Bad Apple

Bad Apple

by Laura Ruby
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Bad Apple by Laura Ruby

"If I really wanted to open up, I'd confess that I really am the liar everyone believes I am."

High-school junior Tola Riley has green hair, a nose ring, an attitude problem, and a fondness for fairy tales, which are a great escape from real life. Everyone thinks she's crazy; everyone says so. Everyone except Mr. Mymer, her art teacher. He gets her paintings and lets her hang out in the art room during lonely lunch periods.

But then rumors start flying and Tola is suddenly the center of a scandal. The whole town is judging her—even her family. When Mr. Mymer is suspended for what everyone thinks is an affair, she has no choice but to break her silence. Fairy tales won't help her this time . . . so how can she tell the truth? And, more importantly, will anyone believe her?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061243332
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/08/2011
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 697,261
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Laura Ruby is the author of books for adults, teens, and children, including the Printz Award-winning and National Book Award finalist Bone Gap, the Edgar-nominated mystery Lily’s Ghosts, the Book Sense Pick Good Girls, and the acclaimed novels Play Me and Bad Apple. She is on the faculty of Hamline University’s MFA in writing for children and young adults program and lives in the Chicago area. You can visit her online at

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Bad Apple 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Tola Riley is, well, unique to say the least. With her green hair, nose ring, and intense love of art, it is no wonder that she is so misunderstood by her high school peers. There is one person though who just gets her: Mr. Mymer, her art teacher. While some people might not understand this relationship, Tola is fine with it, as she is so used to being misunderstood. When her relationship with Mr. Mymer gets blown out of proportion though, Tola finds herself in the middle of a scandal. Even though she tries to tell everyone the truth, no one will believe her and she continues through the year as an even bigger misfit. On top of this, Tola consistently deals with multiple family problems, friend problems, and of course the day-to-day issues of just being a teenager. I have to say that the author, Laura Ruby, has the teenage personality down to a T. Tola was very real and I had no problem envisioning her as a person. Ms. Ruby did a really good job making the reader feel connected to the characters, playing on the reader's heartstrings and making them truly connect with Tola. However, while I felt that Tola was well-developed, none of the other supporting characters were developed at all. Yes, there were a few minutes where they almost felt real, but then they seemed to fall right back into the pages. The author did create a very interesting plot. It took a different perspective on the whole student-teacher affair, which seems to be a theme that has become very popular in YA books. I also really enjoyed how the plot looked at how one event in a family can affect each member differently. Overall, the storyline was very realistic and I could easily picture this same situation happening in many high schools. I liked this book. The ending was absolutely fabulous, probably the best part of the book, and had me in fits of laughter. I look forward to checking out Laura Ruby's other books and I highly suggest you check out BAD APPLE when you are looking for some very realistic teen fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. She is just so saarcastic and funny and i loved what she did with her art at the end
LaneyDC More than 1 year ago
The samole was a pge turner and i want more!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was so intence yet truely confusing. And i cannit wait to read the whole book!
Azjura More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book for hte story line, but kept with it for it's endless stream of sarcasm! Everypage had me cracking a smile in a world that was so melodramtic but filled with irony. While the story is that of a serious nature, you travel this insane journey with a lead character that is so out of sorts within her own life she has to live in a fairytale world of make believe in order to simply cope while the rest of her family flounder around her. I would definately suggest this book to anyone looking for an engaging read and also a light read as the story never really takes itself to seriously.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An amazing story
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Galleysmith More than 1 year ago
Bad Apple was fairly predictable in it's plot in almost all areas with the exception of the most important one - the did she or didn't she reveal. The back and forth of each step down the path to that ultimate revelation was well done. I personally didn't know if the affair happened, at what level and who initiated it until the very bitter end and I appreciated that fact. I liked that we got to see small glimpses of the truth but didn't know that it was. It made that part of the story more intriguing and enjoyable. The different characters were equally interesting. Most particularly I had a strong reaction to the young bully Ruby created in Chelsea Patrick. Scorned after the dissolution of her former friendship with Tola she takes to tormenting her in the hallways,on her blog and just about anywhere she could possibly find. This young woman was spiteful, bitter and it seemed to me one step away from escalating into some form of violence. She also played a significant role in Tola's circumstances (which I will not spoil) with Mr. Mymer that furthered the progression of the story quite significantly. On the other hand, I found the art as therapy angle to be a bit too convenient and sweet, particularly at the end of the book when the grand reveal and resolution was made public. The older woman who took Tola under her wing was a small part of the story but one that ended up glossing over. She was a means to an end but it was an end that was just kind of there. Further, the budding romance between Tola and Seven was cute and added a much needed respite from the drama and dysfunction. Again, this was a small part of the larger whole but one that I appreciated. I also found the quirky neurotic sister who constantly sassed everyone to be fun as well, she brought a slight humor to the events. All in all Bad Apple was a quick and entertaining read one that is safe for later aged pre-teen and teen aged readers interested in stories about high-school dynamics and navigating different types of relationships.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To anonymous on july 29:)