My Sister Rosa By Justine Larbalestier

Did you ever think that your younger sister  could be abnormal? My Sister Rosa is a realistic novel and Che is a seventeen year old boy who feels his smart, cute, talented, ten year old sister Rosa is a psychopath. Che’s family move from Bangkok, Thailand to New York City, New York. In New York City, Rosa does a lot things that she is not supposed to do like going to Central Park all by herself without any supervision. Che thinks he always has to protect her so that she will not get into trouble by their parents. My favorite character in the novel is Leilani McBrunight because she is a fashionista. I would rate this novel 4 out of 5 because it is tense and interesting at the same time. You could never get enough of it. If you doubt me, try it for yourself!

Submitted by Denise O.


I'd like to start off saying that this type of book isn't something I'd normally read.  I probably wouldn't have picked it up at all if I wasn't going to review it. I actually kind of enjoyed it.   I really liked the author's writing style, it's as if Che is actually speaking to you, rather than narrating his life.  Che loves his sister Rosa, who is the perfect little girl- except she is not.  She's a manipulative liar, who Che is certain is a psychopath.  The parents ignore all of the red flags passing her behavior off as just a phase.  What Che finds out on his journey to uncovering who Rosa really is, is mind blowing.  My favorite character is Che because he isn't like a regular teenage guy.  He is mature and considerate, and more or less a parent figure to Rosa.  My least favorite character is Sally.  I thought she was a terrible mom, the way she treated her kids after everything that happened.  ( I don't want to spoil it by saying what "everything" is).  It seemed like all she cared about was David, her husband.  I'd rate this book about 6/10, and would not likely recommend it to a friend just because I'm more of a fantasy reader, and this book was far out of my comfort zone.   

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