Toffee

By: Sarah Cossan
Location: FIC CRO
Genre: Poetry, Family and Crossan

Apple and Rain is one of my favorite books, I constantly send it out with students and I have used some of its goodness myself- those 100 word essays are awesome. I ran a competition in our library based on that.
Then there was "One" - that was stunning as well. Made me cry. I REALLY like Crossan books- she is an automatic buy, I just hit the Buy Now button without even reviewing- pays off. On Goodreads this has 4.48- that is very very good!

I am not who I say I am,
and Marla isn't who she thinks she is.

I 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 Toffee.

Allison 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 be.

But 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?

"Toffee is a beautifully written book and the fact that it’s written in verse makes it even more captivating. 
The poetry style of this book doesn’t at all take away from the story. 
Allison and Marla meet through the most unusual of circumstances and somehow become incredibly close despite the huge difference in age. 
It’s an incredibly heartwarming read about two lonely, isolated people who somehow find friendship and comfort in each other and I can’t recommend this book enough." Kayleigh



"The only way I can describe Toffee is to compare it with a piece of classical music, the pacing slowly building up to a crescendo of emotions, not letting the reader go until the last page. A riveting story about the dark aspects of being human and the power of friendship.

𝘎𝘳π˜ͺ𝘱𝘱π˜ͺ𝘯𝘨, 𝘱𝘰𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘧𝘢𝘭, 𝘒𝘯π˜₯ 𝘢𝘯𝘒𝘧𝘳𝘒π˜ͺπ˜₯."  Jane



Absolutely gorgeous!- Catherine

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