Publisher: Orion Children’s Books (5 Jun. 2014)
Format: Hardcover (272 pages)
Source: Borrowed from friend
Oscar is the perfect boy that everyone loves. He is kind and friendly- he also makes the best apple tarts. Nothing in the whole world could turn Oscar`s heart into something ugly because of how genuine and positive he is. But when he goes missing it looks that the inevitable can happen. The story unfolds what made Oscar go missing and the journey of his best friend Meg who goes onto trying to find him.
This novel was not what I was expecting, it was so much more! It is a love and growing up story at the heart of it but it contained some life quotations that everyone can learn from. I kept on wanting to turn a page and read on.
“One thing I’ve learned about peace is that not all of it is good. Peace can be fragile and peace can be ugly and peace can be wrong. Peace built on lies is no peace at all.”
I really enjoyed the flashbacks, they were done really well, and I enjoyed the idea of someone making apple tarts. It certainly made me want to start backing apple tarts. The apple tarts however wasn`t just there for no purpose, the apple tarts symbolise hope.
The concept of the book was also a great idea and it`s something new I would say. Normally when someone goes missing in a book the characters just find the missing character without nothing significant happening but in this book the characters are learning something new about themselves and each other.
My least favourite character would have to be Paloma because she is just so evil and cunning. She is possibly the antagonist. Although it was obvious from the beginning that she was going to be the baddie so my criticism would be to make Paloma being bad less obvious so that it could be like a mystery.
Overall I really enjoyed this book and it would have to be my go to coming-of-age book. I recommend this book for anyone because it is just so nice and lifting to read. I rate this book ★★★★★