Apple and Rain

Apple and Rain

Sarah Crossan

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I had seen this book at the bookstore quite a few times, and it had always intrigued me and I was interested as the name and cover were quite different to others. I had never heard of Sarah Crossan before, and had never seen her name on any other books, so I was a little cautious and wasn’t sure if it was good. But after reading it, I knew I made the right choice in buying it. I know it is hard for someone to pick a favourite book, especially someone who is obsessed, so to say, with books, but this book has made onto my list of favourite books. I also like that the blurb doesn’t give too much away.

 

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. She will have an answer to her burning question – why did you go? 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.

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While reading the story, I find myself just as confused as Apple is when she finds out why her mum left her. I just think, who would do that to their kid, just leave them like that? But I guess some people feel they don’t have any other choice. Her dad wasn’t on the scene, he had gone off and gotten married to another woman and hardly ever saw Apple.

 

While Apple’s mum has been away, Apple was living with her Nan. She loves her nan, but gets frustrated because her nan wont let her do certain things that other girls are, and feels if her nan is too overprotective, and thinks that she is too young to do anything.

 

I like that the character of Apple is a lot like girls today. She is relatable to and has the same problems as other teenage girls. Feeling as if she can’t reveal her true self at school, to teacher or students. She feels that no one knows the real her and that she can’t share her feeling with anyone.

 

I would definitely give this book a 5/5. It has a great story line, it’s intriguing and just lures you in. once you start you cant stop. Those are my favourite kinds of books. At night you think, just one more page or one more chapter, but you cant put it down and end up reading past midnight, until you finish or fall asleep with the book on your face. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for something to reads.

 

The Fault in our Stars

My review of one of my favorite books!

Hazel Lancaster is a 16 year old cancer stricken teen. She has thyroid and has to carry an oxygen tank wherever she goes. Hazel sees herself in some ways as living on borrowed time, ever since the Miracle, when she barely survived a cancer crisis and continued to live with the help of drugs and her ever-present oxygen tank.

Augustus Waters is 17 year old whose osteosarcomas made him lose his leg. Augustus is also Isaacs’s friend.

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Isaac is a cancer stricken teen from Hazel’s support group. He has eye cancer and has already lost one eye, and is already on his way to losing the other.

 

Hazel’s doctor suggests she goes to a support group, and her mum tells her it would be a good way to socialize and make more friends. This is where she meets Isaac. Isaac is really the only friend she makes at support group. One day Isaac brings a friend of his to support group.

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Hazel and Augustus meet at support group. Augustus is Isaac’s friend. After support group, hazel and Augustus watched a movie together.Hazel tries to keep her distance from Augustus at first, but Augustus is able to find a way through Hazel’s walls.

Hazel starts to fall for Augustus, even though she doesn’t want to, as that will add another casualty to the list when she dies. Because she knows the way it will destroy her parents when she dies.

Slowly but surely, Augustus’ cancer starts to come back. When Augustus went in for an MRI, ‘it lit up like a Christmas tree’. Augustus is told he only has a short amount of time left. He doesn’t tell Hazel until he knows he has to. Amidst all this, they go on a trip to Amsterdam together.

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Even though this book is sad, it is also full of joy and humour. It might make you cry, it will definitely make you laugh and you will be smiling throughout it all.

Hazel and Augustus are what some consider to be the perfect couple. Except they both have cancer.

 

They are like many of John Green’s characters, nearly impossibly perceptive, witty and full of humour.

Thanks for reading and hope you enjoy the book as much as i did.

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