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Being Toffee

by Crossan, Sarah,

Format: Print Book 2020
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Location  Western Allegheny Community Library
Collection  Young Adult Fiction

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 named Toffee.

Allison is used to hiding who she really is, and trying to be what other people want her to be. And so, Toffee is who she becomes. After all, it means she has a place to stay. There are worse places she could be.

But as their bond grows, and Allison discovers how much Marla needs a real friend, she begins to ask herself - where is home? What is a family? And most importantly, who is she, really?

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Allison has grown up coping with her father's anger and volatility. But after his latest girlfriend--one who truly cared for Allison--finally hits her breaking point and leaves, Allison bears the full brunt of her father's rage and runs away. Cold on the streets of her Irish seaside town and without a friend to turn to, Allison finds herself hiding out in the shed behind an elderly woman's home. Marla has dementia and believes Allison is an old friend, Toffee, finally come back to her. What begins as an uneasy con borne out of Allison's need to survive slowly blossoms into a mutually supportive relationship as Marla comes to rely on "Toffee," and Allison grows affectionate and protective of Marla. The free-verse style suits the story, capturing the panic, worry, and disjointed state that both homeless Allison and confused Marla experience. The personal growth, found family, and genuine relationships will satisfy readers looking for the grit of realism softened by a hopeful, if bittersweet ending."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Two unlikely but resilient friends yearn to know who they really are in this sensitively told novel in verse. Escaping from her abusive single father after he burns her, 16-year-old Allison desperately hopes to locate and live with her father's former fiancee. But Allison can't find her, so she takes refuge in the Cornwall house of Marla, an older woman suffering from dementia who believes that the girl is her long-lost friend Toffee. As Allison cares for Marla and evades her other, ineffective caretaker and her mean-spirited son, affection deepens alongside her desire to stop pretending that she is someone else. A complicated friendship with Lucy, a wealthy local girl, heightens Allison's feelings of inadequacy, until Marla, in a brief moment of clarity, helps Allison untether herself emotionally from her dad. Crossan's (The Weight of Water) finessed portrayal of Allison palpably exposes, by turn, her selfishness, compassion, and longing to be loved, while the haunting narration pulls the reader into Allison's thoughts and memories as she learns to cast off the invisibility she has used to protect herself. Ages 12--up. (July)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Novels in verse.
Identity -- Fiction.
Runaways -- Fiction.
Dementia -- Fiction.
Old age -- Fiction.
Child abuse -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :2020
Audience Ages 12 and up.
Grades 10-12.
Language English
Description 399 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781547603299
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