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Bad Apple (Bad Apple #1)

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When 15 year old Neal Marchal finds her neighbor murdered, she knows who did it. The why is the secret the family has been keeping forever. While Paul took an interest in Neal’s musical education and taught her how to play the fiddle, he took her fatherless stepbrother, Joe, under his wing and all that implies. Joe’s rage has always been barely beneath the surface and year ...more
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Published October 7th 2010 by DashingBooks (first published September 30th 2010)
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Sheri
Apr 28, 2013 Sheri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Neal Marchal lives a terrifying life. Orphaned and left in the care of a stepfamily who is at best completely crazy, she tries to get by day to day unnoticed and ignored. When the day finally comes when being ignored does not work for her anymore, she leaves home and finds sanctuary with the family of a new friend, Truly. However, her life is full of tragedy and even her wonderful new life with a wonderful new family could not protect her from her past.

Neal is a great character. She is simultan
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Pragya
Jan 12, 2013 Pragya rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
This is one of those books that starts slowly and you don't know where it is going. The writing style is different and you're trying to make a sense of it and then suddenly while reading, you realize the writing style is no more different. Your mind has adapted to it, the story has your attention and you're involved in it. And then you realize you're enjoying the journey the book has taken you on.

The start was slow but the book got to me later. There's humor in it but it's not the laugh out loud
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Tammi
Feb 17, 2013 Tammi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What would you do if you had to keep a secret or risk the anger of the person you feared most? That is what happens to Neal. She knows a secret about Joe. Joe is the reason she has a limp. He pushed her under a tractor and caused her to break her leg. He told her that if she ever told his secret, he would kill her. All is good because Joe moved to New Orleans. Then one of the neighbors is found murdered.

Through the investigation, Neal meets Truly. He is the son of the detective investigating th
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Julia
Mar 25, 2014 Julia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bad Apple by Barbara was not at all what I expected even after reading the description and summary. It started out a little slower with a lot of details, but then one has to have the back story to any characters past right? The mystery to the story kept me turning the pages. I wanted to know what would happen next and didn't have to fight to stay awake to finish the book. For what it's worth I'd say it took me a few hours or more to read the whole story.

Neal Marchal has had a rough past, growin
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Natalia Heaney
Not for me.

Though sometimes very smart, the writing style of this book is fairly difficult to read. The book is written as if someone has taken a transcript from a movie: there’s hardly any indication of who is talking. Sometimes the dialogue would go back and forth for a few pages at a time before we were told which characters were involved in the conversation. It was especially unfortunate because some of the dialogue was witty and funny.

However, the way the teenagers in the story talked was u
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*Lynn*
Bad Apple was a miss for me. I read the summary and thought it would be an interesting fast read. Unfortunately it just ended up being a mess.

I tried my best to try and stay with the erratic behavior of the writing, but instead I found myself confused and annoyed. The story is all over the place and jumps so quickly to the next subject that it was hard to follow.

The MC is an obvious tortured soul who has an awful living situation and has had a troubling past with the family she is living wit
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Elizabeth Horbaczek
this book was given to me for an honest review.

2 stars

I want to say that I wanted to love this book. I wanted to be able to find a new YA book that kept my full interest and I thought this was it. This book was a miss for me. I tried to finish reading it and got to 43 percent and I have to quit. The writing is off with me. Sometimes I don't know who is talking and the subject change is drastic at times.I loved the blurb of the book and thought i would love the story, but there is so many topics
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Kristin Johnson
Sep 30, 2015 Kristin Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like these apples

