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Ther might beWhen Aslaug's mother dies unexpectedly everything changes For Aslaug is a suspect in her mother's death And the her story unravels the uestions unfold About the nature of Aslaug's birth About what she should do next About whether divine miracles have tru. As I sit down to review this book I can t help thinking of Star Trek Okay sure MADAPPLE has nothing to do with Trek But it s human nature to retreat into The Known when traumatized by The Unknown so I make no apologiesThe nature of Christianity faith ie faith in general not just Christian is a key player in the undercurrents of MADAPPLEor so I ve decided since it s a murky post modern exercise of literary fiction therefore subject to scholarly opinions that range from Huh to WTF is this And so as I try to make sense of MADAPPLE I can t help remembering a key moment in Star Trek V Excuse me I d just like to ask a uestion What does God need with a starshipThe starship in MADAPPLE is a girl named AslaugI think Her birth was suspect from the beginningI think Her mother was either a genius or a madwomanI think Her aunt was a preacherI think Her boy cousin was a horndogI think And her girl cousin was loony tunesI think Well okay The girl cousin was insane But as for the rest of it I m not uite sure who was who what was what The chapters alternate in structure half Aslaug half court transcripts and from this springs the herky jerky narrativeThings began well enough Aslaug lives with her mother in near isolation their house is without electricity they eat nothing but local plants herbs Aslaug is homeschooled in multiple languages scientific theories mythology But her mother forbids religion something Aslaug can t understand She also refuses to talk about the missing father another thing Aslaug can t understandSo far so good Even with the dreaded first person present narration I was hooked despite a small voice of warning in the back of my head I decided to read Aslaug s mother passes away uite suddenly leaving her daughter alone in the world She wanders into a small town nearby thereby stumbling into the extended family she didn t know existed an aunt her two kids a son daughter And from here the book spirals rapidly downhill Rather than detail Aslaug s indoctrination into normality which would have been interesting given her strange upbringing we re thrust into a tedious exploration of false Christianity religious fanaticism This is all well good in a comparative religions class or even a nonfiction tome o higher learning but this is YA fiction I have zero interest in entire chapters devoted to infodumping early Christianity I have zero interest in the girl cousin s loopy zealot behavior I have zero interest in Aslaug s confusion over whether she dreamed having sexor was it rape God only knows no pun intendedThat said I congratulate Aslaug on solving the mystery of her birthwithin the last 15 pages The suspense was agonizing Just like a migraine Oh snap I also congratulate Bekka aka useless minor character who is inexplicably a bitch on her vital role in that mysteryalso within the last 15 pages Simple mathematics leave a blank canvas from pg 120 to pg 395 so we observe everyone bumble in the haze of Aslaug s narration helplessly watching as she picks tugs unravels the same topics over over until there s not enough yarn to make a sweater for a teacup poodle Despite so many devices that should have made this book exciting incest secret pregnancy baby swapping drunken preachers it barely held my attention The alternating scenes were just enough to drag me kicking screaming to the finale otherwise I might not be here tonight blessing your world with Trek gifs like this Yeah Pretty much I should probably stop trying to read literary fiction And what does God need with a starship



Ly happened And whether when all other explanations are impossible they might still happen this very dayAddictive thought provoking and shocking Madapple is a page turning exploration of human nature and divine intervention and of the darkest corners of the human sou. It s time to open the curtains let in the sun let these mad apples grow I didn t think it was possible for a book to top the craziness that was Flowers in the Attic At that point I thought we had reached peak craziness But then this book came along and drop kicked me completely in the face with the amount of sheer bat shit insanity that goes onFor as long as she can remember Aslaug Datter has wondered who her father is Her mother Marren always claimed that Aslaug was a virgin birth the next reincarnation of Jesus Raised in isolation her world starts to fall apart when her mother dies and she is subseuently accused of murder After being cleared and running away to family she never knew she had her life takes an even bizarre turn Alternating between the past and present Aslaug comes to realize everything is not as it seems and the reader is left to wonder if everything they read is the truth or fictionI seem to be on a roll this year So far most of the books I have read involve a crazy ass family and family togetherness of the disgusting kind I swear this wasn t planned Part mystery part religious mumbo jumbo part psychedelic nonsense this book kept me intrigued with the crazy plot twists and wondering what actually happened or what I thought it happened This book is an art in the act of interpreting I can honestly say that this book let me with uestions than answers The beginning was done remarkably well but where the novel started to go downhill was when Aslaug meets the long lost relatives What I thought was going to be an answer to the many uestions starting to build only yielded uestions that were not answered For those who like ambiguity to their reads this is fine but I like concrete answers to uestions I am asking And for me I didn t get that One thing I would point out about this book is that if you re a particularly religious person stay as far away from this book as possible because it will offend the shit out of you Aslaug is our possibly mentally insane main character I m a monster to them I see this now A freak Someone outside of their world who will never understand the workings of their world You re the monsters I want to say You re the freaks But I don t believe this She is our only main narrator apart from the courtroom scenes so we don t really get other people s viewpoints as they are happening The beauty of this book is that her narration goes back and forth from the courtroom trial where witnesses and lawyers try to interpret and twist her strange behavior into something entirely new to her perspective where she explains her actions and thoughts the way she sees them This will make sense to the reader and make her sympathetic in their eyes at least in the beginning As the novel progresses she starts to become and unreliable in both her narration and her thoughts It s as if she s trying to convince you she s sane when she clearly is not something that will sharply divide most readers Marren in her mercurial mother who alternately lovehates Aslaug for reasons we don t understand until later She was very unpredictable and cunning but you can see how much she shapes her daughter into her own creation whether Aslaug realizes it or not Marren has this almost inhuman hold on her daughter even in death as if her passing never really frees Aslaug from the insane thoughts that have troubled her all her life Mothers mind was a minefield And the woods were Eden And our house was a prison but a palace too at times it spiraled deep into the earth and deep into the sky depending on Mother s mood I see that now Life was a revolving mystery sometime terrifying sometimes maddening But always provocative Interesting And although its meaning seemed beyond my grasp it never seemed meaningless Sara Saane and Rune are Aslaug s relatives who run a church that isn t a church that made a whole lot of sense Rune was probably the strangest albeit sanest of the bunch but also the biggest douchebag Some of the plot points were completely ridiculous view spoiler such as the double pregnancy scenario between Rune Aslaug and Rebecca plus the ensuing confusing aftermath hide spoiler

