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Fragnut. Confused? Well so is everyone else at Lumiere Hall Prep when sixteen-year-old Rubie Keane rolls in from Trinidad and Tobago talking her weird lingo. Not that she minds the culture confusion; she's determined to leave the past behind her and be overlookedbut a certain stoic blue blood is equally as determined to foil her plans.

Gil Stromeyer's offbeat personality
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Tori (InToriLex)
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Actual Rating 3.5
This was a unique story about a platonic friendship, featuring a memorable protagonist from Trinidad. I have to admit it took me a while to get through the first 25% of the book. I wanted to take a chance on this book because of the diverse characters, although I don't usually read contemporary young adult books. I was unsure of where the book was going because of a slow start and alot of characters being introduced right away. However
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Rubie is a 16 year old from Trinidad and Tobago transplanted to the Boston suburbs due to her sister marrying a ginger haired American. She didn't want to leave behind her daddy or her mother, both dealing with health issues. Determined to get through the rest of high school friendless she is foiled in her plans due to Gil, the very privileged middle son of a real estate mogul. Despite his violent outbursts they become friends and only friends.
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Elizabeth Mathis
Fragnut. Confused? Well so is everyone else at Lumiere Hall Prep when sixteen-year-old Rubie Keane rolls in from Trinidad and Tobago talking her weird lingo. Not that she minds the culture confusion; she's determined to leave the past behind her and be overlookedbut a certain stoic blue blood is equally as determined to foil her plans.

Gil Stromeyer's offbeat personality initially makes Rubie second-guess his sanity, but she suspects his erratic outbursts of violence mask a deeper issue in his
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CJLuvsBooks!
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am not gonna lie Im a die hard romantic, so I enjoy my romantic reads. But what I enjoy just as much are platonic stories about friendship. Im not talking about the casual, fair-weather kind. I mean the truest, deepest kind.

The Cilantro in Apple Pie is beautifully written, and all of the characters are complex and interesting. I especially love Gil. Even with all his broodiness and hard exterior there is such a deep and caring soul underneath it all. He loves fiercely and he is incredibly
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jackmagnus
May 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

The Cilantro in Apple Pie is a young adult coming of age story written by Kimberley Nadine Knights. Sixteen-year-old Rubie found herself on a plane with her sister and brother-in-law, bound for a Boston suburb for a number of rational reasons, but New England was a far cry from the sun and warmth of her homeland, Trinidad and Tobago. Being separated from her mom and dad was not something she found at all easy to deal with. Rubie would be staying with
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Lola Kyle
May 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Like eating curry with your fingers, it all comes naturally for this author. Rubie is a Trini-girl in a foreign world. Determined to make her new life at Lumiere Prep, one she takes alone. However the fates had something else in store for her. She is thrown off guard when she meets Gil, the boy who needs to be her friend. This gloomy boy, hell bent on showing the world of blue bloods that he is nothing like them, is a kindred spirit. She finds herself on a journey that she wasn't expecting to ...more
Chelsea DeVries
Apr 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love YA novels but one thing I love is when I am automatically gripped by a character in a YA novel. Something about them resonates with you because as you keep reading, you find that they are a mirror of you, in some way.

I was surprised that I found myself mirrored in the character Rubie Keane, a sixteen year old from Trinidad and Tobago, who speaks the dialect and really seems like a fish out of water in her new school, Lumiere Prep. She really starts getting attention when the school's
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Haddie
DISCLAIMER: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Ever wondered what it would be like to read a book about two people who find themselves in each other's vicinity, but they don't fall in love with each other? Then you are in for an awesome surprise. I feel that I should let the description speak for itself, because I do not want to give away too much, unless you already read this book. If that is the case, comment below and tell me your thoughts on the book.

