At least Cassie has friends like Zebe who listens to Dino’s newest crazy doings—like cutting their neighbor’s cable because he thinks the TV is making too much noise. Besides her friends, Cassie also has a little tag-a-long who happens to be a fan of Dino’s music: Siang. Siang is a violin player herself, and loves Dino’s work. In fact, Dino will have a concert soon, playing new music (that he composed) for the first time in years. He must compose 3 new pieces, and is going off his medication that helps his mental state because he believes they cloud his thinking. Of course that just makes things all the worse for Cassie. Dino has his mood swings and acts rather rude, and to top it off, he believes that William Tiero is stalking him and causing him troubles.
Wondering how her mother could’ve fall in love with such an insane man, Cassie is not one to fall in love or have corny love musings. That changes when Cassie falls in love with Ian Waters, Dino’s first student ever. The two are unable to stop themselves from seeing each other and getting close. Dino has taken on Ian to help the talented boy earn a scholarship but little do Cassie and Ian know the horrible consequences that could and do follow as their relationship gests bigger, and harder to hide.
To top it all off, Dino seems to be getting crazier by the moment with his concert coming up. But is there something more behind the madness in Dino? Is he as crazy as Van Gogh, who’s Wild Roses painting hanging in his office? Will he lose it all in the end like the artist? As truths unfold Cassie learns that there is more than meets the eye. Will she ever understand Dino and his paranoia? Will Cassie and Ian’s relationship survive?
Author Deb Caletti weaves a touching story full of first love, understanding, emotional trials, and devastation. If you read enjoyed Ms. Caletti’s other novels, you will enjoy Wild Roses as well.