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Michele Jaffe’s new YA novel, Rosebush, is a foray into the world of high school popularity and the competitiveness that comes with it. The novel is a clever thriller that weaves and twists its way around all of the characters.
Forced to move to a new town by her mother, Jane Freeman must start a new school, after cultivating her image to be popular at her old school. Fate looks upon her that first day, though, as she meets the most popular girls in the school, and they befriend her. She becomes part of their social circle, and starts going out with a popular, handsome boy named David. Like most girls, she has problems dealing with her mom, and her mom’s new boyfriend, but she is generally well–liked. But is she really? Does one of her friends want her dead?
Jane planned to spend Memorial Day weekend at a party with her best friends and her boyfriend, but instead finds herself in the hospital, the victim of a hit and run accident. She has no memory of the accident or the party, but fragments of that night start to come back to her as her friends stop by to visit. She also starts hearing voices, and begins receiving threatening phone calls. Her friends are supportive, but acting suspiciously. Her mother thinks she’s crazy. Is it the medication, or are these things really happening?
As Jane takes a new look at her best friends, she must figure out who would want her dead, and revisit the choices in her own life.
Rosebush has a delicious cast of characters. They, along with the plot, keep you in suspense until the very end. A highly readable young adult thriller.