The haunting of Sunshine Girl. Book one : a novel / Paige McKenzie with Alyssa Sheinmel ; story by Nick Hagen & Alyssa Sheinmel based on the web series created by Nick Hagen ; illustration by Paige McKenzie.
Booklist Reviews 2015 March #1
Sixteen-year-old Sunshine feels really out of place in the Pacific Northwest. Her interests set her apart from other teens, but now that she is without her lifelong best friend, she is adrift. Her mom is growing distant; her art teacher is a weirdo; she gets ill whenever she is close to Nolan, her one friend; and she is pretty sure her house is haunted. The haunting soon crescendos in a terrifying, water-drenched evening that leaves her mother decidedly changed. With Nolan's help, Sunshine begins to understand the magnitude of what is happening to and around her. Sunshine is a luiseach, a person with the ability to help wayward spirits move along, and now that her powers have emerged, she must face a terrifying test or lose everything dear to her. Sunshine's story started as a YouTube series, and this creepy, suspenseful story condenses the plot of the original and offers a more polished voice than the videos. Existing fans won't be the only ones eager for more of this strong but vulnerable heroine just awakening to her potential. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.
PW Reviews 2015 January #4
Upon turning 16, Sunshine Griffith suddenly develops the power to perceive paranormal activity and comes to the chilling realization that her new home in rainy Washington State is haunted by a girl who was brutally murdered and the demon responsible for her death. First in a series based on a popular YouTube series, this adaptation attempts to turn quick-cut video special effects into a gripping tale. On paper, the pace grows tedious as Sunshine's internal monologue flits among concerns about her busy mother's frequent absences, boys, and the increasingly creepy events taking place in her house. Coupled with contrived banter, confusingly interspersed musings of an omniscient narrator watching over Sunshine's life, and a penchant for blatantly laying out what Sunshine is feeling ("I'm not sad anymore. I'm angry"), the novel's attempt to build mystery and suspense around Sunshine's newfound ability falls short. There are some harrowing scenes, as when the ghost destroys the family bathroom, but by and large the story's chills are on the light side. Ages 12–up. Agent: Mollie Glick, Foundry Literary + Media. (Mar.)[Page ]. Copyright 2014 PWxyz LLC