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~Download Epub ♠ Toffee ♍ The astonishing new novel from the incomparable, multi award winning and Laureate, Sarah Crossan I am not who I say I am, and Marla isn t who she thinks she isI 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 ToffeeAllison 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 beBut 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 A powerful novel in verse that really made me think I sat back and did nothing but contemplate just how difficult can be sometimes and reading Toffee made me seriously realise it A young girl called Allison has left her toxic home environment and finds herself a runaway, crossing paths with an elderly lady who has dementia and staying in her home to keep her company The rest of the lady s family doesn t know about Allison s existence All she has ever wanted to be is happy The verse format ma A powerful novel in verse that really made me think I sat back and did nothing but contemplate just how difficult can be sometimes and reading Toffee made me seriously realise it A young girl called Allison has left her toxic home environment and finds herself a runaway, crossing paths with an elderly lady who has dementia and staying in her home to keep her company The rest of the lady s family doesn t know about Allison s existence All she has ever wanted to be is happy The verse format made the story pacing very quick, but could still experience the messages and attitudes that were coming across I found myself really rooting for Allison, as she struggled to come to terms with her past and making new friends who weren t really the best role models Will definitely be readingby this author trigger warnings are listed at the bottom of this review and may contain spoilers this was so sadddddd but also kinda hopeful but wow, this definitely tugged at my heartstrings trigger warnings loss of a parent in the past , domestic abuse and violence, dementia, homelessness, sexual harassment from a random creepy dude, drugs and alcohol, shitty friends, being attacked by a dog, mention of dog being put down, animal death wild bird and pet goldfish.Thank you to bloomsbury for the r trigger warnings are listed at the bottom of this review and may contain spoilers this was so sadddddd but also kinda hopeful but wow, this definitely tugged at my heartstrings trigger warnings loss of a parent in the past , domestic abuse and violence, dementia, homelessness, sexual harassment from a random creepy dude, drugs and alcohol, shitty friends, being attacked by a dog, mention of dog being put down, animal death wild bird and pet goldfish.Thank you to bloomsbury for the review copy 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 3.5 5 StarsThis book tackles some serious issues using a poetic formal, the one I got to know and expect from Sarah Crossan s books The main character, Allison, has just escaped an abusive home and finds herself in a city far away from her own and with nowhere to go This is until she realizes that Marla, an old lady with dementia, lives alone The two of them start living together and develop a wonderful friendship by giving each other what they desperately need attention and care It was tru 3.5 5 StarsThis book tackles some serious issues using a poetic formal, the one I got to know and expect from Sarah Crossan s books The main character, Allison, has just escaped an abusive home and finds herself in a city far away from her own and with nowhere to go This is until she realizes that Marla, an old lady with dementia, lives alone The two of them start living together and develop a wonderful friendship by giving each other what they desperately need attention and care It was truly heartbreaking to read some of the memories from Allison s past and also to see Marla in the moments when she truly felt most lost The ending was okay, but I would have liked to seeof it I wasn t going to read this book but then I saw it in the library thought why not story of my life Honestly, how could I ever have even considered not reading a Sarah Crossan I just love the way she writes not just the tone but the format And she always makes me cry which is a good thing in these cases But so, so, so sweet it s crazy how attached you get to the characters when you can read the book pretty quick.Anyway, I m off to follow Sarah Crossan because I hadn t before now I wasn t going to read this book but then I saw it in the library thought why not story of my life Honestly, how could I ever have even considered not reading a Sarah Crossan I just love the way she writes not just the tone but the format And she always makes me cry which is a good thing in these cases But so, so, so sweet it s crazy how attached you get to the characters when you can read the book pretty quick.Anyway, I m off to follow Sarah Crossan because I hadn t before now why Idk Allison Daniels is searching for a place to stay, discovering what she believes is a vacant outbuilding on an abandoned property to rest her weary body Compelled to find her former stepmother and the only person who understands the abusive and adverse environment inflicted upon Allison, her meagre possessions are stolen and determined not to return to her abusive father, seeks shelter on the dilapidated property.Allison is a family violence survivor, her father a neglectful and abusive man sinc Allison Daniels is searching for a place to stay, discovering what she believes is a vacant outbuilding on an abandoned property to rest her weary body Compelled to find her former stepmother and the only person who understands the abusive and adverse environment inflicted upon Allison, her meagre possessions are stolen and determined not to return to her abusive father, seeks shelter on the dilapidated property.Allison is a family violence survivor, her father a neglectful and abusive man since the passing of his wife moments after delivering Allison As a child, Allison learnt to become independent from a young age and through parental neglect, begun caring for her father and the household In a series of revolving partners, it was Kelly Anne who befriended Allison while dating her father, soon becoming a companion and confidant for Allison Unable to withstand the abuse and manipulation, Kelly Anne abandons the family home and Allison, who now endures the constant anger of her father Her experience is profoundly resonating and I empathised with Allison and the anguish family violence inflicts upon victims.Marla is an elderly woman with dementia and owns the neglected property Lonely and confused, she mistakes Allison for her childhood friend Toffee and despite Allison insisting otherwise, she understands the fragility of Marla s condition