Friday, January 28, 2011

Rosebush by Michelle Jaffe

Book:  Rosebush
Author:  Michelle Jaffe
Release date:  December 14, 2010
Publisher:  Razorbill
Pages:  304
Source: Boulder Book Store

Instead of celebrating Memorial Day weekend on the Jersey Shore, Jane is in the hospital surrounded by teddy bears, trying to piece together what happened last night. One minute she was at a party, wearing fairy wings and cuddling with her boyfriend. The next, she was lying near-dead in a rosebush after a hit-and-run.

Everyone believes it was an accident, despite the phone threats Jane swears were real. But the truth is a thorny thing. As Jane’s boyfriend, friends, and admirers come to visit, more memories surface not just from the party, but from deeper in her past . . . including the night her best friend Bonnie died.

With nearly everyone in her life a suspect now, Jane must unravel the mystery before her killer attacks again. Along the way, she’s forced to examine the consequences of her life choices in this compulsively readable thriller.

Rosebush was a totally twisted story.  Michelle Jaffe wrote an amazing thriller with this one and I wouldn’t mind reading more books like this one.

Jane Freeman can’t remember anything about the night before.  All she knows is that someone tried to kill her and nobody believes her.  Threatening messages and phone calls don’t mean anything because nobody believes that she is actually getting them.  Will Jane figure out the mystery of who is trying to kill her before it’s too late?

Jane was an interesting character.  I liked her because she had more than one side and I liked finding out more about her and her past.  Her friends were the really odd ones, though.  Kate, Langley, Ollie, David, and Scott all had secrets and I couldn’t guess any of them.  I loved the mystery.

The plot was okay but there didn’t seem to be a ton going on with the killer for most of the book.  The memories from the night before kept it interesting though.  Jane kept remembering things and it seemed like every new memory changed who the killer might be.  It was awesome!

Overall, Rosebush is a unique book for the young adult market.  It’s full of suspense, romance, and lots of secrets.  Oh and really hot guys!  =]

First line:  The image is stark yet beautiful.

Rating:  A

Cover:  A++

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5 Comments

  1. Jenny

    Wow, this seems like a real good book and that cover is beautiful. I’ll have to pick it up- it sounds intense!

    By the way, I love how you include the first lines of the book in your reviews. That’s a great idea!

  2. Bere

    Wow, this one sounds really great. I actually have this one on my reading list but your review is the first I’ve read for it. I’ll definitely be on the lookout. Thanks, Katie, awesome review =).

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