Toffee

Toffee

Toffee
Sarah Crossan

Bloomsbury YA

ISBN 9781408868126

The astonishing new novel from the incomparable, multi-award-winning and Laureate na nOg 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?

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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?

I set aside a morning to read this and stipulated absolutely NO interruptions as for me a new novel by Sarah Crossan is something to savour. I can honestly say that there is no one comparable in the YA genre and Toffee is absolutely no exception. Beautiful. Powerful. Heartwrenching. Uplifting. This novel has stayed with me since I read it. I feel like I know the characters and find myself wondering what they are doing now.

I can't put into words how exceptional this novel is. Everyone should read this, 'grown ups' as well as young adults.

Homelessness and mental health are dealt with sensitively and in such a gentle and understanding way, I defy anyone to not be affected by this book. Stunning.

416 pages / Ages 14+ / Reviewed by Lucy Georgeson, school librarian.


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