Guitar Highway Rose

Guitar Highway Rose
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12+
Release Date
January 24, 2006
ISBN
0312342969
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A novel both lyrical and poetic
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Down Under author Brigid Lowry brings us Guitar Highway Rose a novel told in everything from prose to poetry to stream of consciousness writing and in multiple viewpoints. We primarily hear from Rosie and Asher, the two teens the story revolves around, but their parents and friends and even the people they meet also get their say.

The story flows surprisingly well for something that jumps around so often from character to character, from style to style. Once you are caught up in it, the story weaves a web around you or perhaps it would be better to compare this to a day at the beach, standing out past the breakers. You drift along, pulled this way and that by the waves, but gently and without resistance.

Rosie is fifteen and ready for adventure. Asher is the new boy with dreadlocks and a problem with conformity. Hes also having a tough time with the divorce of his parents. They meet up and after a semi-rocky start, really hit it off. When Asher is wrongfully accused of stealing a teachers wallet, the two decide to take off together.

They hitchhike up the Australian coast, meeting people along the way and discovering things about themselves and other people. Meanwhile, of course, their parents are going crazy.

The thing that makes this novel really unique is the way it is told. Everyone has their say, in their own way. A peek into Ashers mind is like being bombarded by thought after thought, while Rosie is more orderly. I like that everyone including the parents have their say. This isnt just about two teens escaping ordinary life, it is about everyone that is affected by it.

Recommended for readers aged 12 and up or anyone longing for some excitement in their life.
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Reader reviewed by Lauren

This book was interesting, kind of confusing though, switching between characters to tell a story. Yet the plot was well developed, Rose and the new boy Asher want to escape, and live life, and when they do, they realize that its difficult. When they meet this couple and their daughter they have fun being free, but know its time to go back home. On the way home they get into a car crash (of course there has to be something dramatic, what fun would it be if Asher and Rose got home without a scratch?). In the end, both Asher and Rose are okay and back home living life.
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Reader reviewed by NoneOfUrBusiness

our year 10 class found this book very boring and our group hated it. most of us just quit reading it half way through and it didnt get our attention at all.

i think that the author could have tried harder and the editors with the punctuation coz it would have made us understand it more....it sucked big time....
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Captivating and truly original
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Reader reviewed by Dylana

I'm so glad I came across this book. It was unlike anything I have ever read. You get into the minds and doings of every relevent character in the story. It was so well-written and original. I loved it.
Its about Rosie, a 15 year old girl tired of her life in her town, where everything is the same. Then she meets the new boy, Asher. He feels left out and alone here and at school. He looks and dresses different, but Rosie likes him. They become friends and also with Rosie's friend Pip. Then Asher decides he needs a break from here and wants to escape. This new place is not for him. Rosie wants to go with him. This isn't the first atttempt at leaving by Asher.
So they embark on a journey together with just the bare necessities. They pick up rides and camp out, while meeting a new amazing hippie family that give them a ride. Rosie and Asher love each other and they are the perfect match. Thier parents are worried and then they both miss home. Thier parents send out a police search and they are found. They are on thier way home until a terrible shock comes that may change everything, bringing a lot of broken hearts, regrets, and unsaid goodbyes.
You understand the feelings of every character and what is happening at the same time with everyone's life and how it all connects. It is amazingly written. What a fabulous read. I couldn't put it down at all!
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