By: Melanie | July 5, 2014 | (26) Comments

Review: Apple and Rain by Sarah CrossanApple and Rain by Sarah Crossan
Publisher: Bloomsbury Australia
Release Date: August 1st, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Drama, YA
Pages: 329
Source: Received in exchange for review
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A story about sad endings

A story about happy beginnings

A story to make you realise who is special

When Apple's mother returns after eleven years away, Apple feels whole again. But jut like the stormy Christmas Eve when she left, her mother's homecoming is bitter sweet. It's only when Apple meets someone more lost than she is, that she begins to see things as they really are. Apple discovers something which can help her to feel whole from the inside out, not just the outside in.

stickers-my-review (1)I’ve read all of Sarah Crossan’s novels now, and in my opinion, Apple and Rain is her best work so far. This book is filled with emotions, and is bound to make anyone feel. A tale of coming of age, learning what real love is and different forms of love, Apple and Rain transcended my high expectations.

On Christmas Eve eleven years ago, Apple’s mother left Apple. Apple has always hoped that one day, she would come back to save her from her overbearing Nan that still picks her up from school, despite the fact that she’s 13. And so one day during school, Apple’s wish is granted. Her actress mother has come back from America for herΒ and now, wants her to live with her. Apple ignores her Nan’s protests and happily obliges, but what Apple doesn’t know is that she isn’t her mother’s only child. When they get to her mother’s flat, she meets Rain, her half-sister; a ten year old girl who deems that her doll, Jenny, is a real baby that never leaves her side. Rain is lost, but Apple’s mother just thinks it’s a phase Rain is going through. Soon, Apple begins to realise that what she thought was the best thing ever, might not truly be what it seems.

I want to give Apple a long long hug. Personally, I found it very easy to click with this girl, perhaps it’s because we are about the same age. She’s very perceptive and witty, but also someone who is longing for her mother and trying to fit in with her peers at school. She has one friend, Pilar, but the distance between them begins to widen, and Apple is no longer sure about their friendship. At her Nan’s house, Apple felt like she was being babied, but when she enter’s her mother’s life, Apple finds herself looking after Rain and her mother. She buys the food, keeps and eye out on Rain because her mother is rarely home and has to manage the meals. She’s missing out on school now, too. She then finds out that her crush that kissed her, doesn’t even like her. Apple has a tough life, and when she met her mum, it only became tougher. I love Apple because of her bravery and how she dealt with her situation. She was falling apart, but she wasn’t being melodramatic about it. Apple is also pretty sassy. At her step-mother and father’s wedding, she pulled funny faces in every one of the wedding photos, taken by an expensively paid photographer. Way to ruin a wedding!

This story is a very bleak one. It does have it’s happy moments, especially those with Del, Apple’s next door neighbour. But, don’t let the bleakness make you run away. What I mean by this book being bleak, is how truthfully Crossan tells Apple’s story. It does no sugar-coating and is very up front–it just made me just want to cry for Apple and her sister, Rain. Apple’s mother isn’t as wonderful andΒ invincibleΒ as Apple had forethought, her mother has parties weekly and gets drunk, smokes and runs after dreams that are clearly never going to become reality. Most days, Apple has to fend for herself. And she starts to wonder whether her mother truly loves her, or if it’s all just an illusion.

If you loved The Weight of Water for it’s beautiful verse, then you must pick this one up. The only thing Apple can find comfort in throughout this book, is her English class; they’re writing poetry. Poetry about love, about fear, about solitude. Poetry is where Apple can feel like she isn’t falling into a dark hole, falling into a hole for the lost. This book isn’t told in verse, but there’s a lot of verse in this book. It’s absolutely beautiful, and while I didn’t cry reading it, I was so very close. The language is simple and direct, but Crossan chooses the perfect words to make the perfect sentences; therefore making this near to perfect novel.

I haven’t give a book 5 stars in a long time, and I rarely do. So to give this a full 5 stars, this is saying a lot. This book was written, brimming with palpable emotions and wonderful and relatable characters. Everyone needs to give this book a go. I mean it. Everyone.

