REVIEW: Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan
Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan
Published 2015 by Bloomsbury Publishing (first published August 14th 2014)
Read from January 25 to 26, 2017
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This is the story of 13-year-old Apple. Her mum left when she was still a baby and she's been living alone with her grandmother ever since, until one day her mother returns out of the blue. Apple's life will change for the better now, or won't it?
Apple has to choose between her Nan, who never talks about feelings and treats her like a baby, or her long lost mum who isn't responsible in the slightest. But how can a young girl be expected to make a decision like that, or realise what it will change?
Beautiful but sad would probably be the best words to describe this story. My heart ached for Apple and for these girls who've had to be wise beyond their years. This story shows the hardships of life, and how unfair it can be, even for young kids, even when it is not their fault. It shows how one person's bad decisions can affect a lot of other people, and other decisions.
The character development is great. We see Apple grow and understand the world and herself better. This was beautifully aided by the use of poetry in her English class and the poems she writes.
Neighbour boy Del was a welcome ray of sunshine in this story full of beautiful, realistic, complex and sad family dynamics. It is not a feel-good story, and not all issues are resolved by the end, though we are allowed to finish the book with a lighter heart and a hopeful view on the future.
On a different note, I've realised I really like it when you read a title made up of nouns, verbs, whatever, and then later realise that those words you thought were just words are the character's names.
It is a short story with short chapters. It is fairly predictable, but I feel the plot isn't meant to surprise us but to teach us, to show us, to make us feel. There's a lot of emotion in its simplicity.