Chatty Tuesday: My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier

What if the most terrifying person you’d ever met was your ten-year old sister? A spine-chilling psychological thriller from one of Australia’s finest YA authors.
‘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?

 

I actually don’t know where to start with this book. I don’t want to say too much. Usually I don’t give a crap about spoilers but I don’t want to even come close to accidentally ruining this for anybody. It was probably one of the creepiest things I’ve ever read…which seems inaccurate because of course there are much creepier things out there that I’ve read but this was deceptively, unsettlingly creepy. I tell you…I did not see the ending, or the chain of events that led to it, coming. I am so glad I didn’t. I thought it was truly excellent. I really don’t want to  say anything about it, this book really has to be read to be appreciated. I want to discuss it so badly!!! But I’m not running the risk of giving anything away even by hinting. I will say that I was hooked from the start and I kept on being hooked, deeper and deeper, the whole way through. It was definitely a thriller and definitely not a standard YA novel. Even though it had the markings of one. It turned standard YA on its head in some respects.

 

I’d never read anything by Justine Larbalestier before this but I think I’ll definitely seek out more of her work. I thought her writing was great, the sense of place she created really drew me into the action and her characters…wow. In particular Rosa. What a fabulous character to have written. In fact…what a story to have written. I know I’ve hardly said anything about it…just go and read it!! It made me feel so many many things. You won’t regret picking it up. I promise. GO! GO! GO!

 

Until next time. xxx

 

Where I got it: iBooks

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