Review: The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

hauntingTitle: The Haunting of Sunshine Girl

Author: Paige McKenzie

Series: Book One

Publisher: Weintstein Books

Published: March 24, 2015

Pages: 304

Rating: 3/5

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.


So this is supposedly based off of a Youtube channel that is named the same as the title. I have never heard of it but it intrigued me. I purposely didn’t seek out the Youtube channel just because I wanted to read the story without any background history though I’m sure most people will pick this book up due to the channel.

The story follows Sunshine and her mother as they move to another state for work. Sunshine gets a creepy feeling when they enter the house and it gets creepier as time goes on. Sunshine gets the chills and can hear a little girls laughter at night in the house. Her mom doesn’t believe her and then starts to ignore her and changes personality all together. Sunshine can’t quite figure it out until she meets Nolan at school. Nolan is a quirky boy who likes ghost stories and believes in Sunshine. So the two of them go on an adventure to figure out the truth behind her moms personality change and what is happening in that creepy house.

Sunshine is an average teenager though she has a closer relationship with her mom than most girls her age. She loves vintage clothes and has only one best friend. She is a little naive and stubborn. But she is relatable and likeable in most of the story. I did want to punch her for not stepping up to the plate when she needed too most. She wanted to wallow and not accept her heritage. Nolan is a great guy! He is smart and is always there for Sunshine even when she doesn’t see it. I really liked him.

The story is a little slow. I actually had to set the book down a couple of times before finishing it. There is a LOT of details. I found it annoying and had to skim over sections because that’s all it was. It was details about something she was looking at or whatnot. It was about more than halfway through when the story finally picked up and got moving. But it was good, I liked the backstory of the haunting and everything leading up to it.

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