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Rosebush Hardcover – December 7, 2010

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Beautiful, popular Jane Freeman awakens in the hospital with no memory of what happened the night she was struck by a hit-and-run driver. Thrown by the collision into a rosebush, Jane is unable to move or speak. As mobility and memories begin to return, Jane realizes that someone has tried to kill her, and it has to be someone she knows well. The fact that no one believes the threats she is receiving complicates the thorny puzzle. Compulsively readable, the novel bristles with red herrings, leading readers down one tempting plot branch after another, each one blooming with plausibility. The characters are skillfully cultivated through flashbacks, and the insecure, people-pleasing Jane grows believably as she takes on the mystery. Jaffe has an especially deft hand with teen dialogue, and clues are organically revealed as each friend visits the hospital room. The motivation of the perpetrator is a stretch, but the revelation provides rich soil for discussion. A sure bet for teen mystery fans. Grades 8-12. --Lynn Rutan


"Jaffe manages the suspense marvelously while also unfolding Jane's emotional life...a winner." --Kirkus

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 680L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Razorbill (December 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159514353X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595143532
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,563,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By kamran s. gill on December 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
was browsing in the back a few pages..couldnt put it tall latte later..had to buy it on train..skipped dinner..wont spoil with too many details..gonna look for other books by this author!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Vanniman on December 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Jane thought she had:
2 bff's
1 fantastic, although controlling, boyfriend
1 mother who doesn't care
1 soon-to-be slimy stepdad
1 great friend who might be in love with her

NOW, Jane things she has:
1 bff with a secret...good or bad?
1 bff who's loyal and true
1 boyfriend who might be a cheater
1 mother who doesn't care
1 soon-to-be stepdad who might not be so slimy
1 new great friend
1 killer coming to get her

Does she have it right yet? Maybe...maybe not...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I've read some thrillers, and even though some of them were deemed the best by God knows how many people, to me Rosebush ranks right up there with Justine Larbalestier's Liar and Colleen McCullough's On, Off. This book is GOOD. Actually, good doesn't begin to describe what a drug induced journey this is but what matters is that it's marvelous and once you start reading it you'll be so enthralled you won't willingly let go of it. And even if you find yourself not reading it due to unfavorable circumstances, you'll be thinking about it, about what's going to happen next and about what just happened - or did it happen, really?

This is the story of Jane, a popular girl with a dark past who went to a party and whose unconscious body was later found sprawled on a rosebush. She wakes up in a hospital with her family and friends all horrified of what happened to her, and she has no recollection of what, when and how it happened. There's also a who, but we'll get to that later.

Personally I've never read a book with such a real character like Jane. You might argue a million things about her but it's impossible to deny all the nuances that make her a wholly believable character. Jane hates her mother for leaving her for her new stepfather when in reality she was the one who decided to distance herself from her family only to later blame them for allowing her to. She's truly selfless and thus is capable of doing things she doesn't want for extended amounts of time because she believes it's what the people around her want. She can be mean sometimes but only when she loses it and every little dark thought swirling through her mind has a good reason to be there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AReader'sRecord on June 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Michelle Jaffe brought to us a twisted story of friends, enemies and how sometimes you can't tell the difference between the two.

There really isn't much to say about Rosebush beyond not everything is as it seems. While reading the story of how Jane ended up, left-for-dead, in a rosebush, it felt like I was driving a never ending curving road around a mountain, through a mountain and over a mountain. The twists and turns never stopped. I was constantly peaking over the edge of the mountain too see how far up I really was.

Every time I thought I figured out the mystery of who and why, a new turn of events left me grasping for anything within reach. I almost felt like a crime scene investigator, putting together the evidence, reading between the lines of personal statements, and trying to figure out who had the biggest motive of all. Though, it is hard to do that when all of your friends, and even those you never liked before, seem to all know something the other one doesn't and is trying to cover up something completely unrelated to the actual question at hand.

While there are many reasons to pick up this book I didn't find myself troubled to put it down. I didn't make any connections with the characters, though, with a book this speed it can be a tricky feat to form a connection worth holding onto. The plot was well thought out and formed but I felt that I watching a slightly mediocre episode of some crime-drama through a dark tunnel. I saw it all but only at a fraction at what it could have been.

Despite the few qualms I have with Rosebush there are many reason why Rosebush is a great read. Characters with completely different personalities from different life styles topped with mystery and suspense make this stand alone young adult thriller what it is.

Cover: 4
Characters: 3
Plot: 4
Overall: 3

On the cover: Couldn't be more appropriate, could it?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gecky Boz "Bibliognome" on December 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
*I received this book via Different Area Codes tours

This book gets a resplendent 4 out of 5 gnomes for being full of drama, mystery and some seriously messed up characters. The cover of the book tells you a lot of what you can expect I especially love the line that was added to her arm, it really adds to the mysteriousness of it all. Jane is pretty much the ultimate mean girl she changes her entire identity just to fit in and be popular.

The book opens with Jane waking up in the hospital after being hit by a car and found in a rosebush. Then the story backs up to show what happened up to that point and after. Jane used to be an unpopular girl but had enough and changed everything about herself to fit in. She becomes best friends with Kate and Langley the two most popular people at her school. Being friends with them means that she's automatically in the popular crowd.

Jane makes some horrible choices even though she has her own reasons for making them. She sees her mother as uncaring. She is one of these characters that you just want to have a serious talk with about her boyfriend, he has abuser written all over him. He's a character that has well, no redeeming qualities. The guy tries to control everything that Jane does and makes everything bad happen seem like her fault.

It seems that everyone has a secret to hide and that makes them seem even more like suspects. Well almost everyone is a suspect except for my favorite character her sister Annie, who has a barbie doll that she thinks is a man trapped in a woman's body. All the clues come together and the answer to the mystery surprised me.
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