Toffee by Sarah Crossan


The astonishing new novel from the incomparable, multi-award-winning and Laureate na nÓg 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 ther...

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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Femke
    She did it again, I’m a fucking emotional wreck 😢.
  • Catherine Doyle
    Absolutely gorgeous!
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • legenbooksdary
    This is a story about a girl who is lost and hoping to find a home even if it is with a total stanger. This would be the first time that I've read a book in this format. It is a YA book but the way its being written is in the form of continuation poetry and that makes me very interested to read more. Its a light read, very well written and I really couldn't have hoped for more. There were a lot of context that you really will get and understand a...
  • 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. ...
  • WyrmbergSabrina
    My boss needs to stop giving me books that make me cry.Abuse and dementia wrap up together to tell a story about who we are.Told through free form poetry again, this is rather beautiful.
  • Medb
    Absolutely loved it! Beautiful book and stunning writing as all of Sarah’s writing it. 5/5 stars
  • Nia Talbot
    As always Sarah Crossan has combined her verse style with hard hitting themes (of abuse, dementia and finding ones self) to create an engaging read that you just don’t want to finish. The story is such that you are left wanting more - what happened to them next? A quick read and a thoroughly immersing one.
  • Amy
    Sarah Crossan’s books get me right in the feels every time. Wow. So impactful throughout but the last few pages really got me. As always, such a difficult topic tackled with such sensitivity. Just wonderful.
  • S
    Verse and great writing so a very quick read. Lovely heart warming tale of friendship. Themes of dementia, and strong emotional and physical abuse
  • WhatBookNext .com
    Except for the memories and the pain in her face, Allison has left her life behind. Her destination isn’t as set as she’d hoped, resulting in her first night away sleeping in a ‘ramshackle shed, its door ajar, overshadowed by an abandoned house.’ She lays in the dark, remembering the fear, the pain, the lies and trying to hide it all for so long.The house may look abandoned, but it has one occupant – an elderly lady called Marla. Marla...
  • Darcy Barzan
    I really enjoyed this book. i own a lot of Sarah Crossan books but this it the first book of hers that I've read that is written in verse (Pretty sure the Breathe duology is the only one not written in verse p.s that's the ones I've read)I loved Breathe so much but i was always weary of reading one of her other books, but I'm so glad i did because this is such a beautiful story. it was a quick read and i loved every second of it. The characters i...
  • Lisa Bentley
    I absolutely adore Sarah Crossan’s novels. Whenever a new one comes out you can guarantee it is on my ‘want to read’ list. The same can be said about Toffee. It was one of those books that I didn’t want to know anything about I just wanted to dive in because I know that with a Sarah Crossan novel I will be presented with challenging topics in a moving way.Toffee did not disappoint.It is a book about relationships. Not the love kind, but...
  • Jean Kirby
    This is a book about the relationships between a young girl who runs away from home and from her violent father, and an older woman who has dementia. It is beautifully told and written in verse so it doesn't take long to read. During the book Alison, or "Toffee", gets stronger and more able to stand up for herself. The book covers topics of bullying, dementia, physical and emotional abuse and caring.My only complaint is that I found the beginning...
  • Wsclai
    Another good book from Crossan. She really is an expert in writing in verses that capture the very essence of characters’ feeling and inner thoughts. This time, the verses sound even more poetic with the occasional rhymes and the shape poem of a Christmas tree is really some thing and it makes me smile.I like that the book ends with a glimpse of hope, despite all of the sadness that comes before. Crossan did a wonderful job in portraying the im...
  • Léna
    When my mum got me this book for my 20th birthday, I had never expected it to be this good. The way the story is told quite caught me off guards: each chapter is a poem written in prose. It was extremely pleasant to read. You get quickly attached to both Marla and Allison (or Toffee) and I personally couldn't help but fall in love with all the little moments they shared together. Toffee is truly worth reading. It's smart, it's real, it makes you ...
  • Ellie (bookmadbarlow)
    All the stars yet again for this amazing author. I cannot get enough of her books. This one tells the tale of Martha an older lady with dementia and Allison a teenage runaway. This book packs a punch for short book written in free verse as it also manages to cover bullying, theft and domestic abuse.This was amusing and sad, heart breaking and hopeful, and I urge everyone to go out and read this book.Thank you to the publisher who were lovely and ...
  • Noorunnisa Kutty
    My 13-year-old son is an impatient teenager whose normal reading is limited to subreddits on his mobile, and that too mostly about technology. This book kept him up the whole night, and got him discussing with me not just the issues and characters in the book but the language, the format, even the typography! Sarah Crossan has mastered the art of telling a powerful story with minimal words. I now have a new author to stalk :-) .
  • Dominika Mazur
    Such a heartbreaking yet beautiful story about two people who are utterly alone in this world. The imperfections of it are pointed out in harsh light and acknowledge in a spectacular way. I found this book to be the sweetest gift I could have ever received as it reminds me of my own relationship with a certain grandmother who I love dearly. Allison is complicated and I want everyone to get to know her.
  • Kathleen Dixon
    One of my workmates is a major fan of this author, but this is the first I’ve read of her. I’m still not sure what I think of the style - story in free verse is a brilliant idea and I think it’s really well done with the past gradually unfolding as the present day stumbles along - but I finished it feeling unfulfilled. I guess it’s because I want my time in the reading experience to take longer.
  • Christina Reid
    I have yet to finish reading a book by Sarah Crossan without tears in my eyes. I am in awe of her ability to tap into deep emotions in so few words, deftly creating characters and inserting them into your heart in such a way that it is a real wrench to close the book. Simply stunning book exploring family ties, memory, abuse, dementia and homelessness.
  • Bookish Hound
    A true triumph! You could see clearly which characters were talking when (which is hard to do when writing in free verse). The story itself tackled difficult subjects in a mature and sensitive way, the characters felt believable and the story line itself was strong!10/10 would recommend to anyone. I honestly can't wait to read what she writes next.
  • Rebecca Stonehill
    If I could give this book ten stars, I honestly would. What a raw, beautifully-drawn portrait of two people from utterly different worlds drawn together under extraordinary circumstances. I'm off to read the rest of Sarah Crossan's books now! Simply stunning.
  • Janika Puolitaival
    Poignant, emotional story about surviving. Surviving with scars. Trying to understand abusive father,at the same trying to grow towards adulthood. Losing your own memory because of age, confusion, mental anguish of selfish children. Is it possible to hope again? 3