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Blogger Book Review: Bad Apple by Laura Ruby

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on April 16, 2011

Happy, Happy Weekend, inkpoppers! This morning we bring you a review of Laura Ruby’s Bad Apple straight from Kim of The Book Butterfly.

Of The Book Butterfly, Kim says, “As a passionate reader, my blog is a much needed outlet for my book addiction and I enjoy running it not only for my own entertainment, but for the entertainment of others as well. When not blogging, I enjoy writing, taking in Broadway shows, running in charity marathons, nature hiking and of course, reading!” Visit The Book Butterfly for more reviews from Kim; for now, take a bite out of Laura Ruby’s Bad Apple.

‘If I really wanted to open up, I’d confess that I really am the liar everyone believes I am.’

“Tola Riley loves the fairy tales of Brother’s Grimm. Fairy tales are a great escape from real life, and when you’re someone like Tola, you need all the help you can get. With her green hair, unusual attire and pierced nose, Tola is used to being the outcast. But life goes from bad to worse when rumors of a teacher-student affair begin to grow and undulate throughout her high school and community. Too busy getting caught up in the frenzy of slanderous rumors and blogs, nobody pays any attention to what Tola has to say. Will anyone ever believe in her for a change?

“‘Bad Apple’ is my first novel by Laura Ruby and I enjoyed it immensely. I found Tola to be totally believable in her interactions with others. What impressed me most though was the way Laura Ruby handled some rather weighty topics with so much humor. Tola’s sardonic wit had me laughing out loud quite a few times. For instance, when her mother was haranguing her at the dinner table for her wardrobe choices, Tola said:

“Uh, Mom we do have pictures of you when you were in high school. I seem to recall a troubled relationship with hair spray.”

“I wonder if it’s that…man”

My mother won’t even speak his name. Mr. Mymer is now in the same league as Voldemort.

“While the subject of teacher/student affairs is an important issue brought to center stage, Laura Ruby expertly navigates around other critical topics such as cyber bullying, rumor spreading, divorce and depression. They are all handled with a sensitivity and humor that teens can relate to and adults will appreciate. For me, the most interesting aspect of ‘Bad Apple’ was how one seemingly isolated negative event could cause a ripple effect so massive that the lives of anyone caught in it’s wake were altered- and in diverse ways. It’s interesting how people react to stressful events in different ways.

“The chapters of ‘Bad Apple’ are punctuated with comments from Tola’s friends and family regarding the affair and their general opinion of Tola as well. This aspect of the book was probably the most entertaining for me. You really do find out who your true friends are when the chips are down. I also enjoyed how people around Tola emulated personality traits from the fairy tales she obsessed over. I would like to note that the “Prince Charming” character was A-ok with me. You’ve got to love a prince who showers his heart’s desire with gourmet homemade cupcakes. ‘Who needs glass slippers when there are delicious butter cream and coconut cupcakes?!’

“I would recommend ‘Bad Apple’ to anyone looking for realistic teen fiction and a fresh take on really common issues that all teens will be able to relate to.”

Thank you to Kim of The Book Butterfly for popping by to discuss Bad Apple with us.

Over to you…have you read Bad Apple? If so, what did you think of it? If not, will you be picking this book up during your next trip to the bookstore and/or library?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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