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All the Bad Apples

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  2,329 ratings  ·  575 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 to
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published August 27th 2019 by Kathy Dawson Books (first published August 1st 2019)
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

Break the stigma, break the curse.

An absolutely enchanting feminist tale!

I was so enthralled by this story, I could not put it down.

Deena begins to unravel the mysteries of her family tree whilst on a search to find her sister, Mandy, assumed dead.

I was completely swept up in the family lore. I wanted to know everything there was to know about the Rys family.

Fowley-Doyle seamlessly blended past and present together as the narrative unfolds. The reader takes a fron
Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
Unputdownable. This is full of inherited rage, inherited silence, inherited stigma, and so much more. It’s about a past that is only escapable if someone finally dares to speak it out loud. It’s a horrifying masterpiece that demands to look centuries of trauma in the face and scream about it or nothing will ever change. Essential, essential reading.

TW: Homophobia, internalized homophobia, historical homophobia, mentions and discussion of rape and incest
C.G. Drews
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
Korrina  (OwlCrate)
Well, that was quite a painful read and it definitely made me hug my son a bit tighter. :*( A really important story and look at recent history.
Mar 19, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
"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 woma
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 problem wit
This is my favorite book of the year, it has everything I love in a story.
Queer characters
A family curse
Secret family history
Found family
Road trip
Going after a person who has gone missing/is presumed dead
Feminist rage against patriarchy

I cannot think of a book that I will love as much as this one.
Also as a side note, Finn is the only man in this book who deserves rights.
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 other w
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, disc
Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
ALL THE BAD APPLES is intense and sad and, at times, challenging. It is not an easy read. It sheds light on Ireland’s dark past and the atrocious treatment of women under Ireland’s religious ideology, even up to the modern day. It also encourages women today to stand up and speak out, breaking free of stigma and creating a better future. It, at once, is both a book full of magical fabulism and historical horrors.

Very much worth the read, though.

tw: rape (off-page), women being treated really sh
Temi Panayotova
Would have been interesting if it was a real ghost story. It is not about an actual supernatural curse, the plot is just plain basic and stupid and the same as the other books Doyke has written. She needs some more imagination and to stop writing this god awful predictable plots.
Do Not Waste your time with this!
Stella ☆Paper Wings☆
All the Bad Apples is an underrated masterpiece. The more time that passes since I read it, the more I begin to realize how genius it really is. I think it might end up in my top books of the year.

If you've read my reviews in the past, you probably noticed that I love me a subversive feminist book with magical realism incorporating real historical events to make a statement about generational trauma, the grieving process, the importance of storytelling, and the nature of oppression. Oddly speci
charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)

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
Kayley Hyde
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5/5 ahhhh wow
Karima chermiti

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There are things in life you hold, and there are things that hold you.

This book flew under my radar for so long I don’t know how it was even possible; full of all the things I love and appreciate in books, All the Bad Apples is an all time favorite of mine and it will always be. Like a scream in the dead silence of night, it woken something in me and made breath like it was
3.75 stars.

"There are things that hold you, and there are things that you hold."

This book has vague similarities with The Disappearances but as much as I loved the aforementioned title, All The Bad Apples did not make it through to my 'favorites' shelf.

There were strong issues depicted in the book that would be controversial to some. I, for one, had a slight dissent from certain outlooks the author wanted to convey in the story. But aside from those topics, this book is well-written as it i
Samantha (WLABB)
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
5 Stars for All The Bad Apples (audiobook) by Moïra Fowler-Doyle narrated by Marisa Calin and Elizabeth Sastre. I thought I was in for an interesting tale set in a beautiful place. The premise sounded great. I had no idea that this was a fictional tale set around such an important topic. The unsettling part of the book is that many of the subjects are historically true. The narration was superb. I could listen to the narrators read the phone book. Maybe the Dublin phone book. 🍀
Aly (In Wonderland)
I have no words.
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, lgbtq
This blew me away and the authors note and acknowledgements hit me more than the novel did.

This book tells the story of the Rhys family who are reeling from the passing of their sister and whom Deena is reeling from her crap school and peers.

Please be warned that there is the mention of sexual assault in this book.

I don’t want to detail the plot as after going in myself knowing nothing and having no expectations, I loved this. It was dark, harrowing and incredibly moving all in one.

This is an im
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
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Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtqiap, 2019
Gorgeously written and emotionally harrowing. This book went places I wasn’t expecting it to. Everyone thinks that Deena’s older sister Mandy is dead, everyone except Deena herself. Following a trail of clues that Mandy has left behind, Deena traces the history of her family and the curse that runs through generations.

I absolutely loved Moïra Fowley-Doyle’s writing. Everything was so atmospheric, all the settings around Ireland were described in such vivid ways. The story is about all the women
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book fucked me up in the best way. Probably a fave of 2019.

I should have probably wrote my review just after reading this, because I was drowning in excitement and feelings. I mostly picked this up because it was half-price, had a beautiful cover, was queer and I had heard about some good reviews on Booktube.

And it was SO GOOD. I don't know what I expected but it was not this. Amazing teenage characters, most of them queer, on a quest of the past of the MC's family. It had a sort of dual
The Nerd Daily
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Sasha Zatz

All The Bad Apples was the queer, witchy book I’ve always dreamed of, and I have nothing to say except to sing its praises and urge you to read it at this very moment! The perfect pitch for this novel would be “a queer, feminist witchy novel featuring a family curse and haunted houses in Ireland.” This was the first novel I’ve read by Möira Fowley-Doyle, but I’ll definitely be picking up her previous novels because this was a beautiful
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019

The pros: All The Bad Apples is not just a well-written, queer magical realism story - though that alone is a remarkable thing that always excites me to find. This book is a bold, powerful feminist story about women in Ireland, about the different reasons people are cast out of society, and about how to fight the system that wants to keep us cursed and branded as bad apples. It's about a family curse, about sisters and friends and forbidden lovers and suffering mothers and lost children. Fo
Elyse (ElyseReadsandSpeaks)
So... This was weird. Probably like a 2.5 rounded up. I am really trying to like magical realism, but again and again I am finding it's just not for me. However, I did enjoy the realistic parts of this book dealing with themes of sexuality, abortion, teenage pregnancy, parental (verbal) abuse, and abandonment. That being said, I feel like this is one of those books that tries to say something important, but the message gets lost in the story because there's just too much going on.

A ghost story
andrea caro
I read this on audiobook and it was nearly enough to make me want to stop. The narrator is heavily accented - this wasn't the issue, though. It was that she was so freaking dramatic and sounded like she was crying the whole time.

It was a really hard story and I hated almost everything that happened in it. But an important one. Not a book I can read more than once, but solid.
chloe ♡
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
“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
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Moïra Fowley-Doyle is half-French, half-Irish and lives in Dublin with her husband, two daughters and two cats. Moïra's French half likes red wine and dark books in which everybody dies. Her Irish half likes tea and happy endings.

Moïra spent several years at university studying vampires in young adult fiction before concentrating on writing young adult fiction with no vampires in it whatsoever. Sh

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