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Oscar Dunleavy, who used to make the world's most perfect apple tarts, is missing, presumed dead. No-one seems too surprised, except for Meg, his best friend, and his little brother Stevie. Surrounded by grief and confusion, Meg and Stevie are determined to find out what happened to Oscar, and together they learn about loyalty and friendship and the power of never giving Oscar Dunleavy, who used to make the world's most perfect apple tarts, is missing, presumed dead. No-one seems too surprised, except for Meg, his best friend, and his little brother Stevie. Surrounded by grief and confusion, Meg and Stevie are determined to find out what happened to Oscar, and together they learn about loyalty and friendship and the power of never giving up hope. The second sensational novel from Irish author, Sarah Moore Fitzgerald, following her debut, BACK TO BLACKBRICK, perfect for fans of Annabel Pitcher and Siobhan Dowd.


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Oscar Dunleavy, who used to make the world's most perfect apple tarts, is missing, presumed dead. No-one seems too surprised, except for Meg, his best friend, and his little brother Stevie. Surrounded by grief and confusion, Meg and Stevie are determined to find out what happened to Oscar, and together they learn about loyalty and friendship and the power of never giving Oscar Dunleavy, who used to make the world's most perfect apple tarts, is missing, presumed dead. No-one seems too surprised, except for Meg, his best friend, and his little brother Stevie. Surrounded by grief and confusion, Meg and Stevie are determined to find out what happened to Oscar, and together they learn about loyalty and friendship and the power of never giving up hope. The second sensational novel from Irish author, Sarah Moore Fitzgerald, following her debut, BACK TO BLACKBRICK, perfect for fans of Annabel Pitcher and Siobhan Dowd.

30 review for The Apple Tart of Hope

  1. 4 out of 5

    L A i N E Y

    Unique premise especially for YA (though it felt middle grade-ish at times) book: quite light and surprisingly undramatic, especially taking into account the subject it deals with. (view spoiler)[Suicide (hide spoiler)] Easy and flowing writing with distinct POVs. Such a great treat to come by books with male characters that actually sound like male. Oscar Dunleavy, one of the most convincing intelligent, understanding and naive characters Ive read about. Hes such a straightforward little fellow. Unique premise especially for YA (though it felt middle grade-ish at times) book: quite light and surprisingly undramatic, especially taking into account the subject it deals with. (view spoiler)[Suicide (hide spoiler)] Easy and flowing writing with distinct POVs. Such a great treat to come by books with male characters that actually sound like male. Oscar Dunleavy, one of the most convincing intelligent, understanding and naive characters I’ve read about. He’s such a straightforward little fellow. Paloma Killealy, she will induce your “i-want-to-do-bodily-harm-to-you-for-real” instinct like no body else’s business. There must be an art to being so shamelessly shameless and so two-faced like Paloma Fucking Kilearly.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Taylor Knight

    This a super quick read that I really enjoyed. I thought it was kind of confusing at first but I really loved the writing style. Even though The Apple Tart of Hope is only 172 pages, I thought it was actually the perfect length. I really liked how all the loose ends were tied up at the end. I didn't really become emotionally invested in the characters but I did really like them. I thought Oscar and Meg were really cool and even relatable on some levels. My favorite part about this book how the This a super quick read that I really enjoyed. I thought it was kind of confusing at first but I really loved the writing style. Even though The Apple Tart of Hope is only 172 pages, I thought it was actually the perfect length. I really liked how all the loose ends were tied up at the end. I didn't really become emotionally invested in the characters but I did really like them. I thought Oscar and Meg were really cool and even relatable on some levels. My favorite part about this book how the plot really focuses on friendship and platonic love. There's so many YA books also force romance into the plot when it's not necessary. So I really appreciated how this book focused on friendship.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Odette Brethouwer

    Second day of the month, second book from my TBR finished. Yes, I started with the quick and easy reads XD I've won this book on the Dutch blog Serendipity Books. I was really glad I'd won this book. A while ago, i was looking for books with a male-female friendship in it where there is no love, just friendship (still looking BTW, recommend to me if you know anything!!) and multiple people said they heard great friendshipthings about this book. I was a bit suprised because it is a YA book and Second day of the month, second book from my TBR finished. Yes, I started with the quick and easy reads XD I've won this book on the Dutch blog Serendipity Books. I was really glad I'd won this book. A while ago, i was looking for books with a male-female friendship in it where there is no love, just friendship (still looking BTW, recommend to me if you know anything!!) and multiple people said they heard great friendshipthings about this book. I was a bit suprised because it is a YA book and usually there is love in those. And it didn;t even took 50 pages in this book for the word 'love' to appear. So that was a bit of a bummer. But then I got over it and decided I wanted to enjoy this book, whether it was about friendship or about love, and I succeded in that. It is a lovely, touching and heartwarming story with meaning and messages in it and I really like that. But this book aims at younger readers than I am, so I think that is why it didn't ffelt like a 4* book to be. I am highly aware that this is me, not the book, so I highly recomment this book if you want a cute story with some depth!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)

