Christina Meldrum
March 12, 2019 Comments.. 948
Madapple THE SECRETS OF the past meet the shocks of the present Aslaug 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

  • Title: Madapple
  • Author: Christina Meldrum
  • ISBN: 9780375951763
  • Page: 155
  • Format: Hardcover
  • THE SECRETS OF the past meet the shocks of the present.Aslaug 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 father might be.When Aslaug s mother dies unexpectedly, everything changes For Aslaug is a suspect in heTHE SECRETS OF the past meet the shocks of the present.Aslaug 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 father might be.When Aslaug s mother dies unexpectedly, everything changes For Aslaug is a suspect in her mother s death And the her story unravels, the questions unfold About the nature of Aslaug s birth About what she should do next About whether divine miracles have truly happened And whether, when all other explanations are impossible, they might still happen this very day.Addictive, thought provoking, and shocking, Madapple is a page turning exploration of human nature and divine intervention and of the darkest corners of the human soul.From the Hardcover edition.

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    1 Blog on “Madapple

    1. Maja (The Nocturnal Library) 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 Christianity. Finally, I expected it to be forgettable, but I doubt I’ll f [...]

    2. karen says:

      i fully intended to like this more than i did. because my four here should be interpreted as three-and-a-half with four-star potential. the things i liked:structure. i love books like this, with a dual narrative approaching each other like tiny trains. the present-day storyline running along and getting interrupted by the four-years future courtroom transcripts and you are like "wooooah - how did we ever get to this point??"religion/mythology. loved this. so few YA novels these days deal with th [...]

    3. Emily May says:

      Apart from a few annoyingly unanswered questions, this book was simply fantastic. I had been misinformed about Madapple and believed it to be a book mostly about teen pregnancy, but though the book does contain this, it is actually about much more exciting stuff. It's realistic fiction and yet there's this beauty to the writing that makes it read like a fantasy - a modern day United States setting that still manages to seem completely out of this world.I'm disappointed that more people don't lov [...]

    4. Tatiana 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 the trial progresses, more and more people are called to testify. [...]

    5. Jennifer Wardrip says:

      Reviewed by Harmony for TeensReadTooI 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 a book that left me feeling that way after finishing it. Sure, there have been books where I've laughed, cried, and been frustrated at different points as I read it (HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS comes to mind) -- but to experience them all at on [...]

    6. Sarah Mac 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 Trek. But it's human nature to retreat into The Known when traumatized by The Unknown, so I make no apologies.The nature of Christianity & faith (i.e. 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 [...]

    7. Katherine 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 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 on.For 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 [...]

    8. Erika 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 both ends, how the trial is going, what the counsels and witnesses have to say, and also the real story of what happened told from Aslaug’s point of view.Aslaug’s birth was a mystery to her mother, Maren. She claimed she was a virgin and got pregnant, so it was some kind of a miracle thing. She believed something special was going to come out of this, maybe a new Jesus or somethin [...]

    9. Isamlq 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 want to be confused. Unless they want one hell of a story. It had me si [...]

    10. Cory says:

      I want to see more 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 3.36 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 pros/cons for and against Madapple (besides it being somewh [...]

    11. Heather says:

      The plot of this book was unusual, but slightly unrealistic. The main character lives in seclusion with her mother. She doesn't know anything about the outside world and a good bit about science. While the home schooled seclusion was odd but not too weird, I found myself wondering how her mother, a teen herself when she was pregnant, knew all that stuff about plants and other things. I did find the interactions with the mother the most interesting part of the book. But then the mother dies and t [...]

    12. Lisa says:

      There's a more perfect way to describe this book, but for politeness sake, I'll just say that this book is "messed up". It's crazy. What are some of the elements that go into this book? Well, let's start with suspicious virgin births, not just one, but two. Then there's incest, rape, poisionous plants foraged from the backyard woods, kidnapping, arson, and suitcases full of cash. The narration is creepy. Aslaug, the main character, is creepy too. Actually every single character in the book is re [...]

    13. Li Seagull says:

      No, I'm serious. What the actual fuck?I don't even know what to say in this review. I'll probably come back and write a proper one, too, butwhat the fuck.Incest, fanatical religious people, incest, and fucked up plants.What the fuck. What the fuckrangely enough, I found the moral questions that this book edged the reader towards deep, probing, ande. I did like this book, I promise. wtf tho

    14. Cornmaven says:

      I was very disappointed with this book,and it got two stars not because the writing was bad, but because it was way too weird and jumbled in its thought process and unfolding of the tale. Plus, it got great, starred reviews and is marketed to young adults, but I really don't think too many teenagers would be able to plod through it, understand the points, and like it. A lot of the time I couldn't figure out the author's point/purpose for spending enormous amounts of words and space on certain th [...]

    15. Kandice says:

      Move over Martha Stewart and make way for Madapple!I enjoy reading books about home economics. From crafting to cleaning, I’m a sucker for domestic life! As often as I dream of being June Cleaver or Bree Van de Kamp and living in a clean and organized home, I lack enthusiasm in the process of getting there. I have a toddler, so when I clean, I’m cleaning the mess that I just cleaned up 2 hours before. Until recently (don’t get your hopes up, our house is a work in progress)…I made a deal [...]

    16. CD says:

      OK. I'm going to admit upfront that this book is confusing as all get out. When I read the reviews and the book jacket, I thought the book was a fantasy book. Girl raised by crazy loner mother is left an orphan and must survive a brutal world and battle good and evil. Seriously. I really thought we were talking fantasy series. IT'S NOT.It is set in the present day, but written in such a dreamy language to give you the impression of otherworldliness. The conceit of botany (madapple being a key pl [...]