Christina Meldrum é 1 REVIEW

THE SECRETS OF the past meet the shocks of the presentAslaug is an unusual young woman Her mother has brought her up in near isolation teaching her about plants and nature and language but not about life Especially not how she came to have her own life and who her fa. Wow When I started Madapple yesterday I had no idea what I was signing up for Had I known what was ahead of me I don t think I would have picked it up You see I expected it to be paranormal although I m not sure why and it wasn t I never expected it to be about child abuse kidnapping drugs and incest but it was I certainly never thought it would delve so deep into the connections between paganism and Christianity Finally I expected it to be forgettable but I doubt I ll forget this for the rest of my life The last book that upset me this much that caused me many sleepless nights was Disgrace by JM Coetzee The difference between Disgrace and Madapple however is that in the end I felt like a better person for having read Disgrace while Madapple left me feelingcontaminated I have the craziest urge to wash my brain with soap Aslaug was raised in complete isolation by her Danish mother She was homeschooled she never saw a doctor in her life nor did she ever have contact with other people her age She never even had a father or a proper last name Her mother taught her ancient and obscure languages but prevented her from finding out most things about modern society Their house in Maine didn t have electricity or running water So when Aslaug woke up one morning to find her mother dead she did the only thing she could think of she washed her painted the Solomon s seal on her chest to ward off evil spirits and started digging a grave in her back yard A nosy neighbor saw what Aslaug was doing and called the police and they uickly came to arrest her for murder Having been proven innocent of her mother s death Aslaug manages to find an aunt and her two children and moves in with them You d think an aunt who is also a preacher and who runs her own church would be stable than an abusive mother but you d be horribly wrong Soon uestions are raised that nobody wants to answer who is Aslaug s father Does she even have one Can she be a product of immaculate conception or is the truth much disturbing At the same time faced with the first teenage boy she s seen in her life Aslaug starts having inappropriate feelings for her cousin and what s worse those feelings are mutual Aslaug s story however disgusting is masterfully told and there is no denying Christina Meldrum s skill It is divided into two alternating parts Aslaug s murky and confusing first person POV and court transcripts from her trial occurring four years later The reader gets to hear about the events from various witnesses in 2007 and then goes back to 2003 to see them through Aslaug s eyes But Aslaug is far from a reliable narrator and as the story progressed I became and convinced that she s lost touch with reality as I m sure the author intended I can t bring myself to recommend a book that made me sick to my stomach The ending especially made me want to cry or throw up or both I m not exaggerating I hated myself for reading certain parts of this But if you ever feel the need to push your boundaries Madapple is the book to do it with Just please spare me the details I think I ve had all I can handleAlso please take my rating with a grain of salt I still have no idea how to rate this bookFor this review and please visit The Nocturnal Library

10 thoughts on “Madapple

  1. says:

    Wow When I started Madapple yesterday I had no idea what I was signing up for Had I known what was ahead of me I don’t think I would have picked it up You see I expected it to be paranormal although I’m not sure why and it wasn’t I never expected it to be about child abuse kidnapping drugs and incest but it was I certainly never thought it would delve so deep into the connections between paganism and Christianit

  2. says:

    i fully intended to like this than i did because my four here should be interpreted as three and a half with four

  3. says:

    Apart from a few annoyingly unanswered uestions this book was simply fantastic I had been misinformed about Madapple and believed it to be a

  4. says:

    Madapple is definitely a fascinating and unconventional story Part courtroom drama part a dream like narration of a sheltered and maybe delusional girl it's certainly a book unlike anything I've read before Reading some of the book's reviews I've noticed how hard it is to give an idea what this book is about In a few words the story comes down to this Aslaug is on trial for the murder of her mother aunt and cousin As th

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    Reviewed by Harmony for TeensReadToocomI finished reading MADAPPLE last night and for the first time ever I sat staring at the book in shock For fifteen minutes I was ready to laugh to cry and to scream in frustration Never before have I read

  6. says:

    As I sit down to review this book I can't help thinking of Star Trek Okay sure MADAPPLE has nothing to do with Tr

  7. says:

    It's time to open the curtains let in the sun let these mad apples grow I didn’t think it was possible for a book to top the craziness that was Flowers in the Attic At that point I thought we had reached peak c

  8. says:

    This book tells the story of a girl Aslaug and at the same time you have a trial regarding her So you can see b

  9. says:

    I knew this was going to be dark but I wasn't expecting this Aslaug's story is dark twisted confusing sad and frustrating but through all of it I was stuck I wanted no needed to know how it would all turn out Is this YA? I think not She's young but her story takes things to a whole other level I wouldn't recommend this to anyone anyone expecting a typical YA dark romance Unless they want to think Unless they w

  10. says:

    I want to see YA novels like Madapple YA novels that don't pander to their younger audience and treat them like sugar crazed idiots who want nothing but bad boys to imagine themselves dry humping with Unfortunately the general population does not agree with as seen by the 336 average on this book and the general lack of buzz surrounding it So I took the pleasure of riding down review alley and discovered that one of the main pr