Toffee by Sarah Crossan


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 –...

Details Toffee

Release DateMay 2nd, 2019
PublisherBloomsbury YA
GenreYoung Adult, Poetry, Contemporary

Reviews Toffee

  • Lou
    This was such an original book and due to that, it was right up my street. It's a unique read which uses a poetic format and structure to tell the profoundly moving story of Allison and Marla whose paths cross inexplicably and they grow to become close despite the substantial age gap between them. Two different generations finding comfort in one another was heart-warming and as the story highlights issues both generations go experience it was top...
  • Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
    A powerful novel in verse that really made me think. I sat back and did nothing but contemplate just how difficult can be sometimes and reading Toffee made me seriously realise it!A young girl called Allison has left her toxic home environment and finds herself a runaway, crossing paths with an elderly lady who has dementia and staying in her home to keep her company. The rest of the lady's family doesn't know about Allison's existence. All she h...
  • Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
    Allison Daniels is searching for a place to stay, discovering what she believes is a vacant outbuilding on an abandoned property to rest her weary body. Compelled to find her former stepmother and the only person who understands the abusive and adverse environment inflicted upon Allison, her meagre possessions are stolen and determined not to return to her abusive father, seeks shelter on the dilapidated property.Allison is a family violence surv...
  • El
    I wasn’t going to read this book but then I saw it in the library & thought ‘why not?’*story of my life*Honestly, how could I ever have even considered not reading a Sarah Crossan?! I just love the way she writes & not just the tone but the format!And she always makes me cry - which is a good thing in these cases! 😭But so, so, so sweet & it’s crazy how attached you get to the characters when you can read the book pretty quick.Anyway, I...
  • Brooklyn Tayla
    I picked this up on a whim when I was at my local Dymocks bookstore, after seeing it float around on bookstagram and being intrigued by the Sypnosis! Aside from that, though, I didn’t know what to expect!What I didn’t imagine was how moved I would be by this book! It was so addictive, I couldn’t put it down! I found the unique way that Sarah Crossan composed this book was so eloquent and raw, I just found myself being so affected!The writin...
  • Kayleigh
    Toffee is a beautifully written book and the fact that it’s written in verse makes it even more captivating. The poetry style of this book doesn’t at all take away from the story. Allison and Marla meet through the most unusual of circumstances and somehow become incredibly close despite the huge difference in age. It’s an incredibly heartwarming read about two lonely, isolated people who somehow find friendship and comfort in each other an...
  • Bridget
    Wow, what a start. So keen to read the rest of the book. Will definitely buy it for my students. I’ll buy anything by Sarah Crossan and I have a boys school library, she is always a hit. Can’t wait to read the whole book.
  • Elvina Zafril
    A story about a girl, Allison who ran away from home. She takes shelter in an abandoned house and apparently there’s someone staying in that house. She met Marla who mistakenly thought that Allison was her friend, Toffee. Allison tries to tell Marla her name, but Marla switches it back to Toffee.Touches on very critical issues, Toffee talks about domestic abuse, loneliness, abusive parents and dementia. It was beautifully written. The thing tha...
  • Em The Reading Challenge Challenge
    "I liked the idea of beingsweet and hard,a girl with a name for peopleto chew on.A girl who could break teeth." Allison Daniels has run away from home. Hoping to find the almost-stepmother who abandoned her, she instead finds herself sleeping in someone's shed. That someone is Marla, an old woman struggling with dementia, who thinks Allison is someone from her past named Toffee. With nowhere else to go, Allison moves in with Marla though she must...
  • MissStan
    A beautiful read! This is sad, heartwarming and in the end hopeful. Another of Sarah Crossan’s books written in verse, this is beautifully written. So many lovely descriptive lines, and heart wrenching lines that knock the stuffing out of you. I love how Allison’s story is revealed bit by bit. I couldn’t put it down and read it in one sitting. A must read!
  • Marie the Librarian
    I think Sarah might be one of my fave authors. The way she writes, the subjects, the characters, the emotions, my poor heart cant take it and I love it. Her prose packs such a punch.
  • Mehsi
    A wonderful and special book about abuse, dementia, bad friendship, finding a home, and more. It was beautifully written. Poetry still isn't entirely my thing, but I just can't resist a book like this one. I know I loved this author's other book, One, so I was eager to get this one started. I wasn't always a fan of the MC, like how she just got into the house and then how she kept sneaking around and making use of Marla's dementia as I would call...
  • Thebooksofwonder
    When I went to the bookstore the first book I saw was this one. I've seen this book a few times on bookstagram but I knew nothing about it and I didn't know what to expect. I bought it because it sounded very interesting. Oh my God, this book is amazing! The way this is writing is so unique and the writing was so powerful. Allison went through a lot with her dad and the story jumps back and forth to the present and past. Mary is someone who forge...