    Trigger Warning: Suicide/mentions of Suicide The Apple Tart of Hope was a book that was quick, easy to finish in just a single setting but personally could have been a little longer. A young teen Oscar goes missing and is presumed to take his own life. His best friend Meg travels back from New Zealand to Ireland to search for the truth but encounters issues with friendship and life. The title of the book refers back to Oscar's love for baking apple tarts as a way of bringing joy to the world. Trigger Warning: Suicide/mentions of Suicide The Apple Tart of Hope was a book that was quick, easy to finish in just a single setting but personally could have been a little longer. A young teen Oscar goes missing and is presumed to take his own life. His best friend Meg travels back from New Zealand to Ireland to search for the truth but encounters issues with friendship and life. The title of the book refers back to Oscar's love for baking apple tarts as a way of bringing joy to the world. This was an interesting idea that I hadn't seen before in a book so was refreshing to read something new. I did feel a connection to Oscar at some points in the story however one of the characters Paloma reminded me so strongly of someone I used to know and really didn't like. Her actions scared me a little. The content and trigger warning noted above did make me feel a little uncomfortable at times but I personally feel that is due to mental health and wellbeing that I'm currently going through. I am happy that I did read this however, the writing style at times was difficult to get into.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Shahirah Loqman

    This genre borders between YA & Children and discusses the challenges of being a teenager in terms of bullying and suicide. Sensitive topics that have been generalized thanks to modern YA books. It was rare during my time to find a read about suicidal teenagers, so this was a bit different. I definitely like the simple, light and easy plot as goes with most YA books. The characters are relatable, especially Oscar, and the book vouches for kindness and loyalty in friendships. (view spoiler)[ This genre borders between YA & Children and discusses the challenges of being a teenager in terms of bullying and suicide. Sensitive topics that have been generalized thanks to modern YA books. It was rare during my time to find a read about suicidal teenagers, so this was a bit different. I definitely like the simple, light and easy plot as goes with most YA books. The characters are relatable, especially Oscar, and the book vouches for kindness and loyalty in friendships. (view spoiler)[ I was pissed at the antagonist, as I should be, for influencing the whole plot of the story. It seems disturbing how one 'face of an angel' can change the status quo of a school leading to tragic events. But I supposed there is some truth to that story (hide spoiler)] All I can say to the young kids reading these stories and finding themselves relating to it: it's normal to feel what you feel. Insecurity, low self esteem, the need to please a society that is also messed up. Just find your passion and what YOU love to do, and stick to it. Cause God forbid that will be your beacon of hope during trying times. I was in a rough time of my life before I started dedicating myself to reading books continuously. I've always loved reading, but after committing myself to my bookstagram, I found myself fniding happiness in the books I shared and the people I met. And it made me realise that people who hurt you or try to bring you down, can only influence you if you let them. And I no longer let them do this to me. I hope you find your "baking skills" when making your own "apple tarts of hope" ;)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kamalia

    I love this book, so much. Its one of those life-changing ones for me. Im almost afraid to openly recommend it because i found it beautiful in a personal way because im able to relate to parts of it from experience. But in general, im not sure if people may enjoy it as much as i truly did, but if they tried to see the beauty of it, they might love this book very, very much. Its a very, very innocent book suitable for all ages. I read it within hours. Quoted a lot of it to Twitter. Will write a I love this book, so much. Its one of those life-changing ones for me. Im almost afraid to openly recommend it because i found it beautiful in a personal way because im able to relate to parts of it from experience. But in general, im not sure if people may enjoy it as much as i truly did, but if they tried to see the beauty of it, they might love this book very, very much. Its a very, very innocent book suitable for all ages. I read it within hours. Quoted a lot of it to Twitter. Will write a review on my blog tomorrow. Brilliant writing.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Tomé

