All the Bad Apples by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

All the Bad Apples

The day after the funeral all our mourning clothes hung out on the line like sleeping bats. 'This will be really embarrassing,' I kept saying to my family, 'when she shows up at the door in a week or two.'When Deena's wild and mysterious sister Mandy disappears - presumed dead - her family are heartbroken. But Mandy has always been troubled. It's just another bad thing to happen to Deena's family. Only Deena refuses to believe it's true.And then ...

Details All the Bad Apples

TitleAll the Bad Apples
Release DateAug 27th, 2019
PublisherKathy Dawson Books
GenreYoung Adult, Mystery, Contemporary, Magical Realism

Reviews All the Bad Apples

  • C.G. Drews
    I'm sitting here just trying to...gather myself after this incredibly hard-hitting powerful story. This was deeply, deeply moving. Like I was nearly choking on rage tears at the end there (inwardly) because it's so deeply about feminism, about the history of abuse and cruelty and discrimination that queer people and women have suffered forever. I'm serious...I was so gobsmacked. This book WENT for it. And holy shit, it nailed the topic.// this is...
  • Julie Zantopoulos
    Such an impactful story with messages and writing that are both...haunting. Full review to come. *ARC received at ALA*
  • Hollis
    This is what a curse does : It takes a truth and twists it. It punishes those who don't conform.ALL THE BAD APPLES is, to quote the author, a story that "was, in part, fueled by rage." I don’t want to veer away from the specific history she's shed light on but for anyone who has looked around, confused and shocked and angry, about some of the abortion bills trying to be passed in the US? You’ll want to read this book. Because Ireland had been...
  • Acqua
    All the Bad Apples has everything you should expect from a Moïra Fowley-Doyle novel: beautiful atmosphere, blurred lines between the magical and the ordinary, and queer characters. At the same time, it's so much darker and angrier than usual.This felt like the bookish equivalent of a scream.You might think this is a story about a lesbian who has a very traditional catholic father and who is grappling with the consequences of her older sister's d...
  • J.A. Ironside
    ARC provided via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest reviewI fucking love this book. It's easily one of my favourite reads of 2019. All the Bad Apples follows Deena, who undertakes a quest to find her missing older sister when she vanishes on her seventeenth birthday - apparently in response to the Rys family curse. The curse falls on the 'bad apples' of the family. Those who cannot be 'nice, normal girls'. The ones who have sex outside of marria...
  • c,
    (3.5)disappointed @ how this book used the d-slur (and not in a good way) to refer to the mc before using the word lesbian and she never referred to herself as a lesbian like........please can u just have ur LESBIAN mc use the word lesbian once i begRep: lesbian mc, biracial (black) bisexual side character, wlw li
  • Samantha (WLABB)
    Rating: 4.5 StarsThe Rhys women were cursed, and upon their 17th birthday, all the bad apples fell from the family tree.“You’d know them a mile away. The ones who don’t look like the others, don’t act like the others. The ones who don’t conform, don’t follow the rules . . .The ones who dress differently, love differently, think differently.”However, Mandy was determine to break the curse, and while tracing the family's history, she ...
  • Justine
    Originally posted to I Should Read ThatI received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is a spoiler-free review.I absolutely loved Spellbook of the Lost and Found when I read it back in 2017. Ever since then, I’ve been a big fan of Doyle’s fantastic, dream-like writing. All the Bad Apples was a hugely anticipated book for me, and I’m so pleased to say that I loved it even more than I could have hoped.What I love about ...
  • Mila
    I quite enjoyed the Irish setting of the story, the writing was lovely and descriptive enough and a diverse cast of characters was obviously a plus. The plot, however, relied a lot on stories about the past and it got repetitive quite soon while also interfering with the development of characters in the present time. So I enjoyed this novel but I wish it went into a different direction in some places.A big thank you to the publisher and the Edelw...
  • Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
    TRIGGER WARNING: A grandfather drugs, rapes and impregnates his teenage granddaughter. It is not graphically described but it does occurI tend to come out of every Moira Fowley-Doyle book angry but they're always just so damn good. This is a pro-choice and pro-access book. Let's just get that out there. If you're someone who goes full "even in rape, abortion shouldn't be given because it's a gift from God" person, this is not a damn book for you....
  • Krystle Doria
    I received a physical ARC of this book from bookcon, and I would love to personally thank the girl who recommended it me because I ABSOLUTELY loved this story!!! It is such an important read for women today. All The Bad Apples is also based on true events that sparked the author to write it. It’s so raw and so real, but also has supernatural/ magical aspects to it. The lore of the “banshees” was so interesting and so original. I fell in lov...
  • Emily (emilykatereads)
    "This is what a curse does: It takes a truth and twists it. It punishes those who don't conform. It sets the parameters of conformity so narrow that few can actually stick to them."This book is so heartbreakingly beautiful. Told in stories between the past and the present, we follow a family history that involves a curse on its women. The female bad apples of the family are cursed, and knocked off the family tree when they turn seventeen. It's a ...
