The Apple Tart of Hope by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald
|The Apple Tart of Hope by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald|
|Reviewer: Loralei Haylock|
|Summary: A wonderful book that will leave you with a giant smile on your face, and a longing for the taste homemade apple tart. To say more would be to the detriment of the reading experience. If you love books for younger teenagers, read this.|
|Buy? Yes||Borrow? Yes|
|Pages: 272||Date: June 2014|
|Publisher: Orion Childrens|
Shortlisted for the 2015 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize: Best Book for Teens
Meg's parents think six months away in New Zealand is a great idea. Meg isn't convinced. A big part of the reason she doesn't want to go is Oscar. Oscar Dunleavey is Meg's best friend, the boy next door who makes perfect apple tarts.
When Oscar disappears while she's away, Meg can't believe like everyone else that he's dead. His bike and shoes might have been pulled out of the sea, but not his body. Meg has to hold on to the belief that she'll see her best friend again, and that means getting to the bottom of why he disappeared in the first place.
I'm not really sure where to start with this review. Revealing too many details of the story would be to ruin the joyful discovery of it.
I could talk about the wonderful characters and the perfect portrayal of teenage confusion and the struggle to navigate an increasingly difficult world.
I could talk about the themes of the complexity of friendship and misunderstanding, and how the perception of how things are can be so utterly different to reality.
But, instead I'll say this: If you enjoyed Back to Blackbrick, Sarah Moore Fitzgerald's debut novel, you should read this. If you enjoy deceptively simple tales that raise big questions about life and happiness, you should read this. If you're a fan of books for younger teenagers, you should read this. It's a wonderful book that will leave you with a giant smile on your face, and a longing for the taste homemade apple tart.
My thanks to the publishers for sending a copy.
For other great teen books that everyone should read, check out Bookbag's list: Top Ten Teen Books That Adults Should Read
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