Title: My Sister Rosa
Author: Justine Larbalestier
Genre: Young Adult, Thriller
Synopsis: 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?
“Rosa ticks off everything from the Hare Psychopathy Checklist except for promiscuity, driving too fast and other adult sins. Give her time.” – My Sister Rosa
Fun Fact: My Sister Rosa is an Australian book!
My Review: This book captured me from the start. It was a very intriguing and enjoyable read. How can you not resist reading about a psychopathic 10 year girl? It’s hard to review this book without giving it away, but I will do my best.
The characters in this book are incredibly realistic. Che is a very relatable and likable character that actually SOUNDS like a teenage boy. Che believes, no, knows that his sister is a psychopath. Nobody but Che knows what Rosa is, and he’s the only one who can protect the world from her evil ways. I haven’t read many books with male povs so this book was a nice change. As Che is the main character of the book, we also learn about about his friends, interests and love life.
Rosa is a twisted, creepy and very disturbing little girl. She looks like the perfect little girl-blue eyes, blonde hair, dimples- but is the complete opposite. She has no empathy or remorse. She uses and manipulates people for her own gain. She enjoys seeing people in pain, even inflicting it if she has to. Throughout the book, you never quite knew what Rosa was going to do next.
The plot of this book can become quite tiring at times. The first half of this book progressed quite slowly, leaving readers anticipating for the climax of the story. But then….. we were hit with a MAJOR PLOT-TWIST. I’m still reeling after how intense the ending was.
Another amazing point about this book was the amount of diversity in it. SO MUCH DIVERSITY. There were white people, black people, half Asian people, lesbian characters, a non-binary character and more. I can’t say I can name many books that has as much diversity as My Sister Rosa.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and it’s like nothing I’ve ever read before. You will not be able to get over the ending.
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (4/5)
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Signing off, Ash xx