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Rose Sees Red Hardcover – August 1, 2010
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From School Library Journal
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- Grade level : 7 - 12
- Lexile measure : HL630L
- Item Weight : 11.5 ounces
- Hardcover : 208 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0545060796
- ISBN-13 : 978-0545060790
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.75 x 8.75 inches
- Publisher : Scholastic Press; 1st edition (August 1, 2010)
- Reading level : 12 - 18 years
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,229,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I love books that take place over a short period of time, but I miss New York City an unspeakable amount, so reading about the girls' late-night adventure was rather bittersweet. I loved seeing all the stuff they went around doing, especially since even the politically-charged events never managed to overshadow Yrena's awe of the city or Rose's awe of being around a new group of friends. However, like all books set over a short amount of time, I do so wish there was more. The time before the night began never managed to fully convince me of why Rose was such an outcast at her high school or show me the extent of her damaged relationship with her old friends, which became a rather important detail. Plus, because some people show up so late or sporadically in the adventure, I didn't get a good chance to see their relationship with Rose and Yrena develop beyond the promise of something greater after the book ended.
I love that this book provided such a brief but powerful look into the lives of two girls who were never meant to befriend one another, but its brevity still meant that so many characters and relationships weren't developed to their fullest potential, and I truly wish I got to see the friendships blossom into even greater things.
There are certain things Rose has learned living next to the Soviet compound in the Bronx, New York, in 1983. How to tell the KGB from the CIA, for instance (it's all in the eyebrows). Also, that world powers can act an awful lot like children.
Not that Rose cares all that much. Tagging the suits as KGB or CIA is fun, as is watching Yrena, the Russian girl next door. But Rose has other things to worry about: school at the Performing Arts Academy, avoiding former best friend Daisy, et cetra.
Rose sees the world right now as being black-no friends, no hope, and the Cold War raging on.
Nothing like a night on the town with people she barely knows to bring some color into it, eh?
Out of the one-nighter sort of books I've read, I think this one may be my favorite. I adore Rose. I adore her frankness, I adore her real-ness, I adore the way that she cares about the Cold War without being an international affairs buff. I adore her friends. I love Caleb to death. The characters as a whole are original, real, and refreshing-people I'd want to spend time with.
Not to say they're all nice people, of course. There's got to be someone awful and nasty. Daisy, in the case of Rose Sees Red. Still, while she's mean and nasty and all, she still brings something to the table-she evokes memories of mean and nasty people I've met, and presents some interesting challenges for Rose herself.
The tale itself is gripping. There's a decent amount of set-up time before the story takes off, but it's nothing terribly long and once it really got going, I could hardly put the book down. Set in 1983, it's still relevant to now, and easily relatable. After all,it's not like the Cold War was really that long ago, even if, well, at least four countries that existed at the time are no longer. Maybe the Soviet Union ceased to exist in 1990, but teenagers didn't.
Nicely crafted, great characters, great story, and pretty short. Overall, a pretty good book.