Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Published: 14th August 2014
Pages: 329 Pages
When Apple’s mother returns after eleven years away, Apple feels whole again. But just like the stormy Christmas Eve when she left, her mother’s homecoming is bittersweet. It’s only when Apple meets someone more lost than she is that she begins to see things as they really are.
A story about sad endings.
A story about happy beginnings.
A story to make you realise who is special.
Apple is unhappy with life at the moment and is missing her mother – she left a very long time ago. School isn’t fairing much better either, her best friend seems to be ignoring her. All she keeps thinking is why is being a teenager so hard? Luckily for Apple a silver lining appears and her Mother comes sailing in and wants to spend lots of time with her. However, is her Mother as amazing as Apple believes?
The novel is split into six parts and each is associated with an emotion or feeling – they are Solitude, Fear, War, Love, Disappointment and poetry. Each describe a point in Apple’s life and how she deals with certain situations.
I was cautious of Apple’s mother for pretty much all of the novel because I just did not trust her. Who let’s a thirteen year old drink or leave them on their own for days? No normal mother would. You also discover that Apple has a little sister called Rain, so it’s two people affected by her mother’s action.
I’m not sure why, but I preferred Rain’s character more than the others. I felt so sorry for her because she was a little girl suffering from a lot of problems. I believe her mothering a baby doll and thinking it was real probably was a sign that she wanted mothering herself.
Apple and Rain made me realise that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side and sometimes you should be happy with what you have.