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3.57  ·  Rating details ·  488 ratings  ·  103 reviews
Paradise Manor is depressing - the smells are bad and the residents are old. Sunny would much rather be doing her volunteer hours at Salon Teo, but her teacher won't let her. Who says volunteering at a hair salon doesn't benefit the community?

But working with the Alzheimer's patients has a surprising effect on Sunny. Along with Cole, the grandson of one of the residents, s
Paperback, 224 pages
Published February 17th 2012 by Lorimer (first published February 12th 2012)
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Apr 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This was definitely a hard topic to read about, at least for me. Alzheimer’s is one of the diseases that I fear most, but something in the blurb caught my interest. My feelings are still mixed after finishing the book but maybe that just reflects my unease about Alzheimer’s itself.

I liked the way this was written as there was present, future and journal style but sometimes it was really hard to notice the transition between these 3 styles and I had to go back and re-read the passage – this coul
Shonna Froebel
Nov 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: canadian
This novel goes back and forth between the life of young Sunny as she completes her required 40 volunteer hours at a local nursing home, and the court scene where she is accused of manslaughter.
Sunny didn't want to volunteer at the nursing home, but the other volunteer options were gone and she had always felt close to her grandmother, so she figured she could handle it.
She finds herself on a ward with patients with memory issues, many with Alzheimer's. She finds herself drawn to the patients, l
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Crush. Candy. Corpse. is a top quality YA novel that was a pleasure to read. The story was constructed in a suspenseful and logical way, and the character of Sunny was fleshed out, believable and realistic.

The story opens in a courtroom, where we find sixteen-year-old Sunny has been accused of the manslaughter of a woman who lived in the Alzheimer's ward in a long-term care facility where Sunny volunteered. Sunny is doing her 40 hours of community service as a high school requirement. Scenes in
Lisa Mcbroom
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Suspenseful WHO DONE IT about a young girl accused of manslaughter. Sonja "Sunny" Ebert has to do volunteer work for an English class. She is assigned to Paradise Manor and is put on the Alzheimer Ward. Sonja is repulsed by the smells and the patients but soon her attitude turns around. Cole's grandmother Helen Demers is a patient there. Cole and Helen have a pact that when Helen becomes totally unfunctionable he is to end her life. When Helen mysteriously chokes on candy, Sonja is accused of be ...more
Feb 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Oh, what a great book, though in the copy I read the spacing was a bit off with the journal entries, and the more personal things that happened, and yeah, just a great story!
Janice Bonczek
Jul 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teenagers especially! anyone interested in the suject matter (assisted suicide)
4 stars

I thought this was a very good book, and tackled a big issue, especially for a YA novel. Most recent YA novels I have read don't really include any kind of serious issues. But there was no angst-ridden love, supernatural creatures, or young people destined to save the world in this story.

The story, set in Canada, is of a young girl named Sonja "Sunny" Ehret. The book begins with a trial, in which Sunny is the defendant. The charge against her is manslaughter, of a patient who Sunny had be
A Book Vacation
Jul 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
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This novel opens in the beginning stages of our main character’s trial. You see, Sunny has been accused of manslaughter–the intentional murder of an elderly woman in a nursing home, but she says she didn’t do it. Sound intriguing? It is.

Forced to volunteer at Paradise Manner (a name synonymous with irony) for a school project, and keeping a journal every step of the way, readers get to know the real Sunny through her own written words
Lauren  Librarian
Jun 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recent novels in the Young Adult genre have some upsetting depictions of elderly people and I'm not entirely comfortable with that. Who could forget that scene in Twilight where Bella has a nightmare that she is introducing her grandmother to Edward and then suddenly realizes that she is in front of a mirror and she is the grandmother. This leads to mostly vain reasons why Bella can't stand to not be turned into a vampire. After all, she'd be ugly and old one day and Edward will always be young ...more
Nov 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Sunny is sixteen and is accused of the manslaughter of a woman with Alzheimer’s who she had met as a volunteer at a senior’s home. Sunny, named so by her own grandmother has two pink strips in the front of her hair and an attitude that is not appreciated by the supervisor at Paradise Manor. Sunny's attitude extends to her choice of boyfriend and to ignoring her parents request that she not see him after they are caught shoplifting. Sunny's immigrant parents work long hours managing a condo. Occa ...more
Jan 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Crush.Candy.Corpse. by :Sylvia McNicoll
review by: Faith.M

