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I’m sad to say that after Lilac Girls, Lost Roses was a disappointment. I didn’t care as much for the characters in this book – they were all too selfish and unlikeable. Of the three main characters, two were rich girls who were so caught up in their entitlement they were almost unable to help themselves, and one was a poor girl who seemed to be trapped in an immature state, unable to show any growth or change. It’s a miracle they made it through, considering they never seemed to make a conscious decision and just kept stumbling into what they should do next. There was just no growth or character development, and despite going through terrible events, they all seem to have come out the other end unchanged. I knew it would be hard to live up to Lilac Girls, but this was a letdown for me.
Now, if Luba had been a POV character, that would’ve been an entirely different story. She was the only one who seemed to have any fight or intelligence. She was always making plans and thinking ahead, and taking action. It was nice to have at least one character who did something rather than just letting things happen to them. I would’ve been happy with the whole story through her eyes.
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