Apple and Rain (Sarah Crossan) BOOK REVIEW

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A Goodreads friend of mine, Jaden, recommended this book to me and almost immediately, I went and requested it from the library! 

To be honest, I was quite dissapointed with the story, I think this was heightened by the fact that someone had obviously enjoyed it so much that they thought I would enjoy it. I don't know, I feel like I let them down.

In a Nutshell:
After 11 years away, 13 year old Apple's mother turns up, bringing with her a whole new world (*starts singing*), trouble, fun and something more...

The Actual Review:

Towards the middle of the book, I came up with this:
Piece of
English literature


Not as good as it could be.

I'll stick to the second half of this because as I was reading it it seemed that Crossan had spent so much time trying to narrate like a 13 year old would, that she forgot to tell a story. The best part of the narration is the poetry and imagery. 

The characters were nothing more than Okay. I didn't care when Rain was introduced, whereas if it had been written differently I probably would have. Nana, Donna and Mr Gaydon too, were moderately very stereotypical. 

The plot was good although at times unbelievable. No school is that careless to let a student go without being told by the legal guardian. But Del being introduced, Rain's disappearance and the whole Donna/Pilar malarkey intrigued me. 

If you enjoy or as a child enjoyed Jacqueline Wilson stories, then this might be the story for you (although, even though I loved Jacqueline Wilson, I didn't particularly enjoy this) as it deals with very similar themes.


I'm not usually one to go for decimalised rating, but I don't think it was as bad as 2 stars nor as good as 3.

In Conclusion:
⚫️ The narration is poor
⚫️ There wasn't enough character development, I felt like she introduced characters with a name and just expected us to know their character and personality.
⚫️ The plot is good
⚫️ At times, it is unbelievable 

//////////Quote of the post///////////

"Poetry can teach us about ourselves. It can comfort us when we are in despair. I can bring joy. But not only that... It can open us up. It can make our worlds bigger and brighter and clearer, it can transform us" - Sarah Crossan, Apple and Rain


  1. Aww thats disappointing!!! Next Time you can give examples of exactly why it didnt work for you!

    1. Thanks for the suggestion, Tori! Feedback always means a lot to me!


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