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. You would have never recognized the Dino I lived with in the books that had been written about him before the “incident.” No one had a clue. No one seemed to. Deb Caletti is the award-winning author of The Queen of Everything; Honey, Baby, Sweetheart; and The Nature of Jade, among others. In addition to being a.

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Dino is somewhat of a bully, saying harsh words to Cassie and capetti mother when he gets in a bad mood and slamming doors and throwing things. This book has nothing to do with a rose.

Deb Caletti is an excellent writer and I will definitely be reading more of her books. There is something actually seriously wrong with Dino, and Cassi is terrified.

But I really did enjoy it, and I am excited to read more of Caletti’s work in the future. Always bullying and brutish, Dino grows increasingly paranoid, but Cassie tries to balance her anger toward her father with her growing affection for his talented student, Ian.

Wild Roses by Deb Caletti

Alright, you judge if this is realistic. Hoowever, one thing that Caletti did not nail was contemporary situation between Cassie and Ian–there was poor character development in the beginning and it made me super sad to find out that this was one of those “automatic love” scenarios view spoiler [like they literally talked twice after his violin lessons with Dino which made them automatic friends?


This book really took me for a crazy ride. At first Ms Caletti surprised by by how good her books were. Ultimately Cassie learns that she cannot control her emotions and that risks are worth taking. It’s not a suspenseful edge-of-your-seat book, but is certainly absorbing. In fact, it would have been fine without any romantic aspects at all. And it’s in every book. Cassie has her concerns about Dino, but it is not until the pressure to create something new brings out the worst in him that Cassie understands the depth of his problems.

This book was an easy read about Cassie, a 17 year oldwho lives with her mother and her paranoid, schizophrenic stepfather Dino, who also happens to be a renowned violinist. As a matter of fact, Dino is like a b0mb about to detonate.

This place of gravity and stability. I was also surprised with how everything turned out. Her mother married Dino Cavalli, renowned Italian violinist- who happens to be mean, roees, and paranoid.

My husband never expects this accommodation, and in fact, sometimes will cancel a gig for my convenience instead, but calrtti to my disapproval. I liked the time Cassie spent with her father, her mother was frustrating but understandable. The negative part of it all for me, is that there were a lot of scenes and situations in the books that just slowed it down and didn’t really add much to the story.

No one seemed to see what was coming.

The characters were fantastic in this book. He was hardly in the book, which made the romance seem improbable. Caletti probes the links between madness and artistic genius, passion and stability. And it makes you realize there’s absolutely no way to avoid change. Dino flips out and the true details of his past life begin to emerge. It was just bleh. Favorite quotes If your life truths have to be protected like some people keep their couches in plastic then ciao… have a nice life Okay, rowes if you’re going for the whole love at first sight angle it makes sense.


Both parents should have realized that their daughter was their main priority, above a step-father, above whatever the divorce decree states, above it all!!

Wild Roses

The book opened very good, the premise was very good, and even the Dino storyline was rather good. She falls in love with this guy that her step-dad is teaching to play violin. But then things get strange. I will warn you upfront, this book has highly mixed reviews, but after a string of no hits between me and the author Deb Caletti, I can say with conviction that Den Roses really moved me and stood out as a book that will hold top rank in my YA shelf.

To the public, Dino is a world-renowned violinist and composer. View all 17 comments.

Wild Roses « Deb Caletti

Loving words got turned to fierce, sharp, whip-cracks of anger that lefft permanent marks. It would have been one of my favorite books if those words weren’t consistently thrown in den face. Roses are pretty and gentle and sweet e So very, very terrible.

Caletti explores relationship between genius and madness in her third novel set in the Pacific Northwest.

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