- Title: Bad Apple
- Author: Laura Ruby
- ISBN: 9780061243301
- Page: 290
- Format: Hardcover
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 ha 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, importantly, will anyone believe her
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Tola Riley is a misunderstood artist who is obsessed with fairy tales. At age 16, she is trying to find her identity and footing in the world. She bonds with the new art teacher Mr. Mylner who understands her. After an innocent visit to a museumn with she and Mr. Mylner rumours fly. Finally through her art, Tola stands up for herself. That would be my favorite part of the book. Instead of loud name calling and postering, one can express themselves quietly and powerful through their art.
A good book with smooth writing and a thoughtful message.Many people think Tola Riley as a really strange girl. A girl with too much imagination. A freakish green-haired girl. A girl who has piercing on her nose and maybe some mysterious parts on her body. The hottest news about Tola Riley is, she has affair with her art teacher, Mr. Mymer, and the teacher gets suspended because of their love thing.People talk about Tola all the time. Classmates mock her. Enemies stalk her. Family refuses to tal [...]
This was disappointing. This book was all telling and very little showing. It felt like there were way too many loose ends and the whole sister thing with the name etc. just felt tacked on and pointless.
"Sometimes depressed people see the world differently.”“Maybe they see it for what it really is.”“What is it?”“Crap.”
A bad apple is often used to describe a troublesome person, coming from the quotation "one rotten apple spoils the whole barrel". It seems, to everyone, that Tola Riley is a bad apple. She has green hair, a great love for fairy tales and art, and is involved in a scandal with her art teacher, Mr. Mymer. Her whole world is turning upside down. Vicious rumors are spreading like wildfire through the school, and an anonymously-created website called thetruthabouttolariley is telling lies about her. [...]
Bad Apple has a perfectly weird sense of humor. For me it just worked. From Tola insisting on referring to her sister Tiffany as Madge to "Madge" being somewhat of a strange character herself. It really just worked for me, the author created a sassy, quirky, and awesome main character in Tola and a handful of other oddballs in the secondary characters.I really liked the plot as well. Did something inappropriate happen between Tola and her art teacher or did someone lie or blow it out of proporti [...]
Not what I expected, but in a good way
Tola Riley loves Grimm’s fairy tales and incorporates their themes and stories into her artwork. She’s a bit of an outcast – small, strange, green-haired – and becomes more so when her sociopathic classmate Chelsea Patrick catches her having what appears to be an affair with her art teacher. The art teacher is put on probation pending an investigation, and Tola becomes the worst kind of celebrity – the one everyone points at, talks about, and feels comfortable humiliating. Even though [...]
Reviewed by Tasha for TeensReadTooTola 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 th [...]
Clever writing (almost too clever sometimes), good pacing, a decent amount of conclusion for a novel that leaves you asking more questions at the last page then you were on page 3. Surprisingly good characterization for the most part, although the MC's sister Tiffany is far more interesting and well-executed than Tola is herself.Ruby handles the slight romantic subplot with tact that delights me. And I respect that she didn't make Tola some prodigy, only a kid who likes to make art and doesn't r [...]
A sorta fairy tale.I believe you can tell a lot about us by the stories we tell about ourselves. Tola's (whose name is from a shortened Italian Cinderella) stories are told through her art. The stories about her are told through the internet and vicious rumors spreading like wildfire through the school. No one believes her, and she's established early on as an unreliable narrator. It doesn't help that the rumors are getting her and her favorite teacher in a lot of trouble. There are so many deli [...]
I so wish this book had a different cover because the cover makes it seem like it's going to be some smutty drama and it's so much better than that! Ruby's writing is fantastic as is her rendering of this main character going through the hell of being accused of having a relationship with a teacher. Ultimately it's a book about the sadder quieter topic of loneliness and quirkiness which was done quite well.
It was a fast read. Kept you wondering if she really did what everyone thought she did.
The overall concept was interesting. However, I had a few issues with some of the characters. The main character, Tola, is supposed to be 16, but countless times throughout the novel, I found myself picturing her as a middle schooler. Why? Her actions are extremely juvenile. I also had a problem with Chelsea's character. Chelsea, while being a horrible person, is unrealistic and not a fully fleshed out character. Ruby mentions Chelsea's backstory briefly in a comment, but she leaves it unresolve [...]
One of my favorite reads so far this year! I read it in two sittings. I loved the main character (Tola). There are so many things I loved about this book that I'm likely to forget to mention something in this review:- The author's writing style is EVERYTHING!- The family dynamic was super interesting and made for the story/characters to feel that much more fleshed out- I love that the sister wasn't the typical foil to Tola's loner, sarcastic, dark-humored personality, like many YA books tend to [...]
