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The Poison Apples

3.41  ·  Rating Details ·  1,352 Ratings  ·  180 Reviews
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 t ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 6th 2009 by Square Fish (first published 2007)
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Paige  *an exploding fluffball* Bookdragon
The Poison Apples is not a fairy tale book. It's a story about three girls who has one thing in common.





Now now, I know that not all stepmoms are awful but in this story, three different girls who were brought together in a boarding school have evil stepmothers.

Sounds like a weepy,oh-woe-is-me story?

Nah. Far from it actually. The Poison Apples is a wonderful book. I love that this book is not set as a fantasy book although I know that even though it will be written as a
I'd call this a tween book because it involves 15 year olds at a boarding school in the mountains, but nothing particularly mature happens. Alice, Reena, and Molly all start their first semester of boarding school with one thing in common: their fathers have all just married horrible women. Eventually, after attempting to hide their freaky families from each other, they discover their common thread and form a club called the Poison Apples in which to commiserate and plot revenge.

The storyline i
Lenore Appelhans
Feb 16, 2009 Lenore Appelhans rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-hardcover
Raise your hand if you have an evil stepmother. Alice, Reena and Molly all do. For various reasons, each girl finds herself at a posh boarding school in rural Massachusetts and each tries her best to pretend she doesn’t come from a messed-up, broken family. When they find each other, they discover they no longer have to suffer alone or in silence, and the Poison Apples are born.

The book is narrated by all three teens in alternating chapters and divided roughly into three sections: the introduct
Jul 29, 2009 Miriam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: stepdaughters
Shelves: ya, school
First of all, this is NOT a fairy-tale retelling, so don't pick it up expecting fantasy. It is friendship story about three girls who meet in boarding school and, after some initial friction, bond after discovering that they all have horrible stepmothers. The blurb on mine implied that they join forces to get revenge, which is initially true but not really the focus of the story, which is about becoming a better friend and supporting one another. I liked that the girls have different personaliti ...more
Mar 23, 2010 Eileen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
The element of the ridiculous--not the fantastic, which the fairy-tale title suggests, but the ridiculous--is used really well here. On the surface this tells the story of Alice, Reena, and Molly, all of whom are saddled with newly acquired stepmothers and consequently enroll at Putnam Mount McKinsey boarding school. While initial first impressions cause a few issues, they eventually bond and form a group called the poison apples, vowing to take revenge on their evil stepmothers. Although each m ...more
Jul 20, 2016 shuweet rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book in middle school and just never got around to reading it so I feel like my middle school self would've appreciated this much more than my adult self. This book was...really bad. There was basically nothing redeemable about this story and I can honestly only recall one thing in the whole story that made me enjoy it even slightly.

So this story follows three modern day teenage girls who all end up with "evil" stepmothers and they all start attending the same boarding school and b
Dec 04, 2007 Kasia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youngadult

I read this book in one sitting on a Sunday afternoon. For some reason I expected it to be paranormal fiction of some sort, but it's not. It's reasonably entertaining realistic fiction about 3 girls at boarding school who bond over the fact that they have crazy stepmothers and screwed up families. I think it suffers a bit from lack of character development from focusing on three main characters, and it lags a bit after a good beginning. So, it's not great but it is a quick, mostly fun read that
Aug 28, 2010 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved this novel! A great YA book of three 15 year old girls sent to boarding schools after their fathers hook up with the step mothers from hell. Molly is a dictionary nerd, Alice is depressed from her mother's death and the beautiful Reena is struggling to understand how her father wound up with a Yoga instructor half his age.

