Books by Rosie Rushton

THE DASHWOOD SISTERS’ SECRETS OF LOVE by Rosie Rushton
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2005

Unlike Jane Austen's classic exploration of passion versus reserve, this homage to Sense and Sensibility itself falls victim to exaggeration and melodrama. As in the original, there are three Dashwood sisters, the eldest calm and the second impulsive. They live with their mother in the ancestral family home, which their father vacated when he fell for a young, fake-breasted health nut and remarried. He soon dies penniless and the destitute Dashwoods remove to a small cottage. Ellie and Abby (the eldest and middle sisters) have plotlines similar to Sense and Sensibility, with boys filling the same roles as in the original, but revelations fall flat. Rushton uses a jarring combination of Austen and update; for example, why is eldest sister Ellie named after Austen's Elinor but second sister Abby not named after Austen's Marianne? Hard-to-believe details include emotions that change too quickly and muttered put-downs that the victim (standing right there) never hears. Leans vaguely on Austen's structure without developing its own substance or grace; unsatisfying. (Fiction. 10-13)Read full book review >
FRIENDS, ENEMIES by Rosie Rushton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

Girls who are drawn to series-type fiction that's high in melodrama but low in depth will enjoy this tale of friendship. Tory's circle of friends is tight knit with ringleader Ella, detail-oriented Pippa, artistic Christy and boy-crazy Becky and Donna. The dynamics change drastically when Hannah, the daughter of Tory's mother's friend, moves to town and Tory is obligated through school and home to welcome her into the circle. When seemingly innocent Hannah begins stretching the truth to create innuendos and rumors, alludes to a difficult home life and attempts to thwart Tory's first romance, it's no surprise that Tory and her friends turn on one another. They become torn between loathing and sympathy when they learn the facts behind Hannah's lies about herself. Entertaining, British teenage slang drives a predictable story. (Fiction. 11-14)Read full book review >