Thursday, May 6, 2010
Poison Apples - Lily Archer
We all know the stories of Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel. But have you ever heard of Alice Bingley-Beckerman, Reena Paruchuri, or Molly Miller? Of course you haven’t. Not yet. What these girls have in common with their fairy tale sisters is this: they are the stepdaughters of three very evil stepmothers. And they’re not happy about it. They think they are alone in their unhappiness until they arrive at Putnam Mount McKinsey, a posh boarding school located in lovely rural Massachusetts. Here is where they will plot their revenge. But first they have to meet.
In her first novel, Lily Archer tells a knowing, wickedly funny story about how friendship just may turn out to be more happily-ever-after than family.
This is a perfect read for young adults; its witty yet heart-warming. As someone going through my own parent's divorce, I found the young girls easy to relate to despite the fact that these girls are high school age. The author writes her story through the eyes of four very different girls, allowing any girl to connect to at least of one - a very intelligent move on her part. The story is well-written, and manages to inject humor into almost every scene without detracting from the hardships these young women go through.
I was impressed with this book as a young adult novel - most aren't very good. An entertaining and insightful read for women and girls alike.
Young adult readers, especially young women.