Book Review: The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie & Alyssa Sheinmel

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Dear Bookworms,

While not one of my favorite reads this year- this one was entertaining enough.

What is this book about?

Sunshine Griffith and her mother Kat have just moved from Texas to Portland shortly after her 16th birthday after an exciting job opportunity presented itself for her mother.

Since day one in her new rental, Sunshine has encountered strange happenings. Items in her room (an awful color of pink by the way) moved around, the patter of footsteps upstairs when there shouldn’t be, and giggling from what sounds like a small child.

Kat, nurse and non believer in ghosts chalks it up to an overactive imagination but Sunshine is certain there is something in the house.

Not long after moving in, Kat starts behaving strangely. Her once easygoing and pleasant demeanor becomes rough and snappy. As Sunshine gradually looses her once tight knit relationship with her mother, she discovers shocking and frightening things about herself, her heritage, and what it all entails for the future.

With the help of her new friend Nolan, Sunshine must determine what is going on in her house, and how to stop it, before her mother is lost to her forever.

The verdict

While not an entirely thought provoking or unpredictable read, I would still say this one is entertaining.

I enjoyed learning about Sunshines background in real time with her and (no spoilers!) found that whole aspect of the read interesting, although somewhat lacking in depth.

I would have liked a more smooth transition of how Sunshine figured things out about her past and her “abilities”- much of it came too easily and forced but it was something I could gloss over easily enough.

I didn’t realize this is part of a trilogy, and while the first book does leave the reader with unanswered questions, I feel like with the predictability of the narrative, I am pretty sure I know how it will end and therefor am not really too inclined to continue on with the story.

More geared towards middle grade and highschool- this may hit the mark a little better as far as a target audience, which was maybe why it did’t engage me in quite the way I was hoping?

Until next week!


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