Thursday, July 21, 2016

Sunny Side Up

24612600Goodreads Says:    Sunny Lewin has been packed off to Florida to live with her grandfather for the summer.  At first she thought Florida might be fun -- it is the home of Disney World, after all.  But the place where Gramps lives is no amusement park.  It’s full of . . . old people.  Really old people.
Luckily, Sunny isn’t the only kid around.  She meets Buzz, a boy who is completely obsessed with comic books, and soon they’re having adventures of their own: facing off against golfball-eating alligators, runaway cats, and mysteriously disappearing neighbors.  But the question remains -- why is Sunny down in Florida in the first place?  The answer lies in a family secret that won’t be secret to Sunny much longer. . .

My Thoughts:

-    I was pleasantly surprised by this book! It was wonderful, and I really needed a good book. I've given 2 stars to the last three books I've read, so I'm glad I finally found a good one!

-    I thought this book was going to be a fluff book about a girl and her summer adventures, but it was so much more! 

-    Sunny's family is struggling, and I loved how Sunny's story was told through flashbacks. I really wanted to find out more about her brother and what happened to Sunny that made her parents send her to live with her Grandpa for the summer. I really felt sorry for Sunny and her family. Having a family member with addiction is never fun, and I know from first hand experience how hard it is on everyone.

-    I loved all the comic book references! Great stuff! 

-    I'm glad Sunny had a kid her age to hang out with. 

-    The illustrations were very cartoony and fun. 

-    I really warmed up to Sunny's grandpa by the end of the book. At first he seemed like a stereotypical grumpy old man, but he has a kind heart and genuinely cared for Sunny and her family.

-    The ending was great! I loved that Sunny's summer wasn't a total bust. She had fun and made good memories. I also loved the message of hope at the end.

-    I'm really impressed that this book for younger audiences touches on a hard concept, and it handles the addiction problem in a very real and tasteful way. Well done!

1 comment:

  1. I'm glad you finally enjoyed a book. I was starting to worry.