My Sister Rosa

My Sister Rosa

Book - 2016
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Publisher: Allen & Unwin Children's Books, 2016.

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Absolutely gripping story about a 17 year old non-violent boxing enthusiast Che, and his little sister Rosa who he is sure is a psychopath. Rosa lacks empathy, Rosa messes with people, Rosa is charming and adorable and extremely threatening, but Che is one of the few people who sees her darker si... Read More »

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AliReads Jun 14, 2016

Absolutely gripping story about a 17 year old non-violent boxing enthusiast Che, and his little sister Rosa who he is sure is a psychopath. Rosa lacks empathy, Rosa messes with people, Rosa is charming and adorable and extremely threatening, but Che is one of the few people who sees her darker si... Read More »

Alison's pick: Absolutely gripping story about a 17 year old non-violent boxing enthusiast Che, and his little sister Rosa who he is sure is a psychopath. Rosa lacks empathy, Rosa messes with people, Rosa is charming and adorable and extremely threatening, but Che is one of the few people who see... Read More »


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shelley077_0
Mar 27, 2021

I loved this book! It was super interesting. All the characters are so unique and deep, especially Che's family. I really liked the topic of psychopathy because I don't read many books that include it which I feel is what made it extra fun to read. I would definitely recommend My Sister Rosa to anyone who is looking for a good, suspenseful psychological/thriller book! Bonus: It also has some romance in it ;)

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EljayJohnson
Jul 07, 2019

Required reading for my daughter's Young Adult Literature class in her Masters of Library Science program. She loved it so I read it too. I thoroughly enjoyed this story of 17-year old Che, the apparently only sensible and sensitive enough individual in his family to realize his 10-year old sister Rosa is a psychopath. While simplified a little, I thought the psychology base of this book was very sound and believable; maybe I've been a little too close to some of this pathology in my work. I really liked that the author took the time to give us a decent-sized cast of characters and fleshed them out - it wasn't all psychological thriller intensity. But bottom line: this was a heck of a very creepy ride and I couldn't put it down. The slower-paced chapters in the middle just set us up for the last 100 pages of twists and reveals and horrors. Great ending, but I think maybe there's a chance that we revisit these characters in another book? I hope so!

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TSCPL_Anna
Mar 01, 2017

This is probably one of the darkest books I've ever read.
Don't let the start of the book fool you. At first, you think you're just on another YA ride about an awkward but cute guy whose got a crush on the hottest girl at the gym, but his family problems keep him from truly getting what he wants. The more the plot thickens, however, the more you start wondering just how twisted Rose can get. There are several plot twists that are nicely and believably incorporated. This is a must for anyone interested in personality disorders or a good psychological thriller.

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honeyhair
Feb 03, 2017

This was a novel that was highly praised and am not sure why. Found it dull and often silly.

ArapahoeCatherine Jan 15, 2017

What makes this book really disturbing is that it could actually happen. A great choice for teens that like creepy reads. Imagine a psychotic Shirley Temple...
Warning: There's a fair bit of explicit language and sexual content for a teen book.

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tink05
Jan 13, 2017

Boy am I glad Rosa is not my sister. Enticing read all the way up to a stunningly shocking end.

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