Apple And Rain

apple and rainThirteen-year-old Apollinia Apostolopoulou (Apple) has lived with her strict grandmother since her flighty mother went off to America to be a Broadway actress eleven years ago. Her grandmother makes her go to church on Sundays, won’t let her hang out with her girlfriends, and is too watchful. Apple craves the return of her mother and when she returns, Apple eagerly chooses to live with her. But things aren’t as Apple expects. Her mother does not have a job, is not responsible, and has another ten-year-old daughter, Rain, who has her own set of problems. Rain carries around a doll, which she believes is real and can’t take care of herself. Apple is reduced to being Rain’s babysitter and maid. Del, the boy next door, is a wonderful character who is sweet, smart, geeky, and adds humor to the book. Mr. Gaydon, Apple’s teacher, helps Apple by encouraging her to see poetry and writing as a creative outlet. This quick read about forgiveness, complicated relationships, and Apple’s growth and change is heartbreaking, emotionally intense, but honest. mjw
Title: Apple And Rain
Author: Sarah Crossan
Publisher
: Bloomsbury Publishing
Copyright
: 2014
Original Language
: English 
ISBN
: 978-1-4088-5306-1
Hardcover pages
: 332
Age range
: 12 up
Genre
: Realistic Fiction
Book setting
: England
Author’s ethnicity
: Grew up in Dublin and London
Author’s residence
: Hertfordshire, England
Awards
: 2015 Carnegie Medal Nominee
Subjects
: Coming of age, Dysfunctional families, Family problems, Mothers and daughters, Poetry, Sisters

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