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Toffee Reviews

Toffee by Sarah Crossan


Sarah Crossan

4.00 out of 5

3 reviews

Category: Children's
Imprint: Bloomsbury YA
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication date: 2 May 2019
ISBN: 9781408868126

The astonishing new novel from the incomparable, multi-award-winning and Laureate Sarah Crossan. 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.

  • The TimesChildren's Book of the Week
4 stars out of 5
Alex O’Connell
27 Apr 2019

"This writer movingly tackles heavy issues"

Sarah Crossan, Ireland’s children’s laureate, has brought poetry and lyricism to the lives of teenagers with her powerful novels, written as long prose poems, about chewy subjects such as conjoined twins (the Carnegie medal-winning One) and the death penalty (Moonrise). She is the princess of pacing and her stories tackle heavy issues while remaining light on their feet.Toffee, also written as a prose poem, deals with abuse and dementia. Not a barrel of laughs, then, but Crossan always finds humour and humanity in the darkness; it’s impossible not to read it in a single gulp.


4 stars out of 5
Nicolette Jones
19 May 2019

" a compelling and beautifully wrought book "

The Irish children’s laureate has won multiple awards for her young-adult novels in blank verse...

This is a compelling and beautifully wrought book about kindness and cruelty, compassion and self-interest, and it lodges deep. 

4 stars out of 5

"Trauma, grief and belonging are all addressed in this poignant verse novel from the Irish children’s laureate"

Though Toffee is a pain-filled story, it is also hopeful and profoundly moving; laced with old hurts and small kindnesses, it’s a book that changes its reader for the better.