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Bad Apple by Laura Ruby

April 22nd, 2010 by Debbie's World of Books


Source: Received for review

Availability: In stores now

Publisher: HarperTeen

I give this book 2.75-3 stars

Description from Junior Tola Riley doesn’t care what people say about her. She knows her ever-changing hair color and goth clothes make her an easy target. Whatever. But the latest rumor is different…. The entire school believes she had an affair with her art teacher. The rumors may be a lie, but the fallout is all too real. Will Tola finally stand up for the truth?

With a heroine you’ll root for and a truly relevant story, Laura Ruby has once again brought the authentic teen experience to life for readers who relish dark humor and razor-sharp wit.

I have to add a disclaimer here that I have been in a reading funk lately and that might have influenced my opinion.

This story revolves around whether or not Tola Riley and her art teacher, Mr. Mymer, had inappropriate relations.  Both claim nothing happened but the truth is not revealed until the very last few pages of the book.  The suspense of waiting to find out the truth was nicely done but I never came to really like Tola or feel much empathy with her so I found it difficult to really enjoy the story.  The only character that grabbed me was Tola’s neurotic older sister.  I enjoyed seeing her journey to becoming semi-normal.  We also see the budding of a romance between Tola and one of her classmates, Seven.  I definitely would have liked to see more of Seven as the short glimpses you see of him are intriguing.  All in all I felt this book was ok but not one of my favorite reads.

Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Young Adult

3 Responses

  1. Mystica

    I think this book would be my daughter’s style of reading and would like to get it for her.

  2. Michelle

    I enjoyed this one more than you did, but not by much. I was pretty ambivilent about it as well.

  3. dsuzuki

    I hope your daughter enjoys it!

    Michelle-yes, I guess I had expected more from it.

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