Wild Roses

 
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Cassie Morgan is your typical girl; she goes to school with her friends, has a pet dog named Dog William and loves astronomy. However, there is one thing that sets her apart from your average teen: she lives with world-famous violinist Dino Cavalli, who happens to be quite bonkers. The world may know Dino as a talented violinist, but to Cassie, he’s her paranoid step-father. Cassie’s parents are divorced and Cassie’s mother, an excellent cellist herself, married Dino. Cassie’s father lives in the same town, and Cassie occasionally sees herself having fantasies of her biological parents getting together again. However, knowing that this is extremely unlikely, Cassie just has to make the best of living with the mad-man of a musician.

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.
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Reader reviewed by Jenna

Deb Calleti is a great author, she expresses the feelings of the main character very well.
Imagine being Cassie. Her parents are divorced and she is in a world of hurt. In this book, another one of the characters, is Ian. He is a nice boy, and his relationship awith Cassie is cute. They become good friends, overall, this book expresses many emotions, sadness, madness, hapiness, hate, and even jealously. Definetly a great read for the summer.


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crazy musicians
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Reader reviewed by charlie

Dino Cavalli is the reason why Cassies parents are divorced. To the outside world, hes a famous violinist/composer, but to Cassie hes a whole other person. Arrogant, conceited, self-centered, but crazy? Dino wouldnt be the first genius to be crazy, but day after day Cassie has to make up more and more excuses for his behavior. Ian Waters is Dinos first and only student, a brilliant teenage violinist. Cassie tries to stay away knowing it wont be a happy ending, but it soon proves to be impossible.

This book was a quick read for me. I thought the relationship between Cassie and Ian was sweet, and I loved how the book mentioned the real musicians/painters that actually were crazy. However, I thought the ending of the book was a little underwhelming, since starting from the beginning of the book, it was already hinting that Dino does something terrible at the end but I didnt think it was that bad. I just dont think this book was as good as other people say, but thats my opinion.
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Okay, Not Spectacular
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Reader reviewed by Sara

From back cover: Seventeen-year-old Cassie Morgan lives with a time bomb (a.k.a. her stepfather, Dino Cavalli). To the public, Dino is a world-renowned violin player and composer. To Cassie, hes an erratic, self-centered bully. And hes getting worse: He no longer sleeps, and he grows increasingly paranoid. Before, Cassie was angry. Now she is afraid.
Enter Ian Waters: a brilliant young violinist and Dinos first-ever student. The minute Cassie lays eyes on Ian she knows shes doomed. Cassie thought she understood that love could bring pain, but this union will have consequences she could not have imagined.
In the end, only one thing becomes clear: In the world of insanity, nothing is sacred&

Favorite characters, quotes/lines: Bunny and Chuck: They were so off-the-wall and unique, I wished they were in the book more; Cassie: I liked her running commentary on Dino and her other relatives, she was funny; Cassies grandmother: I usually laughed out loud when she made an appearance!

When I finished this book I felt: Cassie: she was extremely easy to relate to, she said a lot of things I could see myself saying

Other books to read by this author: The Nature of Jade, The Queen of Everything, Honey,Baby,Sweetheart, The Fortunes of Indigo Skye
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If everyone around you is crazy.....
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Reader reviewed by Deirdre

What would you do if everyone around you seemed insane? What if you fell in love with a person already in love with their violin?
These are the questions 17 year old Cassie Morgan has to ask herself as she navigates through her adventure involving lying, insanity and a biker guy named Bunny.
With its colorful detailed characters, this book will have you turning the pages at lightening speed and staying up half the night to finish it!
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Reader reviewed by abscae

I think I read this book about two years ago, sitting in Princeton's library, and I finished it right then and there, in one sitting. The most interesting part of the novel is the slow descend of the stepfather, but also her reaction to it. I loved the romance, but what really drew me to this novel was the writing, it was so poetic in some terms, and just the title of the book even can indicate that the writer is quite poetic. Fabulous book.
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Reader reviewed by HGV

This book is one of the best books I've read. If you like to read romance, this would be your best bet. This book is about two teens who fall in love while one is living with a time bomb to insanity who doesn't want them to be together. The other is just a great musician who knows how to have fun (unlike the time bomb, who is also a musician.)This is a story of long journeys that the two teens have to endure together and alone. No matter what, though, they will stick together will all of thier will, no matter what happens. Together, they learn that love conquers all, in all eyes.
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Reader reviewed by Whitney Hwang

Seventeen-year-old Cassie Morgan knows Dino Cavalli, the famous, world-renown violinist. In fact, Cassie lives with him; hes her stepfather. Cassie knows him as a moody and unstable man, incapable of living a day without setting everyone close to or around him on edge. But one good thing comes from Dinos existence: Ian Waters, Dinos violin student. From the beginning, Cassie knew that they would be inseparable. Cassie struggles with retaining her sanity and all she holds dear.

When reading this book, its clear that Deb Caletti has had a real taste of what shes described in this book. In Cassies world, everyone seems to be mad and she and Ian seem to be the only sane ones. She discovers that sometimes people just have to let go to the things they love.

I really liked this book, especially since I also play the violin. In the story, Dino is trying to train Ian to become a master violinist, much like him, but he says that Ian isnt angry enough, that he didnt play like he needed to. I dont think that Dino was right; people should play with passion, not anger. I would recommend this book for teens who enjoy playing music or just want to enjoy a good book.
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