and the romance between him and Cassie is sweet, yet complicated. However, he seems to be a minor character in that he isn't in very many scenes, and Cassie seems to build him up in her head quite a bit. Nonetheless, Wild Roses is a solid, beautiful book and a can’t-miss for Caletti fans.
Cover Comments: Pictured is the newest paperback edition cover. I like the blues and purples and the way the snowball is shaped in a heart--it's very sweet. This is a very pretty cover!