Monday, 14 July 2014

Review: Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan

Apple and Rain
Released: 1 September 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Australia
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At the Other End:
When Apple’s mother returns after eleven years of absence, Apple feels whole again. She will have an answer to her burning question – why did you go? And she will have someone who understands what it means to be a teenager – unlike Nana. But just like the stormy Christmas Eve when she left, her mother’s homecoming is bitter sweet, and Apple wonders who is really looking after whom. It’s only when Apple meets someone more lost than she is, that she begins to see things as they really are.

Like a brilliant hybrid of Cathy Cassidy and Jacqueline Wilson, Sarah Crossan entices you into her world, then tells a moving, perceptive and beautifully crafted story which has the power to make you laugh and cry. 

Author Bio:
Sarah Crossan is originally from Dublin. She graduated with a degree in philosophy and literature before training as an English and drama teacher at Cambridge University and has been working to promote creative writing in schools since. She taught English at a small private school near New York until she became a full time writer. She completed her Masters in creative writing at the University of Warwick in 2003 and in 2010 received an Edward Albee Fellowship for writing. Sarah lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and their daughter.

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Sum Up:
An emotional and heart breaking coming of age story that will tear you apart, then sew you back together.

Behind the 329 Pages
This, for me, was a hard book to review without giving away too many spoilers. One of the main things in this book is a spoiler, so expect a short-ish review.

This was such a charming book and unpredictable book, and I loved every inch of it. This is a book that everyone should read. Even if you haven't gone through everything that Apple does, you still connect with her and all the situations that arise. The one thing that really surprised me was who Rain actually is..... I had all these assumptions and they all fell away when the bombshell of Rain came marching in.

Even though this is a heartbreaking story, it's still got that meaningful and loving undertone that never fails to show itself. I guess this is why I didn't cry in this book, especially because I was expecting to, so it kind of let me down a tad. I was expecting it to be really emotional and every time something could happen, I was thinking of the worst because I was looking for the emotional sobbing scene that I thought would come.

Ok guys, this is kind of a spoiler, so if you want to read it, just highlight the text:
I was only disappointed with the fact that Apple ends up standing up to everyone at the end, except to her mother, who was the cause for most of the problems in Apple's life, then it just leaves it with that, no explanation, no nothing. I get that Apple loves her and everything, but after all the things that she has put her through, Apple at least deserves something from her.

I love that we got to see how Apple changes as her life turns around, and still, it turns for the better (as you can see in the end). Even though I personally don't like poetry, it's got a brilliant part in this novel and if it wasn't in there, it honestly wouldn't be the same and I wouldn't have liked it as much as I did. I really loved all the parts that this novel was put into and how they related directly to each type of poem that they studied.

Overall, it was a fun book and I loved being in Apple's world as she goes through hardships one after another, after another. A definite read.

This novel was received for review via Bloomsbury Publishing Australia. This review is entirely my own, no bribery or any deals have been made to sway this review or change my personal opinion of the novel.


  1. I loved this one too...although I agree that the ending wasn't completely satisfactory. It was just like they'd eternally forgive the mother, even though she was basically abusing them through neglect?? But no comeuppance? But all in all I adored the book and it was like a quick trip to London and n'awwww. x) I loved Apple and Rain's relationship at the end.

    1. Oh yes, I think a bit more could have been put into that ending, even though it's still a short book, there was no harm in extending the end. Yep, exactly. She doesn't get some free pass just because she's a young mother. Geeez, sort out your priorities. YES! I loved Apple and Rain, and their relationship, ooh, wanting to go to London one day.

  2. This actually sounds really really good! I've been a little skeptical because I felt like it might be too deep for me but I'm sure I'd love it. Definitely super excited to read this one soon! Lovely review. :D

    1. It is! It's not as much deep, as it is charming and very coming of age. The poems give it depth, but it's very lighthearted. Hope you like it as much as I did!

  3. Vague but really intriguing review Gina.
    For me, this sounds like a compete tear jerker and I can't wait to read it. I love coming of age stories, the emotionally journey that the characters face, you can always relate to at least one through your own teen years. Great review and really looking forward to starting this, I hope I love it as much as you did <3

    1. Ohh, I know it's vague, but you have to read it! Without saying who Rain actually is, I can't talk about much of the book. I think you will really love it, I can't wait to see what you think when you get to it.

  4. Wow, this sounds like a must read. I love poetry so it's exciting to hear it plays a part in the novel. Great review, thanks for sharing. I'm adding this one to my Goodreads now :)

    1. A definite must read. It's not much poetry, but depending on each part of the book, there is a poem that relates to it. Awesome, I hope you enjoy it!

  5. I've always loved poetry as part of a novel, so I'll have to pick this one up. The mother + daughter relationship also sounds very interesting, especially since it happens on multiple levels between Nana, Rain, and Apple.

    1. This will definitely be a great novel for you then. It's short and sweet, with just the right amount of poetry thrown in the mix. It's a really good coming of age novel, especially how Apple learns and the relationship with her family.

  6. I am definitely starting this soon and can't wait to start it! It definitely sounds like an emotional read, and it will be interesting to see how it goes for me. Great review!

    1. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Good luck with it, you may cry haha. Thanks :)


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