Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Book Review: My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier

Che and his sister Rosa are Australian, but they move everywhere for their parents' work. They've now moved from Hong Kong to New York. Che, who is seventeen, really wants a girlfriend, and he wants to box. But mostly he wants to not have to be responsible for ten-year-old Rosa all the time. And I don't mean that his parents make him babysit--no, Che fears Rosa is a psychopath and will hurt someone. He's trying to protect everyone else from Rosa.

This book was slow going for me, because it's not pleasant to read about an adorable, manipulative, dangerous psychopath. I was nervous the whole time I was reading it. There was certainly a convincing feel of ominousness and danger. I could feel a big twist coming on, but it was not what I expected at all (the red herrings were effective.) This book was chilling and disturbing and slightly evil. But that's what the author was going for, so it was also pretty darn good. It you like dark YA, this book is right up your alley.

This book is published by Soho Press, my employer.

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