Teen Review: Rose Sees Red
By Cecil Castellucci
Scholastic Press, 2010
Reviewed by Catalina Bonati, 15
Rose Sees Red is a book about friendship and understanding between an American and a Russian teen during the Cold War. It also takes a look at the complicated world of entertainment.
Rose is a lonely American girl who has recently started at the New York High School for the Performing Arts. One night, she meets Yrena, her Russian neighbor, who climbs into her bedroom window and suggests they explore the city. They stay out all night, and through their adventures, develop a friendship. In finding a friend, Rose finds herself.
This book shows a nocturnal and beautiful side of New York, as well as an austere one. The description is so spot on that you can practically smell the city. I was surprised by how well the author portrayed the anxiety and wonder of each situation.
On the other hand, the story is a bit complicated to follow at times. Some things happen too quickly and some too slowly. It is not written in a descriptive way. However, that does not take away from its vividness. The book is meant to be reflective; about forbidden friendship, world problems, and the art of performance. There's adventure, friendship, romance, even politics wrapped into every detail.
There is a sort of hidden message within this book, but it may certainly hold a different meaning for each person. It is up to the ones who dare to read the book and care to find it.
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