Rosebush by Michele Jaffe *Alexa’s Review*

Posted December 21st, 2010 by in *Review / 1 comment

banner-review(1)Rosebush by Michele Jaffe *Alexa’s Review*Rosebush by Michele Jaffe
Published by Penguin Group
Genres: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover
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Instead of celebrating Memorial Day weekend on the Jersey Shore, Jane is in the hospital surrounded by teddy bears, trying to piece together what happened last night. One minute she was at a party, wearing fairy wings and cuddling with her boyfriend. The next, she was lying near-dead in a rosebush after a hit-and-run. Everyone believes it was an accident, despite the phone threats Jane swears were real. But the truth is a thorny thing. As Jane's boyfriend, friends, and admirers come to visit, more memories surface-not just from the party, but from deeper in her past . . . including the night her best friend Bonnie died.

With nearly everyone in her life a suspect now, Jane must unravel the mystery before her killer attacks again. Along the way, she's forced to examine the consequences of her life choices in this compulsively readable thriller.

3.5 Stars

Jane gave up a part of herself each time she became part of the popular group at school. She has the life other people dream about, she is pretty, popular, has great friends and a musician for a boyfriend. There is just one problem with this glamorous life and that happens when Jane is left for dead in a rosebush. Now she has to figure out the events that lead to her near death experience…that’s if she has enough time before the killer strikes again.

This book starts off with the accident already over so there is a lot of back story that we as the reader do not know. The book is told sometimes in the past and sometimes in the present. This made the book feel a little all over the place at times. One paragraph in the chapter we would be reading about the present and then the next sentence we would be back in the past learning how she originally met the person or part of the night of the party she was at before being found in the rosebush. This made the story a little bit hard for me to get through because it just didn’t follow a nice smooth course.

Overall I give this book 3.5 stars because the events felt jumbled and since all of her “friends” were suspects in her near death it makes it hard to like any of the characters. All of her popular friends are shallow and heartless and it makes it hard to get attached to any of the people in the story. The only character I did like was Peter because he was the only character that seemed real to me. I’m happy with the way the book ended and the mystery was good and a little hard to figure out until the very end but there were too many flaws for me.

Alexa

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One Response to “Rosebush by Michele Jaffe *Alexa’s Review*”

  1. chelleyreads

    The plot of this book sounds really interesting. Thanks for the great review!

    -leslie
    booksandmakeup.blogspot.com

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