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After reading this book, you’ll think everyone’s a psychopath.


But of course, that’ll come AFTER you get over the shock of this book, because let me tell you, it is a wild ride.

I had the pleasure of attending the book launch in Sydney, and Justine’s talk about psychopaths was so interesting. A lot of psychopaths don’t actually hurt people – they use positions of power (as CEOs or whatever) to manipulate people.

Rosa is…a little different to that.

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(wherein I give five reasons to read a book, like a TL;DR version of a review)

1.Psychopaths. Obviously.

2.Che is such a LOVELY narrator and you don’t often see male narrators so that’s a bonus.

3.Diversity! Lots of diversity! I really didn’t expect it so that was lovely.

4.Lots and lots of great characters. Justine was talking at the launch about how editors usually say to cut down the number of characters (which is why they often end up with less friends than they’d normally have) but they were all incredibly three-dimensional.

5. That ending though.

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All through the book, you’re wondering what Rosa could possibly do next.

It just escalates and escalates, and you CAN’T look away, despite how terrified you are. And Justine Larbalestier has written her so brilliantly that occasionally you’re even convinced she can’t be all bad...surely not.

And poor Che has to deal with all this while his parents deny Rosa’s psychopathic tendencies.

There are also all these PLOT TWISTS, especially towards the end, and everything’s going crazy but you still can’t stop reading. It’s…what’s that word reviewers always use? GRIPPING.

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But as if the psychopath premise isn’t enough, you’ve also got a contemporary-ish storyline with fantastic side characters.

Che, after all, is the main character in this story, so of course it’s not ALL going to be about Rosa. There are some really interesting dynamics with Sojourner, who is really religious. Leilani, as well as her friends Elon and Victoria, also added variety to a storyline that was already jam-packed.

Plus you’ve got Che’s parents Sally and David (another quirk of the book: he doesn’t call them Mum and Dad) to add a familial aspect to the novel.

There’s boxing as well! That was quite cool.

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Overall a fantastic book with lots going on and excellent plot twists.

Aussie YA in 2016 is off to a cracking start. This is the first book of 2016 that I’ve rated 5 stars, too!

Rating: 5/5 Wonderkitties


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‘I promise,’ said Rosa. ‘I won’t kill and I won’t make anyone else kill.’

I can’t see the loophole. Since the guinea pig there’s been nothing. Months now without Rosa killing as much as a mosquito.

As far as I know.

Che Taylor has four items on his list: 1. He wants to spar, not just train in the boxing gym. 2. He wants a girlfriend. 3. He wants to go home. 4. He wants to keep Rosa under control.

Che’s little sister Rosa is smart, talented, pretty, and so good at deception that Che’s convinced she must be a psychopath. She hasn’t hurt anyone yet, but he’s certain it’s just a matter of time. And when their parents move them to New York City, Che longs to return to Sydney and his three best friends. But his first duty is to his sister Rosa, who is playing increasingly complex and disturbing games. Can he protect Rosa from the world – and the world from Rosa?

What’s the creepiest book you’ve read? OH, and what do you think about large casts of characters?