The Haunting of Sunshine Girl is a YA supernatural novel by Paige McKinnon. The Awakening of Sunshine Girl is it's follow-up sequel, recently released this year.
Sunshine has lived in sunny climates with her mother up until her sixteenth birthday, but now it is off to rainy, dreary Washington state. Her mom has a new job in a small little town. They move into a rather... creepy... house. She's trying to make the best of it.
But things are seriously weird.
It seems a cold breeze follows her throughout the house causing doors to slam. And she hears an eerie laughter that turns to sobs. She *knows* she is hearing it.
And where initially her mom was skeptical but noticing some things... now she is completely oblivious to supernatural acts occurring right in front of her. Clearly she needs to figure out what is going on...
Before it's too late.
Okay. That synopsis was weak. Let's all agree to this.
It was token. And the problem is... so was the book. I got 100 pages into the story and was trying very hard to get into it. Every author deserved an audience and this one will have it! It has glowing reviews and clearly quite a few readers enjoy it.
For me - Sunshine was very typical. She was clearly meant to relate to the normal YA girl audience. A little awkward around boys, nice, smart and a major book lover that quotes classics.
The move to the small town and a haunted house... it just all felt very cliche. I couldn't make it past the first 100 pages and therefore also didn't read the sequel.
I feel bad to say that - and like I said, many readers will love it.
However, in my position of reading so many books over the years - I could not devote time to reading longer into something that felt all too familiar.