• My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier

REVIEW

“Do you think I’m the devil?”

Seventeen-year-old Che thinks his 10-year-old sister, Rosa, ability be worse than that. Rosa lies and manipulates others, steals, and tortures bugs—all for her own ball and curiosity—and her extreme behavior is increasing. Che’s parents don’t accept his claims about Rosa, so back they move to New York City, he has one goal: assure the city from his bananas little sister. As Che presents his analysis on sociopathy and personality disorders via conversations with Rosa, readers attestant her malicious behavior, threats, and lies firsthand. Not one to shy abroad from tough subject matter, Larbalestier addresses issues accompanying to gender, animal orientation, religion, identity, and chase with tact. Though anecdotal by an Australian white male, assortment abounds in the novel, calmly administration the pages with the riveting artifice as it builds to a alarming climax. Che is in adulation with his “very dark-skinned” battle mate, a babe called Sojourner (who additionally happens to accept two moms). In a decidedly ablaze set piece, Leilani, who’s allotment Korean and a lesbian, and Elon, an androgynous atramentous character, force Che to contemplate his interracial accord by acclamation the fetishization of atramentous women.

This dark thriller is the 1956 blur The Bad Seed meets 2016; readers will be accompanying abashed back Rosa’s present and afraid to let her out of their sight. (Thriller. 14 & up)

EDITORIAL REVIEW

Beats The Silence of the Lambs for suspense—it's the kind of book that had me literally gasping aloud as it rattled to its incredible conclusion.
—Cory Doctorow, New York Times bestselling author of Homeland

What if the most terrifying person you know is your ten-year-old sister?

Seventeen-year-old Aussie Che Taylor loves his younger sister, Rosa. But he’s also certain that she’s a psychopath—clinically, threateningly, dangerously. Recently Rosa has been making trouble, hurting things. Che is the only one who knows; he’s the only one his sister trusts. Rosa is smart, talented, pretty, and very good at hiding what she is and the manipulation she’s capable of.

Their parents, whose business takes the family from place to place, brush off the warning signs as Rosa’s “acting out.” Now that they have moved again—from Bangkok to New York City—their new hometown provides far too many opportunities for Rosa to play her increasingly complex and disturbing games. Che’s always been Rosa’s rock, protecting her from the world. Now, the world might need protection from her.

My Sister Rosa

  • BookMy Sister Rosa
  • Author:Justine Larbalestier
  • ISBN:1616956747
  • ISBN-13:9781616956745
  • Binding:Paperback
  • Publishing Date:2016-11-15
  • Publisher:Soho Teen
  • Language:English
  • Number Of pages:320