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Snow Apples

3.43  ·  Rating Details  ·  47 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
While the rest of the world celebrates the end of World War II, sixteen-year-old Sheila Brary finds life in a remote British Columbia outpost suffocating and isolating. A household full of brothers, a philandering father, and, most of all, Sheila’s demanding, embittered mother all stand in the way of a bright, beautiful teenager who dreams of continuing her schooling and b ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published January 26th 2006 by Groundwood Books
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Abby Knight
Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book. The book is about a sixteen-year-old girl named Shelia Brary surving life post WWII. Shelia lives in an remote British Columbia outport, with a demading dad and an controlling mother who stands in the way of her future dreams. Shelia dreams of one day going to college and then becoming a nurse but, her mother believes different. Her mother wants her to find love and marry. The relationship between Shelia and her mother is similiar to any mother daught ...more
Aug 27, 2009 Sherry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: married women or no one
How can I review such a book as this - such brutal honesty. 15 -16 year old Sheila. 1945. Sheila is trying to negotiate her way through her relationships with her mother, strange men, her adult friends in the neighborhood who help her (Mr. Percy, the doctor, Helga), her first real boyfriend, her brothers, her absent, philandering father. Openly discusses MANY things of sexual nature. Not written to entice, just matter of fact. NOT a book to recommend to teens. Not really anyone. The other side o ...more
This book started out with a lot of promise. The story was compelling and then a little over halfway through it takes a bizarre turn. Events get sped through and then it's over. I was disappointed because this book had so much potential.
"Nothing is simple it seems. And no one can be completely understood. Am I any different, really? Already I have secrets of my own, for on one else to know. Maybe everyone has a secret.."- Snow Apples
Take yourself back to the late 20th century in the U.S. when the war has just come to an end. Meet a young girl,named Sheila, and watch her grow into adulthood during a time of complete frenzy of women rights.Sheila must discover that to survive in a world ruled by men, she must do whatever it take
Mar 22, 2014 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
more like 3.75/5. Holy hell is this a depressing novel, even outside of that one scene that I was told about, which compelled me to read it. on a cell phone, so I can't say what it is as there's no spoiler button in the android app. several of the themes are still relevant today. I'm actually surprised by some of the parallels I drew between this novel and the Alice series. will write more and less rambling once I get to a real computer.
Jan 02, 2016 Polly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 25, 2010 Christina rated it liked it
This book perfectly describes the time after World War 2, and how one young 16 year old wants to break away from the norm. Sheila wants to go to college to be a nurse, but then she has the pressure from Mom to drop out of school and marry. Sheila's father is also a philanderer, and her mother is very bitter as a result. Then Sheila meets Nels, who changes her life forever. Does Sheila drop out of school and marry Nels? Or does Sheila break away from Nels and her family, and go to nursing school?
Jul 19, 2012 Celina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
This is a short but eye opening book about one young girls experiences in a time when so much was going on. The lead character takes you along on a journey of young love, disappointment, and sacrifice. I would definitely suggest reading this book.
Jun 05, 2012 Diana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was really disappointed with this book. I thought it was gonna be great when I started it. However the majority of characters were not likable and there were just too many bizarre twists.
Jun 30, 2012 Vicki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen
Sheila lives in post war British Columbia. She and her mother are both strong females, bucking the system of rules set down by the males. Good
Stephanie A.
Too slow in most parts, too explicit in others.
it was a truthful book.
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Mary Razzell's poetry, articles, and short stories have been published and broadcast internationally. She is the author of many young adult novels, including Snow Apples, finalist for the Canada Council Children's Literature Award; Salmonberry Wine, finalist for the Geoffrey Bilson Historical Fiction Award and the Sheila Egoff Children's BC Book Prize; Night Fires; White Wave, finalist for the She ...more
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