    I may be a terrible person, but cheap and easy positivity doesnt save a novel with poor characterization (only Oscar changes? Sort of? Who are the rest of the characters? Do they have personalities at all?), terrible use of dialogue (you know you have a problem when the teenage beauty queen talks like the heartbroken father and the hopeful old man do), awful writing (exposition may or may not take almost half of the novel) and a bad choice of narrator (for the love of god, if you are going to I may be a terrible person, but cheap and easy positivity doesnt save a novel with poor characterization (only Oscar changes? Sort of? Who are the rest of the characters? Do they have personalities at all?), terrible use of dialogue (you know you have a problem when the teenage beauty queen talks like the heartbroken father and the hopeful old man do), awful writing (exposition may or may not take almost half of the novel) and a bad choice of narrator (for the love of god, if you are going to use different points of view, at least give them distinct voices!). If a word describes this book for me is fiasco. Sorry not sorry, I did not cry. Nor I learnt some hidden beauty about the world. This book's philosophy is based on everything we already know. Kindness is cute. Vanity is poisoned. Being a massive doormat means you are a saint. You may as well read Coelho. And I hate Coelho.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    He wasnt just my friend. He was kind of magic. I previously read and enjoyed Back to Blackbrick, Sarah Moore Fitzgeralds debut novel, so when I saw she had written a second novel, I was keen to read it, and when I saw the lovely title and the beautiful cover design, I was even more attracted by it. Oscar and Meg live next door to each other, and have done for years, and they chat to each other through their facing bedroom windows. The pair of them have developed a close friendship, and brighten ‘He wasn’t just my friend. He was kind of magic.’ I previously read and enjoyed Back to Blackbrick, Sarah Moore Fitzgerald’s debut novel, so when I saw she had written a second novel, I was keen to read it, and when I saw the lovely title and the beautiful cover design, I was even more attracted by it. Oscar and Meg live next door to each other, and have done for years, and they chat to each other through their facing bedroom windows. The pair of them have developed a close friendship, and brighten up each other’s lives: ‘We got to sitting at our windows, late at night, at the end of every day. He was different from anyone I’d ever met, and when Oscar was my friend, nothing was annoying or complicated. Everything was simple and enjoyable and fun. Everything made sense.’ As the story opens, we learn that Oscar is missing, presumed dead by suicide, though Meg, as well as Oscar’s brother Stevie, wont believe it. Then we are taken back to several months before, and the story tells of Meg’s father taking his family to New Zealand with him for six months with work, with Meg bitterly opposed to going. Alternating chapters, ‘slices’ of an apple tart, are recounted from Meg’s, and then Oscar’s, perspective, and gradually reveal how Oscar and Meg’s friendship is changed when she does go. A new girl, Paloma, and her mother, move into Meg’s house temporarily. With regard to the book’s title, Oscar has a heightened sense of when something particular is in the air, and this is when he bakes one of his remarkable apple tarts which improved people’s feelings and helped with troubles. I felt this story had real depth, and dealt honestly and compassionately with strong emotions and serious decisions. At times it was also rather magical which just added an extra element of sparkle to a great tale. I liked Meg and Oscar, and I was compelled to read on and discover what happened to them both, why had things changed, what had caused so much sadness? There are themes of love and friendship, the difficulty and sadness of separation and loss, as well as belief and honesty, manipulation and jealousy. The story shows how strong a connection we can feel for another person, and how nerve-wracking and all consuming it can be when we try to convey our feelings, and how devastating it is if we suspect our feelings aren’t reciprocated, and all this even more difficult to deal with as a teenager. It’s a fairly quick read and is really well written with some lovely use of language; I liked this description of one of the character’s homes; ‘Barney’s house stood battered and gloomy, as if it was in a sulk from having gone to the elaborate trouble of being built and then having been neglected so badly that it looked as if nobody lived in it.’ Overall this is another very good young adult (and indeed adult) offering from this talented author.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mrs Mommy Booknerd http://mrsmommybooknerd.blogspot.com

