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Apple and Rain

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Apple and Rain

Apple's mom left when she was too young to remember, and Apple has grown up living with her strict Nana. Her dad and his new wife (who strongly dislikes Apple) have just announced to her that they're having a baby. Plus, the popular girls at school take Apple’s best friend, Pilar, away. Apple feels like her life is at an all-time low, but it’s picked back up again when her mother appears out of nowhere and offers for Apple to come live with her. Both Nana and her dad are strongly against this, but Apple is tired of them and makes the decision to go live with her mom.

[APPLE AND RAIN] shows that you can’t wait around and expect life to be perfect without taking action yourself.

There are two problems with this scenario. First, Apple’s mom, who is trying to become an actress, doesn’t have a steady role and therefore can’t support a family easily.  Second, Apple has a second sibling she never knew about: Rain. Rain is 10 years old and much too used to being an only child. She also a peculiar obsession with a doll named Jenny that she thinks is real. Things aren't as perfect as Apple thought they would be, and only an unlikely friend, a newfound talent for poetry and the act of taking responsibility can make things better.

APPLE AND RAIN is a lighthearted book full of harsh reality. It shows that you can’t wait around and expect life to be perfect without taking action yourself. I think this novel is very close to reality, making it all the more interesting to read and easy to connect to. It was a quick read --- the writing style was easy to understand and interesting. The plot and theme were perfectly crafted and I truly enjoyed reading this book. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a realistic fiction novel that is easily relatable. 

Reviewed by Maggie L., Teen Board member on June 9, 2015

Apple and Rain
by Sarah Crossan

  • Publication Date: May 12, 2015
  • Genres: Family, Fiction, Youth Fiction
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
  • ISBN-10: 1619636905
  • ISBN-13: 9781619636903