Rosebush Paperback – Oct 18 2011
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Waking up in the hospital, Jane realizes she has no memory of what happened at the party, and that she is also paralyzed. With snatches of memory coming back at random moments and accounts from her friends, Jane attempts to piece together what really happened that night and who wants her dead - because the killer isn't finished with her.
Jane receives mysterious gifts and phone calls from the person responsible for her accident. The problem is, no one believes she is in danger. They blame the paranoia on all the drugs she is taking for the pain. Will she be able to figure out who is after her before it is too late?
Michele Jaffe has crafted a great mystery. She is able to make the reader continually change their minds about what happened by presenting us with several feasible suspects. So, you might ask why I didn't give it 5 stars. Honestly, I didn't find the final culprit to be believable. Other suspects had better reasons for wanting Jane out of the way than the actual person who harmed her. Also, I liked Jane, but she was too easily swayed by boys. Every time she met a new one she seemed to like him immediately. But, even with these two things, the book was great. I totally couldn't put it down.
Reviewed by: Karin Librarian
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There really isn't much to say about Rosebush beyond not everything is as it seems. While reading the story of how Jane ended up, left-for-dead, in a rosebush, it felt like I was driving a never ending curving road around a mountain, through a mountain and over a mountain. The twists and turns never stopped. I was constantly peaking over the edge of the mountain too see how far up I really was.
Every time I thought I figured out the mystery of who and why, a new turn of events left me grasping for anything within reach. I almost felt like a crime scene investigator, putting together the evidence, reading between the lines of personal statements, and trying to figure out who had the biggest motive of all. Though, it is hard to do that when all of your friends, and even those you never liked before, seem to all know something the other one doesn't and is trying to cover up something completely unrelated to the actual question at hand.
While there are many reasons to pick up this book I didn't find myself troubled to put it down. I didn't make any connections with the characters, though, with a book this speed it can be a tricky feat to form a connection worth holding onto. The plot was well thought out and formed but I felt that I watching a slightly mediocre episode of some crime-drama through a dark tunnel. I saw it all but only at a fraction at what it could have been.
Despite the few qualms I have with Rosebush there are many reason why Rosebush is a great read. Characters with completely different personalities from different life styles topped with mystery and suspense make this stand alone young adult thriller what it is.
On the cover: Couldn't be more appropriate, could it?
1 fantastic, although controlling, boyfriend
1 mother who doesn't care
1 soon-to-be slimy stepdad
1 great friend who might be in love with her
NOW, Jane things she has:
1 bff with a secret...good or bad?
1 bff who's loyal and true
1 boyfriend who might be a cheater
1 mother who doesn't care
1 soon-to-be stepdad who might not be so slimy
1 new great friend
1 killer coming to get her
Does she have it right yet? Maybe...maybe not...
This is the story of Jane, a popular girl with a dark past who went to a party and whose unconscious body was later found sprawled on a rosebush. She wakes up in a hospital with her family and friends all horrified of what happened to her, and she has no recollection of what, when and how it happened. There's also a who, but we'll get to that later.
Personally I've never read a book with such a real character like Jane. You might argue a million things about her but it's impossible to deny all the nuances that make her a wholly believable character. Jane hates her mother for leaving her for her new stepfather when in reality she was the one who decided to distance herself from her family only to later blame them for allowing her to. She's truly selfless and thus is capable of doing things she doesn't want for extended amounts of time because she believes it's what the people around her want. She can be mean sometimes but only when she loses it and every little dark thought swirling through her mind has a good reason to be there.
That coupled with the great storytelling, presented in a very visual and cinematographic way allows us to perceive her world as she does and to feel for and with her. The revealing of the killer might not have been a total shocker - I for one had thought about it, but then again, i'd been suspicious of almost everyone - but Michelle Jaffe handled it with grace and wit and wrapped everything up in a gripping and lovely way.