My sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier @JustineLavaworm @AllenAndUnwin Seriously creepy YA psychological thriller is a must read

Posted: March 6, 2016 in Uncategorized

My sister Rosa

By Justine Larbalestier

ISBN 9781760112226



‘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.


My sister Rosa is a powerful novel, dark and disturbing. It moves along at a steady pace but all the while Rosa and her manipulating and psychopathic tendencies eats away at you until you are hit in the face with the reality that Rosa could indeed be a monster.

All Che wants to do is keep an eye on his younger sister Rosa and stop her from hurting anyone, for Che is the only one who understands her, who knows what she is truly capable of. Che is caught between loving his little sister and hating her too. However, at 10 Rosa is cunning and bright and always ahead of Che.

As a reader, all I wanted was for Che to be happy, to find the girlfriend he always wanted and to spar in the ring. Boxing is his only release from the psychological games Rosa plays. He also wants to go home to Sydney but as always, Che has very little control over his life.

I was sitting on my front porch enjoying the sun while reading this book today and it got to the stage where I couldn’t  put it down. I couldn’t focus on anything other than Rosa and I felt sick just thinking about what she was doing. Long after I finished the book I was still thinking of Rosa as I worked my way through housework and gardening. Rosa was everywhere. Her impact was overwhelming and left me stunned.

I love this book. I love how Rosa and Che and everyone else became so real that I was at times out-raged, upset, and even a little freaked out. Not only is this a great read but I personally think it would be perfect to turn into a movie.



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