My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier (2016, Soho Teen; 320- pages)
This book is a bloody masterpiece, a brilliant thriller that will shake you, dazzle you and leave you speechless. It is one of those JT novels that you can't put down. It starts like this: "Rosa is pushing all the buttons."
Che Taylor is a seventeen-year-old boy in a strange new country, and he's the only one who knows his ten year-old-sister is a deadly psychopath. They are Aussies arriving in New York City, that presents in itself as much of a challenge to him as to his sister's sinister and devious behavior.
Rosa, one of those characters able to leave the pages and stand up at your side, with all the creepiness involved, is a smart girl, talented, pretty and very good at hiding what she is and the violence she's capable of. Che and Rosa's parents refuse to see the warning signs of Rosa's "acting out."
This is a thriller and a story about immigration. It is also a story about love. Che needs to balance his desire to protect his little sister from the world with the painful and desperate need to protect the world from her. Expect dark humor, disconcert, brilliance, secrets, unexpected romance and great dialogues. And characters walking with you all along. Recommended for older teens and adults.
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