Title: The Haunting of Sunshine Girl
Author: Paige McKenzie
Rating: 3/5 Stars
Age Group: Middle School and above
Synopsis: “Shortly after her sixteenth birthday, Sunshine Griffith and her mother Kat move from sunny Austin, Texas, to the rain-drenched town of Ridgemont, Washington. Though Sunshine is adopted, she and her mother have always been close, sharing a special bond filled with laughter and inside jokes. But from the moment they arrive, Sunshine feels her world darken with an eeriness she cannot place. And even if Kat doesn’t recognize it, Sunshine knows that something about their new house is just … creepy. In the days that follow, things only get stranger. Sunshine is followed around the house by an icy breeze, phantom wind slams her bedroom door shut, and eventually, the laughter Sunshine hears on her first night evolves into sobs. She can hardly believe it, but as the spirits haunting her house become more frightening-and it becomes clear that Kat is in danger-Sunshine must accept what she is, pass the test before her, and save her mother from a fate worse than death”(Amazon.com).
I better start off this post by admitting that I haven’t seen the web series that this book is based on. I remember watching a few of the videos once, but I didn’t really get into it and that’s why I thought I would try out the book. Things are often better to me in book form (even if this was written after the series and not the other way around). Similarly to what I remember from the web series itself, it didn’t start out very gripping plot wise. This could actually be a comment on how well it stuck to the original story, though, so it wasn’t necessarily a bad thing.
I am certainly somewhat known by my friends as someone who stops reading when I lose interest in a story. Yet, despite the slow start, I was kept interested by the fascinating main character and her relationship with her mother. At first I thought it was a cool little coincidence that we had some similarities, but as the book progressed I was completely shocked at how much this character was like me in the way she acted towards people and in her interests (she wasn’t a blogger or anything–that would’ve been too much!). Still, it was such an interesting experience to read something with a character like that, because I’ve never related so much to a character before. I also really thought it was interesting to see how the characters’ relationships developed (though I can’t quite explain how due to intense spoilers).
I really enjoyed the characters in this book, but paranormal books have never been my thing and that’s why I gave it three stars. If I were to talk about this without that bias though, I would say that it had a super crazy climax that fans of horror and supernatural novels would definitely enjoy. Also, if you liked the web series, then I would check it out for sure since it seemed to fit with that original story from what little I know of it.