Book Review: My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier

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Genre: Young Adult/Thriller

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I stumbled across this book on Goodreads and once I read the summary, knew I had to check it out!

The story is told from the point of view of seventeen year old Che, who seems to be the only one aware of his little sister’s violent tendencies.  At ten years old, Rosa, appears on the outside to be a perfect angel.  With blonde curls and blue eyes, she easily charms her way into the hearts of those around her.  Che lives in a constant state of worry as he tries to stay one step ahead of his sister and keep her from harming – or even killing – someone who would never see it coming.

I really liked Che’s character and felt so bad for him as he struggled to keep Rosa in line.  Despite being seventeen, Che has looked after Rosa and attempted to teach her right from wrong from a young age.  Che and Rosa’s parents are often wrapped up in their work or each other and seem oblivious to Rosa’s true nature.  They rely on Che to take care of Rosa and essentially act as a third parent, which would be a huge amount of stress in itself for any teenager.  Despite believing Rosa is a psychopath, Che still loves his little sister and remembers how innocent she was when she was a baby.

I really liked the characters and plot of this book.  I gave the book a 4 out of 5 because it was a tad slow at times and I would have liked a bit of a happier ending for Che at the conclusion.

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