YA BOOK of the week

Gloucestershire Echo - - FAMILY MATTERS -

TOF­FEE

by Sarah Crossan, Blooms­bury YA, hard­back £12.99, ebook £3.92

CARNEGIE medal-win­ning Sarah Crossan has a knack for writ­ing Young Adult free verse nov­els that si­mul­ta­ne­ously crush you com­pletely, and pro­vide sharp stabs of light and clar­ity. Her lat­est, Tof­fee, is no dif­fer­ent.

Allison, a smart­ing burn on her face, has run away from home, and finds refuge in Marla’s house, only Marla thinks she’s called Tof­fee, and right now, be­ing Tof­fee feels bet­ter than be­ing Allison.

Around this core friend­ship, Crossan builds in the rag­ing dis­ap­point­ment par­ents can be, the po­ten­tial use­less­ness of safety nets – like school – that are meant to catch you, and the nas­ti­ness of teenage girls.

Along­side all this bad­ness Allison is try­ing to drag her­self out of though, there’s danc­ing, but­tered toast, and a sliver or two of hope.

Mov­ing, pow­er­ful and distressin­g at times, it’s a novel of real strength.

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