This review contains quotes from the book.
Julie Shepard writes an emotional tale about a girl’s journey to find her birth mother, who was thought to be dead her entire life, in Rosie Girl.
When Rosie’s father dies, she is thrust into the world of her abusive stepmother and her stepmother’s loser boyfriend. Rosie’s best friend, Mary is the only comfort she has while living in that environment. And Mary would do anything she could for Rosie. That includes hooking up with boys so she could get cash from them. Mary is willing to do this because when Rosie finds out her mother could be alive by her dad’s letter, they know they will need cash to be able to find her.
“Know that I loved your mother very much, especially for giving me you. The other items in this box are all I have left of her. They’re yours now, so treasure them. If you’re brave enough, they may even lead you to her.”
— excerpt from Julie Shepard’s Rosie Girl
The first thing the girls do is hire a private investigator. But things start to go downhill when the private investigator’s nephew, Mac, is handed the case. When they are looking for her mom, Rosie finds out a dark secret that she did not expect.
My favorite part of this novel was Mary and Rosie’s friendship. You can tell how much they care about each other because they would go to extreme lengths to make sure the other one is okay. You see them both struggle with their families, but they persevere. I also like how Mac spices things up for Rosie and Mary, especially in the love department. He makes the plot more interesting because he brings Rosie closer to the truth, without him she would never know about if her mother is alive or not.
Shepard does a good job of setting up the plot regarding her mother. Because in the beginning, Rosie believes she is dead, then she finds the letter from her dad which says that I hope you are able to find her one day. And of course, she wants to find her because her home life is brutal. With her best friend by her side, she is able to conquer her fear and go out into the world with no real idea on where to start looking. I think Rosie and Mary are very brave for being able to search for a woman they have no idea about.
I recommend this to anyone who is looking to read an intriguing, dark young adult novel.