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All the Bad Apples PDF, ePub eBook 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 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 happen to Deena's family. Only Deena refuses to believe it's true. And then the letters start arriving. Letters from Mandy, claiming that their family's blighted history is not just bad luck or bad decisions - but a curse, handed down through the generations. Mandy has gone in search of the curse's roots, and now Deena must find her. What they find will heal their family's rotten past - or rip it apart forever.

30 review for All the Bad Apples

  1. 4 out of 5

    Khadidja ~on hiatus~

    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

  2. 5 out of 5

    Julie Zantopoulos

    Such an impactful story with messages and writing that are both...haunting. Full review to come. *ARC received at ALA*

  3. 4 out of 5

    Hollis

    This book is a very Fowley-Doyle story. If you've read her before, you'll know exactly what I mean : she infuses her twisty whimsy, her magical storyweaving, her mysterious realism into a narrative that has deeper, darker, roots. In ALL THE BAD APPLES it's about women, it's about shame, it's about family. Full review to come on release date! ** I received an ARC from the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **

  4. 4 out of 5

    Acqua

    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 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, discovering her family's history in the process. It is, and yet it's not. All the Bad Apples is a story about the crimes of the catholic church, a story about the women whose truths are still buried and untold, a story about Irish history from the point of view of those who are always erased. It's a story about how necessary the separation between church and state is, about how we shouldn't take our victories against bigotry and patriarchal systems for granted. This book made me realize is that I'm kind of tired of reading about Americans' problems. I don't live in Ireland, but for various reasons, what they went through is much more similar to my country's problems. Reading about European countries from a modern European point of view is so refreshing, and I'm glad this book exists. This also meant that for me this book was a lot more horrifying to read than usual. And even if you don't know what it means to deal with catholic fundamentalism, I recommend reading the content warnings at the end of this review. So, why not a higher rating? Because - and this has happened with the other novel I've read by this author too - by the end of the book, I felt like I didn't know any of the characters. Deena is a lesbian, her best friend is a bisexual and biracial black boy, she meets a girl who is also queer during this novel, and there's the beginning of what could be a romance. I always want to get invested in Fowley-Doyle's mostly-queer found families, but I never manage, and - mostly in the second half - the parts about history took over the book, so that the present storyline started to feel stagnant. (It still surprised me, though. I would have never seen any of that coming.) On the historical parts: I loved their message and the point they were making, they just weren't that interesting to read. The problem with multi-generational stories is that I often struggle to get invested in anything historical and with so many characters, but that's more on me that on the book. I would recommend All the Bad Apples to all of those who enjoy Leslye Walton's novels and liked the inter-generational aspect of The Astonishing Color of After. Content warnings for the present storyline: homophobia (challenged, and mostly at the beginning, but it's there right from the first chapter), frequent mentions of what is rumored to be a suicide, controlling parent, bullying Trigger warnings for the parts about family history: incestuous rape (implied), rape of a minor (implied), institutionalization, physical, emotional and religious abuse (mostly told, not shown), one of the main characters' ancestors got burned alive for being gay ("a witch"; again, told not shown), and we're also told about forced pregnancies, abortion, mothers separated from their babies, death of a baby, suicide, a lot of misogyny and bigotry. [I hope I haven't missed anything but there was a lot.]

  5. 4 out of 5

    anna (readingpeaches)

    hey btw, as per the author on twitter, this "has a lesbian narrator with a bisexual best friend (& other q***r supporting characters)"

  6. 5 out of 5

    rikajewellee

    I AM SO FUCKING EXCITED OH MY GOOOOOOOOOD 'spellbook of the lost and found' was mind-blowing, and i'm almost sure this book is going to snatch my wig as well we also have a lesbian mc in this one... iconic af

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mila

    I quite enjoyed the Irish setting of the story, the writing was lovely and descriptive enough and a diverse cast of characters was obviously a plus. The plot, however, relied a lot on stories about the past and it got repetitive quite soon while also interfering with the development of characters in the present time. So I enjoyed this novel but I wish it went into a different direction in some places. A big thank you to the publisher and the Edelweiss+ website for providing me with an early copy!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Krystle Doria

    I received a physical ARC of this book from bookcon, and I would love to personally thank the girl who recommended it me because I ABSOLUTELY loved this story!!! It is such an important read for women today. All The Bad Apples is also based on true events that sparked the author to write it. It’s so raw and so real, but also has supernatural/ magical aspects to it. The lore of the “banshees” was so interesting and so original. I fell in love with each and every character, but most importantly, I I received a physical ARC of this book from bookcon, and I would love to personally thank the girl who recommended it me because I ABSOLUTELY loved this story!!! It is such an important read for women today. All The Bad Apples is also based on true events that sparked the author to write it. It’s so raw and so real, but also has supernatural/ magical aspects to it. The lore of the “banshees” was so interesting and so original. I fell in love with each and every character, but most importantly, I fell in love with Moira Fowley-Doyle’s writing. It is just so beautiful! It’s femisit, it’s LGBTQ, it deals with grief on all levels, but there is just so much hope and strength packed into this book. I could go on and on but I want everyone to read this for themselves! Highly recommend!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Marianne

