Seventeen-year-old Cassie Morgan lives with a time bomb (a.k.a. her stepfather, Dino Cavalli). To the public, Dino is a world-renowned violin player and. 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. Deb Caletti is the award-winning author of The Queen of Everything; Honey, Baby, Sweetheart; and The Nature of Jade, among others. In addition to being a.

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Caletti The Queen of Everything again plays with themes of passion and recklessness in this rich novel.

When he goes off anti-depression medication to compose new works, he becomes paranoid. The author builds the tension well: Some characters may seem less credible e. In the end, readers will empathize with each trapped character, even Dino himself. Copyright Reed Business Information.

School Library Journal starred review: When Ian Waters, a promising-and poverty-stricken-young violinist, shows up for lessons with the maestro, Cassie falls in love at first sight despite her belief that passion only brings about pain.

With its profound calftti and vivid, if occasionally profane, language, this multifaceted and emotionally devastating novel will stick with readers.

Seventeen-year-old Cassie has discovered that living with a musical genius sounds more glamorous than it is. Readers struggling with their own turmoil will find Cassie a kindred spirit, while others may begin to appreciate the comparative calm of their lives. This novel is a close examination of the unraveling of a family affected by both genius and paranoia.

The unraveling is subtle, occurring in bits and pieces, as a story in real life would unfold. Cassie lives with her mother and her stepfather, the genius violinist Dino Cavalli. Cassie has her concerns about Dino, but it is not until the pressure to create something new brings out the worst in him that Cassie understands the depth of his problems. Meanwhile she is learning to open up and let love into her life, with disastrous consequences.

Ultimately Cassie learns that she cannot control her emotions and that risks are worth taking.

Caletti crafts a fine story of a girl finding her way while coping with her parents divorce, her own fears, and an unstable home. In Wild Roses, author Deb Caletti, whose two previous books have won national applause, presents an insightful story of a sensitive but sometimes irreverent, potty- mouthed teenager roller-coastering through a series of emotional relationships with her estranged family members, a bevy of ditzy school friends, and her idealized boyfriend, Ian, a struggling violinist with personal and family demons of his own to deal with.


Dino flips out and the true details of his past caldtti begin to emerge. As good as she is at managing plot lines and tension, Caletti is capetti adept at depicting realistic characters. Like Holden Caulfield, literary character Cassie Morgan is definitely her own person. Caletti probes the links between madness and artistic genius, passion and stability. At times, the narrative seems to lose focus or drag, and the madness-genius connection fails to convince.

Never one to shy away from heavy subjects—and always aware that her young adult readers can handle them—Caletti tackles mental illness.

Cassie lives with her mother and step-father, the great violinist and composer Dino Cavalli.

Dino is a pretentious jerk, but when he goes off his medication to complete a new composition, he starts to slide off the deep end. When Cassie lets herself go, something horrible happens that makes her think she was right in not wanting to get involved.

She writes about the beauty and power of music, and she does it without pretension. Kudos to Caletti for constantly challenging the genre. Having a stepfather is hard. Having a famous and crazy stepfather is harder.

Having Dino Cavalli, world-renown violinist and composer, as your stepfather is nearly impossible. This is the challenge that seventeen-year-old Cassie Morgan faces. Dino hates Rosew so much that he bought the ugliest dog he could find and named it William. Things are starting to get far worse than naming a pet after his enemy. Now Dino thinks that William Tiero the real one, not the dog is out to get him. He swears that Tiero is rses and spying on him.

The paranoia only increases as Dino prepares for an important concert that will reveal new songs for the first time in years. Even though Cassie knows that Ian has to focus on his music, she finds that her heart has a mind of its own. Deb Caletti has a way with words like her characters have with music. She reaches deep into the souls of her characters and stirs up emotions that readers will revel in.


Wild Roses

The author of The Queen of Everything and Honey, Baby, Sweetheart keeps up her funny, smart banter in this story of an impossible stepfather. Enter Ian, a gifted music student who must succeed in an audition to be admitted to a top music school.

Nothing like forbidden love to make a good story line! Entertaining without being shallow, this will have strong appeal as an outrageous family story.

There is some swearing here and there, totally appropriate to the occasions described. Caletti explores relationship rroses genius and madness in her third novel set in the Pacific Northwest. Cassie is the stepdaughter of violin virtuoso Dino Cavalli. Dino controls his delusions with medication, dev as an anticipated comeback concert approaches, he stops taking it. Always bullying and brutish, Dino grows increasingly paranoid, but Cassie tries to balance her anger toward her father with her growing affection for his talented student, Ian.

When tragedy strikes at the concert, Cassie discovers the relationship between passion and insanity, and comes to realize how her mother could love reb like Dino. A good selection for debb book clubs.

Wild Roses: Reviews « Deb Caletti

The Olympian — The Bookmonger: Deb Caletti is a smart, funny Issaquah author whose Web site, www. This is the story of year-old Cassie Logan, an amateur astronomer. He has stopped taking his medication in order to unfetter his inspiration — and now he is succumbing to violent bouts of paranoia. Cassie is a wonderful heroine — smart and smart-alecky, caletfi sensitive, too. She has to grapple with the allegiance she feels to each of her biological parents, and now she has to cope with the delicious but disorienting problems of a romance of her own.

This is a grandly satisfying book. Check out her Web site at www. All rights reserved The Olympian — The Bookmonger: