Tola (short for Chenerentola, Italian for â€œCinderellaâ€) Rileyâ€™s life is like a fairy tale. But not one of those pretty pink-tinted onesâ€”more like the one where small children get lost in a dark forest, or the one where the girl finds pieces of her husband’s past wives hacked up behind a secret door. Tola’s as small as Thumbelina, with a nasty stepmother who never lets her see her father, a deeply depressed older sister who would like to fall asleep forever, and a wicked witch (swap that â€œwâ€ for a â€œbâ€) named Chelsea spreading malicious rumors that Tola is sleeping with her dorky art teacher Mr. Mymer who wears t-shirts with sayings like, â€œFull Frontal Nerdity.â€ Even though the gossip is completely untrue, Mr. Mymer has been suspended and Tolaâ€™s been locked up like a princess in a tower by her angry and terrified mom. Alone in her room and surfing the Internet, Tola canâ€™t believe what people are saying about her on their blogs: â€œHow can all those people at TheTruthAboutTolaRiley keep telling stories using my name, if theyâ€™re not really about me? Am I so small, so insignificant that my own story doesnâ€™t need me anymore?â€ Fortunately for her, lucky number Seven Chillman, resident hottie and all around cu-tee, has offered to be her toffee-candy secret prince. He believes in her. How come no one else does? Laura Rubyâ€™s latest is an awesome mash-up of mean girl-meets-folklore-and-so-much-more. Cleverly told in a full-on snarky tone that hides a smile behind itsâ€™ snarl, BAD APPLE is a thoroughly modern and highly entertaining anti-fairy tale that is as sweet and sour as the Granny Smith on the cover!
3 thoughts on “Bad Apple by Laura Ruby”
I hadn’t seen the final cover. This looks great and I love Ruby’s writing. Can’t wait to get at it. Great review RR.
I kind of want the art teacher’s t-shirt.
SO DO I . I mean how spontaneous and totally me.