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So working class Northern life consists of McDonalds, cheap fags, underage sex, booze and drugs. Nothing we didn't already assume. Disappointing considering the reviews, though the endorsement from Irvine Welsh should have been a clue. Redeemed in part by the OCD character of Adam who is genuinely funny & likeable. ( )
  marek2010 | Oct 1, 2012 |
Of course I hate Richard Milward. I mean, let's get that out of the way right now. He's young, cool, good-looking and a twice-published novelist with rave reviews. What's not to hate? But give him his due: dude can write.

Apples, Milward's debut novel (first published in 2007) tells the story of two Middlesbrough teenagers, Adam and Eve, and their non-love story. Adam is an OCD geek who has to close the door ten times before leaving the house, gets caught masturbating to his Dad's porno mags and obsesses over Beatles albums (a very teenage thing to do). Eve is a mouthy pretty-girl with a body for sin and a head for getting mortalled whose mum has just been diagnosed with cancer. She has no idea what she wants out of life, but like so many girls her age she thinks she could well end up a super-model.

As is the law for every coming of age novel written since the 50s, Apples has been compared to Catcher In The Rye ("...meets the Arctic Monkeys", said The Times) though personally I found it closer to a British Less Than Zero. There's far more Bret Easton Ellis to Milward's writing than there is Salinger, along with lashings of his hero Irving Welsh (he names Trainspotting as the book that inspired him to write).

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  rolhirst | Feb 7, 2012 |
I stumbled across this novel by accident and was drawn to the great cover. I was pleasantly surprised! This is probably my favourite YA novel, I found its raw style very intriguing. The love story between the main protagonists Adam and Eve is realistic, if somewhat depressing. I think most teenagers can relate to this more easily than to Romeo and Juliet, but I can also imagine lots of people would be repelled by the dreary setting and its unadorned description. ( )
  kritikarr | Aug 31, 2010 |
I found this book to be a little hard to follow, and very strange. No real closure at the end, just a bunch of crazy people spiraling out of control like how the story started off. ( )
  Jadesbooks | Jan 25, 2009 |
The characters are all quite unlikable, and its really quite a depressing book. Some of it feels like it captures the way teenagers talk and think quite well, but in other bits I just found it a bit tedious to read. ( )
  AlisonSakai | Nov 9, 2008 |
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As a distraction from sleazy male admirers, spiteful classmates and her mother's cancer, Eve's eyes are opened to a multicolour life of one-night stands, drug-fuelled discos and endless varieties of cheap plonk. She barely has time to notice Adam. Adam, however, notices Eve.… (more)

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