Caletti, Deb. Wild roses.

Author:Rosser, Claire
Position:Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

CALETTI, Deb. Wild roses. Simon & Schuster. 298p. c2005.0-689-86766-2. $15.95. JS

The author of The Queen of Everything and Honey, Baby, Sweetheart keeps up her funny, smart banter in this story of an impossible stepfather. The narrator is a 17-year-old named Cassie, who has watched her mother break up her family because of her devotion to a neurotic but genius violinist/composer. For several years, Cassie has been going back and forth between her father's home and her mother's. She loves her mother dearly and can't understand how she can put up with the nearly constant hysterics, paranoia, and verbal abuse emanating from her new husband, Cassie's stepfather. This is all relayed in a tragic-comic voice, with wonderful metaphors tumbling out of Cassie's mind. Cassie's mother rationalizes all by seeing her new husband as a tortured genius, who is mentally ill but capable of producing incredible beauty.

Enter Ian, a gifted music student who must succeed in an audition to be admitted to a top music...

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