Suri Rosen dabbles in many arts, but excels in daydreaming. She has worked as a professional artist, filmmaker, journalist, and TV producer. Playing with Matches is her first novel. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Published: September 2014
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 in.
"Charming … Rosen gives us a coming-of-age tale with a twist featuring a fun heroine who puts 100 per cent toward creating a happy ending." — Quill & Quire
“Fizzy, funny and ultimately redemptive.” — Kirkus Reviews
"Playing with Matches is a fabulously unique story—formal matchmaking is definitely not a regular theme in YA—that embeds all the angst of falling in love and growing up and doing right by your family and yourself all under one cover." — CanLit for Little Canadians
”Playing with Matches is a cute story, but it will also touch your heart — My Book Views
"Deliciously plotted and unflaggingly entertaining, the narration of Rain's double-life adventures is frantic, funny, and finally heart-warming . . . a catch readers won't want to miss." — Books for Kids
“While Playing With Matches is aimed at a teen audience, adults who enjoy light fiction will also find it absorbing reading." — The Reporter
“I’d never read a YA novel with a Modern Orthodox Jewish main character before, and this one was funny, sweet, charming, and so, so recognizable to me in ways big and small that reading it made my heart explode a little.” — Barnes & Noble BNTEEN Blog
"This charming story of growing up and owning up, will ring true with readers, particularly those who share her cultural traditions." — School Library Journal
“Playing with Matches is compulsively readable. It is absolute fun, and Raina is the best kind of narrator." — CM: Canadian Review of Materials
"This is a funny, refreshing look at the challenges of being a teenager, when the world seems against you no matter how hard you try to make things right … because Rosen chooses to amuse rather than preach, her gentle lesson about self-discovery and forgiveness will resonate with young adult readers." — National Reading Campaign
"Besides being a sweet, big-hearted coming-of-age comedy, this offers a fascinating glimpse into the importance of the matchmaking role in observant Jewish communities." — The Bulletin of The Center for Children’s Books
"Breezy and entertaining." — Ottawa Jewish Bulletin
“Suri Rosen has created a set of characters fully realized. Each has positive traits and some flaws, making them inherently human. . . . Readers may want to keep a box of tissues nearby." — Jewish Book Council