  • Samantha
    4.5/5 stars!!
  • Janet Emson
    Allison has run away from a violent home. Trying to track down her dad’s last girlfriend she finds out that she has moved. With no money and nowhere else to turn to, she takes shelter in the shed of what appears to be an abandoned house. But then she meets Marla, who thinks Allison is someone from her past. Slowly the two become friends and Marla shows Allison that family isn’t always dependent on birth.Allison is a complex character. A produ...
  • Linda
    I cannot tell you how much I love this author. I have read 3 of her books and each is amazing. I will be hunting out her entire backlist and reading them. Toffee is in fact Allison, she has run away from home and has, for want of a place to stay, been living in secret with Marla. Marla has dementia and thinks Allison is Toffee a teenage friend from long ago. A friendship of sorts develops between this elderly woman and the scared lonely girl, and...
  • Blue
    This is literally one of those books that gives you all the feelings with just a few words. Though it appears to be a normal size book, the text is written in verse. Which means that it is a quick and easy read, but lacks the depth and details that a normal book would contain. In that regard there really isn’t a plot to it but more raw emotion. Personally for me there were a lot of questions that were unanswered and it left too many questions.
  • Graine Milner
    I had been so looking forward to this new novel by the amazing Sarah Crossan and this did not disappoint. As usual, Sarah Crossan has taken my heart and trampled all over it. I think Moonrise remains my favourite, but I still absolutely loved this - the juxtaposition of Marla, who struggles to remember, with Allison, who is trying to forget. Little by little, their stories are revealed, and their unlikely alliance is a lifeline for both of them. ...
  • Femke
    She did it again, I’m a fucking emotional wreck 😢.
  • Sarah Camilleri
    Beautiful story written in a very unique way. Loved every minute.
  • Jude
    With "Toffee", Sarah Crossan has cemented her position as one of my favourite YA authors, this is a FABULOUS book!! It's written in verse form and contains grief, abuse, and dementia along with kindness and joy. Once you start reading it, it's almost impossible to put down. I can already see that it's going to be amongst my best books of 2019 and I would highly recommend reading it.
  • Catherine Doyle
    Absolutely gorgeous!
  • Pavitra (For The Love of Fictional Worlds)
    Also Posted on For The Love of Fictional Worlds Disclaimer: An physical copy was provided via Bloomsbury India in exchange for an honest review. The Thoughts, opinions & feelings expressed in the review are therefore, my own. I fell in love with Sarah Crossan’s writing style when I first read Moonrise(Read My Review) – so I definitely had quite the high expectations from her newest offering.TOFFEE, like Moonrise is written in verse and that...
  • Gabriela Pop
    CW: abusive parent,domestic violence,dementia (is dementia a CW???)This was another fabulous read from Sarah Crossan! I'd previously read her 'The Weight of Water' and thoroughly enjoyed that one. On top of that,I'd also heard countless great things about this new release from her,so the bar had set itself quite high without my intention of that happening. Alas, no only were my expectations reached, but it would actually be fair to say that they ...
  • Star
    This book was phenomenal.An extremely fast read because it's written in verse. But my word does it pack a punch.(view spoiler)[This beautiful book is written in verse, and that is what drew me to it. I’ve really been enjoying books written in verse this year, and this book is another one that packs a punch.Allison has run away from home, escaping her abusive father. Her only at-home support was his fiancée, Kelly-Anne, who also ran away from A...
  • Myrthe
    This. Was. SO GOOD! A solid five-star read for me!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.(I read this book in Dutch since I got it from my local library, so I can't write down any other quote than the one in the description)This is a story about two people who are completely alone in this world. Allison finally decides to run from home after years of abuse fro...
  • Vicki Antipodean Bookclub
    “I don’t push her to be happy.I go to the shop for dinner,leaving her alone to remember herself,giving her time to creep out ofthe hole she is hiding in”...Marla has dementia and is living alone. She forgets that she has lost a daughter, but knows to be wary of her son who walks with footsteps that are “heavy and possessive” and has a voice like a “hedge-trimmer - loud, sharp, dangerous.” When Allison runs away from her abusive fath...
  • Jane Kelsey
    Thank you Bloomsbury for gifting me this copy! Opinions my own, as always!Alison ran away from home and takes shelter in the shed of an abandoned house, but the house isn’t empty. In this house is where Marla lives, and elderly woman suffering with dementia and then they meet she confuses Alison with her friend Toffee. So Alison becomes Toffee, but who is Alison anymore…?The only way I can describe Toffee is to compare it with a piece of clas...
  • Mintti
    Third book by Crossan that I've read. And I loved this one as much as the others. Love her style of writing, it's so precise and so beautiful. And she always has these heart breaking topics in her books. In this book a girl runs away from her abusive dad. She has nowhere to go but she finds a shed where she can sleep. The shed belongs to a house that is lived by this old woman with memory issues and somehow they start living together. While they ...