Wild Roses

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Simon and Schuster, Oct 1, 2005 - Juvenile Fiction - 296 pages
19 Reviews
You would have never recognized the Dino I lived with in the books that had been written about him before the "incident." No one had a clue. No one seemed to see what was coming.
Seventeen-year-old Cassie Morgan has a secret: She's living with a time bomb (a.k.a. her stepfather, Dino Cavalli). To the public, Dino is a world-renowned violinist and composer. To Cassie, he's an erratic, self-centered bully.
Dino has always been difficult, but as he prepares for his comeback concert, something in him begins to shift. He seems more high-strung than ever, set off by any little thing. He stops sleeping, starts chain-smoking. And he grows increasingly paranoid, saying things that Cassie is desperate to make sense of, but can't. So she does what she thinks she must: She tries to hide his behavior from the outside world. Before, she was angry. Now, she is afraid.
Enter Ian Waters: a brilliant young violinist, and Dino's first-ever student. The minute Cassie lays eyes on Ian she knows she's doomed. She tries everything to keep away from him, but is drawn to him in a way she's never felt before. It should be easy. It should be beautiful. It is not. Cassie thought she understood that love could bring pain. But this union will have consequences she could not have imagined.
As the novel crashes through two irreparable events and speeds toward its powerful end, one thing becomes clear: In the world of insanity, nothing is sacred.
  

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User Review  - Krista Stevens - Goodreads

Some great writing, but the plot is somewhat uneven. Cassie's mom seems lovely, reasonable, nice but for some reason (never a strong reason), divorces Cassie's dad (who also seems pretty cool ... Read full review

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User Review  - Bookaholiclover - Goodreads

Wild Roses There was always something with Dino and she knew it. But her mother didn't want to notice it. Her father did too. But there was always something that bothered her. When Dino decided to ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
15
Section 3
40
Section 4
58
Section 5
77
Section 6
95
Section 7
121
Section 8
138
Section 10
186
Section 11
207
Section 12
218
Section 13
224
Section 14
234
Section 15
249
Section 16
274
Section 17
286

Section 9
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About the author (2005)

Deb Caletti is the award-winning author of more than ten novels, including Honey, Baby, Sweetheart; The Nature of Jade; Stay; and The Story of Us. In addition to being a National Book Award finalist, Debís work has gained other distinguished recognition, including the PNBA Best Book Award, the Washington State Book Award, and School Library Journalís Best Book award, as well as finalist citations for the California Young Reader Medal and the PEN USA Literary Award. She lives with her family in Seattle. You can visit her at DebCaletti.com and become a fan on Facebook.