...Except the Kents, a nightmare of a family that doesn't put the fun in dysfunctional. Dysfunctional would be too clean a word. These people are a walking horror show. And not in a good way. Neal tries to be invisible, having grown up with them, despite the injured leg that they are responsible for. Enter Truly, Neal's Lancelot, and his amazing family. Dad is a state trooper. Truly understands Neal, and protects her. That protection is the sexiest most romantic thing ever. No
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April
Jul 11, 2014 April rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! It was quirky a bit dark alot of great dialogue. I felt like I knew Neal and Truly . Neal is a poor crippled girl from a mountain town she lives her her crazy family the Kent's. She sings and plays the fiddle. Truly is an up and coming musician and he wants Neal to play and sing with him for his band. She wants to het away from the Kent's but she has no where to go she really likes Truly who ends ups taking her from the Kent's and takes her to live with him and his family . Th ...more
Garth Mailman
What can I say? Like so many e-Books I’ve read lately this one could use more careful editing. A girl named Neal lives in an extremely dysfunctional family. The book begins with the murder of the most significant person in her young life. All these negative vibes are relieved somewhat when she comes into the embrace of a caring loving family but the lass has been raised to expect negation at every turn. This freebee is a teaser for the books to follow in this series. The book is highly readable ...more
Justine
Feb 27, 2013 Justine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review. I thoroughly loved this book! I felt like Barbara Morgenroth tricks the reader into thinking after the initial shock, that the book was going to be happy and go lucky and everything would be fine and dandy. This story very quickly unravels as you fall deeper into the book. There are so many secrets that slowly reveal themselves to the audience, but there are still huge ones that left me wanting more. I want this to turn ...more
Penelope Bartotto
Mar 19, 2013 Penelope Bartotto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Morgenroth presents something new to the Young Adult Genre that is refreshing... reality. Marketed as "Mature Young Adult" I hope this does not scare the older teens from this title, there is a story here that is not oft told. There is no fairy tale ending in this story, but an ending that allows you to breathe and accept what has happened. Morgenroth developed a character that is more than just a girl, she is a fighter, even if she doesn't realize it. Trapped in a life that is horrible, Neal re ...more
Jess
Oct 06, 2013 Jess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can’t remember when I found this book but since I found it has been sitting on my reader. Well, some days ago I decided to give it a try and what a nice surprise to find how much I liked reading Bad Apple. Bad Apple is the story of a girl, Neal who has learned to make herself invisible for the sake of self-preservation. She ended in a dysfunctional family that took everything from her. This cycle ends when she gets to know a boy, Truly who is a music genius and his family offers something com ...more
Layna B
Jun 09, 2013 Layna B rated it liked it
Bad Apple starts off with Neal walking in to find Paul's corpse lying in a pool of blood. Neal's reaction seems kind of detached, as if the reality of her friend's murder hadn't struck her yet. Paul had taught Neal how to play the fiddle, which she used as an escape from her awful home life with the Kents. Steve Lambert is the cop who interviews Neal about the murder and she doesn't reveal much of anything to him, afraid that is she tells what she knows, she will find herself in the same positio ...more
Mary Grace
Originally posted at The Solitary Bookworm

A death and mystery, a psychotic family and a girl right in the middle of the whole mess. Bad Apple is about a young girl named Neal and how everything in her life seems to be a distress until music and a boy named Truly changed her perspective of life. Neal is a very smart and caring girl who lives with her psychotic family who messed up her head from a very young age. Very appealing story and character and I enjoyed reading Bad Apple, but I had a few i
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Lunar Haven Reviews and Designs
Bad Apple starts off with Neal walking in to find Paul's corpse lying in a pool of blood. Neal's reaction seems kind of detached, as if the reality of her friend's murder hadn't struck her yet. Paul had taught Neal how to play the fiddle, which she used as an escape from her awful home life with the Kents. Steve Lambert is the cop who interviews Neal about the murder and she doesn't reveal much of anything to him, afraid that is she tells what she knows, she will find herself in the same positio ...more
Chasta Schneider
Apr 01, 2013 Chasta Schneider rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-read
Bad Apple has the potential to be a really good story but it just doesn't deliver - and I really wanted it to. The writing was very stunted and erratic. Half the time I had no idea who was talking and I never had an opportunity to really get to know the characters. There is no intimacy with them for me whatsoever. I feel like I was hearing about people third or fourth hand.

The concept of the story was good. There is a real potential to be a smart, emotional and intriguing plot. A plot that could
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Raven Reviewer
Mar 23, 2013 Raven Reviewer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young adult readers, anyone interested in abuse
Recommended to Raven by: author
Neal Marchal has led a troubled existence ever since her dad died. She’s begun to rebuild her life and escape her crazy life with her stepmother and stepfamily. She has done her best to be invisible but it did not stop her from being a witness. To what? She’ll never tell. Or will she?