    17. Wendy says:

      A disappointing read for me; it came so highly recommended. I was caught up briefly in the beginning, but soon started to think that this was maybe not so different from typical vaguely exploitative (but enjoyable) popular adult fiction--Oprah books, like White Oleander and Midwives. Then it started to get increasingly dry and repetitive; I lost any connection I'd had with the protagonist. I felt like I could see where the story was going, and I wanted to get on with it. I wish authors would und [...]

    18. Misty says:

      Let me start by saying that in some weird way, this book blew me away.Madapple is the story of Aslaug Hellig, a bright girl who was raised in near isolation by her genius -- but disturbed -- mother. When Aslaug's mother dies, Aslaug goes to the only place she can remember her mother having taken her. The place, it turns out, is a former monastery-turned-church, run by an aunt she never knew she had. Aslaug moves into the church with her aunt Sara and her children, Sanne and Rune, and gets caught [...]

    19. Chichipio says:

      This book is very difficult to review. I read it a few weeks ago but I felt I needed a little time to process it before being able to say what I thought about it with any semblance of order. Still, I'm not sure how clear I can be, so cut me some slack if I start rambling.Let's get the most important idea out of the way so at least you know if I would recommend it or not. Here we go: It's weird and I loved most of it but the ending was a bit of a letdown given the overall feeling of the story. Th [...]

    20. Emma Michaels says:

      Wow. Just Wow. This novel caught me off guard. I didn't expect to like it or get pulled into it. Once I started reading though, it was fantastic. Absolutely spectacular writing and I just couldn't put it down. It was fascinating and horrifying at the same time but in its core I think what got to me the most if just how human it is. the characters are so real you can feel their hearts beating. You want to cry with them and above all even though they are going through something that maybe most peo [...]

    21. Morgan F says:

      The thing that originally attracted me to this book was the cover. Look at it! So dark and mysteriousd the description only added to the appeal. It seemed like an intriguing read.And it was, but not exactly what I was expecting. From the way it sounded, I thought it would be further back in time, and possibly with some magic involved. Instead what I got was botany, incest, religion, philosophy, murder, and mythology. This story was very complex, with too parallel story lines really, Aslaug's lif [...]

    22. Megan says:

      Hmmmmis book was recommended to me by a friend who loved this book and who's recommended great books before. This one I couldn't really get into. It was all over the place - death, abandonement, isolation, botany, poisoning, incest, rape (?), virgin births, murder. All these themes were touched upon but in a very muddied way. It all came together in the end but I found it creepy and weird and not in a good way. This is what I think of as a "special" book - it will have very limited appeal with t [...]

    23. April says:

      Madapple alternates between the narration of Aslaug, the protagonist and a court trial. Aslaug is on trial for the murder of her aunt and cousin. This book blends religion, science, mythology and botany. Read the rest of my review here

    24. Megan says:

      Madapple started out as an amazing book. From the beginning it immerses the reader in a world of religion, horticulture, science and myths. Teenage Aslaug is an eccentric, sheltered and possibly mentally unstable girl. At first it is unclear whether her magic is real or not. It is also unclear whether Aslaug’s point of view is altered due to her own imbalances, or the circumstances around her. Christina Meldrum created a dreamy, mystical world through Aslaug’s eyes. In addition, every other [...]

    25. Liz Weasleyhead says:

      Obwohl ich "Bittere Wunder" jetzt schon einige Tage beendet habe, geht mir dieses Buch inklusive Charaktere nicht aus dem Kopf :)das Buch ist wohl einer der außergewöhnlichsten Bücher, die ich bisher gelesen habe :)Der Einstieg war durch die vielen Details der Pflanzenkunde etwas schwierig aber irgendwann kam der Punkt an dem ich nicht mehr aufhören konnte zulesen :)Allerdings würde ich dieses Buch keinesfalls als Jugendbuch bezeichnen, da es sich teilweise einfach mit sehr extremen Themen [...]

    26. Miriam says:

      A book about how completely screwed up and out of touch with reality people can be without anyone noticing or helping them. With expositions of the properties of the flora of Maine.

    27. Emma says:

      The theory that there are no original ideas, that everything has been done before, has been bandied around a lot in relation to mediocre pop music and, more relevant here perhaps, in terms of newly published books. Although I can point out my fair share of movie remakes and rip-off book plots, I generally hold with those who disagree and think that there is still a bit of originality out there. After finishing "Madapple" by Christina Meldrum (due out in May 2008 from Knopf) I think that's even m [...]

    28. Sam says:

      Have you ever read a book where the happy ending is that the cousin/nephew *is* the father of the child? I have!The cover of Madapple looks very intriguing but the contents are messy overkill. After finishing this book, I'm having a very hard time seeing where the rave reviews come from. Aslaug has spent her early life isolated with her sick mother who is so off-balance that she even tacks sheets over the windows to keep the light out. When she wakes to find her mother dead, an attempt to give h [...]

    29. Cassi aka Snow White Haggard says:

      I'm glad I listened to Madapple. However I'm not sure if I can say I actually liked it. It's a disturbing read about a girl named Aslaug who's sequestered away from the world by an overprotective mother. Because of her isolation, Aslaug both loves and hates her mother, which skews her understanding of family and love for the whole book. When her mother unexpectedly dies, Aslaug has to face a world she does not understand and is not prepared for.This book asks a lot of questions without ever answ [...]

    30. Arminzerella says:

      When we meet Aslaug, she is on trial for the murders of her mother, her aunt, and her cousin. As her trial proceeds, the story of her life unfolds. Aslaug never knew her father and she was raised in isolation by her mother, who taught her ancient languages and the uses of plants and herbs. When her mother dies suddenly, Aslaug tries to bury her body in the backyard. A concerned neighbor calls the police, and Aslaug runs away. She discovers her relatives in nearby Bethan (a place she’s only bee [...]

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