Wild Roses (Hardcover)
|Author: Deb Caletti|
|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.
From the Publisher:
While living with her stepfather, Dino Cavalli, a world-famous violinist, Cassie Morgan is forced to put up with his erratic moods and unstable temper, but when things take a turn for the worse and his paranoia becomes obvious, Cassie's only comfort from the insanity is her new relationship with her stepfather's pupil.While living with her stepfather, Dino Cavalli, a world-famous violinist, Cassie Morgan is forced to put up with his erratic moods and unstable temper, but when things take a turn for the worse and his paranoia becomes obvious, Cassie's only comfort from the insanity is her new relationship with her stepfather's pupil.
"Caletti's perceptions on divorce are crystalline, the story is populated with delightfully oddball yet solidly real characters and shot full of genuine wit, and readers will support her likable protagonist's quest to the find the balance she needs." 09/15/2005 School Library Journal
"With its profound observations and vivid, if occasionally profane, language, this multifaceted and emotionally devastating novel will stick with readers." 11/01/2005 Publishers Weekly
"Cassie's first-person narrative will sweep up readers, and her exploration of the fine line between madness and genius alternates between humor and painful truth." 11/28/2005