    I cannot stop thinking about this book! It is one of the BEST books I have EVER read! If you love John Green, this book will blow your mind. I am sitting here trying to review it and I am afraid my review will not capture the way this book moved me, changed me and both broke my heart and put it back together all at the same time!!!! I have told so many people about this book because I feel like it is an important read...for kids and parents to read together and then discuss. This book is a coming I cannot stop thinking about this book! It is one of the BEST books I have EVER read! If you love John Green, this book will blow your mind. I am sitting here trying to review it and I am afraid my review will not capture the way this book moved me, changed me and both broke my heart and put it back together all at the same time!!!! I have told so many people about this book because I feel like it is an important read...for kids and parents to read together and then discuss. This book is a coming of age story, a story about first love, first heart break, unyielding friendship, finding hope among despair and grief, about believing in yourself and moving past the hard times, so you can live all the great times. I have never filled a book with more sticky notes than this book! So many beautiful sentences, paragraphs capturing life lessons, heartbreak, first love, fear, the loss of innocence and then finding hope when all seems lost... Seriously swooning still! Here are only a few of my favorite passages: "I mean," continued Andy, "there's this one moment as you're growing up when the world suddenly feels more or less pointless- when the terribleness of reality lands on you, like something falling form the sky." (pg. 6) I wanted to say lots of things to him too. Things that had gradually become clearer just before I was supposed to leave. But sometimes the things you want to say are exactly the things that somehow you are least able to. (pg. 22) He wasn't just my friend. He was a kind of magic. (pg. 25) "But it's not an ordinary apple tart. It's the apple tart of hope. After you've taken a bite, the whole world will look almost completely different. Things will start to change and by the time you've had a whole slice you'll realize that everything is going to be okay." (pg. 34) These are only a few of my favorites. My book is covered in sticky notes. So make your you have a pack ready when you read this book!! 5 HUGE STARS

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nazifa

    I took so long to read this book not because it sucks but it was very gooood that I had to keep myself from finishing it. I want to savour the moments when I'm reading this book. It was a brilliant book that I think everyone should read it. Was quite an eye-opening book for me as I never thought that how simply an apple tart could project some sort of hope. A hope that keeps you from giving up.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Renee

    Oscar Dunleavy could win the award for most annoying and naive character in a book. Seriously if the bad guy was dancing naked in front of him, painted in plum jam singing "I'm the bad guy, I'm the bad guy, I'm the bad guy!" He would probably think he was perfectly friendly and go up and introduce himself and ask if he would like to try a piece of his silly apple tart. If you want a book that's predictable, silly and just plan annoying. I would recommend this one.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Junnie

    This book is really worth reading. It's simple and light and not so cliche to me. My friend recommended it for few times and when i saw it at a book sales,I grabbed it. While reading,i find myself relatable to some parts of it (mostly Oscar.). Keep hope in your heart :)

  13. 4 out of 5

    Marija Milošević

    Warm and easy to read, at times frustrating because of characters and development. Deals with some serious topics in an accurate way.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nurhayati Ramlan

    3.8 stars

  15. 4 out of 5

    Hallie

    I can't honestly say I read *all* of this, as I started finding it just too awful pretty quickly, so skimmed some bits, skipped a few, went back to see what I was missing for some of the skipped/skimmed parts, and generally read badly. The friendship between Oscar and Meg was lovely (initially), and Oscar's brother Stevie was great, but a lot of times I was just wondering WHY. Taken out of the book, I'd have to characterise some behaviour as pretty evil, really, and yet the upshot for the I can't honestly say I read *all* of this, as I started finding it just too awful pretty quickly, so skimmed some bits, skipped a few, went back to see what I was missing for some of the skipped/skimmed parts, and generally read badly. The friendship between Oscar and Meg was lovely (initially), and Oscar's brother Stevie was great, but a lot of times I was just wondering WHY. Taken out of the book, I'd have to characterise some behaviour as pretty evil, really, and yet the upshot for the character was being told "that wasn't acceptable", which, while true, seemed more than a bit inadequate. Also, why that evil? (view spoiler)[Also again, no matter *how* much his mind had been messed with, I found it hard to understand Oscar's believing both that people were giving up hope for him too quickly and that it was okay to leave Stevie and his dad hanging like that. (hide spoiler)] All in all I found this an uncomfortable read, and not in a good way.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Wan Rathna

    Wonderful read. Love the metaphors, an uplifting book I would say. Nothing too fancy but I love it as it is. Although the transition between two different POVs kinda put me off a little bit coz it was not nicely done, overall plot are very very interesting. And this book makes me craving for something sweet. An apple tart should be perfect :)

  17. 5 out of 5

    Bella

    I read this book about a year ago but I enjoyed it so much. The name and cover caught my attention and I had to read it! It was such a sweet, deep book about the importance of friendship. But suicide is a part of the book, so I wouldn't recommend it to you if you find this topic depressing. However, I do recommend you read it because it is one of my favourite books ever!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Juuli

