Friday, July 10, 2015

Apple and Rain (2015)

Apple and Rain. Sarah Crossan. 2015. Bloomsbury. 352 pages. [Source: Review copy]

I don't know if what I remember is what happened or just how I imagine it happened now I'm old enough to tell stories. 

Apple doesn't have the best memories of Christmas, or of her mother either, for that matter. One of her earliest memories is when she was three: the Christmas Eve that her mother left. Apple has been raised by her Nana ever since. She does have some contact with her Dad, but, their relationship isn't all happy. So when Apple's mother returns unexpectedly seemingly eager for a relationship, eager for Apple to move in with her, Apple doesn't want to over-think it. Hasn't she been wanting to know her Mom? Hasn't she been wanting some freedom and independence? So her decision to move in with her mom--who is a complete stranger to her--is sudden. Apple couldn't be happier, could she?

But Apple soon realizes that her mom hasn't been completely honest with her, Nana, or her Dad. Apple has a younger sister, Rain, SURPRISE. They'll be sharing a room. And guess what?! The sister has some mental/emotional issues! And Rain is not thrilled to have a sister either. Apple will certainly have some adapting to do...

Can studying poetry in English class help her adapt? Can doing her homework make a big difference in her personal life? Readers get a chance to read Apple's homework, and, some of her poems are good.

Apple and Rain is a coming-of-age novel set in England. It's an emotional and dramatic read. I loved the focus on relationships: primarily between Apple and Rain, but, also to a certain extent her relationship with Del, the neighbor boy.

© 2015 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

1 comments:

Joy Weese Moll (@joyweesemoll) 10:20 PM  

The relationship between Apple and Rain sounds fun to explore.

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