Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Review: Rosebush - Michelle Jaffe

WherI got it: Library
Rating:  3 stars 

Cover Rating: 5 stars (Very pretty and I love how dead the model on the cover looks.)
Genre: Young Adult  
Publication Date: December 7, 2010
Publisher: Razorbill
Page Count: 326 p.

Jane was popular. She made herself over and moved to a new town and was on top of the world. When Jane wakes up in a rosebush however, her world is turned upside down. The police are trying to tell her that she was either on drugs or trying to kill herself, others are convinced it was an accidental hit and run but there is something inside Jane that won't let her think this is an accident. If only she could remember that night. If only her friends could fill her in on what had happened before she left. Jane gets message from her killer saying that they are coming for her but no one will believe her because of the medication she's on. Jane starts to question whether anything she is experiencing or partially remembering is real. What Jane discovers shocks her.

The mystery part of this novel was pretty great. I loved that there were so many gaps that Jane had to fill in that her friends couldn't. The thing that bugged me though was Jane. I did not feel sorry for her at all. I could not empathize with this girl at all. She picked the wrong crowd to hang out with, she wanted to be popular. I know that that's not fair, but there was something about Jane's personality that rubbed me the wrong way. Which I guess is to say she was well-written, otherwise she wouldn't be able to bother me so much. However, the weird background story seemed unresolved and splotchy. It wasn't a very cohesive background and I don't know that it added much to the story itself. Plus Jane was kind of all over the place with her affections, a little too boy crazy for nearly-dead. This was a great mystery though, so I would recommend you check it out. Though I will forewarn you that you may not feel bad for Jane at all, even if her circumstance is pretty crappy. 

First Line:
"The image is stark yet beautiful." 

Favorite Line: 
"The kiss hurt a little on my bruised lip, but I didn't want him to stop."

1 comment:

  1. Oh my gosh! The girl on the cover does look kinda corpse-ish. It's kinda creepy... The roses look pretty though. :D I like the mystery aspect of it, but I'm not sure about Jane. I'll have to think about this one.


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