First off,
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Joy
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! A genuine story of friendship. The characters are real and authentic, with realistic problems to overcome. I loved the family support and friendships that developed. It was a refreshing YA novel. I can't wait to see what happens next with Rubie and Gil and the other characters :)
Amphy
Jul 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I was sent an e-book from the author in exchange for an honest review

This book reminds me on why I read contemporary, and why I love the genre.
Its your generic coming-of-age story, featuring a new girl in a school, a guy with a disturb past, & high-school drama but by a lot of things it set itself apart from most of the contemporary book I have read, it was more than that.

The book has very diverse characters, not only in terms of their racial background and ethnicity but also the
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M. C. (MagsTheBookWorm)
Jul 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Cilantro in Apple Pie is a charming contemporary coming of age tale. The main character, Rubie, is fresh off the plane from Trinidad and Tobago. She flew to the states with her sister and brother-in-law to go to a private school on scholarship. While there, she tries her best to be a loner and stay as invisible as possible. All of her plans to that effect are dashed when a young man by the name of Gil worms his way into her life. Not only is his older brother one of the popular kids, but he ...more
Al
May 18, 2016 rated it liked it
After having seen the book cover and having read the blurb for this book, I was more than happy to delve into the story. It's a whimsical read and very easy to get into. Right from the get-go, I got lost in Rubie's world as she attempted to embrace her new surroundings. Having recently moved from the tropical island of Trinidad and Tobago, Rubie Keane quickly learns that the students at her new school are quite the handful to deal with, particularly one Gil Stromeyer, who takes it upon himself ...more
Jessica
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Rubie Keane moved to America with her sister and husband so she can go to a private school. The school shes going to should help her get into an ivy league school. Everyone decided this is what best. Sad to leave her beloved Trinidad behind shes also looking forward to making a new start. By new start means being a loner and not making friends because of what happened in Trinidad. Gil Stromeyer has other ideas says he needs Rubie to be his friend. With Gil being persistent will Rubie stick to ...more
Kathy Tutors
May 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Kimberly Nadine Knight's novel The Cilantro in Apple Pie was an unexpected joy to read. From the title I half expected it to be a poor attempt at informing us about another culture. HOWEVER, it was not that at all. I learned so much about the Trinidad and Tobago culture from the narrative in the book. Gil and Rubie, both claiming to be loners, join forces to survive life and high school. Gil becomes Rubie's protector and guide to survive the "mean girls" at their private school. The ending was a ...more
Kat Stiles
Jun 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow, this book is so unique and masterfully written. The way Ms. Knights defines her characters really engages the reader. The storyline is very unusual - without spoilers, I can safely say you won't predict where it's going. I very much enjoyed all the dialect used, along with the dictionary at the beginning, it just adds to the charm of this wonderful debut novel. The only element I didn't care for as much was the ending, which felt a little long to me. All in all I highly recommend this book ...more
Monique
Jul 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book for free from the author (many months ago!) in exchange for an honest review.

Sorry for taking so long to read this Kimberley. Im glad I managed to get to it though because it is stunning.

3.5 out of 5 stars

Possible 4 if I sit on it for a bit because the writing is so brilliant.

This book is just as quirky and wonderful as its title. At its core, this is a story about friendship and you will love getting to know Rubie and Gil as you navigate their relationship. With
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Paula Genereau
May 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was awesome. I haven't read anything quite like it before. The cover is beautiful it reminds me of the characters. I love the colors.

My favorite character is Rubie. She's strong and I love strong characters in a book. Makes it more interesting.


Can't wait to read more books by this author. I received a copy of the book from the author for my honest review
Eileen Hall
May 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
I couldn't get into this story unfortunately.
Didn't connect with the characters.
I won a digital copy of this book from Librarything and the author Kimberley Nadine Knights in return for an honest unbiased review.
Kat
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't usually gravitate towards YA unless it's dystopian/apocalyptic/fantasy but I must say was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed reading a story told from a 16 yr old's POV about friendship and loss. Check out my blog(link in bio) for my full review!
Isabel (The Reader & The Chef)
*This review can also be found at The Reader and the Chef. Many thanks to the author for the review copy in exchange of my honest opinion.*