  • Lamees
    I adored Doyle's descriptions and characterisation. Such an interesting story with incredible messages behind it. I loved the setting and I adored every character (maybe apart from finn) I got easily invested which was great. Only problem is that I predicted one of the main plottwists from the end of chapter 1 :o. But that was just a lucky fluke since I stopped thinking I was right when they actually filled that hole with another character. The t...
  • Manon the Malicious
    I was provided an ARC by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.I don't have words. This was gold. If you haven't read it, you should do it now. It's honestly one of the very best books I've read so far this year, if not the best one.And the two gorgeous covers only help magnify just how excellent this book is.Moïra's writing is not only incredibly beautiful, it's powerful as hell. I can't wait to read her other books. I do...
  • Rachel
    There are stories that just grip you and crush you into tiny little pieces. All the Bad Apples was one of those stories for me.All the Bad Apples is a force of its own. Combining contemporary and magical realism, its story weaves together intergenerational stories of the women of the Rys family – a long history deeply rooted and intertwined with Ireland’s own unspoken history of Catholic fundamentalism, discrimination, and institutional abuse...
  • Marianne
    I started this book with no expectations whatsoever. And while it wasn't 100% perfect (some parts felt a bit all over the place) it was really great. Some twists were really predictable but i was hooked nonetheless. All the bad apples tells the story of Deena, a seventeen-year old girl with an odd family: her mother died when she was still a baby, her father did not raise her but left her in the care of her sister Rachel that is twice her age, wh...
  • Kim Dyer
    Trigger warning: Rape, violence against women, child abuse, homophobia, sexual language, slut shaming.All the Bad Apples is not an easy novel to read, but it is an incredibly important one. The novel sets itself up as a whimsical tale - a grieving teenager's mission to prove that her sister is not dead by investigating a supposed curse on her family - but it is ultimately so much more than that. It is a dive into the dark heart of Ireland's histo...
  • Kathy
    All the Bad Apples checks all my boxes: a road trip to uncover family secrets, a spotlight on women, ancient magic bleeding into the modern, and the use of past tense in a contemporary(ish) YA. It's also the closest thing to Kali Wallace's The Memory Trees I've read in the past two years, and I can't tell you how giddy that makes me.Let's get this out of the way first: the prose alone makes me want to read everything F owley-Doyle has written and...
  • Cassie
    Once again, Moïra Fowley-Doyle has created a beautiful atmospheric story filled with magic, mystery, and familial curses. All the Bad Apples includes twists and turns that are traced through letters, which provide details of the main character’s family history. A history sprinkled with cursed family members, also known as the bad apples. The letters include clues on how to break the curse placed on the family’s bad apples, but more important...
  • Medb
    Oh my Goodness this book is freaking incredible! Moïra has taken fact and run with it so much so it's as if her wonderful characters are real and not just fiction. There's no words to describe how I feel about this book but I will say that this is a book that EVERYONE needs to read as it is an important piece of work talking about our history. I can not wait to go to the launch on Tuesday! Please read this book you wouldn't regret it!
  • Sophie Lupin
    This book is phenomenal and I cannot put into words how much it means to see these stories told ♥ This book is phenomenal and I cannot put into words how much it means to see these stories told ♥️
  • Kelly Gilbert
    What a lovely, sad, and important book!
  • Shreya
    I stayed up until 3am reading. I lost track of time from the minute I started. All the Bad Apples is a magical book full of family, feminism, and history. I learned so many hidden things as I fell in love with Deena and her family. Fowley-Doyle has, once again, healed my heart. Blog Tour post with accompanying review will be up on August 24.
  • Megan
    A story of Irish women and queer folk possibly cursed by banshees (but definitely cursed by the Catholic church and the cis-gendered heteropatriarchy). Although the women in the story are fictional, the Magdalene laundries, mother-and-baby homes, rape, incest, forced pregnancies, bigotry and stigma they experience are all very, very real (see the detailed Author’s note with dates, statistics, and references). In spite of the horrifying things I...
  • adam
    yes it's 3am idc.
  • Joanne
    Rep: Lesbian protagonist. Biracial (Black and white), bisexual secondary character. Lesbian secondary character. In the stories of ancestors, there's a bisexual character and a lesbian character, though no labels are used. Two f/f relationships, one just at the very beginning of a relationship.Trigger and warnings under the spoiler, because they're long.(view spoiler)[Trigger/Content Warnings: This book features sex shaming, pregnancy, unwanted p...
  • Leelynn (Sometimes Leelynn Reads) ❤
    See the full blog post complete with a playlist and dreamcast and a way nicer setup on my blog Sometimes Leelynn ReadsDisclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Netgalley, Fantastic Flying Book Club, and Penguin for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication.Content Warnings: Adultery, Impli...
  • Jade
    This book!!! I am beyond excited