Rose Zarelli, self-proclaimed word geek and angry girl, has some confessions to make
1. I'm livid all the time. Why? My dad died. My mom barely talks. My brother abandoned us. I think I'm allowed to be irate, don't you?
2. I make people furious regularly. Want an example? I kissed Jamie Forta, a badass guy who might be dating a cheerleader. She is now enraged and out for blood. Mine.
3. High school might as well be Mars. My best friend has been replaced by an alien, and I see red all the time. (Mars is red and "seeing red" means being angry—get it?)
Here are some other vocab words that describe my life: Inadequate. Insufferable. Intolerable.
(Don't know what they mean? Look them up yourself.)
(Sorry. That was rude.)
The writing is terrific. It’s tight, and it flows, and it managed to delve very neatly into Rose’s tangled emotions: her grief, her confusion, and most of all, her anger. I liked Rose’s complicated relationships with what remains of her family. And best of all, I loved the way the author explored Rose’s grief. It felt so genuine, and was truly heartbreaking. I think my favorite aspects of Confessions were Rose’s relationship with her mother and brother. She and Peter were sweet together, even (especially) when they didn’t get along. They felt real, which was totally refreshing.
The ending is definitely abrupt, but that’s because this is the first volume in a series. It’s not an action-packed, plot driven, cliff-hanger kind of story. It’s about emotions, and Rose as a character. This is for people who love character-driven contemporary YA, without any real twists or special somethings thrown in.
I think this is one of those cases where it’s just not my precise cup of tea. I was invested in Rose’s personal journey, but not so much in the plot, or lack thereof. I was worried for her when it came to the bullying (which I thought was portrayed excellently), the grieving, and her disintegrating friendship with Tracy, her horrible but human best friend, but where the book kind of lost me was the romance. It was kind of... weird.
|No, not THAT weird. Seriously what are you doing.|
I felt like there was a chapter missing in Rose and Jamie’s relationship. It was so weird and sudden. It wasn’t pure insta-love, but I didn’t see the development there, and I didn't see why they were acting like they had so much history and tension when really they didn’t even know each other. Jamie as a character particularly confused me. I seriously had no idea what his deal was. I don't know what he looks like. I couldn't even figure out what his social background was, both in school and out, till the very end. I love all of Rose’s feelings for him and the way she talked about him, but I never got him, necessarily.
|Rose doesn't like people, and neither does Prince Harry (favorite gif|
of all time, for the record).