This book. This BOOK. I adored it.
It's been a while since I've read a book that has made me fall completely for the male lead character. Actually, I loved all of the characters, including the MC Rubie, but Gil Stromeyer just happens to be my very favorite. I simply couldn't put the book down and at the same time, I didn't want to finish and I found myself
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Radeyah H.  Ali
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"Fragnut hell" is my new substitute swear phrase!
Death. Family. Love. Friendship. Trust. These are just some of the themes the Trini author, Kimberley Nadine Knights, delved into within this Young Adult novel. However, this novel's dark themes were balanced out with light humour. When a down to earth Trini girl, Rubie, meets an American rich kid, Gil, all bets are off. Nothing is what it seems and no one is who they appear to be.

The characters in this novel are very well developed and very
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Grass monster
Sep 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Firstly i wasnt too sure what to expect from this book. It had a great title and before reading the blurb, i thought it was something to do with cooking or centred around a restaurant.
The Cilantro in Apple Pie opens up with 16 year old Rubie Keane, sat on a plane with her sister Violet and brother in law, Dennis, on their way to Boston. Leaving behind her mum and dad in her home of Trinidad and Tobago. Rubie is not finding it easy being shipped off for to a private school for 2 years. We learn a
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Stacie
Jul 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
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The Cilantro in Apple Pie is an inspiring story of loss, friendship, and second chances.

When sixteen-year-old Rubie moves to America with her sister and brother-in-law she is determined not to make any new friends, that way they can't let her down the way they did back home in Trinidad and Tobago. However, Gil Stromeyer, the son of a wealthy real estate tycoon, sets out to become just that, Rubie's friend. Rubie tries her best to avoid Gil, but no amount of put downs seem to deter the young man
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Shirley
May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as part of the author program by BooksGoSocial.com in exchange for an honest review.

I loved the book. I think it is one of the most insanely sensible books, Ive read this year. It was so funny and yet so touching, And I would definitely have to say that my first YA without any romance zilch nada... absolutely none at allmaking it all the more an interesting read.

With an overdose of courtship, sex, romance and PDA in most of the books that Ive come across recently, I found
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Joanna
Jun 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It is refreshing to find a well written book with a good narrative and excellently developed characters. I loved to read about Ruby and it was easy to identify with her and her situation. I definitely recommend the book to everyone who loves a good growing up story and YA fiction.
The dialogues are well written, the characters and situations are believable and the book takes you away with it. You feel the situations, joys and problems with Ruby and, even when you don't agree with her decisions,
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Sara
Jun 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Cilantro in Apple Pie is a quirky, feel-good novel that will have you so emotionally invested you won't be able to put this one down.

The characters are fantastic. Well-written with depth and personality, Rubie and Gil are just amazing. They look beyond each other's quirks and oddities and develop this deep bond that carries them through a difficult time. Their lives are better with each other.

Don't let the funky title fool you, this book is a must read!
Jo
Jun 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm not going to beat about the bush here, I was in two minds about reading this book. I wasn't entirely sure it was going to be for me. I am pleased to report however, that this was a delightful surprise and an accomplished debut novel.

I found this to be a wonderfully observed story of friendship. The depiction of loss and reaction to that loss was very touching and emotive.

I sincerely hope to see more from this author.

I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Heather
Jun 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful and witty tale of an unlikely unbreakable friendship that deal with fixing what is broken in each other without changing the other. A transfer scholarship student and the richest kid on campus come together and become a lifeline for each other. A fantastic real that will keep you invited.
Liz
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book. I want more!
Joana Hill
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Kimberley Nadine Knights knew when she kept willingly opting out of parties so she could stay home and write instead, that she was destined to be an author.

Born and raised in the tropical twin islands of Trinidad & Tobago, when this Caribbean girl isnt creating new plotlines for her ever growing lineup of fictional characters, she spends her time strumming her guitar to indie rock songs and
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