Wild Roses by Deb Caletti

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Seventeen-year-old Cassie Morgan lives with a time bomb (a.k.a. her stepfather, Dino Cavalli). To the public, Dino is a world-renowned violin player and composer. To Cassie, he's an erratic, self-centered bully. And he's getting worse: He no longer sleeps, and he grows increasingly paranoid. Before, Cassie was angry. Now she is afraid.

Enter Ian Waters: a brilliant young violinist, and Dino's first-ever student. The minute Cassie lays eyes on Ian she knows she's doomed. Cassie thought she understood that love could bring pain, but this union will have consequences she could not have imagined.

In the end, only one thing becomes clear: In the world of insanity, nothing is sacred....

About Deb Caletti

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Deb Caletti is an award-winning author and a National Book Award finalist whose books-Honey, Baby, Sweetheart; The Queen of Everything; The Secret Life of Prince Charming-are published and translated worldwide. She lives with her family in Seattle.
Published August 23, 2011 by Simon Pulse. 311 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Parenting & Relationships. Fiction

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Cassie’s famous violinist/composer stepfather Dino is “both crazy and a genius,” a person the politically correct might call “joy-impaired,” “excessively imaginative,” “abundantly security conscious” or “emotionally challenged,” but who Cassie sees as “hugely depressed,” “delusional” and “paranoi...

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Some characters may seem less credible (e.g., Ian's stepbrother and Cassie's eccentric grandmother) but only by contrast with a cast of otherwise full-blooded characters, including Cassie's mother, who grows thin trying to control Dino's insanity, but closes her eyes and smiles when he performs (...

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An engrossing story and an interesting look at loving and living with musical geniuses.

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What drew me to him and what made me forget my promise of not ever getting involved with a musician again is the fact that he’s the most amazing musician I’ve ever met, and he’s still as down to earth as anyone with his measure of talent can get.

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Dino hates Tiero so much that he bought the ugliest dog he could find and named it William.

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