I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing on September 1, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Young Adult
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When Apple's mother returns after eleven years away, Apple feels whole again. But just like the stormy Christmas Eve when she left, her mother's homecoming is bittersweet. It's only when Apple meets someone more lost than she is that she begins to see things as they really are.
A story about sad endings.A story about happy beginnings.A story to make you realise who is special.
Apple and Rain is a hybrid of Cathy Cassidy and Jacqueline Wilson is, perhaps, the best description you could even give this book. Filled with the tragedy/harsh circumstances, and a yearning a hope to improve life, this is a bitter-sweet book.
Apple has a stong and compelling voice. There are times when she sounds wiser and more experienced than her years suggest. Apple may have a the outer layer of a grumpy teenager but underneath all the moodiness she is actually very perceptive. Apple is extremely good at hiding her true emotions, they only appear in the beautiful poetry that she writes.
Apple has to face facts, that things are always greener on the other side. However, while Apple’s mother may not be the best role model she does allow for Apple to grow in confidence and come out of her shell. It was also lovely to see Rain and Apple’s relationship develop from jealous rivalry to sibling love.
Apple and Rain is a beautiful bitter-sweet story full of bad decisions and second chances. You cannot help but be pulled into Apple’s story.