    3.5 stars I liked the book because it was about friendship, bullying, and teenage suicide thought but it didn't go very deep. I also expected to find the recipe of Oscar's apple tart in the story but it wasn't there. :(

  19. 5 out of 5

    Soraya

    The Apple Tart of Hope is the kind of book that puts a smile on your face, gives those little sparks of joy to your heart and I tell you... my pages smelled just like Apple Tart!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nor Fatin Nabilah

    Paloma Killealy is a bitch -.-

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sabiha Ahmed

    Thank you, for making me realize though hope is very fragile I can still hope, I need hope to keep moving. And it's okay to hope even if it seems like nearly impossible.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ajita

    Meg returns home to Ireland when her best friend Oscar goes missing. Theyve searched for him but didnt find him, so everyone believes him to be dead. Everyone except his little brother Stevie. Together Stevie and Meg try to find Oscar. Meg wonders how its possible that someone as sweet and loving as her best friend couldve jumped off the pier. What drove him to do that? Through flashbacks from both Meg and Oscars POV, it is revealed how they lost touch when she moved to Australia and he Meg returns home to Ireland when her best friend Oscar goes missing. They’ve searched for him but didn’t find him, so everyone believes him to be dead. Everyone except his little brother Stevie. Together Stevie and Meg try to find Oscar. Meg wonders how it’s possible that someone as sweet and loving as her best friend could’ve jumped off the pier. What drove him to do that? Through flashbacks from both Meg and Oscar’s POV, it is revealed how they lost touch when she moved to Australia and he befriended his new neighbor Paloma (if I ever get to punch a fictional character, let it be her). Meg and Oscar’s story was both sweet and sad, but also realistic, like how they lost touch. I think this story about good and bad and forgiveness is something everyone, especially teens, should read. This book is fairly thin, just about 200 pages, but it was enough to tell this magical (love) story. I don’t think I can look at apple pie without thinking of the incredible sweet Oscar Dunleavy. I know everyone said to have apple pie within arm’s length but I didn’t listen, so yes, apple pie cravings.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

    I love this book! This story is so powerful I couldn't put it down. I liked it because it had so many cliff hangers! My favorite quote from the book is: "Hope is not destructive. Hope is the thing that keeps you going." I think that this is important to remember especially for Meg, one of the main characters. All throughout the book Meg constantly faces challenges where people have given up hope. Meg comes across all of these people that give up all of their hope right away. But, as soon as the I love this book! This story is so powerful I couldn't put it down. I liked it because it had so many cliff hangers! My favorite quote from the book is: "Hope is not destructive. Hope is the thing that keeps you going." I think that this is important to remember especially for Meg, one of the main characters. All throughout the book Meg constantly faces challenges where people have given up hope. Meg comes across all of these people that give up all of their hope right away. But, as soon as the tiny slivers of hope that make you believe in things are gone people stop trying. This book is going to be one of my favorites because I will never forget about how you need to stay strong and have hope. I am so happy that I decided to read this book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lila

    Here is a solid middle grade novel about friendship. Megan and Oscar are neighbors, so close that they can talk to each other from out their windows. Megan realizes as they grow older, that her friendship is much more and writes a heartfelt letter to Oscar, which she never sends. Megan's family moves to New Zealand and her friendship with Oscar takes the form of fewer and fewer emails. Until, until... she and her family receive word that Oscar is missing, presumed dead. And those apple tarts? Here is a solid middle grade novel about friendship. Megan and Oscar are neighbors, so close that they can talk to each other from out their windows. Megan realizes as they grow older, that her friendship is much more and writes a heartfelt letter to Oscar, which she never sends. Megan's family moves to New Zealand and her friendship with Oscar takes the form of fewer and fewer emails. Until, until... she and her family receive word that Oscar is missing, presumed dead. And those apple tarts? They are Oscar's special gift. His apple tarts are uplifting, bringing joy where there was sadness and hope to those who despair.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sophie Q

