My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Thanks to Netgalley for this free Ebook!
Where do I begin? This book took me back to my younger years when my favourite author was Jacqueline Wilson. But don’t get me wrong, Apple and RainIs not to be mistaken as a book for younger kids.
Apple is used to living with her Nan, who she believes holds her back and doesn’t allow her to have the freedom the other kids at her school have. So when Apple’s mother returns home after 11 years away Apple is delighted. Surely now her life will be perfect?
But then everything begins to fall apart for Apple. Not only that, but she also finds that she has a younger sister – Rain, who religiously carries around a toy doll and believes she is real. Apple begins to realise that sometimes, our dreams are not as perfect as we believe them to be.
Apple was an incredibly strong character. At the start of the book she was a naive young girl, yet by the end she was a strong and determined young woman, who would do anything to fix the situation she was in. One of any great things in this book is the character progression – the way in which Apple’s opinions and feelings towards the rest of the characters in this book changed were so smooth and were accurately influenced by her experiences in the book.
This book had me on a roller coaster of emotions. In essence this is a sad book, however, there is an underlying message of hope. This book shows the true meaning of love, friendship, and most of all – family.
Overall, I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys heartfelt, contemporary YA books.