chick-lit · Young adult

Apple and Rain – Sarah Crossan ★★★★

Blurb; 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.

My Review; I am loving this authors work and making my way through them all. They’re all so good. Perfect for young adult readers each story tackles an important message or concern.

Apple is the main character in this story, she has a happy life living with her nan until everything changes… She loses her bestfriend and her mother returns. Not all great news. However, she gives her mother a chance and it doesn’t go to plan after being introduced to a little sister called Rain. I loved little Rain bless her heart, kids hear and see more than we think. They’re clever. Anyway…

Apple soon realises she made a huge mistake and her mother is not what she thought at all. Personally I didn’t like her mother at all in this story. But happy ending and all that… Another story to make you think! Absolutely loved Apple and Rains characters and they’re adorable nan!

A nice read. Enjoyed it. Well written. An easy read. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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Emotional · Prison story · Young adult

Moonrise – Sarah Crossan ★★★★★

Blurb; Seventeen-year-old Joe hasn’t seen his brother in ten years. Ed didn’t walk out on the family, not exactly. It’s something more brutal.

Ed’s locked up — on death row.

Now his execution date has been set, and the clock is ticking. Joe is determined to spend those last weeks with his brother, no matter what other people think … and no matter whether Ed committed the crime. But did he? And does it matter, in the end?

This poignant, timely, heartbreaking novel asks big questions: What value do you place on life? What can you forgive? And just how do you say goodbye?

My Review; This book didn’t just break my heart it tore it out and stomped all over it. Utterly heartbreaking. This one made me shed a tear. How cruel laws, lies and life can be. I would recommend this book to each and everyone of you. We can all take something away from reading this.

There are some big questions within this story which really make you think. Also the fact that what actually happened in this book still happens today around the world and how it doesn’t just affect one life, it creates a ripple and affects those around them. You really feel for each and every character in this story all experiencing the same thing but in different ways.

I don’t think I will ever be able to forget this story? It really is hard hitting and emotional. Highly recommend! A well deserved five stars and a place in my top twenty reads of the year.

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Young adult

The Weight of Water – Sarah Crossan ★★★★

Blurb; Armed with a suitcase and an old laundry bag filled with clothes, Kasienka and her mother head for England. Life is lonely for Kasienka. At home her mother’s heart is breaking and at school friends are scarce. But when someone special swims into her life, Kasienka learns that there might be more than one way for her to stay afloat.”The Weight of Water” is a startlingly original piece of fiction; most simply a brilliant coming of age story, it also tackles the alienation experienced by many young immigrants. Moving, unsentimental and utterly page-turning, we meet and share the experiences of a remarkable girl who shows us how quiet courage prevails.

My Review; After enjoying Toffee by this author I decided I was going to read all her other books starting with this one. Yet again I was not disappointed! Sarah has a unique way of setting of her stories and telling them, she sets them out in a poetry format, but it’s not poetry its the actual story. Making them easy, quick and effortless reads. Which sometimes is just what I need. I know not everyone would enjoy this writing style but for me it works and I love it.

I read this in just over an hour. After her dad moves to England, UK, Kasienka and her mother set off to go and find him. What they find is not what they expected! It’s an honest story for many immigrants that enter the UK. Living in a studio, sharing a bed and being bullied at school is just the start of it all. But Kasienka finds something she can lose herself in – swimming. And boy is she good at swimming. She find a few friends and tries to get back on track, but is it ever that easy?

Brilliant. Loved it. An eye opening read about what many young immigrants face. A well deserved four stars. Aimed at young adult readers. Highly recommend.

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