The Poison Apples

The Poison Apples

Book - 2007 | 1st ed.
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We all know the stories of Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel.  But have you ever heard of Alice Bingley-Beckerman, Reena Paruchuri, or Molly Miller?  Of course you haven't.  Not yet.  What these girls have in common with their fairy tale sisters is this:  they are the stepdaughters of three very evil stepmothers.  And they're not happy about it.  They think they are alone in their unhappiness until they arrive at Putnam Mount McKinsey, a posh boarding school located in lovely rural Massachusetts.  Here is where they will plot their revenge.  But first they have to meet.
 
In her first novel, Lily Archer tells a knowing, wickedly funny story about how friendship just may turn out to be more happily-ever-after than family.
Publisher: New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2007.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312367626
0312367627
Branch Call Number: ARCHE
Characteristics: x, 276 p.

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FindingJane Mar 02, 2017

Talk about your spoiled kids! These girls come from different walks of life but they all wind up at a prestigious school. Then they spend their time complaining about their stepmothers and how horrible they all are. Really? They’re stepmothers may be silly or mean but they’re not absolutely cruel.

Then the book does an abrupt volte-face and we find the girls learning that their stepmothers aren’t so bad, that they’re human beings and have feelings, etc., etc. So that part of the story is abruptly dispensed with…and I understood why. The book isn’t really about the girls and their troublesome relationship with their stepparents but how the girls lean on and relate to each other. There are terrible misunderstandings between them at first as each girl misinterprets another girl’s silences, treatment or expressions. It made you yearn for them to connect and see how they had wronged one another…and that’s exactly what happens.

Friendships are formed in unexpected ways and understanding emerges from chaos. Not a bad way to end a book about spoiled adolescents.

xosoccerloverxo Aug 12, 2011

Awesome read .

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Bells
Jun 02, 2010

Three very different girls at an elite boarding school discover they share something in common- they each have an evil stepmother. The girls band together in a club to plot against their stepmothers.

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