Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan
Published August 2014 by Bloomsbury
Source: the publisher
Rating: 5 stars
From the 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.
Apollinia Apostolopoulou, better known as Apple, is thirteen years old and lives with her grandmother in Brampton-on-Sea. Her mother left on Christmas Eve ten years ago, and Apple has never stopped wondering about her and when she would return. Apple's grandmother is strict but it's clear she loves her. She rarely sees her dad who is now married and expecting a baby with his wife, Trish.
Apple is a lovely girl and it was easy to feel for her. She feels babied by her grandmother and this impacts her friendships at school as she starts losing her former best friend to a more popular girl when she can't hang out after school. She feels abandoned by her mother and father, and disliked by Trish. When her mum shows up it's no surprise that Apple is thrilled and more than willing to make allowances for her. She immediately gets sucked into her mum's life and she can't see that she's being used. I felt heartbroken for her grandmother who has to let Apple go, if only so that she'll see what she's been trying to protect her from. There is one positive new addition to her life and that's Del, a boy who has just moved in next door. He is adorable, funny, and sweet - the perfect new friend for Apple.
Meeting Rain it's clear that Apple is not the only one who's had a tough time growing up. Her life seemed even sadder, especially as she'd actually heard how much she got in the way and how things were her fault, even if this wasn't true. It was wonderful to see Apple slowly get to know her, even if it didn't always go smoothly.
Sarah's books are always heartfelt, heartbreaking, and heartwarming, basically all the hearts! Apple and Rain is a great example of this, it's sweet, touching, sad, and hopeful. It's a wonderful book and another brilliant example of UKYA.
Thank you to Bloomsbury for my review copy.
Sarah always has beautiful book covers, this is the third one I've painted. You can see a very old manicure I did for The Weight of Water (I'd love to re-do this one sometime) and more recently I did nails for One.
For this manicure I started with 2 coats of Wet and Wild French White Creme. I used acrylic paint for the apple.