The Poison Apples – Lily Archer

I was quite surprised to (retrospectively) discover that this, in fact, a children’s book. I read the description and thought it looked good, and therefore acquired myself a copy. So I did feel a bit of a wally to discover it’s meant to be for nine to twelve year olds. However, I actually think the publisher is selling the book short by just marketing it at those ages, because I read it and loved it. If I hadn’t have been any the wiser, I’d have just said it was chick-lit. Granted, with hindsight I realise there’s no sex or swearing in it, but I didn’t actually miss it at the time – so surely that’s the sign of a good book?

Anyway, putting my idiocy to one side – The Poison Apples. The plot is three girls meet at a high-brow boarding school. They’re all from different backgrounds and yet all have one thing in common – they all have an evil stepmother who makes their life hell. To begin, the girls don’t see eye to eye, but on discovering this common problem, they become close. One of the young ladies devises a plan; they will form a secret group called The Poison Apples to seek revenge on the women who have ruined their lives – so instead of being given poison apples, a la Snow White, they will be the unpalatable fruit, therefore taking the power back. Sounds like a great idea, right?

In the meantime, the girls also have other things on their minds – guys, being popular, and bitchy fellow pupils. There are plenty of things to distract them, but ultimately they are still aiming for their goal – to bring down their evil stepmothers, and reign supreme. Only time will tell if their plans will work… read the book and find out.

I thought this was a giggle. As I said, in hindsight I realise it’s not aimed at adults due to the lack of naughtiness, but the book was good enough for me not to notice! It’s definitely a girly book, like a vanilla chick lit novel, really. But I thought the plot was excellent, and it was excellently written, particularly the more emotional parts of the book. You could really put yourself in the girls’ shoes and empathise with their situation. I think this could be made into a fab film! It reflects real life, sadly, and for that reason it would definitely attract audiences.

Despite the target market, this is still a good girly read, I recommend it when you’re after some candy floss for the brain.

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