What struck me first about this book is the main character Neal. Neal drew me in right away, though I didn’t care for her name. A common piece of writing advice says writers should write in at least one flaw for the
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Christina M Condy
This story starts out a bit rough. It moves along slowly, and at first I thought the Main Character was a boy named Neal. How shocked I was to find out that Neal was in fact a girl. But the story moves along quickly and you get sucked in. Neal was being interrogated by the Police for a murder and she sang a song, when she sang the song, this set into motion a chain of events that would change her life.

Neal grew up in a VERY abusive home. And she is basically rescued by Truly, a fabulous and tale
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Shawna
Dec 01, 2015 Shawna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting tale of girl who was forced to live a nightmare of a life. By either fate or luck, she meets a sweet young man, who is a child music prodigy. He and his family help her chase her dream, realized her worth and get her away from a horrific situation.

Overall I was very pleased with this book. The story line was very interesting. I can't wait to read more and learn more about the fate of these interesting characters.
Jackie
Aug 08, 2013 Jackie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bad Apple was a very touching and emotional book. Barbara Morgenroth’s strong characters and story meld together to bring a hear wrenching story. Neal and Truly’s story is just beginning and I loved the flow of their relationship. The reader really is dragged through emotional mud and you really feel for Neal’s upbringing. She is constantly on watch from her psychotic adoptive family and emotionally unstable step-mother. Her only beacon of hope is her Aunt who in turn helps her by encouraging he ...more
Emily
Neal Marchal has survived more than any young woman should know, but when she loses a close friend who gave her hope, even momentarily, she worries that her stepbrother maybe back. Neal has been holding a secret that if told could result in her death if she tells.

When she meets Truly who wants her to sing with his band, she is weary about the kindness he is showing as well as drawing attention to her limp. What develops is a fragile friendship with the only person she trusts, when she comes clea
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Allieson B.
Aug 27, 2014 Allieson B. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sweet Cider

OHH MEE GOSHH!!!!! Most amazing book ever! I can't wait to read the next in the series. Barbara Morgenroth, is an amazing author and I hope to read more of her books. I would recommend this book to everyone, it doesn't matter the age, interest, or religion it's truly an amazing book.
Alayna
May 22, 2014 Alayna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Waste of time

I thought it would get better but it didn't. I was really confused through the whole thing. They didn't really clarify a lot and the relationships moved quickly but we're hazy, and strange events and conversations. I understand why it was free.
Irayda Moran (Quezada)
Feb 11, 2013 Irayda Moran (Quezada) rated it really liked it
This is the story of Neil’s survival and strength. She lives in a house where all she wishes for is to go unnoticed. She’s tormented by her step brothers and no one is willing to stand up for her. Her only friend, Paul, is found as a murderer, but she knows who's really done it. Though, she is too scared to accuse her stepbrother. Neil meets Truly along the way, who's whole family dynamic seems foreign. Here she learns to live and be cared for like never before.

I really enjoyed BAD APPLE! It dea
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Heather
Jan 01, 2015 Heather rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Boring and slow. I kept waiting for it to get better. It did, but only slightly.
Another free download on Amazon. I know I have found some good books by new authors to me through the free books on Amazon, but not recently.
Amy
Oct 08, 2015 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not sure what I expected when I started this book but it had me wanting to keep turning the pages to find out what would happen.
Neal is so complex and she expresses herself through music.
Well written characters with so much depth to them.

Katie Herring
It only takes one bad apple to spoil the bunch.

Neal is a modern day Cinderella, you won't see it at first, but everything falls into place in the middle of the story.

I liked the plot; Neal could be a real heroine, and the romance could definitely bloom. However, the writing style is different, not different bad, but fast. I finally figured out what happen two chapters late. For instance, I still don't know how old everyone is supposed to be...

Long story short, it's a good read, and I'm interest
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Rebecca McKinnon
Sep 26, 2012 Rebecca McKinnon rated it really liked it
This is a very realistic story, which in some ways will break your heart. In others, you'll love it.

I'm not counting this as a spoiler, because the blurb mentions it: Neal's stepbrother, Joe (evil boy if ever there was one), pushed her under a tractor. The step-family figured that since she could walk, there was no need to look into ways to help heal her leg. It's left Neal with a bad limp, and a huge dose of self-consciousness. Her life hasn't gotten any better since then.

There's a lot going on
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Amalie
Much better than i expected from the blurb.
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