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All the Bad Apples

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  722 ratings  ·  209 reviews
The day after the funeral all our mourning clothes hung out on the line like sleeping bats. 'This will be really embarrassing,' I kept saying to my family, 'when she shows up at the door in a week or two.'

When Deena's wild and mysterious sister Mandy disappears - presumed dead - her family are heartbroken. But Mandy has always been troubled. It's just another bad thing
Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 1st 2019 by Penguin
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-m-intrigued
A BOOK about FAMILY CURSE,WITCHES, BANSHEES, GHOSTS washed with magical realism, mysterious historical journey to the family ancestors’ stories repeated itself like living in the same Groundhog Day, taken place IN IRELAND and lots of tasty, juicy apples give you cravings! What am I waiting for? GIVING WITHOUT THINKING MY 5 BILLION STARS!

My vocabulary was limited to express how I loved this book so much because this is more than a mythological, mystical, mysterious, gothic, folkloric adventure.
C.G. Drews
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm sitting here just trying to...gather myself after this incredibly hard-hitting powerful story. This was deeply, deeply moving. Like I was nearly choking on rage tears at the end there (inwardly) because it's so deeply about feminism, about the history of abuse and cruelty and discrimination that queer people and women have suffered forever. I'm serious...I was so gobsmacked. This book WENT for it. And holy shit, it nailed the topic.

// this is no light read
It's beautifully written and framed/>//
Khadidja ~on hiatus~
Mar 19, 2019 marked it as to-read
Idk anything about this book. BUT i'm willing to read this book just because of the cover,,,, hOW CAN A PERSON BE THIS BEAUTIFUL I WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND
Julie Zantopoulos
"There are tears in the landscape. Pinpricks in the map. Pain stays on in a place like this."

In true Moira Fowley-Doyle fashion this is a stunningly written novel about women, sisters, family, friends, and about the length we go to for love. It's queer, it's diverse, it's witchy, and there are mother f'ing harpies. It's spooky, it's feminist and it's about the strength and resilience of women in the face of their greatest historical threat--men.

"The curse isn't on our family, it's on every w
This is what a curse does : It takes a truth and twists it. It punishes those who don't conform.

ALL THE BAD APPLES is, to quote the author, a story that "was, in part, fueled by rage." I don’t want to veer away from the specific history she's shed light on but for anyone who has looked around, confused and shocked and angry, about some of the abortion bills trying to be passed in the US? You’ll want to read this book. Because Ireland had been living that life up until 2018.

That's the proble/>That's
J.A. Ironside
ARC provided via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

I fucking love this book. It's easily one of my favourite reads of 2019. All the Bad Apples follows Deena, who undertakes a quest to find her missing older sister when she vanishes on her seventeenth birthday - apparently in response to the Rys family curse. The curse falls on the 'bad apples' of the family. Those who cannot be 'nice, normal girls'. The ones who have sex outside of marriage or who desire other women or act in any o
All the Bad Apples has everything you should expect from a Moïra Fowley-Doyle novel: beautiful atmosphere, blurred lines between the magical and the ordinary, and queer characters. At the same time, it's so much darker and angrier than usual.

This felt like the bookish equivalent of a scream.
You might think this is a story about a lesbian who has a very traditional catholic father and who is grappling with the consequences of her older sister's disappearance and what might be a family curse, dis
Oct 15, 2019 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
My 1st Fowley-Doyle and I am so excited.
This one involves a possible family curse, so I am going to say it is fitting with my Spooktober reading challenge!

Who doesn't love a good curse?

Kayley Hyde
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5/5 ahhhh wow

disappointed @ how this book used the d-slur (and not in a good way) to refer to the mc before using the word lesbian and she never referred to herself as a lesbian like........please can u just have ur LESBIAN mc use the word lesbian once i beg

Rep: lesbian mc, biracial (black) bisexual side character, wlw li
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Samantha (WLABB)
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rating: 4.5 Stars

The Rhys women were cursed, and upon their 17th birthday, all the bad apples fell from the family tree.
“You’d know them a mile away. The ones who don’t look like the others, don’t act like the others. The ones who don’t conform, don’t follow the rules . . .The ones who dress differently, love differently, think differently.”

However, Mandy was determine to break the curse, and while tracing the family's history, she disappeared. They had a funeral, but Deena didn't believe her si/>“You’d
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I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is a spoiler-free review.

I absolutely loved Spellbook of the Lost and Found when I read it back in 2017. Ever since then, I’ve been a big fan of Doyle’s fantastic, dream-like writing. All the Bad Apples was a hugely anticipated book for me, and I’m so pleased to say that I loved it even more than I could have hoped.

What I love about Doyle’s writing is the way she uses her atmospheric/>I
Oh My God, this book. It shook me to my core. It was so incredibly amazing, I just sat on my bed after I finished reading, hugging the book and feeling million emotions at once.

This book gave voice to generations of oppressed women. It told the story and it got the message out.

Reading this book was wonderful, spellbinding experience. It was about sisters, mothers, lovers, and queers. About the bad apples, misbehaving girls and women and how the society dealt with them. About the abuse, cruelty
'spellbook of the lost and found' was mind-blowing, and i'm almost sure this book is going to snatch my wig as well
we also have a lesbian mc in this one... iconic af
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt, arcs
I quite enjoyed the Irish setting of the story, the writing was lovely and descriptive enough and a diverse cast of characters was obviously a plus. The plot, however, relied a lot on stories about the past and it got repetitive quite soon while also interfering with the development of characters in the present time. So I enjoyed this novel but I wish it went into a different direction in some places.