    I started this book with no expectations whatsoever. And while it wasn't 100% perfect (some parts felt a bit all over the place) it was really great. Some twists were really predictable but i was hooked nonetheless. All the bad apples tells the story of Deena, a seventeen-year old girl with an odd family: her mother died when she was still a baby, her father did not raise her but left her in the care of her sister Rachel that is twice her age, while Rachel's twin Mandy, the "free spirit" kept ru I started this book with no expectations whatsoever. And while it wasn't 100% perfect (some parts felt a bit all over the place) it was really great. Some twists were really predictable but i was hooked nonetheless. All the bad apples tells the story of Deena, a seventeen-year old girl with an odd family: her mother died when she was still a baby, her father did not raise her but left her in the care of her sister Rachel that is twice her age, while Rachel's twin Mandy, the "free spirit" kept running off. In that complicated household, Deena tries to navigate teenagehood and most of all tries to come to term with her own identity as a gay girl in a very conservative Ireland. But one day, Mandy disappears again. Nothing new here at first, except that she is presumed to be dead - she is supposed to have fallen off a cliff, or jumped. But Deena knows that can't be true. When she searches her sister's room, she finds a note and letters: her sister has gone to "the end of the world" to stop a curse that she believes to have been running in the family for over 130 years, affecting "women" who "misbehave", who are then cast off the family tree like bad apples. There are several things that I particularly liked. First, the LGBT representation, that felt very refreshing. I also really enjoyed the plot, which was divided between the past and the present. Combined with the immersive writing style, and the vivid setting it made it hard to put the book down. I want to keep the review spoiler free but I loved that the book tackled very important topics still hard to discuss especially in Ireland (birth control, the place of the church in the society, Magdalene laundries, abortion, homophobia...). It made the ending very powerful. The feminist messages and overall the feminist take on Deena's family's history and ancestry throughout the 20th century made the book all the more worthwhile.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    A story of Irish women and queer folk possibly cursed by banshees (but definitely cursed by the Catholic church and the cis-gendered heteropatriarchy). Although the women in the story are fictional, the Magdalene laundries, mother-and-baby homes, rape, incest, forced pregnancies, bigotry and stigma they experience are all very, very real (see the detailed Author’s note with dates, statistics, and references). In spite of the horrifying things I just listed, the book manages to not be misery porn A story of Irish women and queer folk possibly cursed by banshees (but definitely cursed by the Catholic church and the cis-gendered heteropatriarchy). Although the women in the story are fictional, the Magdalene laundries, mother-and-baby homes, rape, incest, forced pregnancies, bigotry and stigma they experience are all very, very real (see the detailed Author’s note with dates, statistics, and references). In spite of the horrifying things I just listed, the book manages to not be misery porn, partially because the events are so plausible and partially because the main modern-day characters have a handful of loving family and friends to support them. The plot is engaging and the magic touches sprinkled here and there are intriguing. I love a book that can educate me about actual historical events while also being very entertaining. The tagline of “Tell your story. Speak your truth. Shatter the silence.” continues to be very necessary all over the world today.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jade

    This book!!! I am beyond excited

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tabrizia Jones

    Thank you Edelweiss+ and Penguin Publishing for an advanced in exchange for an honest review. I have no words after reading this one. This novel was just so amazing! I would give it 10 stars if I could. Fowley-Doyle took such an important issue and incorporated such realistic and magical themes and created such a terrific story. I was captivated with it from beginning to end. The feminist themes were abundantly clear but something that everyone can take with them as this story. The magical realis Thank you Edelweiss+ and Penguin Publishing for an advanced in exchange for an honest review. I have no words after reading this one. This novel was just so amazing! I would give it 10 stars if I could. Fowley-Doyle took such an important issue and incorporated such realistic and magical themes and created such a terrific story. I was captivated with it from beginning to end. The feminist themes were abundantly clear but something that everyone can take with them as this story. The magical realism may confuse people but I don't think they are really taking the time to look behind the meaning of the story. The fantasy element just ties perfectly well with how the Irish tell their stories. And this is a story that definitely needs to be told. As most countries do, Ireland has a dark past and this book does an amazing job revealing its history. You will cringe. You will be saddened. You will be disgusted. You will be angry. And this is the whole point. This novel may be fiction but the story told here is not all too similar to other female stories involving the Magdalene laundries in Ireland, a topic that I now want to fully know more about. Everyone should read this book. Not only is it beautifully written but you learn something new and open your eyes to an issue that you did not think could be possible.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    Thank you to Edelweiss and Kathy Dawson Books for the E-arc copy of this novel. #AlltheBadApples is a look at the lies families bury in order to provide themselves with a certain amount of comfort. A feminist approach to a very real problem with societies inability to understand diversity in the church. The Irish background and the oddly magical feel of the novel leave the reader with a feeling of mystery even once it's finished.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    *I received a free ARC from the publisher at BookCon* I wish that all young women would read this book. Part history, part ghost story, part supernatural all of the elements come together for an unforgettable tale and one that is especially relevant right now.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Namrata

    I think I'm gonna like this 100%.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Ferencz

    I loved the magic realism and the way this fictional story brought to light true events, both past and current.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ioana

    *words cannot describe how excited I am*

  18. 4 out of 5

    Iany Mcgrawn

  19. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Roche

  20. 5 out of 5

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  21. 4 out of 5

    Brianna Peterson

  22. 4 out of 5

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  23. 4 out of 5

    Preeti Sharma

  24. 4 out of 5

    Gretal

  25. 4 out of 5

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  26. 4 out of 5

    Kitty

  27. 4 out of 5

    Bec (Two Book Thieves)

  28. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Cheresnick

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jessie (Ageless Pages Reviews)

  30. 4 out of 5

    Adri Martinez

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