ARC Review: The Haunting of Sunshine Girl Paige McKenzie
Haunting of Sunshine Girl
By Paige McKenzie
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 24th 2015 by Weinstein Books
Based on the wildly popular YouTube channel, The Haunting of Sunshine Girl has been described as Gilmore Girls meets Paranormal Activity for the new media age.” YA fans new and old will learn the secrets behind Sunshine the adorkable girl living in a haunted house a story that is much bigger, and runs much deeper, than even the most devoted viewer can imagine
Before I start my review can we take a second and appreciate this gorgeous cover? If The Haunting of Sunshine Girl didn’t have the cover it has, I probably would have skipped right over it on Netgalley. I don’t know what it is about this cover, but it really called out to me.
THOSG follows Sunshine, a 16 year old living in Austin Texas, (Hey, me too!) with her mother Kat. Kat is a nurse and recently accepted a recent promotion in….. Ridgemont Washington. Now, Sunshine is having to uproot her life and leave her BFF Ashley behind and start a new life in the wettest state in the US!
The moment Sunshine gets out of the car, the only way she knows to describe her new home is, Creepy.
I really enjoyed this book. It was a fun quick read that is a bit creepy without totally overdoing it. Anymore creepy and I probably wouldn’t have been able to handle it. Scary things and me don’t mix very well.
HOSG is told is a sort of dual pov book. I say Sort of, because the other point of view only shows up every now and then and the person is a mystery. One that I was TOTALLY not expecting.
I know a friend of mine who also read this and had a problem with Sunshine’s maturity level. I think at 16 she was pretty mature for her age, especially after finding out she has this special ability. AAn ability that to me would seem like a curse. Think, Ghost Whisperer! Sunshine was def a quirky character and totally adorkable!
Another thing I really enjoyed was the relationship between Sunshine and her mom. Without giving anything away, the close relationship they have (Gilmore girl style) makes you connect and sympathize with Sunshine that much more when everything happens. I know that is really vague, but I can’t go into greater detail. But it also goes back to her maturity level. This poor girl has to endure a lot in a short span of time. So if she wants to stomp her foot a time or too, I wont be judging her!
We are also introduced to the cute and nerdy Nolan! His character reminds me a lot of Spencer Reid from Criminal Minds, but younger of course. I like that the author insinuates there could possibly be a romance between the two, but def doesn’t rush anything.
If you enjoyed Goosebumps growing up or Scary Stories: To Tell in the Dark, then I really think you will enjoy The Haunting of Sunshine Girl
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review