Publishing Info: January 4, 2012 by Harlequin
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // Goodreads
Date Completed: October 17, 2012
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Rose Zarelli, self-proclaimed word geek and angry girl, has some confessions to make…
1. I'm livid all the time. Why? My dad died. My mom barely talks. My brother abandoned us. I think I'm allowed to be irate, don't you?
2. I make people furious regularly. Want an example? I kissed Jamie Forta, a badass guy who might be dating a cheerleader. She is now enraged and out for blood. Mine.
3. High school might as well be Mars. My best friend has been replaced by an alien, and I see red all the time. (Mars is red and "seeing red" means being angry—get it?)
Here are some other vocab words that describe my life: Inadequate. Insufferable. Intolerable.
(Don't know what they mean? Look them up yourself.)
(Sorry. That was rude.)
When I first got approved from Netgalley to review this book (thank you!) I figured I’d like it, but just so-so. It seemed like a simple story and frankly, I expected it to be half-silly. It wasn’t. I was so impressed with the novel that Louise Rozett laid out for us and I got really into Rose’s character and the situations she was experiencing.
When we first meet Rose, it’s just months after her father was killed by an IED over in Iraq, her brother left her family for college, and she’s just starting high school. She’s feeling like she’s losing her best friend Tracy who’s more interested in being a cheerleader than the friendship they used to hold so dear, and through a series of events, she’s majorly crushing on Jamie Forta — a known bad-boy — and therefore a target of bullying by his “maybe girlfriend” Regina, who also happens to be the head of the cheerleading squad.
Rose’s situation is far from enviable and I really felt like the author did a great job of having the reader connect with Rose (at least I did!), especially since my expectations of this book was that Rose was going to be angry in a comedic way. I was so glad that this was an emotion-filled book and I really connected with all of the characters. In a lot of ways, Rose is very mature at only 14, but we do still see some girlish notions with the way she acts towards Jamie and romance, which is to be expected.
The thing I really liked about the book is how real it felt to me. I felt like this could have been a real person’s story. None of the characters were too “out there” (although I do have an issue with cheerleaders being prevalent in a lot of YA books since they didn’t have much stigma at my high school) and the emotions definitely made sense and were logical instead of people flying off the handle and acting a little bit crazy (hey, it happens).
I really didn’t expect to like this book so much and I loved it. I was a little disappointed that it wasn’t a stand-alone like I thought and I’ll still pick up the sequel. I think it could have wrapped up neatly in the end in just a few more pages; however, I do love Rose and where this story was headed so I’ll definitely read the sequel to see where that goes.
Rose Zarelli: I loved Rose! I felt like she and I had a lot in common in our beginning years of high school so I totally connected with her. She was studious but still liked to have fun and was wary of all of the drinking and sex and drugs – Which is exactly how I was. I was fresh out of Catholic school and had a crash course in high school and public school. I just think I really made a connection with Rose.
Jamie Forta: Personally, Jamie Forta kind of reminded me of a Jess from Gilmore Girls (<3 <3). He’s the strong, silent type and it totally worked in this story. The age difference is a bit large for high school, but hey, this kind of stuff happens. He seemed like the bad-boy I would have been interested in with all of the mystery surrounding him too – But I probably wouldn’t have the courage to get anywhere near Regina!
Regina Deladdo: Regina reminded me of… um… Regina George? From Mean Girls. Hahaha. She’s the Queen Bee and they totally had the same personality. But she was a really good villain for the story. If anything, she was the character I liked the least just because she seemed the least realistic. I don’t know about other people’s high schools, but as far as I KNOW, we didn’t have any crazy bullies like that, outwardly making fun of and insulting people to humiliate them in front of everyone.
Wow, I was really impressed with this book. I REALLY enjoyed everything about it. I feel like not too many people have heard of this one so I’m recommending it to all!