Lily Archer nailed the adolescent experience of young girls becoming women while their parents descend into adolescence. Highly recommended.
Mar 27, 2014 Katelyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was pretty good. Surprisingly good, actually. The writing was good, the characters were written well, and the girls were relatable to, if not, real life. It was a nice read and was a bit awkward at times. Not the writing was awkward but what the character(s) did in the book. Once in a while they would make me want to slap my forehead against the wall of embarrassment for them even though I know it's all fake. :) One thing that did bother me though was that I felt like the author was more fo ...more
Oct 17, 2007 Lauren rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
I had read several rave reviews of this book, so I really couldn't wait to get my hands on it. Unfortunately, it didn't deliver. While the beginning was witty and funny, the end fell flat, neatly wrapping everything up in a pretty little bow, which, I guess, some people enjoy, but I was left disappointed.
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Aug 07, 2013 Leanna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, library-has
This book was alright, but I didn't really realize it was a bit on the younger-aged YA spectrum for me. I think I'd have liked it more had I read it while I was 13 or 14... as it is, it kept me busy for half a day reading on the dock at the cottage.

The premise of this book-- three step-daughters with evil stepmothers want to plot revenge and reclaim their lives-- was good. There were funny parts. But the actual revenge and the Poison Apples society itself doesn't even come about until about the
Aug 12, 2015 Michelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 25, 2009 Kami rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The writing is fine and the plot pretty good, but some of the material was inappropriate for teen fiction. Several comments about popular 15 year olds having only had sex with 4 guys and trying to increase that number seemed to imply that is ideal teen behavior. None of the main characters had even kissed a boy, but the implications from other characters really turned me off. I would never recommend it to a teenager.

However, this book does address issues of having a "step mother" quite well. Th
It was alright.the dialog was witty and interesting i think thats why i mostly read it :)
May 28, 2015 Megan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-and-read
Although this book was enjoyable, I feel as though Molly, Reena and Alice were kind of pathetic in that their step mothers weren't really that bad. I mean, sure, they got sent to boarding school but what's so bad about that? Persnally, I've always wanted to go to boarding school. And anyways, how old were thesea irks? They seemed like kids but they can't have been seeing as they did a lot of very dodgy things which kids should not do. It was quite funny at times though which is why I'm giving it ...more
Angie Fehl
This was a mildly cute story, loosely inspired by classic fairytales, about a group of teenage girls who all meet at a boarding school -- it seems like they were sent to this school because the parents thought it would "make things easier" for everyone -- and bond over sharing their "evil stepmother" stories. All their fathers have remarried, mostly to women that the girls point out are barely older than them. Some of the biological mothers have been lost through death, others through divorce af ...more
Aug 06, 2016 Teresa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is geared towards female teens. It features Alice, Reena, and Molly, three girls who all end up at the same boarding school because of their evil stepmothers. Alice's mother died and her father remarried a stuck-up actress, Reena's father got bored with her mother and began dating a white yoga instructor who thinks she is Indian and is more than twenty-five years younger than the father, and Molly's mother is in a psychiatric hospital with a new step mother trying to dominate her life. ...more
Dec 19, 2008 Juli rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book has a great concept, but the changing point of view and "teenage banter" quickly become annoying. Three girls, who are ethnically and economically different, are all sent to a boarding school by their Evil Step-Mothers. The premise is formulaic, and the book becomes boring in the middle. The ending wasn't thought out and leaves the reader wondering why they started the story.
Jul 25, 2015 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book to see what it was about because the red vibrancy of the cover and the pages really stood out to me. And then, I read the synopsis, and I thought it would be about fairy tales in present time. I was wrong. It was definitely not what I thought it would be about. So, there are these three main protagonist, that basically take turns telling their stories and how they relate to each other. The girls are 15, and they have all somehow end up at a boarding school together. And rea ...more
Its always a different experience every time I hand out 5 stars to books.

Because I know there is a big difference between an action-packed, richly written Brandon Sanderson book that I just throw 5 stars at, and a lighthearted, quick contemporary read.

I don't care. This author is wonderful at writing what she has sought out to. She has written a funny, cute, revenge-filled plot + a successful boarding-school setting+ a bunch of cute guys.

