The Poison Apples

The Poison Apples
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12+
Release Date
September 18, 2007
ISBN
0312367627
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We all know the stories of Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel. But have you ever heard of Alice Bingley-Beckerman, Reena Paruchuri, or Molly Miller? Of course you haven’t. Not yet. What these girls have in common with their fairy tale sisters is this: they are the stepdaughters of three very evil stepmothers. And they’re not happy about it. They think they are alone in their unhappiness until they arrive at Putnam Mount McKinsey, a posh boarding school located in lovely rural Massachusetts. Here is where they will plot their revenge. But first they have to meet.

In her first novel, Lily Archer tells a knowing, wickedly funny story about how friendship just may turn out to be more happily-ever-after than family.

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It's Time for Revenge!
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Reader reviewed by Shirley

At an elite boarding school in Massachusetts, three girls: Alice, Reena and Molly meet and form a club, the Poison Apples, to plot a revenge to ruin their evil stepmothers' lives.

I loved this book! It showed how things may not turn out the way you wanted and it may be better that way!
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Fun but flawed
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Reader reviewed by mlecompt

Alice, Reena, and Molly all go to boarding school in the Northeast (Alice and Reena have been sent there, Molly is there on scholarship to get away from her small town). At first it doesn't seem like they have anything in common, but then they discover that they all have evil stepmothers and become close friends.

This book is a quick, fun read, but parts of it didn't ring true. It seems kind of out there that three girls from vastly different backgrounds would come together over mutual dislike of their stepmothers. The stepmothers themselves seemed a bit overdone in order to make them unlikable. However, each girl is a solid character and there are plenty of amusing and interesting moments to move the reader through the book.
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