A big thank you to the publisher and the Edelweiss+ website for providing me with an ea/>A
Krystle Doria
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a physical ARC of this book from bookcon, and I would love to personally thank the girl who recommended it me because I ABSOLUTELY loved this story!!! It is such an important read for women today. All The Bad Apples is also based on true events that sparked the author to write it. It’s so raw and so real, but also has supernatural/ magical aspects to it. The lore of the “banshees” was so interesting and so original. I fell in love with each and every character, but most importantly, I ...more
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Strand by silver strand, I unraveled.

Not even going to lie but I will often say that my family is cursed.

I’ve said it just a week ago because we have the most awful luck during the summer. So whenever anything bad happens I will gravely intone that the curse is at work and that somebody (aka not me) needs to break it because it is EXHAUSTING.

Alas, if only my family curse was as mystical and thrilling as this book’s plot however. I mean it’s still bad but also insanely cool??

The Rys family has had a streak of bad luck for generations. It all co
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my goodness, this book. I barely had an inkling of what All The Bad Apples had in store for me, and I’m actually glad for that. It made discovering this book all the more bittersweet. See, there is a deep message under all the beautiful, lyrical writing. By the time I reached the ending of this story, I was in tears. I’d honestly be surprised if you aren’t as well.

Deena lives in a world where being a “nice, normal girl” is what is expected. Raised by her older sister, judged from
Moonlight Reader
I fell in love with Moira Fowley-Doyle's style when I read her first book, The Accident Season. I enjoyed her second book as well.

This book blew me away.

Ireland's troubled and abusive history + queer kids + feminism + rage + reproductive rights + magical realism.

Gorgeous words and a powerful story. Highly recommended.
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I adored Doyle's descriptions and characterisation. Such an interesting story with incredible messages behind it. I loved the setting and I adored every character (maybe apart from finn) I got easily invested which was great. Only problem is that I predicted one of the main plottwists from the end of chapter 1 :o. But that was just a lucky fluke since I stopped thinking I was right when they actually filled that hole with another character. The take away from this book was fantastic and it was s ...more
Manon the Malicious
I was provided an ARC by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

I don't have words. This was gold. If you haven't read it, you should do it now. It's honestly one of the very best books I've read so far this year, if not the best one.
And the two gorgeous covers only help magnify just how excellent this book is.
Moïra's writing is not only incredibly beautiful, it's powerful as hell.
I can't wait to read her other books. I don't even know what else to say. It's
chloe ♡
“you were saying something about bad apples when i first got here, right? what was it again?”

“you know the kind,” she went on as if i hadn’t spoken. “you’d know them a mile away. the ones who don’t look like the others, don’t act like the others. the ones who don’t conform, don’t follow the rules, don’t go to church on sunday. the ones who run away, make their own lives. the ones who drink too much, talk too much, don’t work enough or at the right things. the ones who dress differently, love differently,
Emily (emilykatereads)
"This is what a curse does: It takes a truth and twists it. It punishes those who don't conform. It sets the parameters of conformity so narrow that few can actually stick to them."

This book is so heartbreakingly beautiful. Told in stories between the past and the present, we follow a family history that involves a curse on its women. The female bad apples of the family are cursed, and knocked off the family tree when they turn seventeen.

It's a story about being a woman in a world that hates women. In a world run/>This
Erin Wilson
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I feel like this is such an important read. Moira Fowley-Doyle is an auto-buy author for me. However, while reading through the author's note one line just hit so hard,
"This novel was, in part, fuelled by rage."
Living in Ireland in 2018 and 2019 and seeing the events around the Repeal the 8th vote, this story and the history it carried held so much weight and importance.
The author told these characters' stories which represented so many women's and families' stories from all over Ireland in
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5/5 Stars (rating may change)
Gabriela Pop
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another superb novel from one of the key voices in Irish YA. Moira bring a human element to the greater scale tragedies; this book balances perfectly an important, painfully timeless message with an engaging, fun, wild story. The outright feminist critique, deconstruction and reframing of mythical narratives in this is superb; through her characters, Moira questions tradition, including that of storytelling - she points out questionable ways of how we tell stories and are often thought not
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-contemporary
There are stories that just grip you and crush you into tiny little pieces. All the Bad Apples was one of those stories for me.

All the Bad Apples is a force of its own. Combining contemporary and magical realism, its story weaves together intergenerational stories of the women of the Rys family – a long history deeply rooted and intertwined with Ireland’s own unspoken history of Catholic fundamentalism, discrimination, and institutional abuse.

Queer representation

Though there wasn’t much racial diversit/>/>All
All the Bad Apples checks all my boxes: a road trip to uncover family secrets, a spotlight on women, ancient magic bleeding into the modern, and the use of past tense in a contemporary(ish) YA. It's also the closest thing to Kali Wallace's The Memory Trees I've read in the past two years, and I can't tell you how giddy that makes me.

Let's get this out of the way first: the prose alone makes me want to read everything F owley-Doyle has written and will ever write in the future (and I'm kicking mysel
Alison (Story-eyed Reviews)
I had no idea what to expect when I dove into All the Bad Apples, but I shouldn’t have worried: I enjoyed this immensely.

All the Bad Apples is a magical story full of atmosphere, mystery, and a twisted sense of whimsy. This book is about women, shame, and family while also being a comment on the punishment that the world dishes out to girls who aren’t “nice and normal.” It is so relevant.

Deena in particular is a great female main character. She felt whole and fleshed out,
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