Author: Laura Ruby
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen (October 6, 2009)
Full Disclosure: Borrowed ARC
My Rating: 3 out of 5
Tola is different. She has candy apple green hair, dresses in ratty clothes, and is always talking about fairy tales. She's also an artist, and is accused of having an affair with her art teacher. At first the rumors don't bother her, but after awhile it starts to cause some big problems for Tola.
Bad Apple, was an incredibly fresh out look on why someone may be different. It shows how all the little things going on in someones life makes them who they are. For Tola it was her parents divorce, that started pushing her towards the book of fairy tales. It was the divorce that changed the way she looked at things. I enjoyed watching her life and situations change.
In between every chapter of Bad Apple is a comments section from some of the other characters. At first this threw me off, and I really didn't like it. But as the book went on it allowed me to get to know more of not only Tola, but of what everyone thought of her. There are several comments from Seven, the boy who is supposed to be the romance interest, that made me smile. They were really sweet comments that for me added a little bit of fluff to the story.
OH and can I just say how different the cover is? It's a different take on the standing out/being different/bad apple thing. Love it!