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Bad Apple by Laura Ruby
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Mar 02, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: ya, cpl-best-of-the-best, realistic-fiction
Read in March, 2010

I have really enjoyed local author Laura Ruby's fiction since seeing her at ALA, and I feel like this may be one of her strongest works yet. Covering some of the same territory she did in "Good Girls," Ruby paints a picture of the extremely likable heroine Tola, who has come under fire for a suspected affair she had with her art teacher. As Tola dissects the many myths and rumors surrounding the incident and gracefully deals with being a high school outcast, she also provides witty and incisive remarks on lunchroom cliques, her parents' divorce, her depressed sister, old age, and art. A wonderful voice well-explored, and despite some bleak subject matter, a delight to read.

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