    This book made me think about friendship and the importance of it when the book said a new girl had come, and she had lied to Oscar about a letter that Meg had written, and because of that it messed things up with Oscar and Meg ( the best friends - Meg had moved away ). The writer is teaching us how important it is to never lie to people because it just hurts them as what they're saying isn't true, and it's not getting them ( being the liar ) anywhere. In my opinion, I think friendship is really This book made me think about friendship and the importance of it when the book said a new girl had come, and she had lied to Oscar about a letter that Meg had written, and because of that it messed things up with Oscar and Meg ( the best friends - Meg had moved away ). The writer is teaching us how important it is to never lie to people because it just hurts them as what they're saying isn't true, and it's not getting them ( being the liar ) anywhere. In my opinion, I think friendship is really important because you have someone that is like your soul mate; you can trust them, have fun with them, work with them... I just overall think that friends are a really key thing to have in life.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Saskia Peeters

    Everyone seems to love The Apple Tart of Hope but I didn't, sorry for that. I was expecting more of it, a good plot twist and awesome characters. It feel like Sarah Moore Fitzgerald try to make it too meaningful. Characters are too unrealistic and the story is just weird. I did feel sorry for Oscar. Oh well, it was a nice book that I've read in maybe three hours or less but it wasn't really fast paced either. Just a thin book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Hidayah Norezam

    This is a great book for life motivation ;)) i liked it because it really gave me encouragement & i realize there's something quite similar about meg's friendship with oscar and my friendship with my best friend in a way

  28. 5 out of 5

    sabrina (thereaderdevotee)

    This is a really quick read for me. This story holds a strong message of friendship and also delves into the challenges of being a teenager, in terms of bullying and suicide. I somehow question myself about the genre of the book. One time it is like a children's book and the other it feels like YA mainly because of the theme. The characters are likeable to me, they bring the usual scenery of what a YA book feels like. There is one character in the book who I feel like strangling, because of how This is a really quick read for me. This story holds a strong message of friendship and also delves into the challenges of being a teenager, in terms of bullying and suicide. I somehow question myself about the genre of the book. One time it is like a children's book and the other it feels like YA mainly because of the theme. The characters are likeable to me, they bring the usual scenery of what a YA book feels like. There is one character in the book who I feel like strangling, because of how relatable her devil self to some people in the world. Some points that I want to highlight is it is important for us to seek adultery advice and help when we truly need them. It is wrong to push them away and be selfish. We must know how to help ourselves first. You are the mastermind of your life, not your friends, not your bullies. I know it is easy for me to say like this, but trust me, it WILL get better. You WILL get better. Your life matters the most. I love how uplifting this YA/children's book can be. Beautiful, inspirational and moving.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Naomi Campbell

    I went into this book blind, because that's the way I like it, and I love the title. I like foody things. So I got right into this book, like, it HAD ME almost immediately, and then some of the drama made me so mad. It's like you want to throw the book or scream at the character. But if you did throw the book, you'd shake your head and saunter back toward the book and pick it up with disgust because you know it cannot go ON LIKE THIS, and so you speed through to make it get better and then-- I went into this book blind, because that's the way I like it, and I love the title. I like foody things. So I got right into this book, like, it HAD ME almost immediately, and then some of the drama made me so mad. It's like you want to throw the book or scream at the character. But if you did throw the book, you'd shake your head and saunter back toward the book and pick it up with disgust because you know it cannot go ON LIKE THIS, and so you speed through to make it get better and then-- then you are glad you kept reading.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dotty

    I'm the last person who will choose to read a book that explores suicide. The topic is so hard for me to wrap my mind and heart around, I avoid it whenever possible. But this one was highly recommended and I decided to push through the short tome. I was enthralled, spending a couple early morning hours finishing the book. Despair does wing it's way through the book and I wanted at times to strangle the source of the despair. But hope was there as well, keeping me going, cheering on Oscar, Meg I'm the last person who will choose to read a book that explores suicide. The topic is so hard for me to wrap my mind and heart around, I avoid it whenever possible. But this one was highly recommended and I decided to push through the short tome. I was enthralled, spending a couple early morning hours finishing the book. Despair does wing it's way through the book and I wanted at times to strangle the source of the despair. But hope was there as well, keeping me going, cheering on Oscar, Meg and Stevie. BOOK TALK: Oscar and Meg are inseparable. They are next-door neighbors, best friends who share all their ups and downs and encourage one another. Oscar is the upbeat, hopeful one who has a knack for baking apple tarts and lifting the spirits of folks feeling down. When he goes missing and it looks like he committed suicide, everyone is baffled as to how this guy who is the fountain of encouragement could do such a thing. Oscar’s brother, Stevie, convinces Meg that they need to have hope. They have hope that Oscar didn’t die and they set out find out the whole story.

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