For Rose Zarelli, freshman year was about controlling her rage. Sophomore year was about finding her voice. With all that behind her, junior year should be a breeze, right? Nope. When a horrific video surfaces, Rose needs the one person she wants to be done with, the person who has broken her heart twice—Jamie Forta. But as the intensity between them heats up, Rose realizes she isn’t the only one who needs help. The thing is, Jamie doesn’t see it that way—and that could cost them both everything.
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ROSE ZARELLI is done confessing because confessions are for people who have done something wrong. And I haven't done anything wrong. Here, I'll prove it to you.
1) After my mother got that call, I “borrowed” her car. (Because you can’t steal your mother’s car, can you?) I don’t really remember driving downtown, but I do remember...
2) …getting past the bouncer at Dizzy’s (I mean, it’s his job to spot a fake ID, so that’s on him)…
3) …and then later, telling my mother the truth about the bar but lying about how I got in. (A truth totally cancels out a lie, right?)
After all, what’s a little duplicity when finding Jamie Forta is the only thing that’s going to keep you from losing what’s left of your mind?
See? Junior year is off to a great start.
Reading book one totally made me team Rose. She was sassy, spunky, and her anger would deter many a reader but I found some odd connection with her, and her life's story.
Let's just talk about what book three is about first, shall we?
Rose Zarelli is confessing no more. Confessions are for people who "have done something wrong," and Rose is not in the wrong here. Her relationship with Jamie Forta was on the rocks, or in the air, or whatever you want to call it--as it always is. But, something's changed. They're together, like together together--and things are finally going in the direction she's dreamed about for four years. YES! Finally.
But, are things ever as good as they seem?
Okay, so in book three, Rose and Jamie are as toxic as they ever were. At least in my opinion. I can't think of any two people who don't belong together but are good and bad together at the same time. Yeah, I know. I'm confused to.
I think it has everything to do with her age. I think she's still learning, and that part of it makes it sort of okay. I think if I allow myself to fully understand it, I can better connect myself with this story, and with Rose--like I did with book one.
This is a story about a young teenaged girl, going through teenaged things, with some adult things trickled in. It's a series about growth, love and some healing. It's not a cutesy, happy ending kind of read--and you just have to be good with that.
I recommend this read to readers who love their characters--real, and climactic--and are not particularly happy ending seeking.
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About the Author
Louise Rozett is an author, a playwright, and a recovering performer. She made her YA debut with Confessions of an Angry Girl, followed by Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend, both published by HarlequinTEEN. The next book in the series, No More Confessions, is due out January 2015. She lives with her 120-pound Bernese Mountain dog Lester (named after Lester Freamon from THE WIRE, of course) in sunny Los Angeles, and pines for New York City. Visit www.Louiserozett.com for more info.
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