and allows her to believe she s the childhood companion Marla desperately needs Marla is representative of our elderly communities, the forgotten and often neglected members of society Marla is a dementia patient and although she experiences moments of clarity, she regresses to a simpler time, reminiscent of her years as a sprightly young woman I can imagine Marla as a confident and flirtatious young woman and in her moments of clarity, she s incredibly joyous and endearing As the narrative progresses, we re introduced to her carer who is seemingly only interested in performing a elemental service, her son is abusive, degrading Marla and creating an environment where Marla is agitated and frightened.Throughout the narrative, Allison and Marla become friends and although at times Marla is bewildered at the new living arrangements, they begin to care and cherish one another s company My heart ached for Marla and I could sympathise with Allison s decision to allow Marla to believe she was her once childhood friend Marla seemingly feltat ease and it allowed her to become the spirited and adventurous young woman she once was Toffee also encourages the discussion of themes rarely referenced in young adult literature, dementia, the negligent attitude towards the senior members of our communities, abuse, abandonment and impoverishment Poignant, compelling and achingly beautiful, Toffee is a delicate and tender verse narrative of compassion and companionship Essential reading Such a beautiful beautiful way of storytelling This will be definitely one of my favourite books ever Would love to see a illustrated edition Thank you for such a beautiful book. I ve read a few Crossan novels, but I Think this is my favourite Becausee m o t i o n s alright It s about hurt people and how abuse makes you feel so small, and I have such a soft spot in my heart for found family I just ached for Allison the whole time and her arc It was like the whole book she was rigid with anxiety and then she got to thaw, she got to take a breath, and I am just like It s written in verse Which means it s quite a quick read And oftentimes I struggle with verse bo I ve read a few Crossan novels, but I Think this is my favourite Becausee m o t i o n s alright It s about hurt people and how abuse makes you feel so small, and I have such a soft spot in my heart for found family I just ached for Allison the whole time and her arc It was like the whole book she was rigid with anxiety and then she got to thaw, she got to take a breath, and I am just like It s written in verse Which means it s quite a quick read And oftentimes I struggle with verse books because there s less detail, but I truly felt this one captured and caught a world in just a few words Not a lot actually happens plot wise, but it scharacter focused And the characters are all dimensional and complex, sometimes you hate them and sometimes they break your heart.Allison and Marla s relationship ahhhhh So Allison runs away from her abusive father and accidentally ends up in this house with an old lady who has dementia and thinks Allison is her childhood friend called Toffee Allison stops correcting her and sort of slots into this place, and basically ends up caring for Marla I think it a shed a lot of light on abusive households, how easy it is for kids to slip between the cracks and miss out on helps, often too because they don t know if something is wrong, or if they re just being annoyinglike they ve been abused and gaslighted into believing And b it also is about how old people, especially with frustrating and annoying diseases, like dementia, just got tossed into a corner and forgotten Like Marla is in her 80s maybe, and her son treats her horribly and even her home nurse who skips showing up some days doesn t really care about her She s neglected, sharp and bitter, and Allison is unwanted, soft and lonelyand they just become each other s only relief.My only puzzlement is the ending though I feel like there were some huge problems to address but it justskipped them But maybe the point is an open ending This book felt raw and heartfelt It was sensory and winning, the kind of story that will tug at your heart And I really just enjoyed this story about friendships between unlikely people with no romance at all and about how abuse and neglect will make you small, but you can find people who see you and make you visible I picked this up on a whim when I was at my local Dymocks bookstore, after seeing it float around on bookstagram and being intrigued by the Sypnosis Aside from that, though, I didn t know what to expect What I didn t imagine was how moved I would be by this book It was so addictive, I couldn t put it down I found the unique way that Sarah Crossan composed this book was so eloquent and raw, I just found myself being so affected The writing was just so lyrical and powerful, I couldn t not feel I picked this up on a whim when I was at my local Dymocks bookstore, after seeing it float around on bookstagram and being intrigued by the Sypnosis Aside from that, though, I didn t know what to expect What I didn t imagine was how moved I would be by this book It was so addictive, I couldn t put it down I found the unique way that Sarah Crossan composed this book was so eloquent and raw, I just found myself being so affected The writing was just so lyrical and powerful, I couldn t not feel lots Allison, the main character, is trying so hard to forget her devastating past and start anew, but she s struggling so much The story jumps back and forth to the present and twines into the past, where Allie and the reader are made to relive the sheer pain and abuse that darling Allison went through, bearing the sheer blunt of her Father s trauma I found it so harrowing, reading what young Allie went through and it just was so hard to read, it really tugged at my heartstrings In turn, I also found Toffee s core friendship that between Allie, who slowly finds herself taking on the alias of the titular name, a dear friend of the aged Marla, who mistakes Allie for her friend, Toffee As Allie reveals, she doesn t have anywhere to go and she slips into the role, the identity of Toffee It was so emotional The friendship that bloomed between the two of them, the young girl with nowhere to go or any family she had to get away from her Dad, as his girlfriend did, Kelly Anne, who Allie cherished and vice versa , and the aging Marla, who finds herself struggling to remember little details of her life, often even forgetting who Allie is, even after mistaking her for her old friend The bond that unfolds between them is so gorgeous and I m so so happy I decided to pick up this book, I definitely will be seeking out Sarah Crossan s other books asap