Bad Apple by Laura Ruby (October 1st 2009—Harper Teen)
Grade: 2.5 stars out of 5
Summary: “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?”
Review: See this book can go either way with the readers, either you think it’s genius or you hate it—point blank. If you expect something really deep and emotional you probably won’t find it here. I mean you may be get it but the weirdness of this novel might overcome that emotion.
“Why do you smell like vanilla?”“I like to rub Twinkies under my arms.”“Isn’t that sticky?”“A little. I’m going to try fudge next.”“That could work.”
See my point? You have to wonder if that entire dialogue was meant to be funny and a joke or if the author really did mean it. I really hope she was kidding. That’s the main reason why I kind of liked this book—it was weird. Other than that nada.
We follow Tola as she faces the world from the gossiping lies. How different everyone treats her. How far her father became after her parents divorced and remarried. How her sister is pretty much a nut-case. How the only ones who really understand her is Mr. Meyer—the alleged teacher—and her grandfather—who’s stuck in a hospital most of the book.
It seemed like Tola was too childish—constantly trying to draw attention to herself—and never fighting her battles. I mean this whole thing involves you and yet you waste your time kidnapping pigs from the classroom? The least she could do was tell the whole story instead of just saying “nothing happened, nothing happened”. In the end it just makes you seem like a liar.
Then there was this whole thing with the ending. So someone gets a book deal. That’s it!? What about punishment, charges? So the main culprit of spreading the scandal gets away almost scot-free? What the hell!?
Overall: Would you call this humor necessary? Or was the author trying to divert your attention elsewhere. I think it would have been better if the story was less weirdness and more focused of the actual crime.