Year 10, Book 21

21. Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan

Apple’s mother abandoned her with her grandmother when she was a small child, but after eleven years away comes back into her life claiming she wants to be her mother again. Apple is soon surprised to discover that she has a younger half-sister, Rain, who she winds up taking care of as her mother disappears more and more.

The kids in this book are heartbreaking dealing with the struggles their mother puts them through and their desire just to have her love them and be their mother. Also, as an adult reading a young adult novel I’m also wanting to shake Apple and be like why will you not just go to your grandmother and tell her how bad things are. You’re being ridiculous. Definitely a case of something that may be more appealing to the teen readers that it’s aimed at. I give it a 6 out of 10.

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