My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier audiobook

My Sister Rosa

By Justine Larbalestier
Read by David Linski

12.66 Hours 11/15/2016 Unabridged
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What if the most terrifying person you know is your ten-year-old sister? Seventeen-year-old Aussie Che Taylor loves his younger sister Rosa. But he’s also certain that she’s a diagnosable psychopath—clinically, threateningly, dangerously. Recently Rosa has been making trouble, hurting things. Che is the only one who knows; he’s the only one his sister trusts. Rosa is smart, talented, pretty, and very good at hiding what she is and the violence she’s capable of. Their parents, whose business takes the family from place to place, brush off the warning signs as Rosa’s “acting out.” Now that they have moved again—from Bangkok to New York City—their new hometown provides far too many opportunities for Rosa to play her increasingly complex and disturbing games. Alone, Che must balance his desire to protect Rosa from the world with the desperate need to protect the world from her.

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Summary

Summary

An Edgar Allen Poe Award Nominee for Best Young Adult Novel

An Anthony Award Nominee for Best Children's/YA Book

A 2016 Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year for Young Adults

A Kirkus Reviews Pick for Best Teen Books of 2016

A Shelf Awareness Best Book of 2016

A School Library Journal Top Pick of Mind-Boggling Thrillers

What if the most terrifying person you know is your ten-year-old sister?

Seventeen-year-old Aussie Che Taylor loves his younger sister Rosa. But he’s also certain that she’s a diagnosable psychopath—clinically, threateningly, dangerously. Recently Rosa has been making trouble, hurting things. Che is the only one who knows; he’s the only one his sister trusts. Rosa is smart, talented, pretty, and very good at hiding what she is and the violence she’s capable of.

Their parents, whose business takes the family from place to place, brush off the warning signs as Rosa’s “acting out.” Now that they have moved again—from Bangkok to New York City—their new hometown provides far too many opportunities for Rosa to play her increasingly complex and disturbing games. Alone, Che must balance his desire to protect Rosa from the world with the desperate need to protect the world from her.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Quickly races into psychological thriller territory that meets and beats The Silence of the Lambs for suspense.” Cory Doctorow, New York Times bestselling author
“An utterly compelling and wonderfully creepy exploration of the many faces of psychopathy. Rosa will stay with you long after you turn the last page.” Jay Kristoff, New York Times bestselling author
“A toe-curling psychological thriller.” Sydney Morning Herald
“Haunting…Che is a compelling protagonist and his love/hate relationship with his younger sister is something any sibling will find relatable.” RT Book Reviews (4½ stars, Top Pick!)
“A chilling contemplation on human morality…incorporating sharp commentary on privilege, faith, gender identity, and race.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A tense, thrilling rumination on the psychology of evil, this work manages to keep a suspenseful tone while also showcasing a burgeoning romantic relationship. There are also a wide variety of nuanced and complex diverse characters in Che’s New York City neighborhood.” School Library Journal (starred review)
“The 1956 film The Bad Seed meets 2016; readers will be simultaneously terrified when Rosa’s present and afraid to let her out of their sight.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Mature teens and adult thriller fans will devour this suspenseful, chilling meditation on the roles of nature and nurture in creating dangerous criminals.” Shelf Awareness (starred review)
“A captivating exploration of family, fate, and the fight to outrun them.” Booklist
“A slow boil, moody and tense, with just the right amount of creep factor…The threat of violence from Rosa is suspenseful and truly terrifying.” Horn Book

Reviews

Reviews

by Ninjacorn 9 9/13/2017
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Twisted Sister

My Sister Rosa is a startling audiobook; I listened to the whole thing in one day with candles surrounding me as I bathed and devoured peach pie with a graham cracker crust; my monthly peach séance. Sorry for the visual. But I think I may have actually accidentally conjured up a wee little demon.
At first glance, the main antagonist in My Sister Rosa is, well, obviously the evil little sister, Rosa. Rosa is a demon child born without empathy, filled with hatred, and is eager to make those around her suffer with the bored amusement of that of a teen boy scorching ants with magnifying glasses or tearing legs off spiders. But the real magic lies—without giving away any twists—is in the manner author Justine Larbalestier uses the main protagonist Che’s (and others) own conscious and reactions to Rosa’a deeds as an even greater, more impenetrable force of antagonism. In between her bouts of despicable acts, Larbalestier constantly reminds us of Rosa’s youth and her lack of accountability due to her age. After all, Rosa should not be blamed, and is but a product of the adult world that’s raised her. Right? It’s hard to tell here. The old nature vs nurture argument. But as each act she commits increases in scale and intensity and damage, so does the reactions to them of the victims around her. How unhinged will their response be? Will they commit even greater offenses? Think of the varying dark comedy plots in cinema or television or literature in which an antagonist frustratingly destroys their surroundings or smashes everything in their home over, say, a lone antagonist fly or a neighbor’s pet. Maybe how one would (me!) perhaps tear apart their bedroom over a mere lost spider. At which point does the protagonist blur into antagonist and into their own worst enemy? One innocent little girl can do only so much harm in theory; how much more harm can those adults that react to her do? Larbalestier explores this paradigm. And these are the things you are left to dwell on as Larbalestier turns the magnifying glass back toward the listener/reader. She scorches you with guilt and remorse and the dreadful shock that a man who cuts off his own nose to spite his face is infinitely more horrific than anything a tiny little mosquito could do. But wait—is it a vampire? Our own minds are where the true blackness lies with My Sister Rosa. Bravo to the author: in a painfully formulaic and endless ocean of eyebrow-waxing werewolf dogs, martial arts zombies (yes, and I’m not kidding), and embarrassing jive-turkey vampires, Larbalestier managed to find a rather unique monster to infest your dreams. A ruthless little girl with a high IQ and robotic South African accent....Apparently I once told my mom, when I was around sixteen, that little toddler boys in suits and a bow-tie with their hair parted always seem possessed. Add little girls in expensive dresses from South Africa who want to discuss adult things to that.
The way in which Rosa begs her older brother to play with her will haunt your soul and drag it shotgun to hell…then slap it around some more when it gets there and murder you for a second time. God bless now, enjoy!

Author

Author Bio: Justine Larbalestier

Author Bio: Justine Larbalestier

Justine Larbalestier is an Australian American writer who was born and raised in Sydney. Her solo novel Liar received starred reviews from four major review publications, was short-listed for eleven awards and won four, and was named a best book of the year by Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), School Library Journal, Bank Street Books, and Michigan Thumps Up, as well as winning the 2010 White Ravens Award from the International Youth Library. She also wrote How to Ditch Your Fairy and the Magic or Madness trilogy, as well as coedited the Zombies vs. Unicorns anthology with Holly Black. Justine lives in Sydney, Australia, where she gardens, boxes, and tweets far too much.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Thrillers/Suspense
Runtime: 12.66
Audience: Young Adult (12–17)
Language: English