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Rosie is restless. She wants a nose-ring, and more. She wants to do something, be someone, be someone else. Asher is the new boy in her class. He has dreadlocks, a guitar and a bad case of the gypsy blues.
And he just wants to get away. Sometimes we know we shouldn't and that's exactly why we do. Read more Read less Amazon International Store International products have separate terms, are sold from abroad and may differ from local products, including fit, age ratings, and language of product, labeling or instructions.
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Verified Purchase. My son really enjoyed this book. Fifteen-year-old Rosie Moon lives in a small seaside town in Australia, where experiencing life is limited to walks on the beach and secretly piercing your nose. Her parents aren't getting along, her uptight mother finds it difficult to give Rosie the freedom she craves, and she's not sure how to impress the quietly rebellious new boy in her class, Asher Fielding.
Asher just moved to town with his newly single mother and desperately wants to leave his restrictive new school and head back across the country to his father and his old friends. Rosie and Asher's friendship begins when they are paired up for a poetry project, and their romance takes off when Asher is mistakenly accused of stealing.
He decides to run away for the second time, his first attempt to return to his father having proved fruitless. Rosie, desperate to break away from her own small-town troubles, decides to go with him, and the two take off on a cross-country search for adventure, freedom and, of course, love.
Brigid Lowry's novel was first published in Australia, and while American readers may be a bit confused by some of the geographic references, they will also find it interesting to learn about daily life on the other side of the world, where the lingo may differ but the issues and emotions of the characters are strikingly familiar.
The story is told in a series of vignettes, including everything from stream-of-consciousness thoughts to lists of the contents of someone's pockets or what someone had for breakfast. Anything that may provide a further glimpse into a character is fair game. Some of the vignettes can be confusing, such as Asher's scattered thoughts or dialogue scenes with no speaker indicated.
Also, some of the thought sequences feel unnatural at times, with characters narrating their actions to themselves as they do them or describing their emotions apparently for our benefit , creating the feeling that we're being told what the person is thinking or doing rather than overhearing their actual thoughts.
This is an interesting approach to storytelling, but at times it can come across as a self-conscious attempt at originality. Perhaps this technique was more original when the novel was first published, but with the recent popularity of books told in diary, email, list, or other unique formats, some of the creative appeal of Lowry's style is lost.
On the whole, however, the charm and good intentions of the characters everyone from frustrated students and teachers to struggling parents and even the occasional stranger make this a sweet story worth reading.
There's not much of an edge to the characters, but the parents' difficulties at figuring out how to be the best parents, and the teenagers' need to explore the world around them without restrictions, are both real and very touching. Rosie Moon, 15, is irritated with her life. Her mom treats her like a 5 year old, her dad doesn't really care, and her younger brother is a nuisance.
The best thing about her life is her best friend, Pip, until a rebellious new kid, Asher, comes to school. His parents are seperated, which doesn't help with the move. Asher and Rosie want to get away from it all and when Asher is accused of stealing a wallet, their dreams become a reality.
They set off for their "crazy" adventure where they find themselves At first, I was confused by the writing style. The book used words that I wasn't familiar with because the book originated from Australia. The book was also incomprehensible because it jumped to different characters, and I got thoughts and opinions confused. As I read more, it became clear and it was amazing. The plot was well thoughtout. Lowry used superior descriptions for the settings and people.
It felt like you were there! The book showed situations that teenagers have to overcome these days. Towards the end of the book, I couldn't put it down. It was supenseful, a definite page turner. Overall, it was an exceptional book. Kids under 13 should not read this book.
It had some vulgar language and usage of drugs. Reviewed by Flamingnet Book Reviews [ No thanks. This book totally brought me back to considering all the music and fashion mentioned in which I was a teenager at that time as well.
It was nice that they gave you so many perspectives in this book. Sadly though, I was bored out of my mind. I was glad this was such a fast and short read. I couldn't even attach myself to the characters. I was extremely surprised to find that this book did so very well in Austrailia. The poetic pieces were wonderful in the book but I just had a hard time enjoying this.
I also think that it lacked realism by making everything so happy for everyone in the end of the book. I don't think things always turn out that way considering how the characters are described throughout it. It was like everything had a quick fix suddenly. I loved this book! Brigid Lowry is my new favorite author! She has a gorgeous way with words. She writes in a style similiar to Francesca Lia Block but, unbelievably, more poetic.
The different points of view was a real draw for me because I always love books like that. The story line is crucial, funny, and REAL. Lowry gets inside of the minds of her characters and allows her readers to follow. At one point everything is going along fine you feel like all is right in the world and suddenly Lowry jumps on you and chokes your breath away, I literally gasped.
It's just like real life: "Sometimes you know where you are headed. You think you know what each day will bring But sometimes you are wrong" Amen Lowry! Go to Amazon. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. DPReview Digital Photography.
Guitar Highway Rose
My name is Rosie Moon. I am nearly sixteen. I'm hungry for a juicy life. I lean out the window at night and I can taste it out there, waiting for me. Popular and smart, fifteen-year-old Rosie Moon is the quintessential good girl.
GUITAR HIGHWAY ROSE
The recent reviews I've read on this have been mediocre at best but I really didn't like it. The language is childish and the characters are boring. In the very first chapter there are sentences that repeatedly use "and" or are short and choppy, it reads like a young kid's book! I had anticipated a road story focusing on two teenagers running away from their Guitar Highway Rose.
Rosie is restless. She wants a nose-ring, and more. She wants to do something, be someone, be someone else. Asher is the new boy in her class. He has dreadlocks, a guitar and a bad case of the gypsy blues. And he just wants to get away. Sometimes we know we shouldn't and that's exactly why we do.