Wild Roses

Author: Deb Caletti
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publishing date: 2009
Pages: 296

"Sometimes you build up these walls, you build and you build and you build up these walls and you think they’re so strong, but then someone can come along and tip them over with only his fingers, or the weight of his breath."

Cassie Morgan is a seventeen-year-old girl who, except other usual problems of every teenager, has to deal with her stepfather, Dino Cavalli. He is a world-renowned violin player and composer, but behind closed door, he is but whimsical, depressed and selfish rapist. He starts to teach this promising guy Ian Waters who Cassie falls in love with. For the very first time in her life. But Dino disapprove with any kind of relationship between them. And since he's getting more and more paranoid and obsessed, Cassie begins to feel afraid...

Last year, I've read an amazing book called Stay by Deb Caletti. It was such a powerfull story and it opened my eyes in many ways. And since I also loved her writing style, I decided to pick another book by Deb Caletti. She usually writes kind of summery type of stories, but Wild Roses has got a wintry cover, so I tought it might be the right one to read during the cold months. Now, I really enjoyed it, but sadly enough, I didn't love it as much as Stay.

"Love seems to be something to approach with caution, as if you'd come across a wrapped box in the middle of the street and have no idea what it contains."

I think my main problem with the story was Dino. He really pissed me off. And since he took quite a considerable amount of the plot, I couldn't relate to the book entirely. I know that the author tried to use him as a symbolism of what might happen to atristic people when they get lost in their work. And I actually really liked how she described what was going on in the heads of such people. I have some experiences with similar kind of troublesome thoughts myself. But like I said, I just personally didn't like reading about this particular character, Dino.

What I like about this book, though, were the other characters and their stories. I enjoyed their journey and was really interested to see where they were going with their lives. I wished for them to be able to turn things right. And thanks to Deb Caletti's peaceful and beautiful writing style, I enjoyed reading of this book quite a lot regardless the above mentioned issue with it. Over all it was a really interesting novel that many readers might wholeheartedly enjoy. And so I would encourage you to read it...

Rating: 4/5