Monday, November 29, 2021

VBT# The Apology Box - Naomi Ulstead

The Apology Box

VBT# The Apology Box - Naomi Ulsted - December 2021

I wasn't sure what to expect with this book but as I got into it, I found myself loving it and feeling empathy towards the main character Tessa who sadly was the one in the wrong place at the wrong time and her actions were of someone who was trying to fit in and then one wrong choice made her an outcast. The Apology Box tells the story of Tessa who is 16-17 years old, she and her mum has just moved to a small town and Tessa is trying to fit in and makes a couple of new friends. One day, they decide to ditch school and go to the forest, where the boys have Beer and Fireworks. Tessa gets handed a live firework and, on a reflex, she chucks it and next thing - the whole forest is on fire. As the other families are known around town, the kids get a slap on the wrist and move along. Tessa though has all the blame put on her and she ends up having to serve community service and writing 227 apology letters to those who were affected by the fire. In doing so, Tessa gets community service at an old people's home and meets a handsome mechanic who doesn't judge her and learns that just because you make one bad mistake in your life, you don't need it to define who you are and there is light at the end of the tunnel. I liked the way this author wrote the character of Tessa as you could see she wasn't a bad person but just misunderstood and judged by a single choice. The Apology box by Naomi Ulsted was a good read and a book that shows the dangers of peer pressure and trying to fit in.

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