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My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier.

April 26, 2016

sister rosaMy Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier. Pub. Allen&Unwin, 2016.

This is a psychological thriller of the highest order for young adults.

Rosa is 10 years old, she is charming, nothing scares or worries her,she is a thrill seeker and she doesn’t care about anyone but herself. She is a psychopath. Her parents are business people who leave the looking after Rosa to her brother 17 year old Che. This takes some doing as Rosa is ultra intelligent, very manipulative and above all very dangerous.

With their parents David and Sally they move to New York to do a job for an ultra wealthy family with twin daughters Rosa’s age and a high flying fashionista the same age as Che. The interrelationships between the two families provides much of the drama in this novel.

Che narrates this intriguing story in four parts, each part named after a wish list that he has 1/ keep Rosa under control. 2/ I want to spar. 3/ I want a girlfriend. 4/ I want to go home.

Che is a boxer but his parents do not want him to spar. When Che meets Sojourner a black religious girl who is totally gorgeous and a brilliant boxer he just has to spar to impress her. But what will Rosa do?

Che is a tortured soul – what do you do when you know your sister is a psychopath? Rosa does a few bad things and the family counsel her but Rosa doesn’t learn to be good; she learns to be better at being bad.

Superbly told with twists and turns that will keep you fascinated and surprised. You the best among you will do well to pick the ending.

The boxing is superb and the fashion talk edgy. Life of the super rich in New York is out of this world. There is an array of other characters who make the action live and the plot intriguing.

Justine Larbalestier knows her stuff and writes in very concise way. The dialogue and discussions between characters is at times mind blowing.

I loved this book.



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