Having recently finished reading several more high-brow works of fiction than I would normally read, I needed a quick YA to breeze through. I read Sarah Crossan’s One last year and it became one of my favourite books of all time, so I decided to attempt another of her works for the 2017 Reading Challenge.
Title: Apple and Rain
Author: Sarah Crossan
Category: #26 A book by an author from a country you’ve never visited
“It isn’t easy, but telling something as it is, telling the truth, always seems more beautiful and poetic than anything else.”
Abandoned by her mother as a child, Apple lives with her grandmother and dreams of the day her mum reappears to rescue her. When she turns up one day out of the blue, Apple thinks her world will instantly brighten, but she’s about to discover her mother’s unexpected baggage.
Sarah Crossan’s writing style flows beautifully and is infinitely readable. However, I didn’t connect with any of the characters on an emotional level, possibly because it was aimed at a slightly younger target age than other Crossan works.
Whilst I didn’t emotionally connect with Apple and Rain on the same level as One, (given that it is aimed at a younger audience), the story arc was wonderful and the characters were well developed – I especially loved the relationship between Apple and her neighbour, Del. I am absolutely certain that I will be exploring the rest of Sarah Crossan’s novels and poetry in due course.
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