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Bad Apple 1: Sweet Cider by [Morgenroth, Barbara]
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Length: 149 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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"Barbara Morgenroth is a masterful storyteller that creates characters that are not perfect, but human. The emotions that saturate this story touch the reader on so many levels. Good, bad, distasteful, the reader will experience a full spectrum of feelings before the story is over."-- Teen Blurb "Young Adult and New Adult Book Reviews" 04/10/13

"I thoroughly loved this book!"--Justine, Shelves of Books 02/27/13

"Haunting story, it had a poetic feel to it. Neal and Truly are opposites in every way, but Truly sees something behind the surface in Neal and he wants to let her see it to. Intense plot line, an excellent read."--Musings From an Addicted Reader 1/14/13

"This is a very realistic story, which in some ways will break your heart. In others, you'll love it."-- Rebecca Mackinnon, tHe crooKed WorD 10/24/12

"Barbara Morgenroth skillfully weaves a story where all these people have a place and purpose. Bad Apple also has a bit of mystery. You never really know all the answers, even when you've read the final page. Good thing that it's a series!"--YA Book Crazy 01/03/13

From the Author

Yes, I was involved in a murder.  No, I didn't do it.

Product Details

  • File Size: 554 KB
  • Print Length: 149 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: DashingBooks (December 21, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 21, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0045JK2XW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #644,993 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Its hard to put into words the feeling you get when you come across a real treasure. This book is sensational, believable, unique and the writing is beautiful. This is work of a true talent. Be prepared to be surprised. I love this book and recommend it for everyone who is looking for something unique and captivating.
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Bad Apple is definitely for older YAs, as well as adults. I'm of the strong opinion that some of the best writing around is found in YA, and this is a prime example. Neal is wiser than her years because she's had to be, just to survive the sick adults who raised her after her father's death. In actuality, Neal has raised herself, and like a kicked and tormented animal, she's learned to hide. No more. With a new-found courage born in the loving household where she's been taken by Truly, her new friend and fellow music lover, she learns there is another way to live than in the hole she's dug, and piled in a covering of dirt, as a "damaged girl."

You'll know these people. You've met them, and in some instances, run from them. Can't wait to read the next book in the series!
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The first thing you will notice is the font. Very dos computer circa 1990, I never got use to it but I did get lost in the story to be able to forget about it.

The story is surprising. The beginning is ruff. But after about 30 pages, the story develop fast enough to get hook. I am surprised to find that this story although somewhat sad is very touching. Neal is a teenager who has seen it all and turned out to be very mature. She does get a brake in life with Truly the musicien.

I like the fact that all the bad things that are very dramatic such as physical abuse, rape etc are not mention per say but you imagation make you understand what the character is taking about.

Must read, I have started the second one.
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Neal Marchal has led a troubled existence ever since her dad died. She's begun to rebuild her life and escape her crazy life with her stepmother and stepfamily. She has done her best to be invisible but it did not stop her from being a witness. To what? She'll never tell. Or will she?

What struck me first about this book is the main character Neal. Neal drew me in right away, though I didn't care for her name. A common piece of writing advice says writers should write in at least one flaw for their characters, to make them seem more believable, more real. The author did a superb job in this. Neal's limp made her weak and strong. Her fears were real and at times she was afraid and untrusting to a fault. I was captivated by her immediately. I am not sure how that happened because character-building usually takes time. Not in this book, though. I read and kept reading because I cared about what happened to her from the very first page. Well done!

Curiously, I found myself breaking away from reading this book to look up songs on YouTube. (That was a first for me.) I really wanted to hear the music in this book. (I am disappointed I do not have a playlist from the author, but hope to remedy that soon. If I do, I will post it.) I imagined scenes unfolding at times as in Walk the Line, not that I was picturing Joaquin Phoenix or Reese Witherspoon. I guess I got caught up in it all. Looking back though, I could definitely see this being made into a movie.

The ending was quite curt. The book is the first in a trilogy. However, if the first chapter of the second book had not been included, the end of this book would have indeed been too abrupt.

This book is for young adult readers. It does not contain any sex and is not gory or violent.
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Bad Apple by Barbara was not at all what I expected even after reading the description and summary. It started out a little slower with a lot of details, but then one has to have the back story to any characters past right? The mystery to the story kept me turning the pages. I wanted to know what would happen next and didn't have to fight to stay awake to finish the book. For what it's worth I'd say it took me a few hours or more to read the whole story.

Neal Marchal has had a rough past, growing up with secrets untold, keeping to herself most all the time. Life to her couldn't be any better than it is at any given moment. She has nothing but minimal expectations and never thinks that life could change for her. That is till the day she finds her neighbor and has to go to the police station to be questioned. The questioning is almost over when she sings a tune rather than answer in her normal talking voice, catching the officer off guard. This one tiny detail, lead to much more for Neal Marchal when Truly walks into her life.

I loved the way the characters were written, Truly made me laugh so many times with his witty comments and Neal with her come backs made it that much more real to me. Ever set of lyrics I read I had to look up and watch or listen to the video. One of my favorites though had to be the lullaby...

"The bed is too small for my tiredness
Give me a hillside with trees.
Tuck a cloud up under my chin.
Lord, blow out moon out, please.
Sing me to sleep in a cradle of dreams
So that I may slumber in peace.
Tuck a cloud down under my feet.
Lord, blow the moon out, please.
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