Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Review: Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan

Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pages: 352
Received: Received a copy from the publisher through Netgalley

Release Date: May 12, 2015
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Goodreads Synopsis:

When Apple was three years old, her mother abandoned her. Now, eleven years later, Apple’s mother suddenly reappears and Apple feels almost whole again. Her mother will do anything to make up for her absence. There’s just one burning question still to be answered: Why did she leave?

But getting to the truth isn’t as easy as Apple hopes—because her mother’s been keeping a secret from her. It’s only when Apple meets someone more lost than she is that she begins to learn the true meaning of family.

From acclaimed author Sarah Crossan comes a stunning new novel—beautifully told through prose and poetry—about betrayal, growing up, and the ultimate path to healing.

My Review:

I am not too sure what I was getting into with this book, it is definitely a book about family and learning about yourself through those around you. The writing of this book is what really kept me going, Sarah Crossan has a way with her words and she really did bring the character of Apple to life and had readers truly feeling her pain.

Apple lost her mother at a very young age and ever since has been wishing for her to come back, she wants her mom to realize what she left behind and regret her decision. When her mother finally comes back for her she wants answers as to why she left so many years ago, but before anything comes about, secrets are revealed that causes Apple to wonder how much her mother really wants her around. The one thing I found is that in the beginning though Apple is a teenager she seems very young still and has a lot of learning about life. Readers can actually see Apple growing more as the book continues on, she not only learns about herself but she learns about those who truly love and care for her.

This book shows readers that there is more to a family than meets the eye, there are so many great people that Apple doesn't really see because she is too busy thinking about herself and what having her mom back means for her. I feel really bad because in ways she hurts others around her without truly seeing what she is doing. I loved seeing Apple finally learn what family is to her and how she falls in love with the unexpected. Apple had a tough time never understanding why her mother didn't want her and she has always been very sheltered because of the mistake her mother made in the past so when she has the chance to do things for herself, she truly gets to learn from the past and make a different future for herself.

Sarah Crossan has given readers a book with so much heart to it that as much as you dislike the characters, especially how Apple treats people sometimes, you will still fall in love with them by the end. These people are flawed but they need to learn and grow up, in many ways even the adults have growing up to do as much as the children in this story. Apple definitely learns that a broken heart takes a lot more to heal than just wishing for someone to be there.

1 comment:

  1. I kind of saw this book as Apple realizing that she really isn't alone. I think her mother's abandonment kind of overshadowed everything b/c she was a larger than life character.

    Kate @ Ex Libris



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