Title: Apple and Rain
Author: Sarah Crossan
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Family
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication Date: 14th August 2014
Summery : 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.
I finally got around to reading Apple and Rain after receiving it as a Christmas present! I became a little obsessed with Sarah Crossan after reading the absolutely incredible One at the end of last year and wanted to read everything she’s ever wrote ever.
Apple and Rain follows a teenager Apple who lives with her grandma, doesn’t have many friends and is hopelessly in love with a boy four years older than her who doesn’t give her a second look. Her month left her at just a year old when she moved to America and Apple always hoped that she’d return, dreamed of the day she’d walk back through the door. When she did she was ecstatic at first. That was until she met her little sister Rain and everything started to go wrong.
First of all I want to point out that this book was incredibly written. The one thing you can be guaranteed with a Sarah Crossan novel is incredible writing I’ve learned. Actually reading the book was nothing but a pleasure. The storyline itself was interesting and the writing of the characters was so powerful it literally made you hate Apple’s mother. I don’t think I’ve been that emotionally invested in a character for so longer, where I felt actual range when reading.
There were a few parts that I just didn’t enjoy so much about the book. The fact that Apple was thirteen just threw me off a little bit. I think it might have been because she’s so much younger than I am and I’m not overly used to the genre anymore, but it just made me feel a little annoyed with her at times. Also some of the storylines seemed unbelievable. Especially with her mother being the train wreck she was. I found it a little hard to believe sometimes which made me disconnect with the book a little.
The inclusion of poetry seems to be a running theme in Sarah Crossan’s books and it’s something that I didn’t think I’d enjoy but I definitely do! One was written completely in prose whereas Apple and Rain incorporated Apple’s talents for writing poetry, encouraged by her English teacher. I really like the fact that her novels have a similar theme running through them, it makes it seem as if they all link up when in reality they don’t at all.
Overall I really did enjoy Apple and Rain as an easy read that was more of a filler than anything. I’d reread it in the future maybe, but it’s not the kind of book that’s leaving my dying for more. Unless you count the few loose ends that weren’t tied up!