Toffee
The astonishing new novel from the incomparable, multi-award-winning and Laureate na nÓg Sarah Crossan. I am not who I say I am, and Marla isn't who she thinks she is.I am a girl trying to forget. She is a woman trying to remember. Allison has run away from home and with nowhere to live finds herself hiding out in the shed of what she thinks is an abandoned house. But the house isn't empty. An elderly woman named Marla, with dementia, lives there – and she mistakes Allison for an old friend from her past called Toffee.Allison is used to hiding who she really is, and trying to be what other people want her to be. And so, Toffee is who she becomes. After all, it means she has a place to stay. There are worse places she could be.But as their bond grows, and Allison discovers how much Marla needs a real friend, she begins to ask herself - where is home? What is a family? And most importantly, who am I, really?

Toffee Details

TitleToffee
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 2nd, 2019
PublisherBloomsbury YA
ISBN-139781408868126
Rating
GenrePoetry

Toffee Review

  • Lou
    January 1, 1970
    This was such an original book and due to that, it was right up my street. It's a unique read which uses a poetic format and structure to tell the profoundly moving story of Allison and Marla whose paths cross inexplicably and they grow to become close despite the substantial age gap between them. Two different generations finding comfort in one another was heart-warming and as the story highlights issues both generations go experience it was topical, thought-provoking and intensely compelling. This was such an original book and due to that, it was right up my street. It's a unique read which uses a poetic format and structure to tell the profoundly moving story of Allison and Marla whose paths cross inexplicably and they grow to become close despite the substantial age gap between them. Two different generations finding comfort in one another was heart-warming and as the story highlights issues both generations go experience it was topical, thought-provoking and intensely compelling. I simply can't wait to read the entirety of it. The award-winning and critically acclaimed Ms Crossan is a masterfully storyteller and this verse novel has all the hallmarks of a tour de force. You can tell exactly how talented she is even from this short excerpt. An emotional, visceral and all-powerful tale that explores issues of mental health, illness, the fallibility of memory, the importance of support, friendship, comfort and the family ties that bind us all. Superb. Many thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing for an ARC.
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  • Bridget
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, what a start. So keen to read the rest of the book. Will definitely buy it for my students. I’ll buy anything by Sarah Crossan and I have a boys school library, she is always a hit. Can’t wait to read the whole book.
  • Nia Talbot
    January 1, 1970
    As always Sarah Crossan has combined her verse style with hard hitting themes (of abuse, dementia and finding ones self) to create an engaging read that you just don’t want to finish. The story is such that you are left wanting more - what happened to them next? A quick read and a thoroughly immersing one.
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  • S
    January 1, 1970
    Verse and great writing so a very quick read. Lovely heart warming tale of friendship. Themes of dementia, and strong emotional and physical abuse
  • Darcy Barzan
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this book. i own a lot of Sarah Crossan books but this it the first book of hers that I've read that is written in verse (Pretty sure the Breathe duology is the only one not written in verse p.s that's the ones I've read)I loved Breathe so much but i was always weary of reading one of her other books, but I'm so glad i did because this is such a beautiful story. it was a quick read and i loved every second of it. The characters in this book are amazing. I love Marla and 'Toffee' I really enjoyed this book. i own a lot of Sarah Crossan books but this it the first book of hers that I've read that is written in verse (Pretty sure the Breathe duology is the only one not written in verse p.s that's the ones I've read)I loved Breathe so much but i was always weary of reading one of her other books, but I'm so glad i did because this is such a beautiful story. it was a quick read and i loved every second of it. The characters in this book are amazing. I love Marla and 'Toffee', there friendship is one of my favorites. My Nonno has dementia so i can relate to whats going on in Marla's life and it drives me bonkers the way Donal treats her. I wish that Marla and Allie could have stayed in Marla's house and lived with Kelly-Anne and Helena that would have been a perfect ending but obviously unrealistic but I'm still really happy how this story ended.I loved the way this book changed from present to past and showed us how Allie ended up in Marla's Home town. I went into this knowing nothing about this and that may not have been the best thing as there is domestic abuse in this and obviously it be an ARC there was no trigger warnings on the book (and i didn't do any research). i think this is the first book of read with domestic abuse in it as i normal shy away from it as it hits to close to home, but i really loved the way it was portrayed, it wasn't over done and really impacted how you view Allie and what she does and why she does it. I really love this writing style, it not often i pick up a book written in verse but every time i do i absolutely love it and always makes me want to read more stuff written likes this. over all i really enjoyed this book and can't wait to read more of Sarah Crossan's contemporaries that are written in verse.
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  • Emmanuel
    January 1, 1970
    More of SC’s creative prose skills on display here; each chapter is a small vignette with clever word spacing to give the words a poetic punch. I didn’t care much for the story compared to her other novels, though. Domestic violence, or domestic anything isn’t really what I look for in fiction.
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  • Dawn Woods
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely loved this proof. Her best yet. The relationship between the teenage Allison and elderly lady Marla is so touching as Allison treats Marla with respect, which other adults fail to do. Beautiful.
  • Tricia
    January 1, 1970
    Sarah Crossan does it again with a verse novel to warm your heart - though not without it's tears too.
  • Laura Gorman
    January 1, 1970
    I love Sarah Crossan's style of writing in verse. I allows the story to flow really well. This extract has wet my appetite to read the full book.
  • Ness
    January 1, 1970
    "I like the idea of being sweet and hard,A girl with a name for people to chew on."This is a really wonderful extract and I can't wait to have an opportunity to read the book in its entirety. Toffee is a girl trying to run away from her past when she comes across a woman who can't remember her own. Toffee might look sweet, but this this tale has enough bitterness and spice to keep things interesting.Told in a poetic, beautiful and entirely captivating way, the plot moves swiftly along. I'm hooke "I like the idea of being sweet and hard,A girl with a name for people to chew on."This is a really wonderful extract and I can't wait to have an opportunity to read the book in its entirety. Toffee is a girl trying to run away from her past when she comes across a woman who can't remember her own. Toffee might look sweet, but this this tale has enough bitterness and spice to keep things interesting.Told in a poetic, beautiful and entirely captivating way, the plot moves swiftly along. I'm hooked! Many thanks to NetGalley, Bloomsbury Publishing and Sarah Crossan for a copy of this extract.
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