So I don't care if this might not be as "high-standard" fo
Abby  Person
I liked the interactions between Alice, Reena, and Molly. However in all their cases, especially Alice and Molly's, I felt their relationships with their fathers was something that needed to be addressed. The problems they were experiencing with their fathers seemed like a really obvious issue, maybe even the whole point, and I kept waiting for that moment when Alice, Reena, and Molly would finally blow up and confront their fathers. But it never happened. It made the book feel left unfinished i ...more
Monet St. Louis
3.5 stars…

So i thought this book was a fairy tale re-telling. About stepmothers….but i guess i didn't read the description very well. It was about three different teenage girls who all end up with evil stepmothers. They all get shipped off to a private boarding school and become friends over their common family ties. The book was very light, and fun. I loved the bit about the penguins. so adorable (not going to spoil anything). My favourite girl was defiantly Molly, but i have to say i enjoyed R
...What the actual hell did I just read?

I was expecting so much out of this novel - like total stepmother ass kicking. Or...just...really anything to happen.

I feel like I sat there waiting for something to happen, and I waited and waited...and nothing happened. At all. Ever.

It was like a series of first world problems most of the time. But at least I felt bad for the girls. BUT THEN NOTHING HAPPENED. They complained. They made their little plans. AND THEN NOTHING HAPPENED.

I want my day back.
Feb 16, 2016 Alisha♡ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-favourites, 2015
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Aug 25, 2015 Kristen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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So, this book is called the Poison Apples and there is a blurb on the cover that says “Evil Stepmothers, BEWARE” and on the back of the book it says they make a cunning plan to exact their revenge. So I was excited to read a fun semi-considered fairytale twist about these girls who have a grand plan for revenge against their evil stepmothers. I expected the plot to be about the revenge plan and then of cour
Per la serie 'Federica passione recensioni delle medie':

Alice, Reena e Molly sono tre adolescenti americane che hanno ognuna un'esperienza di vita diversa, ognuna i suoi pregi e difetti, ognuna è completamente diversa dall'altra. Hanno comunque una cosa in comune: il fatto di frequentare lo stesso college, il prestigioso Putnam Mount McKinsey, 'spedite' lì tutte e tre dalle rispettive matrigne, R. Klausenhook, Amanda Weed detta Shanti Shutri e Candy Lamb.

La diversità tra le tre è anche la proven
Apr 16, 2014 Bekka rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own-it
What first attracted me to The Poison Apples when I saw it sitting on a table in a discount book store, was the book’s design. The cover is gorgeous and eye-catching, the title is great, and the edges of the pages are a bright red. After the reading the synopsis and discovering that this was a loose fairytale retelling (very, very loose with no particular tale in mind), I knew I had to have it. The Poison Apples was a lot of fun and definitely worth the read, but didn’t wow me like I wanted it t ...more
Lisa Rathbun
I loved the first half of the book. Each of the girls was distinctive, and I felt for each one as her world was turned upside down as her father remarried a "wicked stepmother." One of the most poignant things I read was where one girl was homesick, but realized she had no home to miss as her father had sold their former home to move in with his new wife. Another girl wrote how she missed her dad, although he was in the same room with her! So sad. So heart-breaking, especially because I know thi ...more
Red Kedi
Reena, Alice e Molly possono tranquillamente essere delle nostre amiche, le nostre vicine di banco. Tre semplici ragazze che con caratteri diversi, si trovano a condividere un'amicizia e un'avventura comune. Le Matrigne.
Queste tre storie sono tristi e divertenti allo stesso tempo. Raccontano del cambio delle loro vite quando i genitori smettono di amarsi, di quando un'estraneo entra nella famiglia, del cambiamento difficile che devono subire, dell'incapacità dei padri di riconoscere un problema
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Lily Archer lives in New York City, where she reads the dictionary for fun and secretly hankers for a pet penguin. She has known many stepmothers; some kind, others wicked.
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