Rosebush is a Young Adult novel by Michelle Jaffe. It is a mystery, suspense novel about Jane Freeman, who is found left for dead in a rosebush after a hit-and-run. When she wakes up in hospital, unable to move, Jane realises that her memories of that night and her friends' stories of what happened aren't adding up. As she slowly pieces together what happened and tries to regain control of her body, Jane realises that one of her friends tried to kill her that night.One of them still is.Beware, there are MANY spoilers down here!
Adults Are Useless: The doctors insist Jane is just hallucinating the threats and is being paranoid, the police think she is suicidal.
Affectionate Nickname: Scott calls Jane "J.J" after she accidentally introduces herself to him as "Just Jane."
Alpha Bitch: Hinted with Langley and Kate. Nicky definitely thinks so.
...And That Little Girl Was Me: Jane describing the picture of a seemingly-dead girl in the rosebush, before she reveals that the girl in the picture is in fact, her.
Bad Dreams: Almost each chapter opens with a recurring nightmare Jane has throughout the novel. It is strongly implied to be Jane's inner guilt at Bonnie's death and her anger at herself for not seeing this coming.
Chekhov's Gun: Tons. The "friendship DVD" Kate and Langley make for Jane, the lipgloss, "conversational hitmen", the flowers, Ollie's collection of Agent Provocateur underwear...and that's just scratching the surface.
Chekhov's Skill: Ollie's obsession with survelliance becomes very important later. And so does Pete's skills with a frisbee, although Jane thinks he's kidding about that.
Cloudcuckoolander: Elsa is...a little off her rocker. Justified, because she is heavily medicated when she finally gets to talk with Jane.
Annie has definite traits of this, like deciding her Barbie is actually a man trapped in a woman's body. She's seven.
The Cloudcuckoolander Was Right: Elsa notes that, "Personally, those two scare me. Once I looked into Langley's eyes and I swear, there was no emotion there. Nothing. Then you look into Kate's eyes and they're even scarier because it's like looking into a swirling pit of darkness. Both of them are seriously messed up." The climax shows us how really messed up one of them is.
Control Freak: Langley. When Jane starts stepping out of line and becomes less of an Extreme Doormat, she does not. like. it. And it's not just Jane she feels the need to control, either.
Dude Magnet: Surprisingly enough, Jane. Over the course of the book, she kisses David, Scott and Pete. Annie even lampshades it.
Extreme Doormat: Jane, at least before the accident. As Scott puts it, "Jane Freeman, you are the biggest people-pleaser I know. You'd order popcorn at the movies even though you like peanut butter M&M's better if you think the person you're with would rather have popcorn and might want to share yours."
Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Langley is confused when Jane begs her not to kill her by saying, "Please don't put my mother through that."
The Fashionista: Both Langley and Kate's outfits are often paid a fair amount of detail, and they always look great.
Female Gaze: Both Scott and Pete are mentioned as being very handsome. Even Jane's mother goes "a bit preeny" around Scott.
Foreshadowing: The book is absolutely littered with it, although the first time around it's difficult to spot quite a few of the clues, Jane's ring being a particularly notable example.
Freudian Excuse: David's previously mentioned abusive father goes a long way to explaining his behaviour.
Langley is the bastard offspring of her mother and grandfather, then watched her own mother die in a fire she started. It doesn't excuse her behaviour, but is it any surprise at all she's so messed up?
Friend Versus Lover: Kate doesn't like David much, nor Jane blowing her off to hang out with him. Of course, it's hinted Kate has remaining feelings for Jane...
Genre Savvy: Pete is one of the few characters who is. Surprisingly, so is Joe.
Horrible Judgeof Character: Jane, Jane, Jane! She naively insists that her friends couldn't possibly hurt her because they care about her, and she also ignores remarks about her friends because, "They can't be like that, they're popular."
I'm a Man, I Can't Help It: Invoked indirectly. When Jane reveals she knows who Langley's father is, she responds, "Well, that's not Popo's fault. My mother was a whore."
If It's You, It's Okay: Jane and Kate experimented at one point long before the accident. Jane has mixed feelings about it, but later on it's revealed Kate is actually going out with Sloan, which may be another contributing factor to her fragile emotional state, as her father is a Preacher.
Manipulative Bitch: Langley has been controlling the scenes of quite a lot, but her manipulation of Ollie is implied to have taken place a fair bit before the book, not to mention creating Alex for the purpose of inducing sympathy from Kate and Jane, using Ollie to help ostracise Nicky to split up her and Dave. She also obviously doesn't like Kate's relationship. And then there's what she did to her mother...
Mood-Swinger: Kate has the occasional outburst of either anger or sadness, and it often goes away just as quickly.
My Greatest Failure: Jane persuaded her friend Bonnie to go to a party, which ended in Bonnie being found drowned in the hot tub after overdosing on drugs. It's ruled a suicide, but Jane suspects otherwise.
OOC Is Serious Business: Played straight with Bonnie's death. In the last conversation she has with Jane, she lashes out at her and calls her a "jealous bitch", when beforehand she was not only Jane's best friend but she didn't even want to go to the party. This is a large part of why Jane suspects her death was not an accident.
Parental Incest: Langley's father is Popo, her grandfather. This is the reason why her mother ran away to Arizona when she was pregnant with Langley. It also may be one of the reasons why Langley is so royally screwed up.
Parent with New Paramour: Jane's mother remarries Joe before the events of the book; This does not endear him to Jane whatsoever.
Raised by Grandparents: Langley was after her mother died in a fire. One of them is not her grandparent, however...
The Scapegoat: It's strongly implied that Langley "punishing" Jane for letting Bonnie die is Langley trying to get rid of her guilt for her mother's death; During the climax with Jane, she seems to confuse the two events, which only makes it more horrifying.
Sequel Hook: The issue of the real circumstances behind Bonnie's death are never fully resolved.
You Have to Believe Me: The more and more threats Jane receives, the less everyone around her believes her, especially because most of them happen when she is alone and can't prove they happened. This takes a very tense turn in the climax.