The back of this cover leads you to believe this story about a highschooler who has an affair with her teacher and they get caught. Alas this story is about other people thinking she had an affair with her teacher because she had a crush on him and touched his arm. Positives: amazing idea for a story. Negatives: terrible execution of the idea, incredibly boring, bullshit ended, misleading back cover, and completely unlikable characters.
One of my favorite things about this book is all the fairytale connections. I also liked all the artsy-ness and the different formats of writing in it. It is a great book with a deep message, and I quite enjoy reading it.
I really enjoyed this book. It was cute and definitely made me laugh. I wish there would have been some pictures of the art though. Also I think it would have been cool if the comments sections would have been actual reports/articles/blog pages. Still worth the read in my opinion.
More serious than I expected, but I loved it! Seven is bae
I felt like this story had zero plot. I didn't like it Maybe I would have liked it better if I was in the target audience (which I wasn't).
Dealing with any subject is difficult but especially one as controversial as a teacher and student relationship. For this reason alone, I was both interested and repulsed by Bad Apple. Then I opened the book and meet a cast of very real and unique characters and a narrator as confused and interesting as she was real. Bad Apple was a treat from page one to the last.Tola wants someone to understand her. Living with an absentee father whom she takes after, a mentally unstable sister always on the v [...]
Very well written. Goes a little overboard on the teen angst, though. I hope she does a follow-up to see what happens next with Tola.
This book was great, but i hated when everyone was making fun of her because she made out with a teacher. I love how Seven can read Tola's mind. I love the part when Seven asks Tola out.
Clarification: This book is actually a 2.5 for me I think I'll start with saying I was expecting a lot more from this book, in a lot of different ways. Now, I think I should go ahead and explain what I mean. This book was definitely different, which was actually nice, but when I read the synopsis I was hoping for a lot more, which seems slightly ridiculous to me now. My first thought upon reading this book was mainly, "What the heck is going on?" You see, there has been some huge scandal. The sc [...]
To start off, Tola is accused of having an affair with her art teacher, Mr. Mymer. Except, that isn't the truth. Yet, no one believes her; her entire school goes ballistic over this "rumor" and Mr. Mymer ends up getting suspended from teaching and Tola cant do anything outside of school, her mother makes sure of that.Tola is the average "weirdo" at her high school; she has a nose ring, green hair, and dresses with a unique sense of style. She is an "art freak." She creates paintings of what she [...]
People tell lies. It’s part of the human nature. Sometimes the lies are little and sometimes they end up as monstrous lies. In the book Bad Apple by Laura Ruby, the main character is Tola Riley and she is the main topic of the latest scandal. She tried to hold the teacher’s hand and somehow the town translated that into a fullblown sex scandal. What really happens often gets stretched into an unimaginable lie. The author’s purpose was to show some of the effects that can be caused by an [...]
"If I really wanted to open up, I'd confess that I really am the liar everyone believes I am."Tola Riley loves the fairy tales of Brother's Grimm. Fairy tales are a great escape from real life, and when you're someone like Tola, you need all the help you can get. With her green hair, unusual attire and pierced nose, Tola is used to being the outcast. But life goes from bad to worse when rumors of a teacher-student affair begin to grow and undulate throughout her high school and community. Too bu [...]
Review Posted on Reading Lark 3/2/12: readinglark/2012/Bad Apple tells the story of troubled high school student, Tola Riley. She functions on the outskirts of high school society and doesn't seem to really have a niche. The only place she feels valued is in art class. However, her safe haven soon becomes a nightmare when allegations began to swirl throughout the school that she is having an affair with her art teacher. A part of Tola delights at the possibility that someone like her teacher cou [...]
(Note: For me, five stars is generally reserved for the life-changing, absolute favorite type of book, and so four is about as good as anyone can hope for. I'm not 100% sure of the rating for this; I'll probably think on it some more. For now it's four, with the assurance that if 4 and a half were currently an option, that's what it would be. This is an odd book. I have no other way to say this. The cover blurbs dinThis is an odd book. I have no other way to say this. The cover blurbs din't do i [...]
Bad Apple is bizarre and eccentric, yet I simply adored it. Bad Apple tells the tale of Tola, a slightly weird and cynical girl dealing with a boatload of problems. For one, everyone in her small town is convinced she had an affair with her art teacher, Mr. Mymer; for two, Mr. Mymer is now suspended because of it; for three, Tola never had an affair with Mymer and that's what she's says, but no one believes her; and lastly, her dad's acting like a jerk, her sister's having a mental breakdown, he [...]
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