I've been reading Crush. Candy. Corpse. by Sylvia McNicoll, which I just finished, And is in the top 20 Red Maple selections for 2013. The author who wrote this book, was born and raised in Ajax,Ontario.She wrote this book based on some parts of her childhood.Sylvia McNicoll's grandmother used to call her sunny, which was short for Sylvia. Same as the protagonist’s mother called her, but her real name was Sonja Ehret.

The major themes in t
Jan 06, 2013 rated it liked it
I thought this book was really thought out and well written. I also really liked that it started on the present day with what was happening and then took you back to when everything actually started and it took you through as in you were actualy there witnessing everything. I really liked how Sylvia thought out the characters and had there background down pat as you were actually friends with Sonja "Sunny" Ehret.
Michelle M
Feb 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Lynda Simmons
Tense, intriguing, very highly recommended!
Mirna Garcia
Oct 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
NetGalley Review

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A book title and a book cover have much in common. Each device can be a determining factor when deciding whether a book is worth reading, and if used effectively; a combination of the two can be an alluring, siren call to book lovers. Like a cover, the title barely scratches the surface though. You don’t always know what you’re gonna get…Good or bad.
Originally, I decided to read Crush Candy Corpse based on the title. The combination of candy and corpses made for a
Apr 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
It took me awhile before I got the hang of the story. Maybe because I was waiting in the hospital that day or maybe because the start didn't have that much of an impact to me. It actually started out unique. I think too unique for me that I didn't get it all too well.

It started out in the courtroom. See? Unique right? But the organization of the scenes confused me. A lot. There are parts in the book wherein an entry of Sunny's journal is inserted. So it's like, courtroom, journal, courtroom, jou
Mallory Thorpe
Apr 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: treasured-reads
What caught my eye about this book was the cover and then the title. The young girl’s gaze called to me and I found myself drawn in by the look on her face and pink hair. Crush.Candy.Corpse intrigued me in its own right and combined with the short description provided I had to know more. After reading the book I can say that the unique title and cover picture fit the book perfectly and I can’t imagine a better match. To me they were both the perfect choice.
Sonja Ehret known as Sunny throughout
Sheri (Tangled Up In Books)
Originally posted on my blog: Perks of Being a Bookworm

3.5 out of 5 stars!

This is a hard review to write, because while on the whole I enjoyed this book I did have a few problems with it. Now it was a very short book, my Adobe Digital Editions displayed a total of 164 pages at the bottom. That's not what I had a problem with. That was fine. But the way it was written kind of gave me whiplash at times. It starts out at the beginning of her trial and then it starts jumping back and forth between t
Jul 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
It's your turn to back a decision. Is she guilty or isn't she? Did she kill someone or was it a simple mistake? Perhaps it was a pack with the family of the patient and she was setup as the fall guy or perhaps we don't understand much of anything at all. In this book, the reader gets a chance to do something that many jurors wish they could do. We get to hear the evidence, hear the case, and get an inside look into the accused mind. My mom is addicted the murder mystery/forensic files/cold case ...more
Michelle Pickett
Apr 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My thoughts on Crush. Candy. Corpse. By Sylvia McNicoll

Crush. Candy. Corpse. Isn’t a typical young adult book. I was completely taken by surprise when I started reading it. But I have to make this perfectly clear…

I loved it. I think everyone should read it.

But don’t go into thinking it’s going to be a sappy, romantic contemporary love story with a happily ever after ending like I did, because it isn’t and it won’t. This is a totally different experience. One that can potentially change lives.

Melissa Scott
Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Jan 05, 2013 rated it liked it
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Sonja "Sonny" Ehret is on trial for manslaughter.

After being forced to do her forty volunteer hours in order to graduate at an Alzheimer's ward, she meets and and interacts with many of the residents. After about two visits she meets a boy named Cole Demers who visits his grandmother Helen regularly.

