The astonishing new novel from the incomparable, multi-award-winning and Laureate na nÓg Sarah Crossan.
I am not who I say I am,
and Marla isn’t who she thinks she is.
I am a girl trying to forget.
She is a woman trying to remember.
Allison has run away from home and with nowhere to live finds herself hiding out in the shed of what she thinks is an abandoned house. But the house isn’t empty. An elderly woman named Marla, with dementia, lives there – and she mistakes Allison for an old friend from her past called Toffee.
Allison is used to hiding who she really is, and trying to be what other people want her to be. And so, Toffee is who she becomes. After all, it means she has a place to stay. There are worse places she could be.
But as their bond grows, and Allison discovers how much Marla needs a real friend, she begins to ask herself – where is home? What is a family? And most importantly, who am I, really?
Disclaimer: I received a physical copy of the book from Bloomsbury India in exchange for an honest review! However, the thoughts, opinions expressed in the review are entirely my own.
I fell in love with Sarah Crossan’s writing style when I first read MOONRISE (Read My Review) – so I definitely had quite the high expectations from her newest offering.
TOFFEE, like Moonrise is written in verse and that in itself makes for a unique and an interesting read, but what makes it an heart-breaking read are the issues that the author chooses to highlight through the experiences and thoughts of a protagonist, every reader will empathise with.
The author tells an emotional story of Allison and Marla, two females from two different generations, whose paths cross on one night, with neither of them expecting anything beyond – yet somehow they end up being close and dependent on each other; despite the myriad of issues between them; or maybe because of them.
Sarah Crossan cements her status as a masterful storyteller with Toffee – she has done a dazzling job of penning down an emotional, thought provoking story of two different individuals finding comfort with each other while battling or rather surviving multiple issues from domestic abuse, elder abuse, the myriad of issues that come with failing memory in old age, and somehow inexplicably loosing their own identity.
The story, however is, not all morose – it also has an uplifting message about how human connections are all the foundations of enrichment in our lives – Toffee is all about the importance of unconditional support and love that comes with friendship that binds us in our lives.
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