Sorry for mine and Ceri’s major absence recently… We’ve both been very busy with exams and events/trips we’re doing and so have both been unable to post. Both of us hope to get back up and running as usual as soon as possible, but we’re on holiday for the first few weeks of our summer… Anyway, let’s get on with the post:
Author: Sarah Crossan
Rating: 3 out of 5 half-sisters 😉
Summary: 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.
This book was a book nominated for the Carnegie Awards this year. To be honest, this book wasn’t ‘WHOAH, I’M NOW GOING TO SHOUT OUT MY WINDOW FOR EVERYONE TO READ IT.’ but nor was it, ‘I hated every second of reading that book, it was miserable.’ It was more Meh. It was a very cutesy read that younger me might have enjoyed but it was very slow, and the entire concept started to feel too unreal. For a plot that people are meant to relate to, it wasn’t a very good job. That said, I did enjoy this book more than other Carnegie books this year, and Sarah Crossan’s writing isn’t put-downable.
And if you really want to enjoy a good book about family mishaps, try Jacqueline Wilson or other authors out there, because this won’t be what you’re looking for.