After Sunny and Cole become friends, Cole confesses that his grandmother made him promise that when the disease progresses to
Lis Ann - The Indigo Quill
Being a cosmetologist and also hearing stories from my social-work friends who work in nursing homes, I actually found this book...what's the word...almost endearing with a touch of humor. I felt for the main character, Sonja aka Sunny, as she just seemed to be misunderstood and trying to establish her role in life during her teenage years. We all experienced peer pressure and toxic relationships growing up, but not everyone experiences the selflessness of volunteer work. Especially in a place l ...more
Megan (The Book Babe)
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From the cover, I thought that this was going to be some kind of paranormal. Even the title, Crush. Candy. Corpse. hints that there's going to be some made up creatures. I'm not sure what my final classification will be, but without a doubt, there was no paranormal activity in this one.

It was actually kind of a mystery-- did Sunny or didn't she kill Helen? It wasn't what I was expecting at all.

I actually liked Sunny-- I feel like she made a lot of
Steven R. McEvoy
Apr 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book took me completely by surprise. I was intrigued from the first time I saw the cover and title. I found that I kept thinking about it and once I finally read it I found that I thought about it for weeks after finishing it. The story is amazingly well written, it is told in two parts a trial and Sunny remembering the events that led up to the charges. It all started with required community service hours to finish school.

From the very beginning we knew a tragedy was coming, but we did no
Jan 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
"Crush. Candy. Corpse" written by Sylvia McNicoll is a novel that leads us into a mystery of a crime committed during the forty - first hour. Sonja (Sunny) Ehret, the protagonist, is in trial for manslaughter.

Sunny's personality starts as a selfish and troubled teenager. But, when she is assigned to volunteer at Paradise Manor (an elderly Alzheimer's home), she changes into a completely different person. When Sunny realizes how depressing the home is for the elders, she begins to please the e
Apr 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
I had a really hard time getting into this book, in the beginning. But I could relate to Sunny. When she first joined the Paradise Manor team to complete her community service, she had a dismal mindset – all she wanted to do was to volunteer at a Salon, to her, working with old people was depressing. But after a while, and getting to know the elders individually, she became attached to them and keeping them happy became her main priority, even if it meant bending the rules a little bit. This is ...more
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Sunny is in grade 11 and has to complete volunteer hours for a class she is taking at school. She wants to volunteer at the local salon and spa, but she has to perform some form of charity work and her teacher will not allow her to volunteer at the local salon. In a bad mood she accepts her placement at a local nursing home.

The novel starts with Sunny in the court room, being accused of murdering one of the residents at the lodge. Sunny is shocked and stunned by the accusation but knows she must
Jessica Figueroa
Aug 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgally
"Sunny" is supposed to get 40 hours of vollenteering to graduate and so she spends her time a an old folks home. At first it was hard for her to work there but when she got used to it she enjoyed working with the people there. When tragedy strikes Sunny ends up being accused for manslaughter.This both goes back and forth from a trial for manslaughter and her past at the nursing home.

So I have to say what really drawn me into reading this book wasn't the description, it was the cover. The cover
Kaitlyn King
Jun 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Just finished reading Crush, Candy, Corpse by Sylvia McNicoll and I have to say it was nothing like what I expected. The back of the book doesn't explain just what you have to expect going into this novel.
It is not a romance, it is not a story about finding yourself, it is a story of a court case about a girl who may or may not have murdered an old women because she asked her to. From what I read I couldn't tell whether she did it or not.
But anyway, we meet Sunny who is on trial for the murder o
Jul 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Fantastic book. It is great to see an author tackling this difficult topic. I thought it was well written as a young adult novel--no sex beyond kissing but a good look at what makes a person attractive. We really see Sunny develop beyond a girl who is totally absorbed by a relationship with a 'hot' guy to one who learns to see what characteristics make a person worthy of friendship.

It is also honest about the grossness of nursing homes and the sadness of losing your dignity and free choice thro
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Born in Ajax, Sylvia McNicoll (pseudonym Genna Dare ) grew up in Montreal, Quebec where she received her BA in English with a minor in Economics from Concordia University. She began her writing career with adult short stories and household tips that were published in women's magazines, and moved on to freelance articles for Burlington local newspapers. Her friend and published author, Gisela Sherm ...more