Rosie and Skate by Beth Ann Bauman
Publication date: 11 August 2009 by Wendy Lamb Books
ISBN 10/13: 0385737351 | 9780385737357
Category: Young Adult Realistic Fiction
Format: Hardcover (also available in eBook and Kindle formats)
Keywords: Children of alcoholics, sisters, recovery, romance
Realistic YA fiction just got another stellar book on its list with Rosie and Skate. Rosie and Skate's alcoholic dad is in prison again and things are tough. Rosie's holding out hope for Dad to get better. Skate is trying to deal with her boyfriend going to Rutgers and starting a long distance relationship. Skate lives with her boyfriend's mom and Rosie is in their worn home, being looked after by her cousin. As life moves on, the girls' grow up.
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. If I had seen it at a bookstore, I may not have picked it up. (So special thanks to Alethea, book guru, who recommended it to me!) But I'm here to tell you that the front flap blurb doesn't do the book justice.
Short, sweet and well written, each girl's journey is sometimes difficult to experience, but I did--and that's good writing. There were moments when I was cringing, or I felt like my heart was breaking, or I would keep shifting on my couch to find a better position only to realize it wasn't my beat up couch making me squirm. It was the dialogue, the feeling, the love in this book.
This novel may be not suitable for younger readers, as there are references to sex and drugs; but all of these taboo topics are dealt with in a delicate and tasteful way. The characters are full and complicated. Bauman doesn't shy away from uneasy themes. Hope, love, disappointment--it's all there in a bittersweet story that made me wish there was more.
You can find Alethea's review here.