The astonishing new novel from the incomparable, multi-award-winning and Laureate, Sarah Crossan.

I am not who I say I am,
and Marla isn't who she thinks she is.

I am a girl trying to forget.
She is a woman trying to remember.

Allison has run away from home, and with nowhere to live, finds herself hiding out in the shed of what she thinks is an abandoned house. But the house isn't empty. An elderly woman named Marla, with dementia, lives there – and she mistakes Allison for an old friend from her past called Toffee.

Allison is used to hiding who she really is, and trying to be what other people want her to be. And so, Toffee is who she becomes. After all, it means she has a place to stay. There are worse places she could be.

But as their bond grows, and Allison discovers how much Marla needs a real friend, she begins to ask herself - where is home? What is a family? And most importantly, who am I, really?

Edition Language:English
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    Toffee Reviews

  • C.G. Drews

    I've read a few Crossan novels, but I Think this is my favourite. Because e m o t i o n s alright?! It's about hurt people and how abuse makes you feel so small, and I have such a soft spot in my hea...

  • Lou

    This was such an original book and due to that, it was right up my street. It's a unique read which uses a poetic format and structure to tell the profoundly moving story of Allison and Marla whose pa...

  • Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)

    A powerful novel in verse that really made me think. I sat back and did nothing but contemplate just how difficult can be sometimes and reading Toffee made me seriously realise it!A young girl called ...

  • Emma

    3.5/5 StarsThis book tackles some serious issues using a poetic formal, the one I got to know and expect from Sarah Crossan's books. The main character, Allison, has just escaped an abusive home and f...

  • Kelly (Diva Booknerd)

    Allison Daniels is searching for a place to stay, discovering what she believes is a vacant outbuilding on an abandoned property to rest her weary body. Compelled to find her former stepmother and the...

  • MariaWitBook

    Such a beautiful beautiful way of storytelling! This will be definitely one of my favourite books ever! Would love to see a illustrated edition. Thank you for such a beautiful book....

  • El

    I wasn’t going to read this book but then I saw it in the library & thought ‘why not?’*story of my life*Honestly, how could I ever have even considered not reading a Sarah Crossan?! I just love ...

  • Brooklyn Tayla

    I picked this up on a whim when I was at my local Dymocks bookstore, after seeing it float around on bookstagram and being intrigued by the Sypnosis! Aside from that, though, I didn’t know what to e...

  • Kayleigh

    Toffee is a beautifully written book and the fact that it’s written in verse makes it even more captivating. The poetry style of this book doesn’t at all take away from the story. Allison and Marl...

  • Bridget

    Wow, what a start. So keen to read the rest of the book. Will definitely buy it for my students. I’ll buy anything by Sarah Crossan and I have a boys school library, she is always a hit. Can’t wai...