~Thank you Bloomsbury Australia for sending me this copy!~

5 Stars
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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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26 Responses to Review: Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan

  1. Aww I’m so glad you enjoyed this book hunny! The package was lovely, the cover lovely and your review, lovely! Oh man, this will be a book that I will be considering as soon as possible, if not convincing my library to get! Thank you so much for this!
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  2. I just added this to my TBR a few days ago. Can’t wait to read it! πŸ˜€ Great review!
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  3. Jaz says:

    WOAH 5 stars?! You make this sound so amazing Mel. I haven’t read any Sarah Crossnan before and I’m not sure I’ll read this because it seems more MG but you make me really, really want to pick this up. I think I’ll check it out if I ever have time since it’s just siting on my shelf now.
    Such a glowing review though I’m impressed that you loved this πŸ˜€
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  4. Isa says:

    I haven’t heard of Sarah Crossan before but this book definitely sounds interesting and I really love direct, truthful potrayal of different lives. Apple sounds like a great character, I love that she’s sassy and witty.
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  5. This sounds emotional and painful. I’m kinda scared to read this now. Usually, I don’t pick up books without romance in it. Family drama doesn’t really count as entertaining to me since it’s kinda lame. HAHA But this sounds really good in a painful way. LOL I haven’t read any of Crossman’s books because the ratings were low, but I’ll try this one. Thanks for sharing!
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    • Melanie says:

      oh don’t be scared, chyna! i didn’t cry, but I felt like it. I guess you could say it was emotionally draining πŸ˜€ There is romance in here, but it isn’t really a big focus.

  6. FIVE STARS. MEL GAVE SOMETHING FIVE STARS, HURRAH. This is sitting on my TBR and I cannot WAIT to read it. And then I’ll probably end up buying The Weight of Water, haha. So happy to have read this very positive review before I pick it up πŸ™‚
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  7. Ooh, IT GOT 5-STARS?? I’m so excited for this book now!! I’ve got a copy and I kind of put it on the bottom of my TBR since it doesn’t come out for forever. Buuuut…now I just want to throw my reading schedule and eat it. πŸ˜‰ I haven’t read anything by Sarah Crossan yet.
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  8. Kelly says:

    Ohh, this is being pushed up my list now, I know it’s an incredible read when you’ve rated it five flying books.
    I’m emotional just reading your review, so now I know why the tissues were included in with the Bloomsbury copies. Oh gosh, I’m going to sook all over the place. Books where kids are taking on the role of a parent and caregiver while a parent is absent or too busy, they’re typically too much for me. Beautiful review Mel, I can’t wait to bawl my eyes out now <3
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    • Melanie says:

      i never expected this one to be THIS good, gosh, I hope you fall in love with it, Kelly. Haha, I never ended up needing tissues since I didn’t cry, but I was crying inside because it was so emotionally draining and heart-breaking. But that’s not to say you won’t cry–I was damn close. Thank you! πŸ˜€

  9. Christine says:

    I wasn’t a huge fan of the Breathe series, but this book sounds really intriguing, and your review definitely makes me interested in giving it a try πŸ™‚

  10. Rashika says:

    Now the question really is, did you use the tissues that came with the packaging??? πŸ˜›

    I am so so glad to see you enjoyed this one, Mel. My heart is already breaking reading about Apple and Rain and I really hope they got an happy ending! πŸ™‚

    Fantastic review, Mel!! πŸ™‚
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  11. Zoe N. says:

    Okay Mel. You’ve got me! This sounds absolutely wonderful. I love emotional books once in a while; and the fact that this covers a very well-developed familial unit with a strong focus on sibling relationships makes me really intrigued as well! Apple sounds like a protagonist that readers will really connect to, and I can’t wait to experience her story for myself! Thanks for sharing Mel, and, as always, BRILLIANT review! <3
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  12. Noooo my comment disappeared T_T Sounds like the enclosed tissues for this book will come in handy, it sounds super emotional and sad. Apple sounds so lovely, but it feels like she was forced to grow up early. Great review Mel!
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  13. Wow, this review alone was enough to make me emotional and teary-eyed, Melanie! Your thoughts and insights are absolutely beautiful, although that is also thanks to the fact the book is beautiful, too. I feel like giving Apple and Rain huge hugs because man, they sure are going through a lot. I really want to read this now and experience their heart-breaking story and growth. You have me sold, Mel!!
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  14. eli yanti says:

    the idea of this book is great πŸ™‚

  15. Wow wow wow 5 stars?! This is saying a lot. :O I have to read it as soon as I can because I rarely ever read books that are this touching. Being brave is one of those things I always look for in a protagonist so I think I’d really like her. Can’t wait to read it! Thank you for the amazing review. πŸ˜€
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  16. I saw this cover on Stacee’s (Book Junkee) Twitter and adored the cover, so I went straight to GR to read the synopsis. It sounded wonderful and I am happy to see you thought it was wonderful. I guess it is it’s US debut in March. I will be borrowing it from the library seeing that it is a new author for me. πŸ™‚
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