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?

Our Review

This rating is of an extract of Sarah Crossan's novel Toffee and is only based on the short amount I read. I don't normally chose to review extracts but I loved the first book I read by this author, Moonrise

After reading Toffee I was disappointed that I was only reading an extract because I really enjoyed the bit I read. 

Toffee was a pleasant read and one I enjoyed from the first paragraph. 

"Her name is Marla, and to her I am Toffee, though my parents named me Allison."

The part of the extract that made me want to read more was this: 

"This is not my home. This is not my room. This is not my bed. 

I am not who I say I am. Marla isn't who she thinks she is. I am a girl trying to forget. Marla is a woman trying to remember. 

Sometimes I am sad. Sometimes she is angry. And yet. 

Here in this house, I am so much happier than I have ever been." 

Allison is a runaway from an abusive home. She run away to try to find someone she once knew and ends up taking shelter in a shed. The next morning she accidentally finds herself face to face with Marla. From the little I read of this book I think there will be an interesting dynamic between the two of them. 

A great idea for a book.

Our Final Rating...

Our Rating

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